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How to Prepare for an Economic Collapse

Updated on August 21, 2014

Soda anyone?

The prototype never made it to production since its middle diameter was larger than its base, making it unstable on conveyor belts.
The prototype never made it to production since its middle diameter was larger than its base, making it unstable on conveyor belts. | Source
Freightliner Coca-Cola Christmas truck in Dresden, Germany.
Freightliner Coca-Cola Christmas truck in Dresden, Germany. | Source

Knowledge is the Key!

As a three time ex homeless person one might think that they're prepared for a full fledged economic collapse, and such an ordeal is the potential reality that us humans are faced with today if things get any worse with the global market place.

To realize that you're partly involved in this huge social issue of epic proportions and moral as well as ethical dilemma's popping up everywhere it seems is a signal for us all to prepare for such a massive occurrence to happen.

The potential is always there that such an event shall come when all the signs for it are there, a UN-stabilized housing system, a growing virtual monopoly tearing apart physical businesses, a health care system that couldn't help your granny on her worst day, and loads more proof today.

So what are we all to do to prepare?

Why doing is more then not doing something

Taking actions is the very first step into preparing for such and occurrence of an economic collapse, one might think to themselves, "So how do I act?" Good question. Well, your actions must be in such a manner as to lessen the amount of waste products your contributing to this economy, and expenditures.

How does one do such a thing?

First off instead of drinking health degrading soda's all the time, you might want to start drinking good ole fashion water. The fact that by purchasing water by the gallon, it can save you loads of money which will come in handy as a sort of savings plan for the future. Let's take the average soda bottle for instance. It cost about $2 a bottle, for a 16 oz Coke drink, or Pepsi, and it only cost at most Pathmark supermarkets $1 for a gallon of water when on sale.

This is not hard to see the economic light bulb here, but if your having trouble with the numbers, well lets do the math as the bottles add up. After calculated out one months worth of making Soda purchases each day, and 3 bottles per day, the numbers stack up in the table below.

A cool image of Coke Bottles in China

Two Chinese Coke bottles, a 200 ml glass bottle, which is becoming less common, and a 300 ml plastic bottle that is now widely available.
Two Chinese Coke bottles, a 200 ml glass bottle, which is becoming less common, and a 300 ml plastic bottle that is now widely available. | Source

The tables below shows how water plays victor over soda

Below you will see a set of tables, each one shall break down for the reader of this article, the stats on the difference between making purchases of water to that of soda. Following it there will also be an analysis of the savings, the potential of price comparison if water was purchased at the same price of soda for equal amounts in volume.

Daily Cost and Volume Analysis of Soda Purchases

Time ($2 16 oz Pepsi)
Cost (3 per day)
Weight (16oz x items purchased)
1 day
48 oz
1 week
336 oz
1 month
1344 oz
1 year
16,128 oz = (126 gal)

Antique Coca-Cola Advertising

An 1890s advertisement showing model Hilda Clark in formal 19th century attire. The ad is titled Drink Coca-Cola 5¢. (US
An 1890s advertisement showing model Hilda Clark in formal 19th century attire. The ad is titled Drink Coca-Cola 5¢. (US | Source

How the numbers played out

By analyzing the stats up above, one will see that the final outcome of annual cost expense for that of purchasing 3 16oz Pepsi drinks per day, comes out to $2,016.

Using such statistical data can definitely help anyone to clearly see the benefits financially, but will also strike at a even more significant factor, which is the difference of shear volume of both drinks.

Below you will see the projected amounts for the daily cost and volume of spring water, and for the full course of per day expense, weekly, monthly, and yearly just as shown up above. A comparison of the two will identify the reality of making the wiser choice, and even more healthier in the long run.

Daily Cost and Volume Analysis of Spring Water Purchases

Time (1 gallon Water $1)
Cost (3 per day)
Weight (1 Gal x items purchased)
1 day
3 Gal
1 week
21 Gal
1 month
84 Gal
1 year
1008 Gal = (129,024 oz)

Small bottles add up quickly Gallon size is highly recommended

A large pile of half-pint Poland Spring bottles
A large pile of half-pint Poland Spring bottles | Source

The cost comparison and volume of both

Well, when its all said and done here with the statistics its easy enough to see that there's much more being saved here over time, and its definitely more then meets the eye. Money saved is 50% in terms of making the spring water purchase, rather than the soda purchase.

Now if you look at the actual volume of soda that was purchased in that of a years time, as compared to that of the water, well there you find the valuable fact as to how much difference per container a single person is getting, for the same dollar value per gallon, and ounce.

In terms of the water in gallons the outcome for 1 year of purchasing regularly 3 gallons per day, would yield 1,008 gallons, equating to a direct unit conversion of 129,024 fluid ounces.

This in effect compared to the total yearly yield of soda in volume is astronomical in comparison, because the total's are so vastly different. The soda being purchased daily on the regular after a year, and at a 3 unit per day rate yields 16,128 fluid ounces.

Drinking water purifies the immune system & kidneys


Shocking conclusive evidence

Now the surprising factors that one can deduce here from this data produced is indeed quite shocking to say the least. For an annual cost of $2,016 you get a total of 128 gallons of soda to be drank by a single person of 3 containers per day they only got to drink up 16,128 oz compared to a staggering 129,024 oz that would cost half at $1,008, (this isn't counting all the other unhealthy sports drinks, processed and pasteurized fruit drinks which also are life threatening over time if consumed to much.)

So where's the logic here in these numerical facts, well OK if you paid the same price per unit ounce for your spring water bottles, as is the price per fluid ounce of soda. The numbers that appear look quite ridiculous when compared after a while, so the undeniable determining factor to result from all this is 8.

So What?

  • The 8's significance is that It's a divisor that stands to be the saw thumb here in these shocking stats, and when you multiply 8 to the total of annual cost of soda what is end result is $16,128. [(This multiple is the unit conversion factor of 1gallon or 128 ounces to 16 ounces, which is also factor of 0.125) 16 ounces = 0.125 gallons]

This is a shocking truth, and people deserve to know more


Surviving any economic collapse is about savings & good health

This is a very significant number when you think about potential savings one has done simply by substituting the water purchase which in fact again is half of the cost of soda, but 8 times more in volume.

An entire family can live off and drink these gallons of water while saving a grand total of $14,112 dollars, because that number would of been how much more they had spent for purchasing 8 times as much soda's to equate to how much water in gallons and in ounces they could get if water cost the same price per fluid of 16 ounce containers, and if they actually got the same volume of soda as water for the year at the $2 valued price per 16 ounces of water.

The economic factual break down

Once all is said and done, you may want to evaluate all of your other expenses you and your family are contributing to on a daily basis, and take a full scale reassessment as to what your purchasing habits are. Map them out in detail, think of a wise action plan to tackle each and every one as was done here in this cost analysis, and volume comparison.

From that point, you'll be able to figure out many more smart methods to survive, that also add to your overall health awareness and longevity to live a more economically feasible life.

Video up above was part I

Here comes part 2 of the financial crisis issues dealing with credit, and banking, so if you're a tad bit interested in learning more take a look at the one below as well, if you indeed gave the other a try.

This information isn't that of the authors of this article, but is a much more clear approach to help people understand, what it is to participate in the credit taking, and making economy of our global economic system.

  • There are loads more examples to use if you thinking you need to save money, rather then spend or join in on hurting the economy further. (Prime example is to simply quit smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and doing illegal drugs, because the price for a box of them cancer sticks is astronomical today, and them death dealers have surely earned enough already.)

What to do about Credit Cards and Taking Loans

The smartest thing to do, and that of the most obvious is to never participate in the whole crediting schemes that goes on, and mostly starting when a child reaches the college zone, with student loans.

Credit card debt is a known killer of financial promise for anyone, and no matter how much money one may have, earn, win by default or inherit by a chanced occurrence in ones life.

Taking out loans from any creditor, banking agency (Example: taking out home loans) or the likes, is the other monetary down slope to turn to as an option for survival, and so with that well known fact stated, which is primarily the reason for most economic crisis to occur in fact.

We the people must stand firm on our own solid grounds, inhibit our expenditure and or craving for that of luxury, for extravagance and all, especially if we cannot afford to have such things.


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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for the comment and for shaering @lifeisviewtiful, I drink water all the time now, and thanks to my wife who helped me snap out of my inorganic juice drinking habit or pasterized fruit drinks, and also sugar loaded ice teas of all sorts. I never really liked soda, because I could never digest it, it always would come up and all.

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      Theo Vanderburgh 

      5 years ago from Merced, California

      Water is infinitely better than sodas. Great hub explaining this. I hardly ever drink them, they're all chemicals and high fructose corn syrup and dangerous aspertame. Even better is fluoride-free water!

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @snakeslane, I'm so you like this hub of mine, it was a uniquely different approach to attempting to solve a crisis of sorts, but one things for certain if we saved more money, as well as our health I do believe we all will begin doing better.

      Coca Cola has killed enough people with their carbonated waters, and its a shame their still in business today.

      Many of us are beginning to learn and wake up about the carbonic acid issues in our blood stream, and high fructose corn syrup bio-hazards of Drinking Soda has caused many Americans and people worldwide in terms of contracting diseases and all.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @Pamela99, thank you for that cool comment, I learned how to resist the temptaton to drink anything else but water from my wife, and my health is superb now so yup it does indeed benefit us all to simply drink water that god intended us all to drink.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 years ago from Canada

      CloudExplorer, I like your soda vs water economy lesson. It is so basic, and provides a starting point to measuring the amount of dollars wasted daily for things we don't need. It really adds up! Regards, snakeslane

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very interesting hub and your survival tips are good. We already follow those tips in our house. I am sorry you have experienced homelessness in the past and wish you the best for the future.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @MsDora, thank you so much for joining us here in this hub, for sharing with me, and I'm so glad you made it to comment.

      I'm also happy that you liked my hub, we need a miracle for sure to survive in these trying times, so I hope God has us in his blessings.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @ImKarn23, thank you for joining in on the conversation here, we all know that the economic situation our country and planet as a whole is in.

      None of us can afford for anything else to go bad, and I will be praying for us all that this new Hurricane doesn't end up being tragic for folks on the East Coast, because we're all connected for sure today.

      May God have mercy on us all!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for this very important information. Lots to think and act on. Thanks for the Credit Debt video. Voted Up, and Useful.

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      i was just talking about this very thing - not the coke/ pepsi/ water equation - just the complete collapse of the economy - if it ever happened..

      water, batteries, radio, generator, flashlight, candles...etc..

      Yep, the conversation was about how a single girl such a myself will need ALL of these things so that the first desperado that comes along can kill me and steal them all...LOL..

      (please forgive me, Mike...)

      Ahem..on a more serial note...

      You not only know your chit - you lay it out as if it were an 'economics for dummies' course!

      i, for one - appreciate that!

      voting up and sharing with the hub-munity, Mike..

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @always exploring, thank you for commenting that was so nice of you.

      Yeah many people aren't ready for the next collapse if and when it ever does happen again, and lets pray it never does, and that the economy does indeed come back.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Timely hub Mike, looks like It's gona take some time before the economy rebounds. I remember taking out a student loan to finish RN training, I paid $ 25.00 a month for a long time but finally got it paid off. It looks like a lot of kids are not thinking about the economy, I saw they had a rush on the new IPODS. It will hit some hard when and if we hit bottom, lets hope we get an upswing after the election..Cheers

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @Starstream for the cool comment, I did my best to point out all that I could for now to help others see something very simple, and possibly to help them prepare for the inevitable if and when it is to strike at us once again.

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      Dreamer at heart 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      Your article makes us think about what we can do to make some important changes to conserve our income.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thank Lord De Cross for sharing your cool thoughts, and for showing up to the economic up turn location I built into hubpages.

      There definitely is ways to fight a global depression, but until people begin to start wising up and all, things shall not change for the better, and no matter who's sitting in the presidential office.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      5 years ago from New York

      You said right pal! Now Coca Cola and Pepsi are forced to offer natural drinks, and by the time young generations push away the carbonated addiction, an asteroid will get closer to earth. So, we will see! I ddin't know you were homeless Mike, maybe once, but thrice? Hope you are doing better, as I know you are. Thanks for the frugal tips as well. We hardly buy on credit! Take care buddy!

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Hey Bill, this is the best I could come up with for now, and to full fill the topics requirements.

      I have no other experiences to share in terms of fighting the economic down swings, and so hopefully others can learn from these very basic tips, if they seek to find smarter ways to make it today or tomorrow or whenever.

      I did take out a student loan years back, and all but I don't think its necessary to write about that because most folks know the consequences to making that kind of judgement error in life, and if they don't well there's always another hub to address that situation, and to link it up to this one right!

      Thanks bro for the comment it was well taken, and appreciated by me.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, you speak the truth as always. What I have found, buddy, is that many people don't listen to wisdom like this because they have never lived the life on the streets like you and I have. Once burned, one learns to plan ahead and I am convinced there will be a much worse economic recession/depression in the next couple of years. I know Bev and I are ready and we will survive, but I worry about the millions out there who do not see this coming down the road.

      Hopefully hubs like this one will wake more people up to the fact that preparation is a must for the future.

      Great job buddy!


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