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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Prices Are Going Up! Make a Plan Now!

by Carolyn

This is just a quick summary of the information I presented on Ready Or Not this past Tuesday. There are more statistics on the show than in this post. Please take time to listen to the show to kick start your food production and storage efforts.

Oil prices were up 6% on Monday and 8% Tuesday and oil up to $100.00 a barrel by Wednesday. It's still too early today to know what will happen by the end of the day's trading. In the United States we do have oil that is just sitting due to inadequate pipelines to get the crude to the refineries. Monday the average gas price was $3.17 with the price last year at $2.54. If you are an average driver and don't fuel up more than once a week, I really don't know who that is, the increase is costing you $378.00 per year per car, more than last year and with the price of crude up again that is sure to go higher. 

Airline prices are going up as well. "As the carriers have tried to keep up with rapidly rising oil prices, they have already increased their fares four times since the start of the year, compared with only three increases for all of 2010. The airlines have also raised some of their fees, imposed summer peak-time surcharges and added hefty fuel surcharges on international flights".

Food prices are up also:

cocoa up 42% since September

Since June just seven months, world prices have gone up 

wheat 75%

sorghum 88%

Rice 17%

corn 73%

sugar 73%

edible oils prices (soybean, corn, palm…) up as much as 43%

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates corn used for ethanol will rise from 31% of U.S. corn output in 2008/9 to a projected 40% in 2010/11.

Don't be fooled, prices have already gone up, 9% in the U.S. and 10% in England. Check the size of the containers your food comes in. Has it gotten smaller. If not check the number of ounces in the container. Have they gotten less? If you paid $2.00 last year for 16 ounces of cereal and this year $2.00 for 12 ounces of cereal that is a 20% increase. Some cereals are now only 12 ounces. Have you noticed that? The same is true of less yogurt in a cup, fewer slices of cheese in a package. Don't be fooled!

If food prices were to increase 10% this year, and according to experts that is very optimistic, if you spend $100.00/week on groceries now you will be spending $40.00/month and $480.00/year more by the end of the year. Some experts are saying some food prices could rise as much as 40% but even a compromise of a 20% increase would mean $960.00 per year more. Now how many of you with a family only spend $100.00 per week. 

If you are currently eating out at all now is the time to stop! Take that money and invest it in food storage. There will continue to be coupons and sales for food and IF you have your General Store stocked for three months you will NEVER have to pay full price for any of your food.

This is the time to get serious. It's time to plant a garden, no matter how small. It's time to learn to can what you grow. It's time to learn to bake and cook from scratch. We can help. 

In the yahoo group this week we have been talking about how to make your own hot cereals from grains. What would you like help with? Take time to listen to Tuesday's Ready Or Not and commit now! Start looking on Craig's list, asking friends, family, and everyone you know, for old canning jars. Find a gardening buddy and share your harvest. What sacrifices will you need to make in the future if your grocery bill goes up 20%. Will you need to give up music lessons, sell your second car, move to a smaller home or apartment, eliminate a favorite hobby, get rid of satellite TV or internet on your cell phone? Sacrifice a little time now to make a plan and a little time and effort to work the plan.

Listen to my radio show READY OR NOT…every Tuesday night 9:00pm Eastern, 6:00pm Pacific…if you missed some listen now.


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Getting the Wife on Board

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I was browsing the internet as usual when all of a sudden my wife asks “Hey, what’s that?”
If you peep over my shoulder while I’m on the computer you’ll usually find text being written, reviews, or all sort of pictures ranging from gear such as knives and guns to disasters and current events.
On my screen at the time a Victorinox Rescue Tool was being displayed. Given that I have numerous knives of all sorts, ranging from ordinary pocket knives, to tactical folders, from a knives worth hundreds (even  thousands)  of dollars to self made ones, never has my wife shown much interest in any of them. I did convince her of carrying the Spyderco Delica I bought her, but she had never shown an interest in knives out of thin air like now. This was new territory.
I cautiously explained, doing my best to hide my surprise, like a hunter trying not to scare away a prey. “That? Its a Victorinox Rescue Tool”. There. Now she only had to bite the bait. She did. “It looks nice, how does it work?”
 Victorinox Swiss Army Rescue Tool 
 “Its for getting yourself out of car wrecks mostly. It has a window breaking tool, another one for cutting the broken glass and a seat belt cutting tool”.
She surprised me by remembering something she must have seen over a year ago and I never thought she paid much attention to. “Your Leatherman, the one you carry all the time, that one has a seat belt cutting hook too, no?”. I nodded “Yes, but this one is more of a curved blade. It also has a nice big locking blade like their latest Soldier model, the one being issued to the Swiss army. Give me a minute and I’ll show you the youtbe demo for the rescue tool”.
I went on explaining “ Remember the floods in Buenos Aires these last few days, or the ones in Bazil? People get caught in their cars during such disasters. Sometimes the current is so strong you can’t open the doors, the windows don’t open if they are electrically operated. Even if you can lower them by hand, water may flow in and you can’t get out because of the current and people drown. In those cases  the fastest way of getting out is smashing the windshield. I once read of a guy that saved his life by shooting the windshield with his gun after it fell into a lake. You need something to break the glass”.
After seeing the clip she asked “ Could you buy me one?”. I said of course and ordered one right away. I meant to get one of these anyway for reviewing since it won the 2007 Knife of the year award.  
This happened a couple weeks ago. About a week later my wife mentioned that given the situation world wide, she thought having a fully equipped NBC shelter at home was a great idea. She went on explaining the numerous events in which it would prove to be a life saver. Of course I agreed with everything, had in fact thought about all that for years, but it was nice to hear her come to some of the same conclusions I did.
When it comes to getting the wife(or husband) on board there’s some advice that will make things easier:

1) Do what you believe you have to do. This often comes up regarding firearms and one of the spouses not agreeing with having a firearm in the house. If you’re as serious as you should be, rather than asking if you can, you should explain why you’ll be buying a firearm instead, not asking and leaving the option for a “no”. You can be very understandable and take note of your better half’s concerns by getting adequate training and keeping the gun secured in a safe, but you get it anyway. Same thing with food supplies and water. You know they are essential for life, so you don’t ask for permission you just do it. There will be time later to talk but first you take the minimum steps needed for basic family preparedness.
2) Be patient and respectful of the other person. We’re not all alike and some people need more time to digest information or to come around. My wife came from a “no gun” family with the typical liberal mentality where its believed that a gun means trouble rather than protection. With lots of patience but also being firm regarding my own convictions she has come around.
3) Plant seeds, one at a time. Mention articles you may have read about current world events, talk about the crime incidents that are now starting to become more and more common close to your location. Little by little, a grain of sand at a time, your spouse will start noticing all these pieces of info that otherwise where ignored or not fully digested. This is natural human behavior. If something scares you/worries you the natural reaction is to avoid it, so you don’t have to deal with it, and if you don’t worry about dealing with it you stay in your comfort zone of blissful ignorance. Meanwhile, the survival minded person prefers to accept these events and get ready for them. We’re not looking for fear mongering here, but getting rid of the mass ostrich mentality of sticking the head in the sand.
4)Finally, find points of common interest. Survival and preparedness basically involves every human activity to some extent. If you’re spouse is into economy or finances there’s more than enough to talk about given the current crisis, from inflation to unemployment, changes in the market, etc. Guys usually like guns, knives and tools in general. My wife likes gardening. This covers ground like food production, medicinal plants and defensive landscaping. Finding a point of common interest may open the door to a wider survival and preparedness mindset.
Be patient and the other person will eventually come around understanding why preparedness makes so much sense.
Take care,