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Tips for Hard Times

(Last updated: May 21, 2017)

I know it can be very difficult to plan for hard times. Many people would prefer just to hope that things would get better. After all, anything is possible.

However, there is a common saying, "Hope for the best, but plan for the worst." This is what I choose to do. Those people who want to plan for the future can use this website for various ways to have more money. Good luck to us all.

Besides the following information, you might like reviewing the entries on My Other Articles index page.

Here are a few of my tips for living in hard times:

1. Get to know your neighbors. You can help each other in a crisis.

2. Buy gold and silver coins, and/or learn some bartering tips. Paper money may become worthless or difficult to obtain.

3. Stock up on some essential supplies with a long shelf life. You probably want to maintain a bug-out bag with food and water, a fully stocked first aid kit, flashlight and batteries, spare eyeglasses, and other emergency supplies. Extra clothing, sleeping bags and/or blankets, and a tent might come in handy. Always keep your car in good repair and at least two-thirds full of gas.

4. You might even want to buy some trading goods. These goods can be used in place of money regardless of the economic conditions. They also can be a lifesaver if the local stores run out of merchandise. Following are some items you may wish to have in ready supply.

Food, drinks, and related items:

  • baby food
  • baking powder and soda
  • can opener (hand operated)
  • canned food
  • cereal
  • coffee, cocoa, and tea
  • cooking and eating utensils
  • cooking oil
  • dish washing solution
  • dried fruit and other preserved food
  • energy bars
  • flour
  • garden seeds for various vegetables (non-hybrid)
  • gardening tools (including hoe, rake, and shovel)
  • honey
  • kitchen knives (the ones that stay sharp)
  • liquor (the cheap stuff)
  • measuring jars and scoops
  • pancake mix
  • pet food
  • plastic containers and lids
  • plates and cups
  • pots and pans
  • powdered milk and juice mix
  • sugar, salt, pepper, and other spices
  • water filters and purification methods
  • water, in bottles or other secure containers

Supplies and trading goods:

  • aspirin, antibiotics, vitamin tablets, and medicinal alcohol
  • baby supplies
  • candles
  • charging cables for car batteries
  • cigarettes, cigarette lighters and lighter fluid, and/or waterproof matches
  • cloth towels and wash cloths
  • combs, hair clippers, nail clippers, and nail files
  • electric tools with rechargeable batteries
  • first aid kit with all the basic first aid supplies
  • flashlight and batteries (long life)
  • gun cleaning kit and gun oil
  • guns and ammo
  • hand tools (including hammer, saws, tape measure, axe or hatchet, and wrenches)
  • nails, nuts and bolts, and screws (in assorted sizes)
  • needles, thread, thimbles, seam rippers, measuring tape, clothes patching material, buttons, and scissors
  • pepper spray (for self defense)
  • personal grooming and hygiene supplies
  • pet supplies
  • playing cards
  • pruning saw or bow saw (for cutting branches)
  • radio (broadcast and shortwave, crank operated)
  • reading material
  • rolls of aluminum foil and plastic wrap
  • rolls of paper towels
  • rope and twine
  • sharp knives (for cutting things and for self defense)
  • sharpening file or stone
  • soap (for washing clothes and people)
  • survival handbook
  • Swiss Army knife
  • tire inflation canisters
  • toilet paper (lots of it)
  • work boots, work clothes, and work gloves

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