Fighting a broken system run by psychopathic fascists doesn't have to stress you out. There are simple steps you can take to get ahead of the coming collapse that won't break your budget but will help you sleep better at night. Consider doing as many of these as you can, as fast as you can, and you'll be in a far better position than most (if not all) of your neighbors.
With record inflation taking serious bites out of everyone's paychecks, each passing week your money is able to buy less and less food. Think of food as an investment. A bag of coffee that sells for $4 today could sell for $8 by this time next year. Stocking up on essentials with long shelf lives will not only give you food security, it will also give you something you can sell or barter during a famine or economic collapse. Staples such as sugar, flour, rice, corn meal, spices, canned food, beans, and grains are vital to have in storage. Coffee, chocolate, and liquor are good to have too, especially to sell. If you don't think you have the money to stock up on food, try buying one or two extra packages whenever you go to the grocery store. You can stick to your list but buy two bags of sugar instead of one this week, then two bags of rice instead of one next week. Over time you'll see your inventory begin to build up, and you'll sleep better knowing you're better prepared than your neighbors. And don't forget your pets. You're going to be stressed out if Fluffy runs out of kibble on day 3 of the apocalypse.
We're so used to buying everything ready-made, the idea of actually making food seems like an impossible task. But making butter is one of the easiest things you can do. Once you do it you'll wonder why anyone ever buys the stuff in a plastic tub. You can also easily make your own pasta, jerky, and candy without buying a lot of expensive equipment. Buy or make a still and vodka and moonshine can be made in your kitchen using only simple ingredients. Even if you don't drink, alcohol can be used to disinfect surfaces and wounds, making it a very valuable commodity during a societal collapse.
Learn How To Preserve Food
Having extra food is great, but keeping it from spoiling or being eaten by insects and mice is even better. Take the time to learn how to can food like grandma used to do. Buy a dehydrator and a vacuum sealer. If you have space for it, buy a chest style freezer to give you more space for meats and vegetables. In times past, salt was used to preserve meat. Pickling is another option. It isn't difficult to preserve and protect food, but it's becoming a lost skill. It's a good time to bring that skill back.
Everyone needs to be growing food right now. It takes time to grow food, so you don't want to wait until there's another lockdown or the store shelves are bare. You'll need seeds, soil, and fertilizer, which you can buy now even if you don't plan to begin your garden right away. If you live in an apartment or you don't think you're physically able to dig in the dirt, try planting tomatoes, lettuce, and herbs in containers. Another great option is hydroponic gardening. There's a bit of a learning curve to get started but it can be done in limited space with no dirt and no electricity. The Kratky method uses nothing but water, nutrients, sunlight, and seeds. You can even build your growing setup from leftover buckets and food containers. And with both dirt gardening using containers and hydroponics, your food factory can be moved indoors during the winter if you have sunny windows or if you buy some grow lights. You can be eating healthy salads while your neighbors scrounge around in dumpsters, but only if you get started today.
Buy safe containers for water storage and fill them up. Keep at least five gallons of water on hand at the very minimum, much more if you have the space. Get a water filter that safely filters "found" water such as creeks and puddles. This is a special filter that can remove bacteria and viruses, and not the same one you normally use to filter tap water. I recommend the Epic Nano filter. It's the first water filter pitcher designed to remove up to 99.999% of all tap water contaminants including bacteria, giardia, cryptosporidium, and viruses. (I suggest you pre-filter water you've gathered from streams using a paper coffee filter to remove as much debris and sediment as possible before you run it through your Epic filter.) And speaking of creeks, this is a good time to scout your neighborhood to find nearby water sources. Satellite maps are a good way to find sources you didn't know existed.
Leave The Stock Market And Big Banks
The stock market has been dropping lately, and much of it is because the wealthiest investors are moving their money to safer places. Unless you know more than Warren Buffet it's probably a good idea to protect yourself and invest in something safer than stocks. As mentioned above, food is a great investment during inflationary times. Silver, gold, and platinum are solid options too. I prefer small silver rounds and coins because they're easier to trade for goods and services than the much more expensive gold and platinum products. If you're trying to buy a tank of gas you don't want to be in a position where all you have to trade is a gold coin worth $2000. And remember that the value of any cash you're holding is dropping by the second. Now is the time to buy the things you know you're going to need over the next year or two even if you don't need them today. Vehicles, office equipment, tools, clothing, and furniture are only going to go up in price. But spend the money on durable goods you really need, not frivolous toys you can do without. If your water heater barely heats or your roof is leaking, it will be substantially cheaper to fix them now than to wait 6 months.
Another way to protect your assets is to leave the super large banks that don't know you and don't care about your needs. Look for local and regional banks with solid leadership, where you can build a real relationship and not be just another account number at an institution owned by heartless, greedy globalists.
Cryptocurrency is another option that I'll discuss in another article. But I will say now that in a SHTF scenario with widespread power outages and possibly a government-induced shutdown of the internet, cryptocurrency would be almost impossible to use. It will do you little good to have $1000 worth of Bitcoin if you can't go online to send it anywhere. A pint of homemade vodka would have a lot more value.
Light Up Your Life
Be prepared with some form of backup power for your phone. Power banks are good but the ones with solar recharging capabilities are much better. Buy battery operated LED lights to place around your house and make sure they're bright enough to read a book by. Use rechargeable batteries and then keep extra batteries and a solar charger on hand. Portable folding solar panels are available for under $100. Candles, oil lamps, and camping style cook stoves are also good to have. Having these items at hand will put you in a better position if the local power company shuts down. When things get bad you want to be at home behind locked doors and not caught up in the looting at Walmart looking for a flashlight.
Have entertainment available that doesn't run on electricity. You don't want to be draining your batteries playing games on your phone during the end times. Buy books, games, puzzles, and hobby supplies now so you'll have something to occupy your mind and time if you're trapped inside your house for days or weeks.
Be Ready To Roll
Keep your car full of fuel, especially when you see prices are increasing. It costs you money to have an empty gas tank when prices at the pump are rising 5 cents a day. When prices are dropping you can save money by holding off until you're at the 1/4 full mark, but that puts you at risk of not having enough fuel to get you safely out of town if the worst happens. This is also a good time to buy a bicycle. Bikes can go where cars can't, and they're faster than walking. Being ready to roll could also refer to having a bug-out bag, but that's a topic for another post on another day.
While this is a lengthy list, it is by no means complete. You can always do more to be prepared. And the more prepared you are, the less dependent you will be on a broken and collapsing society and the manipulative fools who currently run it.