The End Is Neigh!
Among rising inflation, workforce shortage, supply chain disruptions and a never ending easy money policy (Fed Printer Goes Brrrrr!) it's easy to see how an economic collapse similar to that of the Great Depression of the early 1930's could be on the horizon. At the peak of the great depression, around 1933, there were 15 million Americans unemployed and half of the countries banks had failed. Millions of Americans were thrusted into homelessness and even millions more waiting in the many food lines to try and feed their families.
As of August 2021, we are currently around 8.7 million Americans unemployed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Current inflation hovering around 5.6%, although many consumer staples such as gas, meat, milk, to name a few are pushing double digit inflation on year over year comparisons.
So what happened during the great depression and how did many Americans survive the worst economic down turn in the history of our country?
We compiled a list of 10 tips and ideas that many Americans resorted to during the Great Depression that could help you prepare for whats to come!
- Learn to grow a kitchen garden to supplement your vegetables, spices and herbs.
- Learn to sew. Many Americans lived by the motto: “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.”
- Stockpile food now for when there the shelves are empty. (Food can also be used to barter for other goods!)
- Stockpile water. Bottled water, water filters, etc. You wont make it long without water. (Account for 1 gallon per person per day.)
- Keep cash/silver/gold at home. If banks collapse the dollar wont be worth much so be sure to have alternatives such as silver and/or gold.
- Learn a new skill you can offer in exchange for food and other items, such as carpentry, mechanic, plumbing, or our favorite learn to make bootleg booze! (Nothing like a good moonshine to take the edge off after an economic collapse.)
- Learn how to forage and identify edible plant and berries to help fill your plate.
- Learn how to jar and store food long term. (Just because it's available today doesn't mean it will be available tomorrow.)
- Build a community. Many Americans survived by leaning on their friends and family. Lending a helping hand to a neighbor, this week it was you helping, next week its you who might be in need.
- Stockpile Ammo. Ok, so maybe they didn't do this during the Great Depression, but no list would be complete without having some self defense! It's a crucial part of preparedness today and no better way to defend yourself and your supplies if comes to that. (Plus, theres no expiration date!)
So there you have it, 10 tips and ideas to help you prepare for the uncertain future. Let us know in the comments what you think and what else you would add to your top 10!!
Apocalypse Survival Squad, helping you prepare for this crazy A.S.S. world!