I remember when Covid was first announced and all the end times preppers got excited because they were ready for bad times. Youtube prepper videos were coming out faster than candy from a quarter vending machine. If you clicked on one, ten more appeared in the suggested video list. There was and is an endless supply of survival advice, unlike the scarce supply of computer chips and Iphones nowadays. The economic collapse is coming, they say. Get ready!
I kept the pantry stocked up depending on how bad things were looking in the news, but I never really bought more than a few weeks worth of groceries and eventually I let my supply dwindle down.
Until recently. It’s actually starting to look like the preppers might be right. The price of groceries, gas, and fuel has indeed begun to rise noticeably. There is a strange pileup of ships outside the ports. Politicians are offering not-very-believable explanations for the lack of goods on shelves. And even more odd is the number of companies who say they can’t find enough employees even though unemployment is still relatively high.
Covid numbers have gone down since the late summer spike, but the economy is not doing well. The vaccine mandates are causing many people to lose their jobs. And our elected representatives cannot agree on whether to pass two very expensive budget proposals. Consumer confidence is almost as low as Joe Biden’s approval rating.
What caused the inflation? It took me a bit to understand this and then it clicked.Salon Classic Hair + Scalp Therapy Affiliate Link
Economics 101: This inflation is caused by people having extra money available (COVID checks and child tax credit) and people NOT WORKING to produce the goods that people want to buy with that extra money. It’s a supply and demand problem. Too much money , not enough goods. The “shortages” are caused by a lack of workers . In other words, the president needs to tell people to go back to work instead of threatening them with vaccines and making them quit their jobs or retire early . Early retirements are another cause of this dilemma. People with money from working all their lives are trying to enjoy themselves , but the economy is wrecked by the shutdown. If you want to end inflation, stop spending and start working . If you’re retired , hang tight. Or consider working again for awhile.
So, just for grins, I was watching Youtube this evening and in my suggested list there were some videos about what to buy before hyperinflation hits. I decided to give my own advice here.
What I think you should buy:
- Your favorite foods. Don’t buy stuff you’d never eat!
- Peanut Butter, Jelly, condiments, sauces. Life without condiments is not going to be happy!
- Cereal, rice, beans (if you eat those), canned goods, canned meat (tuna, chicken,vienna sausages (yuck))
- salt, pepper, other spices, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, yeast (Bread costs $20 a loaf? Make fresh bread!)
- Cake mixes, oil, canned milk, cookie mixes
- If you have a reliable freezer, buy meat when it’s on sale and stock up
- As much frozen food as you can store, stuff you normally eat like pizzas, chicken nuggets, veggies, biscuits
- Laundry products, paper products, pet food
- Other items that you purchase regularly for your family. Buy two instead of one and build up a supply.
- cases of water if you need them, sodas and other drinks you usually buy
- fuel, such as propane canisters, gas, gas cans, oil for vehicles, batteries, solar chargers, giant windmill for your backyard
- Battery powered flashlights, USB powered chargers and lights
I don’t know if or when or how long it might be until shelves start to get noticeably empty like they were in March 2020. Don’t wait. This time it could be even worse. I hope not, but those preppers seem pretty sure and they have been studying about this for years. Better safe than sorry.
But don’t live in fear. Just pray and be prepared. Don’t clean off the shelves. Leave some for other people. If you have extra, then you can share with family or neighbors if things get really bad. Last time we had shortages, but not really much inflation. This time it could be different.
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Also, if you live in the south, it’s not too late to grab a few plants for the garden and some vegetable seeds.
Americans have not had it bad, as a country, in most of our lifetimes. Only the very oldest citizens remember a life of scarcity due to war. We are in a new war. A war of ideologies. We may find out what we really value if we get hungry. In the meantime, stock up. And pray.