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Thursday, June 15, 2017

freeze dried unemployment


FREEZE DRIED UNEMPLOYMENT

Somewhere I read about Southern Prepper 1 on YouTube so yesterday on a slow everything day I sat back in my recliner and started watching him on TV.  It was that or watch more NatGeo prepper porn which I can only handle so much of.  He wasn’t all that bad.  No where close to frugal anything.  The prototypical FLIR and Freeze Dried Guy.  I could have done without ever hearing another guru sprouting advice on buying your way to survival, but most of his advice wasn’t exceptionally dangerous, anyway.  Really, the only good thing that came out of that hour was munching on fresh carrots and getting two article ideas.  One of which was, eating your preps during unemployment.  SP1 wholeheartedly approved.  I was aghast.  Why in the name of all that is good and holy would you even contemplate such a thing?  Why not just set fire to all your preps while you are at it?  Now, you know he wasn’t talking about regular freezer meat and extra cupboard rations.  He was talking about storage food.  Prepping food.  Freeze dried yak testicles.

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I won’t go on a long tirade against pussy preppers only concerned with natural disasters rather than civilization collapse.  I won’t remind you what a retarded normalcy bias that presupposes.  I’ll save that for another time.  Let’s just keep the discussion, for now, within their paradigm.  Using prepper food for long periods of unemployment, so that you may pay all your other bills.  What does unemployment insurance pay -60, 80% of your employment pay?  Let’s call it 60% because I’ve never applied and I don’t feel like turning on the other computer to search the Internet.  I don’t know if you kill a computer faster leaving it on twelve hours a day or turning it on and off twelve times a day, but I’m hoping it is the former as I’m trying to use the things until they die or Blogger doesn’t accept my Windows OS browser anymore, hopefully a long ways away.  Plus, I hate interrupting my writing flow.  You call yourself a prepper, and you can’t cut your bills 40% in an emergency?  And really, it is probably just cutting it 20% because if you both work you were only bringing home half.  Okay, let’s say it is more because both workers in the family already took hourly haircuts.  That is the kind of economy we are in, after all.  Call it 30%.

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If you are Yuppie Scum you can claim you can’t cut expenses because you have a McMansion payment and two car payments and credit card payments and student loans and payments on your FLIR scope.  We’ve talked many times previous that you should totally nuke your credit score on your way towards getting out of debt.  I know, personally, that credit is like cocaine.  I can’t just do one little line, because then I’m right back to giving back alley blowjobs for another fix.  I don’t do ANY credit.  Not a $500 card, not a two year cell phone plan-nothing ( the only exception, ever, would be cheap junk land payments.  That isn‘t consumption, that is rent freedom payments.  And note I didn‘t say a mortgage.  Cheap junk land only ).  Credit is a very evil seductress, a destructive Siren call.  So, again, you claim you are a prepper and you have all these monthly debt payments?  Why weren’t you living on 60% of your take home and paying off all that credit early?

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To be a prepper is not about having six months of freeze dried food, a lot of semi-automatic weapons ( to give SP1 his due, he did cover in another video a cheap $400 arsenal comprised of a 30/30, a revolver and a Russian 9mm, so at least he isn’t a complete semi simian ) and nifty Tool Man Taylor power implements to build your own crap.  It is about learning how to live cheaper as the economy keeps going downhill.  It is about investing in needing less money as unemployment soars.  But, okay, I said we’d stay within the paradigm.  If you are prepping for unemployment rather than civilization collapse, what is to say you won’t lose your NEXT job?  You eat up all your prepper food because you want to keep paying off your Capital One card during your year and a half of unemployment, and then you get another job ( ignore the idiocy of protecting your ability to get into more debt ).  All well and good.  But what happens if you lose that next job before you can replace your prepper food?  And then, to make matters much worse, what happens when you then have an actual prepper emergency when the stores close and you REALLY need that food?  That is called eating your seed corn, bitches!

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Preppers, giddy over their long awaited ownership of their very own FLIR scope, wax poetically over how great freeze dried foods are ( ah, NO!  They are NOT.  They are putrid slop.  But, I digress ) and how they have a thirty year shelf life.  Okay.  So, why are you eating that in year three of storage?  The whole point is to be able to store nearly forever for when The Big One ( whatever big one you envision ) occurs.  If you just want to store food for unemployment, there are plenty of much cheaper options.  Dry foods such as pasta and rice in plastic and paper, frozen sale meat.  Your garden.  Using freeze dried foods as unemployment food is like using a squad automatic machinegun on a deer while hunting.  It is using the limousine to go muddin’.  So, let’s say you were spending so much on AR’s and freeze dried that you didn’t have daily food items stocked up ( Jesus,  if you insist on going into debt for storage food, at least spend a little on regular daily diet items on sale, getting four to ten times the calories for the same price ). 

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It can happen, right?  Especially to new preppers.  They panic early and prep for worse case. Okay, I get that.  I don’t get failing to shrink your budget to allow unemployment food, but I understand you used a credit card to get your storage food.  It is the lesser of evils.  Expensive food with debt rather than no food at all.  But once bought, cheap or dear, you can’t just abandon that insurance program on a whim.  And eating up your insurance to protect your credit score is silly.  Perhaps not if you believe you still need credit to buy its replacement, but right there you are assuming you can time the collapse.  Big mistake.  You can’t guarantee the ass won’t fall out on you prior to your food replacement.  Just like you can’t guarantee  that next job will last all that long.  Printing press economies always collapse, and this one has been going on ten years now.  Its continuation could only be counted as a miracle.

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So there you are, unemployed, heavily in debt, with semi’s and freeze dried and nothing else.  What do you do?  How about deciding what is more important, serious collapse food or your perfect credit score.  Here is my suggestion, for the Yuppie Scum Prepper who wants it all but can’t have it.  If you can’t sell any toys ( boat, motorcycle, ATV ) because they are equity underwater, it is time to repo one of the cars.  Your credit score will take a hit ( but then, it will when you pay off your credit card debt early, also ).  But it won’t be so insurmountable that you can’t get more credit.  You are unemployed, and you returned the vehicle without missing payments or making them come and get it.  You will be able to repair your credit.  You can’t shave off your cable bill or your cell phone because of early cancellation fees.  You’ve already cut back on meals out or theatre movies.  What choice do you have?  Because eating your prepping food is not a choice.  That assumes that things will only get better rather than worse and I can’t believe you don’t think things will just get worse after so many decades proof.

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You are faced with two choices here.  You can ruin your food storage, or you can ruin your credit score.  It is a lot cheaper to repair your score than to come up with the money to buy more food storage.  Have we EVER gone back to 25cent rifle ammunition?  Did we EVER return to three cent rimfire?  Has rice EVER returned to a price under fifty cents a pound?  Do you see ANY war surplus rifles for $100?  We are in a slow collapse, true, but it is a ratchet collapse.  We don’t return to previous prices.  If oil is barely above the price it was in the 1990’s, why aren’t prices returning to pre-Y2K levels ( I’ll spare you the rant on EROI levels )?  A crap ton more people and a butt ton less resources, basically.  Your food storage, baring a rare demand/supply hiccup, will never become cheaper but rather more expensive.  You are “selling” at a loss if you consume it now with a view to replacing it later.  Hell, have you forgotten about the temporary oil glut indicating glutting businesses globally?  No purchasing power from lack of jobs, overcapacity even as resources dwindle, and businesses fold.  What is to say that the freeze dried industry will even still be around ( the Survival Acres guy is talking about demand being WAYYYY down.  Poor bastard, humped health and now he has the earnings issues.  No wonder he is starting to act like McPherson thinking the whole species will perish from Gore Warming )?

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You don’t need to be a “civilization collapse” survivalist to see that the global economy is in freefall.  You can blame JCPenny’s bankruptcy on Amazon all you want, until you read that Amazon isn’t making any profits either.  Then you have to excuse the twenty year excuse from idiot CEO’s and think perhaps something else is amiss besides buggy whip manufactures going out of business.  You can only turn so many jobs over to the robots, gut so many industries for the benefit of the bankers, lay off so many workers or cut their hours to nothing, before you can no longer sell your companies products.  When ALL companies can’t sell enough of their products, how do you not see a Depression?  And you can’t bring back the jobs without demand for the products.  Any government subsidy to try to bootstrap that is just gutted by the bankers for their own survival.  We’ve tried to solve all of the issues of resource contraction with more oil, for fifty years, and now all our oil contains far fewer net BTU’s.  China substituted coal for that solution, and their economy is rapidly contracting due to their keeping all the jobs globally, running out of customers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if their net coal BTU hasn’t fallen sharply.

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I could go on and on, bringing up that China won’t buy any more of our debt since they de-coupled from the PetroDollar, or mention more unemployed use less gasoline even if the glut of fracking oil knocks down the price, and etcetera, but unless you are blind you know the economy is screwed.  You need to have your ducks in a row, NOW, not at some future fantasy date.  Take the cut to your credit score, even if you think nothing bad will happen.  By definition, as a prepper, you are supposed to believe something bad COULD happen.  Why else are you prepping?  You COULD need that food storage, AFTER you lose far more assets.  Get rid of one car and start bicycling.  The other car can haul goods ( I won’t bore you with my glory tales of cargo hauling by bike ) so you only need it as a commuter.  It will suck for a few weeks and then you’ll start feeling much better.  You’ll be a rutting stud in bed, able to go longer without oxygen as you pleasure the wife.  She’ll thank you and try harder to help you prep.  If that doesn’t turn her around, you’ll never have a good relationship ( relationships need sex, and if she is frigid you’ll never be too much more than roommates, but much more expensive on your part ).

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Biking has more benefits than you being able to have a healthy heart as you lay in the hospital in a full body cast after you get run over.  After eating on that savings, after you get re-employed, keep riding that bike and put the savings into unemployment food, plus paying down a debt to make the next bout of joblessness easier.  That is the better way of doing it than torching your food storage.  It will seem very painful at first, but the benefits will soon far outweigh the problems.

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21 comments:

  1. Unemployment, in my far to often experience, outlasts the Unemployment benefits - even if you are willing to take a pay cut. Unemployment Benefits also, in my experience, (your state may vary) goes from about 30% (pre tax) to as much as 50% of your previous monthly pay. If you earned, say $2k/month take home you will now be earning <$1k /month. You can usually find a job for about 25 - 30 % of your previous pay, IF there are any jobs to be had.
    So if you want to prep for unemployment cut expenses to about 30% of your take home pay to be safe. If you don't want to cut the expenses now, then go ahead and at least pencil out what to cut the day you get your pink slip. Cable, cell phone plans, trips to disneyland, whatever doesn't keep a roof overhead, water running, and food on the table, and body and soul together - cut it. You now have a good excuse for society - unemployment.
    You might also want to be hitting up any other help such as Food Banks, SNAP, TANF, bankruptcy protection, etc.
    I have all my bankruptcy protection papers together and ready to file within weeks of getting laid off. You can do the same, at least download your states forms, and gather a listing of all your bills and debts.

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    1. You might need to factor in increased attorney bills. If your area sees a mass layoff, perhaps everyone is filing and the guys jack up their fees. Thanks for the boots on the ground report.

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    2. Bah, use the internet, keep it simple and do most the bankruptcy paperwork work yourself. You still might need a lawyer to look it all over, and the $ for the 'debt counselling' and filing fees, but there is no need for an attorney to do it all, and if you do it mostly yourself your attorney should cut you a deal (especially if you are the one going to court not them - they are just looking over the papers for obvious errors of law).

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    3. Okay, that's my bad. I thought the law change made do-it-yourself paperwork impossible. Obviously they just want more of your money, not more of your work :)

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    4. You can save money by using a legal form business. Cost us $250.00 about 8 years ago. They told us what to do 3 months before we filed to set it up. well worth the money. The attorney wanted $2500.00

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    5. Bankruptcy cost me almost 2500 six years ago. I had a fairly complicated case, and didn't believe I could do it right on my own.

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    6. I'd think that even 2500 would be worth it if you were trying to disengage from a mortgage obligation. But, yes, ten percent is always better than 100%

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  2. Jim,

    First....A 30-30, a nine AND a revolver for $400?????

    Must be some real Pieces OS.

    Next...YOU are off in La La land again.

    Both 223 and 7.62x39 are going for 21 cents a round.

    Rice is 50 pound bag for $16.27 (that's 32 cents a pound for all you recent college grads).

    F***! When you rant at least have some credibility???

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    1. Easy there, Francis! The prices were from used gun sales, the cheapest grocery in town, and Shotgun News/Sportsman's Guide. You know, where we all shop. No idea where you shop at.

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    2. How dare he question Lord Bison! Off with his Head!!

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    3. Heck, I'd LOVE to be wrong if I could find 21cent ammo. I don't even think steel case is that cheap ( not that you should use it ).

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  3. Years ago you wrote an article responding to someones question, "How do I know when the right time is to start eating my storage food?" You ran through a bunch of scenarios that sounded reasonable, but settled on, "Not until zombies are running through the streets." In other words, if there's any type of functioning society, find some other way to keep your calorie intake adequate. I thought that was pretty good advice.
    Peace out

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    1. And that should have been all the advice needed. Alas, I got column inches to fill, yo. Too bad I'm not paid by the word.

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  4. Off topic
    does the candy coating and outer wrapper keep the peanut and chocolate in peanut MMS fresh for long term storage? lol

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    1. I'd recommend Tootsie Roll for long term candy goodness, outside of hard candy ( which doesn't seem to hold up as well as it used to anyway )-:)

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    2. The peanuts go icky in less than a year in my experience.

      I keep candy bars in my car kit and bug out bags. We rotate it out once every six to twelve months (depending on how on organized I am that year.)

      Stickers, M&M's, Reeses, KitKats can still be eaten after six months but taste gross after twelve. If they were frozen or kept in a cool place, you would probably have a better shelf life. Life Savers never seem to go bad.

      For long term storage, I recommend baking cocoa powder. I don't believe there is any fat in it so it stores a phenomenally long time. I plan on making brownies during the apocalypse ;)

      Idaho Homesteader

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    3. I used to buy after holiday candy marked down ( when they used to be ). The stuff was good two years down the road. Now, no.

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    4. If you are hungry you will eat it no matter what it tastes like...just ask any 20 year old male!

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  5. Long term the wrappers would stick.
    sometimes the packaging is more important than the contents.

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    1. I thought I read Tootsie Rolls used to be in C-Rat packs ( along with cigarettes ). Using sugar rather than corn syrup must have given them longer life.

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