This voice in my head says prepare now, actually practice now. Store food now. Store water now. Store everything. A couple months ago I didn't buy anything for 10 days. I'm going to try this for a month! I am going to make a few exceptions though. My new challenge is going to end right at Thanksgiving. Not only am I going to buy things for Thanksgiving dinner I am going to take advantage of the sales that take place at that time. Other than that, no shopping...starting Monday. This means I am going shopping this Sunday when the grand kids are in Sunday school!
With the advance shopping, as compared to last time when I decided that starting that day there would be no spending, I hope to buy most everything I think I will need for the month. I am going to try to not use my storage stuff - ok, I'll use the storage stuff because I will want to rotate, but the new stuff will get stored. I am going to want to use the same items and the same amounts as what I buy. I'm also not going to use the refrigerator or freezer...this experiment will be over by Thanksgiving, thank goodness! I'll use the fresh stuff up in the fridge. I don't want it going to waste.
Why am I doing this? Practice. In one year it will be December 2012. Do I think the world is "going to end"? No, I do not. Do I think that there will be a run on the stores next year? Absolutely. And with a run on the stores it will take a while for things to settle back down. So next year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, think semi-chaos at the stores.
So starting Monday no more shopping for the month. Good thing I bought the supplies to build the hidden room. I hope I got everything I need!
I don't even think I'll let the kids or grand kids know. I wonder how long it will take them to figure it out? I wonder how much money I'll save? Yes, I know that I'm going to purchase in advance but I bet I will still save money. I wonder if I can go for the entire month. I will keep you updated.