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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

militant frugality 1 of 2


MILITANT FRUGALITY

Way back in the day when I first started out writing ( but before I was thrown into the deep end of a financial calamity pool without trunks or a floatation device-in other words when I still thought I was supposed to strive towards middle class and breeding future middle class clones until the ex-wife changed my mind for me ), there was a publication out “The Tightwad Gazette”.  You can find it reprinted in book form, now.  Then, it covered how to pretend to still be middle class but cheaper.  What it didn’t do was teach real financial frugality.  Neither did my childhood.  I learned old timey and crafts and off grid stuff but it was all still middle class orientated.  I’m glad my mom went through her Hippie and Mother Earth News phase as my learning curve in adulthood was shortened because of it, but there was never anything covering escaping the Rat Race.  I had to learn all that on my own.  And having learned it the hard way, I’m inclined to feel sorry for you people and give you the sixty second course on how to live frugally.  It has nothing to do with saving dryer lint for kids crafts projects or putting a brick in the toilet tank to save water.  That is White People Suburban Frugal.

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Here, as I’ve mentioned it before, is the meat of REAL frugality.  You can’t have a car, rent or any debt.  It doesn’t get any simpler than that-although because you desperately want to live a middle class life to retain your chimp society rank you’ll make excuses to retain each one.  But those are actually the easy parts.  The hard part is, You Can’t Always Get What You Want.  Every purchase in life must always be viewed through the lens of BTN & Good Enough.  Better Than Nothing is, why, Un-American! And Good Enough?  Nothing is too good for you because you are Baby Jesus’ Super Double Time Favorite Person!  Who am I to argue with that?  Well, here is the thing, skipper.  In case you kind of missed it, we have been in a Greater Depression for over eight years now.  And, because that Depression was started by global Peak Oil in 2005 and both BTU delivered and Net Energy has declined and the Fracking Fags were as wrong as wrong can be, we CAN’T go back to before 2005 or 2007.  It is simply impossible-every day the oil tank decreases in volume and another huge chunk of population is added.  The fundamentals are solid.  Economic contraction is here to stay.  So, you have very little choice in the matter as to whether you want to live frugally or not. 

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It is going to happen to you.  The question, besides the timing, is whether you want to control that descent or not.  When you reply, “You might as well enjoy the good life while you can”, what I am hearing is, “I’ll live middle class until I lose it and then we will be living out of a tent”.  That is not controlling the economic and financial descent but just reacting badly to it.  Just like moving out to the country and trying to pacify the natives, just like starting to garden, just like most things done correctly, you need the tools and you need the learning experience.  It isn’t something done well by being done half-assed.  You need time.  Time to get it right.  You call yourselves survivalists, buying all those gee-whiz flash-bang tools of war, and you have no idea how to live frugally.  That knowledge is a tool.  You can’t read it, you have to live it.  And it takes close to zero money.  It just SAVES you money.  And you can’t do it.  You are too lazy and spoiled. 

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Let me give you a nice example.  You had a great life, living in the suburbs.  Drinking K-cup coffee and driving a SUV.  Your preps were semi-automatic carbines and freeze dried foods.  And that was all you needed.  Because, you know, a disaster of your choice would wipe out the banks instantly and you would never lose your home or job.  Why practice living cheaper?  You needed MORE money, for more deadly zombie killing firepower.  Suddenly, you get a pink slip and the bank doesn’t play nice and you get kicked out of your home quickly.  You want to stay at friends, but they are all homeless too.  Family is too far away and you don’t have enough gas money because all your savings were used to stay in the house longer.  Nobody has a job and can’t buy any of your junk you had one weekend to sell at a garage sale.  You have freeze dried foods, and there always is Food Stamps, so you can eat.  But that is the only good thing.  One traffic ticket and they find out your car is trying to be repo’ed.  Where can you live?  In Hobo Town?  You have the kids to think of, and you figure half those bums are off the grid to avoid pedophile charges.  No matter, you’ll live in a tent in a patch of weeds if you have to.

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But you’ll be moving about constantly, won’t you?  It is an illegal squat.  And the cops have no problem busting you and demanding fines.  As you are unemployed.  You might get a cool judge, play the Kid Card.  Or, you might be weeks in jail and working for free in Community Service.  Way to provide for your family.  Just the slightest Economic Depression Preps would have sufficed to avoid all that, and the smallest experience living frugally would have cushioned the blow further.  More Tomorrow.

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22 comments:

  1. Let me guess - property you can reach on foot that the banks cant/wont seize from you is the first prep.
    Actually living on it as much as you can is the second.
    Junk land MUST be the first prep of any real collapse preparation.

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    1. Reachable on foot is ideal, not always realistic. Better to be in debt for a car than land. Yes, this article shows the ideal, but you compromise and have debt on one thing instead of everything. I've lived my life without cars because I was financially frugal, but now I see how living without them will be forced on all of us. I'm just saying, get used to the idea and plan for it. Unlimited driving forever? I've got a fracking well I'd like to sell you.

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  2. I think that the no car clause is the deal breaker for most of your followers James. Elko is unique in that there are plenty of jobs, and land even a few miles outside of town is still cheap, but most junk land is miles from anything. Retired folks, or those that can telecommute, or work from home, can pull this off, but most probably can't. I think a good compromise is a motorcycle. I'd suggest a moped (No insurance, or even special license in many states) if you can make one work for you, but there again, most of this type of land is surrounded by interstates with high speed limits, so this probably won't be an option.


    “As you are unemployed. You might get a cool judge, play the Kid Card.”


    You won't get that lucky if you have kids. The judge will ship the kids off to CPS, an institution that's often worse than the place where the kids were removed from in the first place. And it will take far less than even a charge of homeless vagrancy. I've heard some jackasses suggesting removal over issues such as childhood obesity, so that's where we're at today in our do gooder society. Better to keep the kids out of site, out of mind if you ever find yourself in this situation.

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    1. All my junk land-Arkansas and Arizona and Texas-was within doable biking distance. Not easy, but doable.

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    2. I'm the Elko minion James. We're the same age, and while I'm not fat, I have very low energy levels. Biking 5 miles to and from water would probably be quite a challenge for me. I was thinking a motorcycle with a trailer. I still have a Jeep that has long since been out of registration, but don't really want to go down that road. I'm guessing that Ryndon doesn't offer much in the way of groceries or supplies, so Elko is probably a more realistic place to have to expect to shop I would think? I feel that a motorcycle is the lesser of two evils.

      Given time, I hope to set up a cistern and to not have to haul water, but it probably has to be a pretty serious cistern to contain enough water to last through the year, and I can't say for certain that what I end up with will be that good?

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    3. You are right on all counts. Lesser of evils is necessary right now-and try for that e-solar bicycle for the future post-gasoline to get you to the river when the cistern drops down

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  3. I've done it the hard way as well, but started along time ago, living on junk land, growing food, using a bike, moped and motorcycle at times. Its hard living, especially in the winter, but now I look around at everyone I knew who did it the other way, and they're hurtin. And they,re starting to look at me in a different light. The world,s lookin pretty raw,too, just ready to burst. And I'm so glad I took those steps. It was rough, people,s attitude were demeaning at times, I risked life and limb. But I have learned so much on my own, figured alot out. Its second nature now, and doesn't seem like such a hardship. It has been well worth jumping off at the point that I did, like ten years ago

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  4. Jim I may sound like a broken record but cheap tax properties are available In city on outskirts. In the country they are harder to find but private sale can be found. Abandoned and burnt down houses owners can be located using GIS maps and county property records both on line. Property then an insulated shed covers homelessness for less than 1000$ is doable. You will never find what you want or can afford with a relator . Don't be shy aunt May could be tired of paying taxes on that acre her brother left her 15 years ago. You have to ask her !

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    1. At this point the outskirts of town debt free is better than just a dream of it while living in the city and desperately wishing away the financial collapse.

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  5. Off topic, from yesterdays comment section:
    "Doesn't the bible allow wife beating as long as the stick is less the diameter of your thumb? Good stuff in there, but a bear searching out the good stuff. And people complain Lucifer's Hammer is too long."

    That's not in there or anything close to it. You're referring to that "other" religion that came about around 600 AD. They do (sadly) tell you to beat your wife and the practice continues to this day.
    Peace out

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    1. I'm pretty sure I'm correct about this one, but can't be bothered with further research so I'll concede the point right now. Did you read the article on religion over at Daily Impact? Hilarious. Listed all the bad things the Muslims are allowed to do, then you find out it is our bible. Stuff like stoning unbelievers.

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    2. For a "man" who claims to read 2 to 5 books a week you now claim you have never read the bible and never heard of the KORAN? Which is not the BIBLE!

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    3. Easy, Francis! I know of the bible and the Koran and I shall never read either.

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    4. I'm not 6:33 or 10:40 James, nor am I a biblical scholar, but I believe that one was debunked. It's like another one that the feminists like to throw around as fact, “the good wife's guide” from the 1950's. I had a tough time finding a confirmation at snopes, and instead had to read through a diatribe of some white knight mangina faggot banging on about what an “unenlightened” time it was. Some others sites though, including Wikipedia pretty much laid waste to it.

      Other popular statements that liberals mindlessly prattle off without fact checking them first are:

      1. There are more whites than minorities on public assistance. (To a point they're right, in a disingenuous sort of way, but they're leaving out some very important facts in that statement, such as a breakdown by demographic, which is all telling).

      http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2015/demo/p70-141.pdf?eml=gd&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

      2. The divorce rate is higher in the red states than it is in the blue states (Again, highly dubious at best, because they are again omitting important information).

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    5. I got the "thumb/stick info from second hand sources, and more than one, but of course all the erroneous quotes could have originated from the same source. I look at these kinds of things ( such as what you cited above ) like I do scientific theories-they always evolve. If I'm proven wrong it is no skin off my nose as I was only going by the information I had at the time.

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  6. Has anyone ever tried living vehicle-free in a tent in a squat-situation with a rifle? Im-f-ing-possible. That visible long arm makes you an immediate target of gun-haters/police/everyone, unless you are already in small-town-rural where you are part of the tribe. Thus, you need your own land.
    A pistol is not so expensive, even a good one like S&W J-frame pocket squeezer (which is easy to use non-dom hand inside coat pocket). If you aren't a felon, DomViolence misdemeanor convict (this is just wrong!), or dope-fiend, you can get a State Concealed Carry permit for under $100 that is cheaper than a single "unlawful concealed carry" ticket (and losing weapon). A CCP may allow you to take immediate delivery or skip cost of background check in some states.
    Bicycling is good for most trips, but if you need to do a semi-white collar job (like bartender) more than a couple of easy miles away, a scooter will get you there cheap until the job is kaput (along with the fuel and parts, law & order, paper money, etc.). Bicycles as backup, to become primary transport as shf. A 20' ConEx box on junk land is a place to lock the bikes up (individually locked to welded hardpoints inside) with service parts.
    Agree with Anon 12:05 in that minor children must be hidden and given cover stories and escape-evasion-recovery plans to avoid losing family, even in current "good times".
    K-cup koffee is the worst deal short of walk-up/take-out coffee. It's at least 3x as expensive by weight and adds a bunch of non-recyclable trash. The machines are expensive-heavy-big-complex-hard2clean-energy hogs, compared to a drip or moka-pot system. I am a lifelong Seattle-Portland coffee nerd/snob from early 1970's who has devolved to buying green beans and batch roasting over fire for freshness. The shops have stale beans, unless you see a Probat machine and smell burned shells when you walk in. Stores have weeks-old coffee, at best, so you might as well get $2.99 (made in Germany!) 8oz instant crystals weaponized caffeine brew. Instant coffee is disaster crack, almost money if foil-sealed.

    pdxr13

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    1. I'm lucky. We get cases of the Starbucks instant tubes and there is always some extra I can take-right into storage for future barter.

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  7. You missed the most important step in militant frugality of all: no kids! There's hardly anything you can do that costs more money in the long run. Just suck it up, realize that in a world of 7 billion your genes aren't needed, and refuse to bring new suckers into this world.

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    1. If you can avoid the hospital and college, and use breast feeding and cloth diapers, kids are close to zero expense. Just a few clothes and some extra gruel. Raising them American is what costs so much.

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    2. My near 10 year old has cost us less than 15k total to date, and helps with the chores to the point the kid is now starting to offset some of the costs to us. Of course the child has seen a doctor less than once a year, was breast fed, and potty trained at a young age and born at home with a pre-paid midwife. As far as food costs go it hasn't ramped up yet though in the teenage years we expect that to change. Kids clothes can be had for cheap - less than $100 per year until now. The most expensive single item in infancy after the child birth was the car seat, and the most expensive since then has been the computer for the home schooling (both bought lightly used).
      I agree it doesn't make sense to bring a whole lot of kids into the world - especially if you cant care for them. But I see a lot of good people choosing to skip kids for no good reason, and a lot of - well lets be honest here- genetic wastes of space, who have far too many kids.
      The movie Idiocracy has a good little example of what that can bring us if things don't collapse first.
      People can pass on genetic and cultural/behavioral inheritances. If you are flawed in both kids should be kept as far from you as possible (other than using you as a bad example). If you are flawed in genetics but a positive in culture/behavior you should adopt to teach a kid. If you are flawed in culture/behavior but good genetics you should give up and spawn you have for adoption.
      If you are decent in both behavior/culture and genetics you should have 1 kid to carry on the family name, and the positive traits you and the mate have (and to care for you both in old age). If you are extraordinary in both genetics and culture and behavior you might want to consider as many as 2 kids.

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    3. No one considers the cost/benefits or the species effects-they just breed according to their emotions or impulses.

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