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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’.


News:

Being Survivalist Has Benefits

Jack Spirko is a modern survival guru whose philosophy bears a greater resemblance to the common sense of our forebears than to a plotline from Stephen King's "The Stand."

Hop On The Homegrown Bandwagon

Formerly squeamish suburbanites are learning what every little kid knows instinctively--dirt and worms are cool.

Taking Comfort In Small Joys

As a resident of Marlinton told me, "When you got nothin', you got nothin' to lose. That's recession in West Virginia."

Calling All Kooks

Kooks believe there will be widespread disruption of our current luxurious lifestyle in the near future. Since we're not enamored of the government's handling of the economy, we're considered "nutjobs" and "dumb" when we stockpile essentials. (Like it's anybody's business if we choose to spend our money on canning jars and garden seeds!)

It’s Now Legal To Catch A Raindrop In Colorado

For the first time since territorial days, rain will be free for the catching in Colorado, as more and more thirsty states part ways with one of the most entrenched codes of the West.

Disaster Preparedness Has A New Face

Increase in natural disasters nationwide prompts company to offer pre-made 72 hour emergency kits

Live Off The Land—In The City

Wild greens, mushrooms, fruit and even fish and game can be harvested in America's urban jungles. Dandelion salad, anyone? Or some batter-fried squirrel?

The Four Essentials Of Off Grid Solar

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.

Todays Modern Survivalist

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.

Websites:

The Survivalist Podcast

Helping you live the life you want, if times get tough, or even if they don’t.


Little House In The Suburbs

Two amazingly competent women blog about simplicity, creativity, self-sufficiency, and…mini-vans. Here you’ll find more fun than you can handle, plus gobs of free patterns, recipes, and other domestic goodies. Not to be missed!


True North Found

Ongoing story of a family who turns to homesteading, complete with lots of how-to info, humor, and inspiration.


The Cornered Cat


Pioneer Living


Backwoods Home Magazine

Want a more self-reliant lifestyle for you and your family. Backwoods Home Magazine can help you achieve it. Every issue is packed with solid, practical, hands-on information on a wide range of self-reliance topics.


Grit Magazine


Self-Sustained Living


Australian Survivalist

Our aim is to bring you the best set of Australian and international resources to improve you and your families preparedness for any eventuality. Events such as the conflicts in the middle east, the increasing frequency of terrorist attacks, large scale natural disasters and corporate collapses mean that making reasonable preparations should be integrated into your family life.


Books:

Made from Scratch

Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life

In any setting — urban, suburban, or rural — with any level of experience, it’s possible to take small steps toward self-reliance. Windowbox vegetable gardens, a batch of homemade strawberry jam, a handknit sweater, or a small flock of backyard chickens all satisfy the craving to homestead. It’s not about having a rustic cabin on five acres, complete with a pickup truck and a barn full of livestock. For Woginrich, it’s about being more receptive to learning the simple skills most of us have forgotten, and finding joy in the process.


The Backyard Homestead

Put your backyard to work! Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it’s done. And when the harvest is in, you’ll learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor. From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts



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