April 6, 2011

Little Switches That Make a Difference

I was asked to write about little switches that make a difference. That got me thinking about the economy and preparation for inflation. As you know the world is very unstable now. There are many natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and much more. Take Japan for example. An earthquake triggered a tsunami. If both of those we not bad enough, several of their nuclear reactors were damaged. I heard they are allowing radioactive water to go into the ocean. I realize they have to do something with it, but that can't be good for the fish and other water life.

Political unrest is increasing. There are uprisings in many countries of the Middle East and Africa such as Egypt, Libya, and Syria. Those affect oil prices. There have been riots in Greece and France and other European countries mostly over financial matters. Those riots may well spread to America. I don't say all of this to depress everyone or freak them out. It is important for all of us to prepare as much as possible for worsening of the economy/inflation. The main thing we can do is store food and other items. Most people are not wealthy with unlimited budgets, so we have to figure out how to do it without going broke.

Buy Extra Every Week
When you go to the store buy a little extra every week. Get the items you use, and buy when on sale. For example, if you love a certain type of chicken noodle soup, buy several when they go on sale. But if there is something you and your family really don't like, don't buy it just because it stores well or because it is on sale.

Eat Out Less
Cooking more at home has many benifits. Obviously it can save you money, and you can use the save money to buy more storage. Also, by cooking at home, you can practice your cooking skills. Honestly, with work and school, I got in the habit of eating out a lot. So I am working on this myself. I am learning things like how to bake my own bread. Another benefit of preparing your own food is you can make it more healthy. Many restaurants add a lot of butter to enhance the flavor, but that also adds many calories. You can purchase organic ingredients if you desire.

Use Coupons
I am definately an advocate of using coupons. I save several dollars everytime I go shopping with coupons. Remember to keep them in the car, so you don't forget them. Frequently there are restaurant coupons in the paper, so you can save money when you do decide to eat out. There are also coupons for oil changes and other things. Just keep an eye out for them.

I hope these ideas have got you thinking about the current instability of the world and some things you can do to lessen the effect of rising prices on your family. I would love to hear any tips you have to add.

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