More Survival Lessons From The Great Depression
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Another thing you might add is to can all the food that you grow in your garden, either can or dehydrate
or do both, and learn how to conserve water. Buy a used car instead of a new one, and pay cash!!
Buy two kinds of chickens, ones that lay eggs and two the kind you can use for meat. After eight weeks, you can butcher the chickens and freeze the meat for long-term storage. Also, now is the time to look for sales on road sides. The Amish have great sales on fruits and vegetables. Take a close look at how you will heat your home, conserve money by turning off unnecessary lights, and only use your air conditioner when necessary. If you leave the home for a number of hours, turn the air off or on power saver. The same with bedrooms: If the room is empty, turn off the heat!!
Secure your water supply. You can survive without a lot of things but water isn’t one of them. If you have a well, there are hand pumps that can fit in a 4 inch or larger casing with an existing submersible pump so even if the grid is down and the generator is out of fuel you can still meet your basic water needs.
Put some water in storage. We always have at least 300 gallons in storage. A family of four can get by for 3-4 weeks if you are just using water for BARE essentials. You might not want to sit close to each other but you can survive. Gotta have water!
How to make a razor last longer:
I shave with a disposable razor. The first thing I do is to lather the left hand side of my face. After every 3 or 4 strokes with my disposable razor I run it under a hot tap. I use an old toothbrush, probably a kiddy brush as it has softish hair. I use the toothbrush to clean between the blades. Because of the design of the razor, there is nowhere for the accumulating shaved hair to go, this prevents the razor from shaving much facial hair. So normally we rinse it under the tap. By using the toothbrush to clean between the blades, the life of the razor is extended considerably, months even. By just lathering one half or one third of your face, it is more economical on the soap, which hardens a little when you lather the whole face, unless you are speedy Gonzales at shaving. Try it and see how you get on. I hope you and your readers find the tip useful.
John, from Ireland