PREPPING WITH CREDIT CARDS
Before we start today, a quick detour into the unstable murky depths of my thought process. I have been like a mad alchemists, pouring over potion tables, mixing extract of frog tongue with morning dew of toadstool, trying to turn turds into gold. Over many years I have started, stopped, started again, changed format, switched from profit to non-profit to donations, trying to reach the masses with my pearls of wisdom and perhaps one day making enough each and every month to support me in a genteel poverty living in the wilds in a trailer. I think I have stumbled onto a winning formula with my daily blog, but still I feel the need to tweak it, to always change and experiment. So let’s try this. Instead of writing a minimum of a page and a quarter up to two pages for each article ( 600-1000 words ), let me cut it down to one page, 500 words. I want to still keep the humor going, the sense of banter and fun, but I also want to free some effort towards putting out some more e-books. Perhaps put some more Chicken Little issues out with them. Booklets, full size books, novels, even novelettes. Whatever, I’m not sure yet. But I feel like I have hit a rut, my original articles are fewer and farther apart. More of same subject just rewritten.
If you don’t like the change, let me know. I don’t want to get too short. I think a visit to a blog should leave a full, heavy feeling like a visit to the greasy spoon, not a small healthy snack that doesn’t fill you up. But if you feel a page is too little, let me know and I’ll rethink the whole thing. I think some of you prefer the old weekly newsletter of in-depth five or six pages on one subject, but I don’t know if I want to do that again. Unless I get an overwhelming response. Let me know, so you can enjoy this blog ( I already know what my critics think, but I’m not ceasing publication ). Unlike in real politics, here your vote counts. Today’s article was inspired by a royal minion making a comment in the comment section ( duh, where else? ). I bow in your general direction, tip my plastic hardhat with rotating emergency light. Thanks. I’m sure I have mentioned this before, but what the heck, the new victims here might like it.
If you go to my old web page ( due to expire, crash and burn in a month ) www.bisonnewsletter.com you will find my original article on survival preps under $500. The figure might be a bit higher now, what with inflation and all, but close enough. If you were giddy at the thought of supporting Bison you could buy the e-book version ( much expanded ) or the paper version ( although I make a better profit on the e-book ). Just follow the links at www.bisonpress.com . If you fully embrace the Better Than Nothing philosophy that I have been trying to push on your malleable psyches, trying to undo the Scientology programming Tom Cruise talked you into, you can easily get all your preps under $500. Granted, it will be more with an actual family. They insist on eating too. But if you can stop saying, I must have the proper tool and instead say, I will take whatever I can get to somehow get the job done, you can cheaply prep for everyone. The figures given was a monthly payment on a $500 cash withdrawal of $25 ( assuming 22% interest ). Who can’t afford that? Even if you go with a grand, you could cut one expense and not notice the payment. If you cut out cable and installed an outdoor antenna you could borrow up to $1500 and still have the same budget.
I hate being in debt, and you should too. You should get out and never return. Get rid of the house and make $100 payment on an acre in Elko Nevada. Live in an trailer you bought cheap. You could have all of your prep items and make land payments for no more than $200 a month. If you can’t do it any other way, getting preps on credit is okay as long as you do it as cheap as possible. The alternative is having no prep items as we crash. But of course, get into debt with the understanding that, just as easily, we could slow collapse and you will need to pay it all back. Nothing is certain, nothing is in stone. Always plan on as many contingences as possible.
If you must get into debt, cash out $1500. For $500 to a grand, buy a used travel trailer. Prep items with the rest. Wheat, grinder, water filter, bolt action rifle and ammo. Now start making land payments. $200 a month covers a place to live and emergency supplies. Crap land, crap supplies. But it is better than nothing to cover a wide range of emergencies. Far better to do it all with cash, perhaps with savings, selling unneeded items and a tax return combined. But if you feel a sense of urgency, use the credit and then pay it back as fast as possible. Myself, I would go into debt if needed. Better debt and supplies than no debt and no supplies.