better myself. For the entire life of this blog I have been stressing self-sufficiency. Low to no debt, a small garden (even if it is a tray in the window sill), food storage, and prudent spending. Those are keys to the good life.
See, debt is a gnawing problem that never rests. If you have a couple of month’s buffer (with food storage and money), you are happy. I was listening to a financial program on the radio the other day (Dave Ramsey) and he was talking about how you need six month’s cash at all times. That is probably a very good idea. Bottling and canning has recently become very popular, and for a good reason. I don’t know how many times as a kid I went down to the “fruit room” and got a bottled jar of tomatoes. And while I hated doing all the prep work required for bottling the produce, and I didn’t think twice about it once it was there, the truth is that it was a luxury. We had a large garden (which I hated) and parents bought produce when it was in season and cheap.
Now maybe you don’t have room for a large garden (I know I don’t) and thinking about bottling produce gives you hives. Maybe I don’t have much room in my dwelling. Well, canned goods are fairly cheap, and I can buy one extra can each time I go to the grocery store and save it–it adds up!. I can get a rack to put in my bedroom and put the extra cans of food on it.
If I know I can pay for my quarters and food for six months, I probably feel pretty secure. And THAT feeling is worth all the self-denial and effort in the world.