Tuesday, September 30, 2008
my ongoing project
Ok, I know that you guys don't stop here for financial news or investment tips. In fact, I get lots of hits for "girls and fragile x" and "cuttlebug" (which I have not used since LAST YEAR, boo hoo).
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about the tumult of the financial markets and how it impacts my own lil world. We're a single income military family who does not have HUGE resources, so every penny counts in my house. When things started to go bad about 18 months ago, Greg and I stepped up and started paying off debt like crazy (I am soooo glad that we did.) Although we still have some left to pay, it'll be much easier now.
My focus, as the Mom, as the Head Cook and Nutritionist is to make food that everyone likes and will keep us healthy. I've watched the prices of everything climb in the past 12 months, sometimes doubling or tripling, Even though my mom might not think I was paying attention, I am blessed that she imparted her frugal ways on me. You see, she was born in 1935 and she knew what hunger was like. So did my dad, who was born in 1929. They both knew what it was like to do without. Growing up in their house, we always had a full pantry. I mean BURSTING with staples. My dad was afraid that things would go south and we'd be hungry. I carried that lesson with me into MY adulthood and no matter how little money I've ever had, I've ALWAYS had a full pantry. I don't think we, as a society, know what it is like to do without. We jsut whip out another credit card and charge it....
Today is no different. With our financial future uncertain and prices going up and up and up, I started, in earnest, recreating a Food Storage. My house is small (I think it's less than 1100 sq ft) and we have virtually no storage space in our house. But I made some room in the Area formerly known as the Craft Spot. (notice the stamps in the top left corner of the photo...I haven't stamped in FOREVER, I should just give them away....)
To some, I might sound like an alarmist. But it scares me, it really does.
I am glad that I am not heavily reliant on processed everything (although we do use some mixes, I won't lie). I know how to make stuff from scratch. I make my own bread. I use powdered milk. I could live out of a camper or tent if I had to. Now, I'm not talking about being a survivalist. I KNOW someone like that. She's a complete wacko and not fit for society at all. But she and her family probably won't even notice if the stock market crashes.
I just wanted to be prepared. No one ever says, "Oh great!! I was too prepared!" My husband is grateful for my efforts, as I am grateful for the work he does for his family.