reply to post by dgtempe
dg, you are breaking my heart, and there is no sarcasm in that statement. I really mean it; I feel so badly for you and wish there was some way I
A few suggestions, but they may or may not apply to you, because I obviously don't know your situation in any but the broadest sense:
Carpool to town with neighbors once a week. Split the gas cost.
Buy groceries in bulk when you can, and store them. If you're careful, maybe you can build up a small reserve. Don't ignore the roadside stands or
farmers' markets; no need to pay a salary for a middleman.
Have your husband look into something cheaper for his transportation. Maybe a smaller car, even if it has a few problems, or a motorcycle. Maybe a
carpool? Point out to the other people involved how much it would save. They are probably hurting too. Maybe telecommute? I realize that's not
feasible in most jobs, but in some it is.
GROW A GARDEN! Even a small one. If you're that far from anything, you probably have enough land. And don't think modern, think old. You can make
fertilizer yourself from things you probably throw away... grass clippings, animal waste, even ashes from burning wood brush. Around here, no one goes
hungry during the summer, as someone always has a few bushels of extra food from their garden that gets passed around amongst the neighborhood.
Get in touch with a church or charity that helps people out when they need it. You'd be surprised how many are out there, but they usually don't get
many requests. If you don't like charity, then offer to give back something in return. Money is only a medium of exchange, not the final authority
for value. Time can be more valuable than money.
Ignore those doom and gloomers at MSNBC. They've been lying to the people for so long, even they don't know what's real. You'll get better info
from some guy with long hair and a ratty beard eating greasy food in the local truck stop.
Above all else, DO NOT LOSE HOPE! This is a waiting game, a test to see how much can be sucked out of the economy before it collapses. It will
collapse, and those who have friends and neighbors who help, those who can provide something they need, will survive and emerge victorious on the
other side. Life is hard, but change is inevitable.
[edit on 22-5-2008 by TheRedneck]