That’s pretty much what I’m doing. I had, last year, planned to throw all of this money at the house to get it paid off in the next 3 years. As prices of EVERYTHING go up, I decided the money would be better spent on capital expenses now, since the house is fixed. As of right now, the greenhouse was the last major expense that I have in mind.
Well, those, along with COFFEE and Cooking Oil(s) are now in "Short supply" because Shipping Containers (those clip-on Truck Boxes) - made mostly Where? CHINA! are scarce! They don't miss a trick in Economic and Political WAR, do they?
My major expense list is like the tide.....it ebbs and flows.
Its syrup season so a new pan and filtering kit comes to mind. But syrup season is almost over so more tractor attachments ( already have a new tiller also) come into mind next. As soon as I get pissed about lack of reliable news, a HAM set up comes to mind. Once I start cutting wood another big saw and a band saw mill comes to mind. This fall some replacement tree stands........etc, etc. And before you know it, its spring and I want a new boiler pan again.
I moved some of my covid stimulus money from one account to another,
and It got me to thinking.
Most of us here are pretty conservative with our money. I haven't done anything with the stimulus checks, mostly because I don't believe in government sponsored stimulus checks.
Since we are the government. We are just borrowing money to pay ourselves.
I think I read here a while back, that it cost around $5,700.00 to get the last $600.00 check.
Who borrows $5,700.00 from a bank only to receive $600.00, yet still be on the hook for the larger amount???
I almost sent mine back.
But then I sobered up.
Realizing that I'd be on the hook for the loan whether I took my share or not.
But I digress.
Today after some thinking.
I came up with a better use for this evil misappropriation of funds.
Since it is basically found money.
I have decided to use mine to acquire hard assets for future prep or survival.
Two Agawa Canyon Saws, two Cold Steel or Condor Shovels, additional Tarps,
paracord, maybe a Camp Chef Stryker 200 dual fuel stove, additional propane and butane canisters, more storage blocks.
Not sure on the rest yet.
But I feel this is a good way to turn bad money into good.
I will try to use as much of it as I can to support American companies.
But I know some will have to go elsewhere.
If these idiots are going to give me handouts.
I will try and use it to my best advantage.
I do realize we are all in different states of financial readiness.
if creditors are closing in, this may not be the best option.
But for those of us who can, I think it makes sense to fortify, resupply, and just buffer the stocks we already have.
Tilled up the spot where we’re gonna have the garden. 12’x80’ right now, may end up a little bigger. Need to get some composted top soil and some poo to till in once it dries out a bit.
PTO driven tiller might be the best investment possible if you’re looking to grow in the ground.
Also cleared some brush and stumps on the far side of the chicken run to make a path for the tractor and flattened some areas. Back dragging with the bucket on a tractor is not nearly as easy as it is on a skid steer.
First litter of baby bunnies are growing nicely after 2 died.
How did you do the slots and get them to turn inward? @TheMissus and I were talking about doing strawberries but didn’t want to put them in the ground. This would make a nice alternative! Love seeing stuff like this, actual off the grid stuff, as a whole this site has veered a pretty long way from its name.
I cut slits with a Skillsaw-type saw, then use a heat gun to get the plastic soft. I had three 18" hunks of 2x4 that I cut to a taper on one end. I'd heat the plastic, jam the hunk of 2x4 in there, and while it cooled, went on to the next slit. The plastic stays hot a long time, and I tried using just 1 hunk of 2x4. If you look close at the barrels you can see a couple of the cupolas have smaller gaps. That was where I took the 2x4 out while the plastic was still warm enough to try to close up a bit. With three of them I could rotate through them and the plastic would be cool enough to stay open when I pulled out the 2X4.
Agreed that we spend a lot of time discussing things other than practical preparedness/off-grid stuff.