Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff

Dear Prepper and Survivalists,

Infantrymen From
Company B, 1st Bn,, 5th Cav. Rgmt, 1st Cavalry Division,
handing out school supplies, personal care items and clothing
to children at an orphanage in Tikrit, Iraq (ca 2011)
photograph by
Sgt. Crystal Hudson

Currently, the economy is looking up, but there are still millions of people out of work, many families receiving supplemental nutritional assistance, and other indicators that the economy isn't that great. Plus, stock prices, home prices, and other assets prices are near all time highs.

Now, ...

In the past, we have talked about depression and inflation. Depression is when money becomes more valuable and inflation is when money becomes less valuable.

Or, ...

Put another way, depression is when stuff is less expensive and inflation is when stuff is more expensive.

Well, ...

These two events can happen at the same time, back to back very quickly, or each event can go on for a long time, several years even a decade.

So, ...

Right now, food, fuel, and shelter prices are increasing while vehicles, recreation, and airfare are decreasing.

In other words, all the stuff (food, fuel, and shelter) you can't live without are getting more expensive which is inflation or money becoming worth less while everything you can do without (cars, boats, vacations) are getting cheaper or money becoming worth more.

Please notice, other items are also increasing in price, items such as ...

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バスクリン & Shampoo Bottles
(エメロン, メリット and others) (ca 2008)
photograph by

Personal Care
Some of the items that my family and I stock are shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, dental floss, and other personal care items.


It's going up in price.

Don't believe me?

Just look at some of the prices and sizes you and your family use to get, several years ago.

For us, we use to get 22oz. for $1. Now, it's $2 for an 18oz. bottle.

The same goes for ...

U.S. Marines dash down the commissary aisles
during a Commissary Awareness Month event (ca 2006)
photograph by
United States Marine Corps

Laundry Supplies
Yes, the above picture is all in fun, but it shows the amount of space you and your family might need for your laundry supplies.

So, ...

I count 22 bottles of detergent and 5 bottles of softener. This would allow my family to wash clothes for probably six to nine months.

Just like your food supplies, your other supplies are rotated with the new bottle going on the back of the shelf with the older item being used by your family.

As always, during 'good' times, you and your family are trying to build up your supplies while your family only uses your supplies and food during times you can't get these items.

Senior Airman Than, 42nd Attack Squadron MQ-9 sensor operator,
operating the Multi-Spectral Targeting System
for reconnaissance and lasing targets for guided munitions. (ca 2016)
photograph by
Senior Airman Christian Clausen

Right now, younger folks are getting rid of their parents stuff, things like glass canning jars, food processing equipment, antique furniture, and other items. Items that you and your family might want to think about getting for really cheap or maybe even free.

Because, ...

What do you need to canned food that you and your family have planted, harvested, and processed for storage?

Glass canning jars and canning lids!

Canning jars have gone from $4.50 a dozen to $12 a dozen back down to $8 a dozen.

So, ...

This is an example of Inflation changing to Depression.

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