a reply to: Edumakated
Love the thoughts Edumakated! I'm a Chicago suburbanite, and basically all of your points apply to me, besides the summer home.
Our "bug out" spot is to the in-laws in the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, MI - although, that depends on the circumstances whether its where
we'd actually want to be.
My "heads-up" came from my wife's cousin living in China, coupled with ATS, of course. I loaded up a flatbed at Costco a few weeks before the panic
buying began. I normally go to Costco roughly every 6-8 weeks for TP, paper towels, laundry detergent, dog food, meat, and whatever other standard
household goods are starting to run low. With what I purchased, I won't run out of anyof it for about 4 months. I'm planning on increasing that to 6
One thing I didn't realize would be "important" was having enough of the kids' favorite snacks. Not a matter of survival, but they're pretty affected
by this. School is now iPads, playgrounds are closed, they're missing their friends and grandparents (my dad is immune compromised and I'm #Essential)
having to tell them "no more BBQ chips or cookies" isn't something I wanted to do. I had loaded up some, but didn't realize how fast it would go.
Thankfully - deliveries have come through lol.
That part was long winded, here's the bullet points:
1) We're not only conserving more, but also tracking our monthly usage of key household items and food. Will use this to build a 6-month supply of
household items, dry-good foods that will keep and frozen meat
2) Adding frozen & canned veggies.
I normally avoid them for the most part except for canned tomatoes. I went out to the grocery store right
before the "shelter in place" order and saw a woman sneeze into her hands and then proceed to grab about 15 avocados before choosing one. Have kind of
checked out on fresh produce until the garden gets producing lol.
3) Guns - I procrastinated for a long time. 3 big protective dogs and martial arts gave me my excuse to hold off on spending the money on adequate
arms. That's being taken care of. Wake-up call. Thankfully, no issues yet, but now I can truly see social disorder to the point of needing to defend
the home/family being possible.
- always keep a stash of cash, and a decent amount liquid in the bank. I've decided there's value in dedicating a larger chunk of
savings to liquid cash going forward. Aiming for one year of "barely scrape by" money (probably at 4 months right now.)
5) random building materials
- need stuff to do around home. I'm itching to build stuff, but not running to stores for that right now.