Around the Preposphere

Hurricane Season And The Oil spill 6/4/2010

Hurricane season started today and as always it is recommended that people prepare their homes for the worst, but this season there is the additional issue of the oil spill from 44 days ago.

Don’t Panic Over Storms, But Don’t Be Apathetic, Either 6/2/2010

There's no reason to get yourself into survivalist mode, particularly in early June. But it is not too early to stock up on a few things each time you go to the grocery store — things that can be part of a prepartion kit throughout the summer, like canned goods or batteries or water.

Todays Modern Survivalist 5/30/2010

The modern survivalist does not take for granted the things that make life so easy right now. The times we live in since the industrial revolution are a mere blip on the time-line of humankind. We recognize that things can disappear just as fast as they came, and keep a wary eye looking for signs of that day, all the while continuing our daily lives in ‘the system’ with everyone else.

Is Gold Boom About To Bust? 

So gold did fall today based on the CPI number and the Producer Price Index, which was also down. But my question is why anyone would buy gold at this point, and therefore why gold hasn't fallen more in price, given its three-year price run up. Gold is traditionally an inflation hedge. But if there isn't any inflation just what are investors hedging when they buy gold.

The Four Essentials Of Off Grid Solar 5/27/2010

An off-grid solar electric power system is an ideal prep for the modern survivalist in that it can partially or totally relinquish you from dependence upon other systems, which themselves are vulnerable to disruption or breakdown.

From The Road And 2012 To Colony And Day One, Apocalypse Movies And TV Shows Dominate 07/31/2009

A flood of postapocalyptic stories is now headed toward movie theaters and TV screens: Expect to see characters fending off cannibals, picking up day-to-day survival techniques and struggling to maintain their humanity amid the ruins.

GovernmentCare’s Assault On Seniors 07/30/2009

Legislation now being rushed through Congress—H.R. 3200 and the Senate Health Committee Bill—will reduce access to care, pressure the elderly to end their lives prematurely, and doom baby boomers to painful later years.

The New ‘Retirement’ Plan: Keep Working 07/29/09

Even before the collapse of the housing and financial markets last year, Americans were woefully unprepared to pay retirement in the traditional sense of a post-career period of leisure and personal pursuits supported by a pension, well-managed nest egg and Social Security.

Military Poised To Help FEMA Battle Swine Flu Outbreak 07/29/09

The Pentagon is preparing to make troops available if necessary to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency tackle a potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall.

Unlikely Farmers Make A Homestead In The Hood 07/31/09

Novella Carpenter, attracted to a rural lifestyle but not rural solitude, sets out to raise food — everything from pumpkins to pigs — in the ghetto. Her very funny account in Farm Cityis never preachy, yet inspires.

Girlvivalist Blog

Can Delayed Gratification Be Its Own Reward?

Or, what if you sacrifice now for later, and end up with neither?

One of the happiest truths I’ve ever discovered is that I can find real joy in delayed gratification.

It’s a good thing, too. Because sometimes I make some dandy plans to cut out this and postpone that, only to find out that our income is about to get axed unexpectedly and we’re going to end up unable to afford this, that, or the other thing.

But what about the sacrifice I’m making in order to save money for a new car? Hey, I could have fake nails and an unrealistic tan and some tatoos that look a lot different after I gain ten pounds, if only I didn’t defer gratification. The LEAST I expect for denying myself those small pleasures (and many more) is to be able, in the final analysis, to spend my hard-saved money on something I truly want and need!

And yes, I’ve got a car fund. But our lives, in spite of our wonderful intentions, often interfere with our best laid plans. What if, instead of a new car, we need that money to cover economy-related down times with our business? What if we realize that we aren’t nearly as prepared for emergencies as we should/could be, and that a used car would meet our needs and give us some cash to further bolster our efforts toward self-reliance?

It’s a blessing in life if you find you can be content with the basics of food and clothing and shelter. It’s a fantastic blessing if you can train yourself to bypass what you think you want right this second in favor of what you’re reasonably certain you’ll need next month or next year.

And if it turns out that your fully-funded travel account, which you intended to spend on a cruise, instead is called upon to get your through a short term disability you had no way of predicting, well. How exactly is that a bad thing?

You’ll get your chance to travel, and in the meantime, you’ve been able to provide for a shortfall without having to take out another mortgage on the house or top off the credit cards.

That, to me, is the kind of instant gratification that thrills me no end—-being able to function as our own mini-bailout program.

I love it that delayed gratification really can be its own reward, and as an added bonus, I’ll never have to worry about a tiny rosebud tat on my rear end turning into a giant overblown peony.

I’m just sayin’.

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