reply to post by Shelbee
Shelbee, if possible, I would flag this post!
You are an example to us all, and just perfect to illustrate what is possible, what skills can be acquired, and how very, very valuable they are.
This type of stuff may not impress some people, but it can and will make the difference when implemented over time. My economics professor made the
same point in a different way: it's the nickel and dime changes that make the million-dollar difference. We have more opportunities to manipulate
things on a smaller scale, therefore those changes, being more frequent and numerous, have a greater impact on our overall situation.
When factors we can easily control are recognized and exploited to the fullest, as Shelbee illustrates, there is a greater effect overall in the
direction we are headed.
If I keep the carcass on every chicken, for example, that saves about two boxes of bullion a year. One dollar.
Ditto for bones. Two dollars.
Not much, right? Follow it through. Keeping the carcass saves only a dollar, but it provides a soup base, provoking me to use it. This soup will be
made of leftovers which could have been compost or trash. So there is no extra charge for these ingredients, but they provide an extra meal. Now we
are talking several dollars saved.
Fifty-two weeks a year, this adds up. Habitually doing things like this actually raises our standard of living, since the money we didn't spend can
still be spent. We have much more control over our finances in these small ways.
It can make all the difference if you are on the edge financially, let me say. No way some of us should have made it, and as well as we seemed to!
It is not about being poor, not for everyone, but these kinds of things really help you when you are poor, like many of us are and have been at some
point in life.
There should be an award for women like you, and the person with the Coleman stove and coffee.
Inspiring, resourceful, kind. These are attributes that I hoped to see shine here, and so far, so good.
ATS is a better place for you. Please continue to share, and I trust that others will, too. We have a lot of information on the site, which I am
very thankful for, so this thread will continue to address things that primarily concern thriftiness, need-based survival, or sudden catastrophes and
what we have learned from them.
Educating ourselves is easy right now, and seriously, things like tarps and hammers and nails cannot be easily replicated. I would feel confident in
saying that if you don't have them, you are not serious about survival.
Their importance cannot be emphasized enough.
With a tarp you can:
Patch a roof and save your entire household from rain and ruin through a single night or day.
Make a shelter, many different ways. A tent is great, but a tarp is malleable, and can be fitted to any space, or situation. It is waterproof, and
getting wet is incredibly dangerous, it turns out. Witness the horrifying killer fungus in Joplin.
Make an otherwise uninhabitable area fit for temporary shelter. Sometimes we could find ourselves in the open weather, but still not rescued or able
to dig out for one reason or another. It is easier to stay calm, and not tip the scales against yourself by rushing it, if you happen to have a tarp
in your shelter or car.
Put it under the seat in case you can't get out of the car, or need to grab it and go to some place to be rescued.
It can be used for a floor in a basement shelter, or a tent on your vehicle.
We all realize it could be used for a shroud, to provide decency and reduce the horror. Most of us are not used to seeing death, and it can unhinge a
person rather quickly, and at a time when emotional resources will be stretched thin, it is important not to force people to deal with it any more
Tornado victim's body parts were being found weeks and weeks after the storms, and is why locals were not allowed in to clear a lot of the debris.
Can you imagine? And yet, it is real.
This is the kind of strength I am talking about. Poverty helps it get a good workout, since it is humiliating in every culture. But there is an
upside, and it is the power you gain by controlling the small economies in life.
Shelbee, you are the Home Economics teacher now. And honestly, stuff like this is why my husband married me, I think. He loves saving money, and
clever people can do it in all these "little" ways to make a big difference.