Some of you may have been there before.
Some of you may be there now.
Some of you hope to never be there.
It’s the place when hard financial times hit. They may come from an un-expected catastrophe or maybe from job loss. These situations can empty your savings before you know it and leave you questioning the future… questioning everything.
So how do you respond?
How do you prepare for these times?
My grandmother grew up in the depression, she knew hard times. Many of us would roll our eyes or give her a hard time with good humor as she continued to live the rest of her life as if she was still in the depression.
She will use and re-use… and often re-use everything!
If she uses a paper towel to wipe up some water, she’d lay it out to dry because she can re-use it. Aluminum foil last her a looooong time! And one tea bag will get through a whole day!
She would save anything and everything… because you never know when you may need it.
And she would never pay for anything that she could do for herself. And if she couldn’t do it, she’d just just do without it most of the time.
She could take a bone and a few scraps of veggies and make the best tasting soup.
How she lives and how we live is such a contrast. We are such a foolish and wasteful generation and I fear that we will come full circle due to our complacency and pride.
None of us can be totally financially secure. You can have lots of safety-nets, but none of them are foolproof. All of them can be pulled out from underneath you in a short amount of time.
I’m NOT saying we should live in fear, but I am saying is:
- Our trust is in the Lord, not in our bank accounts and degrees. EVERY thing that happens to us is for our good, even when it does not feel good.
- We have a responsibility to be skilled. We need to know how to do things. We need to be able to work with our hands.
- We need to know how to truly be resourceful. Stewardship is a huge part of a person’s character.
- We need to be content with a more simple life. Consider how much time and money is wasted on things that are not really needed.
How to be More Skilled
Tackle 2 or 3 Skills a Year
- Learn how to cut hair.
- Cook from scratch. (Video tips here.) Get serious about grocery budgeting! Make all your own cakes rather than buy them.
- Learn to grow a garden. This takes years to learn, just start out with one or two things a year. Research what grows well in your area.
- Basic sewing skills. Start now and you can make a quilted throw for every family member from scraps for next Christmas.
- Learn to preserve food when you grow it or buy it at a great price.
- Plant fruit trees or berry bushes and learn to take good acre of them. This is free food for the future.
- Winterize your home.
- Learn to hunt and dress your game.
- Raise chickens or rabbits.
- Learn to buy things such as lumber at a reduced prices to used for repairs or to build things to sell.
- Change your own oil in your car.
- Learn to barter.
There are so many things we could learn to reduce our spending and dependence on the monetary economy.