With the downgrading of our National Credit Rating on Friday I have a question for you. If there was a bank run tomorrow, would you be affected? If so, how badly would it hurt you and your family? Would you have some cash money that you could lay your hands on? Would you have fuel for your vehicles? Do you have medicine's and band-aids in your cabinets in case someone gets hurt or sick? And here is the really big question... Would you have enough food in your pantry to be able to feed your family for a few days, or a few weeks until the banks re-opened? What would you do if they never did? Would you be prepared to care for your family if it were necessary to use only the things you have right now?
There was a time when these questions would seem a lot more far-fetched to many than they might seem to be these days. A time when this sort of thought might never have even crossed your mind. I'm wondering if it might just be crossing it now. It seems to me that the writing is on the wall for our economic system. There will have to be big changes one way or another now. I know that the government is corrupt. It is more and more apparent every passing day. We have let the foxes in the hen house and they are doing what inevitably happens when foxes are in charge of the chickens. The question is ... what are your going to do about it?
With the recent ploys in DC to wrangle a deal to avoid what has now happened,(the downgrading of our credit rating) it is becoming apparent to some of us that we will have a serious problem on our hands sooner rather than later. So what to do... What to do?
Heaven knows I don't have the answers. Some folks have been preparing against these times for a long time now. Others, not quite so long and some are just now figuring out it might be best for you and yours to start. If you have never thought about preparing for hard times now is the time to move. And I'm not talking about a few extra cans of food at a time anymore.
The time for being able to take your time and think that you can do this over the next few months or so is over. That opportunity has passed. You had your chance and you didn't take it. You thought that those of us who were trying to put things back for hard times, to get ready for a coming disaster were just a bit "crazy". That these things could be done later on. Guess what! You had better snap to and prepare as fast and furiously as you can for the coming economic and government emergencies about to rear their ugly heads.
The downgrading of our credit should be a huge red sign for those of you who didn't see this all coming. The cost of EVERYTHING is about to rise even more dramatically than it already has in the past year. This credit downgrade isn't just about interest rates. It will affect the cost of everything you use because as the old saying goes "S#*t rolls downhill". The cost WILL be handed down to the consumer, heck, that is just business.
Tomorrow will be a very interesting time for us "regular folks" here in the U.S. They gave us the news of the downgrade after the markets closed on Friday for a reason. They wanted you to have a few days to think about things, to let it soak in before trading on Wall Street starts tomorrow. There is going to be some serious action tomorrow and who knows what might happen. But I know this much, our money is now worth less than it was on Friday. That part is an undeniable fact. What is unknown is what will it be worth after tomorrow and how will people react? So I will ask you these questions again.
If there were a bank run tomorrow... do you have cash that you can lay your hands on without having to go to the bank? Do you have at the very least a half a tank of fuel for your vehicle? If one of the kids gets sick or hurt do you have medicine/ bandages to "fix them up" in your cabinets? And most importantly- Do you have enough food in your pantry to feed your family for a few days or even weeks?
It is time to spend every extra dime you have on what some call "Beans, Band-aids, and Bullets. If those words make you uncomfortable, then imagine how you would feel if you could not feed your children because you didn't think far enough ahead to stock up for a few extra days or even weeks? Would you be able to look your children in the eyes and tell them there was nothing for dinner and send them to bed hungry because you failed to prepare for their future? ~~~~~~ Hey ... I'm Just Sayin' ... ~~~~~~