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Do you have any idea how much product is (was) made in China? I don’t exactly. But I certainly know that nearly every “thing” you buy has something in it or the “it” itself being from China.

You do know what’s going on right now, right? This COVID thing?

Do you also realize that “Coronavirus job losses could hit 47M, and the unemployment rate may surge to 32%” (exceeding the 24.9% peak during the Great Depression)? (source: St. Louis FED via FoxBusiness report)

Do you have any idea how badly the economic infrastructure of the United States already is, and will be damaged or destroyed because of what’s happening right now?

It doesn’t take too much in the way of critical thinking to understand some of the probable ramifications yet to come.

The biggest, (worst) of which will be shortages of just about EVERYTHING.

In my view, we are headed into a “official” depression. A Greater Depression. The COVID-19 virus was the trigger. Not the cause. We have lived frivolously for many, many decades while building gargantuan debt which is incomprehensible.

I believe that we’re in the beginning shock phase of panic, fear, and irrational decision-making — as we’ve just hurled over the top of the raging waterfall — when the earth drops away from under you causing that tickle feeling in your stomach as you go free-fall…

Man oh man I hope I’m wrong about this. I don’t want to live in a new world of the “Greater Depression”. However the more I analyze what has been going on and the more I see in the way of irrational over-reactionary decisions being made by governments…

I’m planning on that I’m right. Because if I’m wrong and everything reverts to “normal”, I will have lost nothing by having taken steps and precautions in preparation.

Think in terms of self sufficiency, survival with less

GET WHAT YOU NEED, NOW.

More and more things are becoming “unavailable”. Out of Stock. Period.

The new normal is probably going to include unavailability of many things, supplies, even foods.

[ Read: Severe Food Shortages in Weeks ]

I have considered myself to be very well prepared, and have been that way for a fairly long time. However, we’re never really prepared for everything.

I am now looking at being darn sure that I have the tools and supplies I may need during a period of “Greater Depression”.

For instance, do I have enough canning lids, jars? I thought I did, but maybe I don’t. Gotta count them.

It has apparently become quite difficult to find seeds right now. That’s right, seeds! I have a pretty good inventory at the moment, but today I’m going to double check. Do I need more of something or another? If I do, I better find them right now, just in case…

Might I need a few more gardening tools? Any tools? (I can always find excuses to buy tools). Spare batteries for my cordless tools? (They probably all come from China).

I have a decent amount of various lumber for future projects. But do I really? What might I need in the future? Any new fences? Think about those future projects. And the integrated supplies you will need.

I could go on down the list. However my point is that we may be entering a period of time when there will be shortages of just about everything. So you might want to get “it” right now, if you can. Whatever that may be.

Things have been disappearing on amzn too. It’ll probably get worse.
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  1. History repeats itself , always plan for the worst and you’ll never get a nasty surprise JMO

  2. You just gave the preamble and outline for a more powerful and insidious tyrannical government to appear. 24 trillion dollars in debt, a failed economy, mass unemployment, and no way to pay it back!!!! There is a bad storm coming! History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes,” Mark Twain …..

  3. The amount of products we (the USA) import form China is mind boggling.
    If not the product directly, many components are. Take that TV that was made in India, where do the components come from?
    The list is completely endless.

    Ken makes a very good point on Seeds, I try to grow Heirloom as much as I can, BUT honestly I have never had much success on harvesting Seeds, never needed to……. Until now?
    How’s the Fertilizer holding out?

    Canning and Preserving Supplies…..
    Make Pickles? How much Vinegar and Sugar you have on hand?
    Make Beer? How’s the Brew Yeast holding out?
    How about Baking Supplies?
    As Ken mentioned, Canning Lids, Plastic Freezer Bags, Seal-A-Meal Bags?
    Ok OK OK, the list could go on forever.
    Got Gin? Dog Food, TP?

    I sure as heck all my Gloom and Doom is wrong…. I hope in 6 months we’re all talking about an EMP and other SHTF stuff.

    How many here thought it would be a Virus Pandemic that crashed the Economy? Because I still do NOT believe this “Greater Depression” is the total result of the C-19……

    I’m betting a roll of TP that Soros is laughing his azz off at the USofA.

    Good Article Ken.

    1. The fallout is extensive. Even if the un-preparers can order fast food take out – there is a shortage of them foam containers for the food. The horror.

  4. It is my understanding that we have now entered into Recession territory, which I don’t find hard to believe, and I also heard and read that some major meat packing plants have shut down. That may possibly mean a shortage of meat in the next month or two. I’m sure farmers will be suffering more also, as laborers are getting hard to get to harvest crops and fruit. Those of us that had parents that went through the depression have a slight advantage, as we know about tough times. When possible, we need to share that knowledge with those young people that will listen. We need to teach them to conserve and ration available resources and food. This has been a “just in time world”, and I’m afraid that is going to have to change. People are going to have to learn how to make home cooked meals once again, and stop relying on frozen dinners and other fast foods. Left overs (unless they are really yummie) last longer than an expensive froze dinners. Those people that were already living paycheck to paycheck are really going to need help now. Unemployment is now running rampant, (and so is Government. I’d better not get started on that.) To sum it up, yes, try to get what you need now to last for a while, but not so much that you are considered a hoarder (way in excess of what you will ever need). And be sure to try and get those garden seeds for this year and next. Stay prepared my friends, and the sun will shine. And a few prayers won’t hurt either.

    1. And yet there are no real guidelines in regards to what constitutes a “hoarder.” Listening to some people, it’s anything more than what you need for this week, or even today. Governments raiding homes to find “millions” of masks, yes I would agree that is hoarding, but what “magistrate of local jurisdiction” signed off on that action, and what crime was s/he accused of?

      How long before it becomes socially unacceptable to keep more than a week’s worth of food and those who have more lose their jobs or their homes? Won’t happen? How about those who lost their families and livelihoods over a word, or a cake? Unaccused of any true crime, they stand convicted by social media and the employers (or courts) bow to that.

      1. Lauren:
        I think a hoarder might also be some one who goes into the store and completely cleans off the shelves when they don’t need it, and leaves nothing for anyone else. Yes, I agree, it’s hard to set a guideline as to what constitutes a hoarder. Is 6 months or a year of supplies that was stored well in advance of any emergency considered hoarding? I would say no, that it is being prepared. Yet some people (the grasshoppers) would chastise me for saying that. Well, POOP ON THEM! They will have a hard time taking it from me. All I can say is, I hope they like pain.

        1. For my money, only one legal question applies…. Was a given stash of whatever, LEGALLY ACQUIRED?
          Was it illegal to buy or posses, even in quantity? Was it paid for with legitimate currency?
          If you have a yes, no, yes frame of answers to the above, then govt of ALL stripes… Local, state AND federal, can kiss my @ss.
          For ANYONE, even under the guise of a govt ID to try to claim what is rightfully yours? Creates a 7.62 moment….
          Govt knows this. I don’t think they would ever try to do this door to door. The initiative would be short-lived and a lot of recently non-functioning govt employees would be strewn about in awkward heaps…

          1. That should be ESPECIALLY, rather than “even.”

            However, with that said they won’t need to. Those controlling the movement will make sure it’s a social phenomenon rather than legal. If your neighbor shames you for hoarding, all the rest of the sheep will jump on the bandwagon. Courts will uphold the action when a person is shamed on social media and loses their job or business as a consequence. Then said person can’t get a loan, or existing leases (apartments, cars) aren’t renewed because of social pressure. Some idiot on SM finds out and the person is blackballed from social media and their sins spread around. Isn’t that the way it works?

            The recent “trends” are quite troubling in that sense.

      2. It’s actually a little scary seeing all these people calling for folks to be locked up, fired, etc over not being as scared as them. People are starting to get a little edgy towards one another. It will get worse. Hang on.

  5. Ken, after reading the latest comments on your previous couple of articles this morning, we decided to get to the supermarket for meats…. I did not go, I sent my Mister with a list! :-) With today’s strong winds, if I’d have gone, I’d have been coughing from the pollen, scaring everyone. ROFL

    You mention extra lumber and such. I’ve had an interest in stockpiling for years but haven’t ever been able to get my husband on board with buying stock. We’re in a different world now, aren’t we? We had planned to do some interior projects later this summer, but need to rethink a few things based on probably supply issues. It may be best to buy now.

    Canning lids…..Yes, I’m the one who bought an entire case of regular and another case of wide-mouth rings and lids from Tattler. And I didn’t care for them. Well, by golly, it looks like I’ve got to suck-it-up and deal with those Tattlers now. :-)

    I wonder how many of us will wind up having some of our family moving in with us….another sign of the Depression era lifestyle.

    1. Modern Throwback:
      “I wonder how many of us will wind up having some of our family moving in with us….”
      Most likely NOT going to happen.
      Most of ‘family’ in in Potland area, totally oblivious as far as Preparing. True Libturds…. And yes that was polite… HAHAHA
      Other brother is in LA county CA. and owns an electric car….. enough said
      With that said, I’ll go on to say there is some Family here that would be welcome, bring yar own TP!!!!

    2. Oddly, some folks anticipated a move to multi- generational housing.
      I had a bad feeling as Barack began gaining political traction in the summer of 2008. We moved from crowded south Florida to the north Georgia mountains and built a 6200 sq ft monstrousity of a house, one that could easily fit 3 full families without us stepping on each other’s toes.
      It sits on a lake with a nice creek running along the bottom of the property. It sits atop a hill and can only be approached by crossing a bridge, which is about 80 meters away. Either side of it are swampy conditions, and an uphill climb with NO cover or concealment. My prepping mindset at the time was geared toward economic collapse or possibly EMP. A pandemic never even crossed my radar….
      But…. Aside from a 12 year wait as a potential collapse came to fruition, i don’t regret one solitary dollar of this investment. And lo snd behold… Both my pre-teen daughters at the time have grown into women, and BOTH are here with their significant others. It is fullfilling the EXACT primary purpose for which it was designed and built.
      The wife thought i was nuts building this place for this specific purpose. She was also a bit dismayed watching a sh*t-ton of money go bye bye on prepping supplies of all stripes. She is thankful now…

    3. The problem with stocking up on lumber is that the uncured crap you get at the big box stores tends to twist and warp if not used quickly.

  6. I think I’ll order a new drive sprocket for my chainsaw. Probably a new bar, though I don’t need a new one yet. One of those things that would be VERY hard to make.

    I have to keep telling myself, it’s not a waste. You’ll need/use it eventually.

    1. Yes, sir. It never hurts to have a spare on your tools. Two is one and one is none, but 4 is more. I try to keep several parts to all my important tools. I don’t know about you but my chainsaw is very important to me. Hope all is well with you.

    2. Good thought! Mine? Water heater heating elements!
      The water heater is 12 years old now, and a nagging ferling had me tracking down replacement heating elements for it.
      Nothing will turn a prep/survival party into an unpleasant shitshow like NO hot water… Especially in the dead of winter!

  7. Here are just two quotes from a couple of other sites I read:

    CoViD19 “…things are going to be different and if you don’t accept that, your acclimation period will be dangerously long. As Selco always says, the sooner you understand the new rules, the better off you’ll be.”

    “The United States as you knew her in February 2020 is dead. There. You have it. Deal with it and plan your life.”

    Gloom and doom?? Nah. Just facts, I think. We are beginning to live in the new normal. Shortages will be a big part of that new normal. Making do with what you have, never throwing anything away – my grandma lived that way all her life and taught me to think the same way. DH mom, ditto.

    Someone above said to teach the next generation. Yes, we should.

    And teach them to prep their souls.

    1. I hear what you’re saying…. But for 80% of this newest generation?
      Trying to teach them common sense and self-reliance is like trying to catch a fart with chicken wire… Lol

  8. As far as seeds, I’m going to go out on a limb with my next suggestion. I can only say that it’s worked for me.

    This year, after you’ve planted everything in special boxes with special soils and the perfect water, take some of those leftover seeds and just scatter them in your native soil. Then walk away.

    In the fall, go look at them and harvest whatever seeds have grown. Those will be your strongest seeds, from your strongest plants, the ones that didn’t need to be coddled in order to grow and thrive. Even if you just get one little stalk that’s a quarter the size of most, KEEP those seeds.

    Plant them again next year, some in your gardens and some just scattered wherever for your second generation. Third generation is the key.

    1. I just did that!!! Been saving older sees and figured what the heck….just tossed them out her the edge of the field.

      1. Sigh. Hate spell-check……out THERE at the edge of the field. And older SEEDS…. Egads.

    2. If you can’t get seeds how about finding a farmers market , grocery store ect that sells heirloom fruits and veggies. With some luck you can harvest the seeds from those.

    3. Lauren,

      Another consideration for seeds. When I was young, we planted pintos and blackeyed peas using those we bought from the store to eat. Always had good luck with raising them that way.

      Same with watermelon, cantaloupe, and butternut squash. I still throw the seeds from those we eat onto the rough hillside of my pasture. Have a good crop of each every year. The vines flourish in the pasture grass I leave un-mowed when the vines appear. Do have to compete with the coons, possums, and other critters for the harvest though.

  9. Just heard on the radio that Florida Dept of Ag has a “Florida Farm To You” section set up on its website. Its set up so producers can list their items, qty, etc. for consumers and businesses. I checked out the site and there are only a few items available but it may increase as it gets more exposure. You may want to check with your state AG dept and see if they are doing something similar.

    A&O

    1. That’s because the farmers can’t sell their produce to their original buyers–schools, theme parks and a few others.
      They are upset that America groceries are buying from foreigners and not them–gotta see it their way on this.
      12,000 acres of green beans were being plowed under.
      I suggest the govt. work fast and provide a way to get this to those needing it.

    2. Was disappointed in the ‘Florida Farm To You’ links, as the Florida Dept of Ag had likened it to
      an overflow of unsold farm produce, which as far as I could tell was untrue…

  10. When the “free money” runs out on July 31 and the vast majority of unemployed that didn’t go back to work and instead chose to draw a government handout for 4 months realize the party is over, there will be a Covid-19 reality hangover like we have never seen. This money will not be used to prepare for future needs but instead will be wasted on lotto tickets, beer, hair weaves, TVs, new rims, weed and partying. (Low IQ people never learn since the government has once again stepped in and gave them a handout).

    By then the economy will have completely tanked, the national debt will have skyrocketed and the shortages will lead to civil unrest. The fun has only started and we the working tax payers and property owners will be left paying for this enormous folly in raised millage rates to cover local, state and federal losses from uncollected sales tax, business taxes, fuel taxes etc.

    1. Romeo Charlie –

      Agree all… and I’ll just add, that will be the start of the peak heat of summer too. God have mercy on us all.

      1. “7.62… The only legit cure that i can see for unmitigated and unprovoked violence directed at innocents.” – Boogalinians 17:76

    2. When they raised the minimum wage from 5.35, I was living in an apartment in a low rent area. People who were living on minimum wage with families to support went NUTS, buying new cars, new TV’s, new furniture, going on expensive vacations, anything and anything, in anticipation of the “new” income.

      Then rents went up, prices went up, utilities went up and they were in a worse hole than before. Same when the last “stimulus” gave people extra, or every year at tax time when people get a “refund.” I expect no different this time.

      1. Hi Lauren,
        You bring home a good point. Many of us that old got caught up in debt and depended on what wages we would get buying stuff we couldn’t afford, then boom! lost the job, then came the recession…. But most of us here are better prepared than those old days having learned an important lesson that will save our lives.

  11. My Mother went through the Depression of the 1930’s. First in the slums of Chicago, then they moved out in to the country. She always said, “If it wasn’t for Fruit trees, a garden, and chickens, we would have starved to death”. I fondly remember my Grandmother’s home made peach and apple pies.

    I know that it is a “Prepper Thing” but let’s not “foretell the future”? Tough times don’t last, tough people do!

  12. Just remember, your best prep is a notebook and pencil! Use it. Get only what you think you’ll NEED. Learn to be “grey.” Simplify!!! Then tackle the extra ‘wants’ for everyone. Be prudent, but look forward. Not just this spring and summer, but fall and winter needs also.

    Blessings to all. Be safe.

    1. DJ5280;
      You bring a very good point…
      NOW is the time to start preparing for next Fall and Winter.

      1. I’d go it a step deeper. I’m looking at Fall/Winter 2021 right now. I think I’m good for most things next spring. Little things like getting boots for next year now. Plus some spare sets of work jeans and overalls. I already loaded up on socks and such things.

        1. Never thought about socks! I’ve been looking for good merino wool socks to wear with my boots here in FL. I need light weight, for obvious reasons….any suggestions?

          1. Pendleton Wool makes excellent wool socks that are lightweight. I got a six-pack at Costco of all places (prior to Covid). I think you can order them online from them also. Or try Pendleton Wool direct.

          2. Bombas
            They donate one for every one you buy, nice socks too, from practical to fruity, whatever your taste they have em

  13. “It matters not how strait the gate,
    how charged with punishments the scroll;
    I am the Master of My Fate,
    the Captain of my Soul.”

    James Conrad

    1. I’ll do you one better:

      Silver for the Mistress, Copper for the Maid,
      Gold for the craftsman cunning in his trade.
      “Good” said the Baron sitting in his Hall,
      “But iron, cold iron, is the master of them all!”

      -Kipling

  14. My Mom also grew up during the Depression. They had the family grocery store in their rural town, chickens, a big garden, and a big family to work it all. That saved them. Mom was an avid conservator of everything. Now I, an older woman, am too. I’ve done little by little over the years because I could see the storm clouds rising. I tore myself away from family, friends and job in the city and got out off-grid ten years ago. No matter what we store, life will still radically change. In the little or big ways we can, we have to go Amish. Basics are often forgotten; flour, sugar, salt, yeast, baking soda and powder, milk powder, candles, matches, rope, batteries, seeds, blankets, soap, bleach, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, beans, rice, butter powder, cooking oil, oil lamps, water filter, work shoes, self-defense.

  15. As crazy as things may seem now perhaps we are really in the calm before the storm. Time to top off all preps and to think about what may be coming. I remember an old ad (cars I think) that said something to the effect of “when they’re gone they’re gone!” this is what we are facing now or at least shortly. Don’t wait if you need it and can get it do so.

  16. On NBC nightly news just now, Tyson closing one plant for cleaning in Georgia, and they also talked about virus issues at JBS meatpackers, the world’s largest processor of fresh beef and pork… (looks like Cargill and Smithfield round out the top 4). A lot of employees working at these plants, with many tons of meat moving through the process.
    So the topic of possible meat shortages has now been well and truly reported by the MSM…

    1. The problem there is even though the sheeple saw the news ( if they watched it ) putting that together with a future shortage is beyond some of their comprehension. The grocery store always has meat right? I don’t think most have the ability to put the fact that they closed some plants means a shortage in the store

      1. Poorman
        It never ceases to amaze me how many people think their food comes from the grocery store or Costco,,,,
        Barely a thought of where it originated, i spoke to someone the other day who had no idea that our produce and meat came from the mainland, they thought it was all just bought by the supermarkets locally.
        Personally i cant grasp that level of ignorance.

      2. Of course they always have meat, they grow it in tanks in the back don’t cha know nuttin? When the riots start I’m gonna grab me one a dem vats n grow me stakes.

  17. Out of Stock is what I see every time I try to place a Sam’s Club order or Amazon order regarding food items that would be good long term pantry choices. I am still sending food down to ex DIL. She is getting the items bit by bit. Her hours have been cut but she is still working from home so I want to do what I can now while it is available. Much of what I did find today, will not even be shipping until the end of the month. I hope it makes it.

    The area stores that I have been in (just two) are okay for items that she could use, but it would be cost prohibitive for me to mail it and it would probably be stolen before it got to her. Today I went shopping in the local grocery for my older neighbor that returned home. I was able to get most everything she wanted and even found a couple buy one get one free items, but she spent $97 for a few bags that I would normally spend around $60 for same at Aldis. She likes her own specific store so I went where she prefers for her, although I did insist on getting her Jif PB at Dollar store as jar was bigger and cost $1 less per jar.

    I picked up some marigold and nasturtium seeds at the dollar store also, along with a couple more plastic storage containers. When buying the seeds, don’t forget to get a few of the flowers to brighten your day and bring in the pollinators. And how about some bone meal or epsom salt too. Japanese beetle traps.

    My brain is starting to hurt …too many lists…..time for a break. You are all in my prayers this Good Friday. Take care all.

  18. Been dragging my feet on picking up my first handheld ham radio. Finally pulled the trigger on a Yaesu I’d been looking at for several months. Glad I did because double checked Amazon and the model is no where to be found. Found on another site for a lot more than I had paid. Realize it’s not Chinese but a prime example of things that may become harder and harder to get your hands on. Always been intimidated by coms as I don’t have much an understanding of how to operate but glad I finally took this first step. If anyone knows of any online “ham for beginners” classes or videos let me know.

    1. There are lots of good online resources. Start with ARRL.org, or “No-Nonsense” study material. eHam.com has exact online tests…… Best of Luck to you

      Doug K5DHL
      (Central Oklahoma)

    2. There are lots of good online resources. Start with ARRL.org, or “No-Nonsense” study material. eHam.com has exact online tests…… Best of Luck to you

      Doug K5DHL
      (Central Oklahoma)

    3. Also, ARRL.org can help you find a class at a local Ham Club….. Ham Club almost everywhere hold classes during the evening or weekends, usually free, but most require the purchase of an ARRL license study book, about 15 buckaroos….. tests used to be about 15 bucks too, held at the same local club.

  19. Also going to head out for a supply run tomorrow. Western part of our state is getting hammered but hardly any cases out East (where I’ll be headed). At this point more nervous about what things may look like in a few months with potential shortages. Plan on masking up and making as few stops as possible. Working in health care and being around people all day long I figure a BJs run pales in comparison. Hope everyone is staying safe, god bless.

  20. I agree we should prepare but I thought the Chinese factories are now back online for the most part. Doubt major shortages. Likely minor interruptions. We’ll see

    1. Sam, There are many steps between a Chinese factory and Your stocked shelf in local store… at every step there can be a delay of days to months. If you want to rsk your supply on China, availability of transport, sick or well warehouse workers/loaders/unloaders .. that be your choice and your price to pay.

  21. There are shortages now in many areas,not just food and TP. If you don’t have a good stockpile of whatever you use on a regular basis it will soon be too late to go and buy it . We are making lists of what is crucial to our needs and we are going to fill the gaps as best we can.
    We did a town run onThursday and found our local Bi Mart store had noTP, napkins, paper towels,hand sanitizer, handi wipes or spam. Auto traffic was 40% of normal.
    The grocery store had limits on many items and large eggs were $4.29 per dozen. There was no fresh chicken or fresh fish products. Gas price in our area is $ 2.39 per gallon.
    I would not have thought the C-virus would be the trigger that evaporated the economy. Instead of our governor doing shutdowns statewide he should have had county commissioners deal with things at a local level. Our rural ag oriented county is totally unlike the Seattle area .
    It is too late to do any serious prepping but I think that we have time to fill in the holes in our individual inventories.

    1. Bluesman said, “Instead of our governor doing shutdowns statewide he should have had county commissioners deal with things at a local level. Our rural ag oriented county is totally unlike the Seattle area .”

      Yes, yes, yes! I agree. I’ve been saying that out loud (to Mrs.J here at the house) for some time. Focus on the hot zones. The rural areas are barely touched by this right now. Whereas the population dense cities (and several in particular) are THE hot zones.

  22. While certain items are difficult to find right now, be aware of things that are not yet in short supply. On a recent trip to town, my S-I-L visited Costco and a grocery store. He wanted to see what panic buying had eliminated and what was available. Costco, as anticipated, had no potatoes, however there was an abundance of plums. He bought a bunch. We canned some awesome plum BBQ sauce and added to our preps. At the grocery store were 40 lb bags of carrots; another item to process and store.
    Don’t be blinded by what’s not there and fail to see abundance and opportunity!

    1. Yes !!! Opportunities are everywhere.

      My last trip to the store it had potatoes. I didn’t need any (just us two at home now) but since I was allowed to buy one bag, I did. The next day I canned them.

  23. I went to the local hardware store and bought some more spare bars for my chainsaws. Don’t really need them but I do wear out one per year per saw. Should be good for as many years as I have gasoline for.

    Peculiar things were gone from the hardware store. Instinct is not enough capacity for non-essential items to be moved through warehouse to distribution to trucking it to the end store.

  24. I haven’t hunted in years, but I like to be prepared. When times were good I bought a crossbow and some bolts. Another year I bought a semi-auto shotgun (12 gauge, because the ammo is easier to find). Another year I bought 144 crossbow bolts (Can’t find those for sale now, wish I bought 288 instead of 144). I bought a few dozen hunting broadheads another year. Knives, Knife sharpeners, Heirloom seeds, Canning supplies, Water storage & filtration… Spring, summer and fall are good times to work hard, just remember to be ready for a long hard winter (be prepared, not scared).

    1. It sure feels gratifying to realize that one’s slow, gradual accumulation of supplies and “tools” may one day become essential, or at least very helpful having done so…

    1. Ken
      Its interesting
      Even here there is pushback against the reach or over reach, latest is resistance and displeasure with NG deploying into our communities,
      Going to be interesting to see how it unfolds

      1. I felt led to start a pantry several years ago.
        It has grown in supply & size.
        Military friend shared with me that to look at experation dates on cans. Then add 10 years.
        He said you might have to add a little extra seasonings of some sort, but your good to go.
        He said it was still safe as long as can not physically damaged.
        I have opened cans 5 years past time line & they were fine.
        Your right about shortages. If this “problem” ever ends, I think alot of items will remain in short supply.
        On a positive note, we have a Great God & He is still in control.
        Keep your “paper” Bibles handy, cause they don’t need electricity.
        Psalms 91: 1 – 16
        Blessings to you all on this Easter Sunday 2020.

  25. Many of these “shortages” are not caused by hoarders but by government and legal interference. WHY can an onion farmer not bag up his product and take a truck to the nearest grocery store? WHY can that milk farmer not have potential customers come and fill up their jugs or jars?

    Why must butchers close for lack of product while ranchers are destroying their animals because the auctions are closed down?

    Why can’t the distributor find another market? Because the government says they can’t. If there’s TP in the warehouse, but the schools are closed, why not send that TP to the stores where there’s a shortage? Contracts, of course.

    We’ve given our “free market” economy into the hands of government and big business, which will NOT give up that control easily.

    1. Lauren….I agree, Govt interference, or govt diversion (to their own/important folks stores).

      At any rate, what about some version of Farmer’s Market (while keeping distance of course). Why couldn’t that be encouraged?

    2. You are correct. We have snared ourselves in a web of regulations and “authoritative” bodies of .gov (un-elected by the way) which control our very lives. All this, to save us from ourselves of course…

  26. I forgot to mention we had a gas war on the reservation near us – .625 per gallon! We filled up everything we could. They only had it for a couple days and there was not even a line when we got there. Now up to .99 per gallon which is still cheap.

  27. “7.62… The only legit cure that i can see for unmitigated and unprovoked violence directed at innocents.” – Boogalinians 17:76

  28. Check out reusable canning jar lids. Invented during the Great Canning Lid Shortage of 1975, these are food-grade practically indestructible plastic, with removable, reusable rubber gaskets… the gaskets are reusable until they are damaged… usually last 6 years.
    Two brands: Tattler, and Harvest Guard. Prices are similar for both brands. (Competition is good!) Harvest Guard’s pack of 50 regular lids with gaskets is $34, making each lid/gasket set $.68… but divide that by 6 years, and it’s less than 12¢/each, per year. Compare THAT with Ball prices!
    But it gets better! A sleeve of 100 gaskets is only $20… which is 20¢ apiece… about 3.3¢ per year per gasket.
    This is my kind of prepping!

  29. I didn’t read all comments above but just gave 2 dozen wide mouth lids to a friend that gave me tomatoes. The shortage I’m reading about could be because manufacturing has shut down and the tin shortage is here if lids are even made of tin.
    Luckily, I stock lots of crap since 2008/2009 and at the Amish stores stocked up on regular lids. So those lids now you’re buying suggesting 12 months for shelf life after used to can??? Mine are good for years because they are from many years ago when they kept food safe for years. I ate canned tomatoes, green beans, and tomato juice in 2012 I canned in 1992…hidden in a closet and found when we moved. Yep–20 years old and they tasted like fresh.

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