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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

flee in 30 days part 1


FLEE IN 30 DAYS

This is not advice on bugging out in the traditional sense.  You must anticipate events and leave early.  You are, in effect, giving notice at work and leaving your area and moving to another.  All aboveboard and legitimate like millions do every year with nothing doomer or prepper or panicker  related as far as everyone knows.  This is a condensed time version of the six month plan on leaving the rat race and prepping at the same time.  Since it is accomplished in a months time you must plan far more carefully since you won’t have as much income to invest in things.  Also, being a one month plan this should meet with the approval of the spouse.  It isn’t so much a “get out of debt” plan as a “relocate to a cheaper and safer place” plan.  You’ll still be looking for a job and living as close to possible as normal, to also win the approval of said spouse.  It has a higher rate of success since you are working closer to the approved middle class paradigm.  You can keep a car and other effects.  You’ll still be tied to the “normal” world as per the wife’s wishes and be much safer and better prepared as per yours ( for newbies here, yes, I understand some gals lead in the preppers ball dance, but are rare.  So the males viewpoint predominates here.  Don’t mistake for misogynist tendencies.  If I were to always refer to gals as Bitches & Ho’s [ “Boys In The Hood“ movie reference ], then you could make that assumption ).

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Okay, all of us seriously into preparedness have long term goals.  One of which, inevitably, is moving out of the city to the boonies.  And while I would love to live in the boonies, if you are like me you need a job.  And, probably also just like me, you aren’t a super educated professional ( since I’m far too analytical and not at all responsive in a timely manner, I deemed my only quasi-professional training and experience as a LEO to be an incorrect career path and settled for lower end management which isn’t professional at all but simple OJT capable ) who can work out of his home.  The boonies isn’t conducive for employment for most of us ( also, remember that any job that can be conducted from your home can simply be transferred to another country when your boss needs to save money, so beware outsourcing of your telecommuting career if you are redoubt bound ).  So you settle for as small of a city or town as possible and live outside that where land is cheaper.

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Once affordable land meets employment location, you have a place to move to, outside of your present hellhole one.  Is it a perfect location?  Of course not.  The boonies is best.  But once you start on the road towards acquiring Only The Best Because My Life Is Worth It, you’ll find you can’t afford anything and you sit and rot where you lay dreaming.  Conversely, once you start thinking in terms of Better Than Nothing, whole worlds of possibilities open to you.  So, find a place you can still work but on affordable land.  This is the hardest part of the process.  You have two weeks to find a place ( but no pressure! ).  Hey, I thought we were fleeing in a month.  You find a piece of junk land and they get an overnight money order for the down payment, then you put in your two week notice at work to quit.  The whole time, you are setting aside next months rent as your moving fund ( and, if you are lucky, awaiting that tax return.  I just got my W2, and I have to sit on it.  I’m a whole $184 over the maximum wage insofar as the health care penalty.  I’ll wait and see if Trump actually repels that fee.  Good thing I don’t need the money right away ).

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Land is both easier and harder to find than it was ten years ago when I acquired mine.  It is harder in that it is no where near as cheap, but easier in that a whole lot more companies sell it besides E-Bay now.  Just Google the area you want for raw land for sale.  You can also find tax delinquent sales a lot easier now, with everybody being online.  Just beware the law that allows nine years grace period for the former owner to pay you the tax amount and reclaim the land.  This is a federal law ( I believe “The Soldiers And Sailors Act” ) which might supersede your local county/state law.  The former owner probably doesn’t care if you put a dwelling on it, or your problems with having to move.  It is a potential problem but a low probability event.  Also, beware strange state laws.  For example, in Arkansas, if someone squats on your vacant land X number of years they get claim to it ( or so rumor has it ).  There are other potential issues such as mineral rights and whatnot, but rather than extensively research all that my solution was merely to buy cheap enough land ( and more than one parcel in the area ) I could give it up if needed.  And the Big Kahuna, be especially careful on the zoning laws, property taxes and HOA’s.

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I bought land in 2005, a time of wild economic upswings, merely for unemployment purposes ( the crippling child support made rent the big killer even at higher income levels ).  In mid 2006 I started getting Spider Sense tingling telling me I needed to get the heck out of Dodge ( although, to be fair, it wasn’t so much clairvoyance as it was rent going up 10% a year.  I could have been experiencing subconscious warning from processing all the economic news, but I honestly can’t claim credit for it ).  At that time I gave away our junker travel trailer to a needy family and packed up the Hippie Bread Van and drove up to my current location.  The land was paid for but in a location I couldn’t commute from all winter long.  So I slunk back to Carson City ( Elko is my current abode in the great state of Nevada-again, for any newbies ) and parked the van under a tree to live and found another job.  Two years later, after getting two more lots on time payments ( a long story ), lots much closer to town so worth the price as my bicycle was my commute, I moved back up permanently.  The point being, I never waited until the last minute to decide to move.  I avoided the rush by panicking early.   I got to my location just prior to the economic meltdown.  This is what you’ll need to strive for.  Continued tomorrow.

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6 comments:

  1. Pressure from family keeps me in my current (verging on untenable) situation. I'm skating on thin ice financially & mentally (so so much stress) but either nobody believes me / give a f*** / suck it up princess attitude.

    I do have a bail out plan based on my current "interest" of hiking / light weight hammock camping if I do have a personal financial / business apocalypse. But if it isn't the apocalypse I'm intending on adopting this plan as best as I can.

    Of interest to you a customer of mine was telling me about how his son lives in New Zealand. They rent a small run down shack on a property. They fish from a nearby river for dinner, have vegie garden and live off the dole with a bit of cash in the hand work. All up they are very happy, no stress and need very little. Sounds great

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    1. Welfare is of course given a bad rap, but if you are forced on to it, living off a small homestead would keep your sanity much better than having cable and drugs to pass the time.

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  2. The soldier and sailor act bars the tax sale of active military personnel land if deployed or stationed over sea. For normal folks most states allow tax redemption between 3 and 6 years.

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    1. Excellent-thank you for the clarification. I had thought it was a blanket term, to benefit wounded vets or some such, not just active. Its amusing how a thirty year old memory gets pretzel twisted.

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  3. I know this is preaching to the choir, however its funny that the Saudis are investing BILLIONS into alternative energy. Its almost like they are worried about running out of oil.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-01/saudis-plan-1st-renewables-bids-with-world-s-lowest-power-cost

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    1. I don't trust Bloomberg. Saudi Arabia should have kept growing wheat, regardless of cost/yield. Solar panels won't feed you.

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