Thursday, May 22, 2008

Planning For the Future

Lately I feel this urgency to make plans and get organized for the remainder of the year. Its already May 22nd and the year will be half over before you know it! Do you have New Year's resolutions you need to think about..... again.....? I do.

I think I am being led to prepare for the year(s) to come. Not in a panic or in a stressful way, but slowly and methodically. We need to trust God to take care of us, but as part of that care, we need to do the things he leads us to do.

I don't want to be a lazybones! LOL (Proverbs 6:6 - Go to the ant, you lazybones; consider its ways, and be wise, Without having any chief or officer or ruler, it prepares its food in summer, and gathers its sustenance in harvest.)

My husband and I discussed the situation of the economy this morning. His job brings him face to face with the high price of gas daily and how it affects farmers and truck drivers. My friend, not only is gas going up, but there is no way around food prices going up dramatically or perhaps food shortages.

But as I stated, there is no need to panic, we just need to be wise.

I started cleaning out our freezer this morning and making a list of those foods that would be good for stocking up on. Also the need for rotating the food to use the oldest first. In the past I tended to just stock up on things, put them in a certain place and leave them there for the future.

I want to be a good steward of the food that is available by freezing it, BUT, knowing full well that the freezer depends solely on electricity to work... I'm going to put equal energy and money into non perishables, such as rice, pasta, and canned foods. I've heard many sad stories of freezers that stopped working and it was a week before the owner realized it and all the food was lost. Or in my own experience, a hurricane which knocked out the electricity for a week!

Speaking of hurricanes, hurricane season starts in a couple of weeks and we should all check to see if we have necessary supplies on hand to be prepared for that or other emergency, such as batteries, flashlights, canned food, bottled water, etc.

Luckily, I have not just started trying to be frugal and have acquired many frugal skills which will come in handy no matter what the future brings. I also have to say that this past two weeks, when I limited my grocery shopping dramatically and planned our menus, we cut our food bill dramatically! The new plan is a keeper.

I don't want to forget the needy either! If we are prepared for the future for our own families, we can much more easily help those less fortunate, or those who didn't plan for the future! :o)

I'm also thinking about Christmas. I haven't done the things I planned to prepare for Christmas 08 yet! Now's the time to be purchasing some gifts as we go along, or making them. I tend to wait to start making gifts when its too late or I'm too busy to get them done.

I'm starting two lists today: 1. Stocking up on Food; and 2. Christmas preparations.


The Book Lady Online said...

I like your blog. This is my first time here. I surfed in from The Nest Egg.

I too have felt the need to prepare lately. My goal is to have a stockpile of mostly non perishables that could take us through about one year. We are also learning how to garden and planning to freeze and can as much of the surplus as possible (if we do end up with a surplus). Like you, I'm concerned with the fact that the freezer depends upon electricity to work. We live in Louisiana, so I guess, like you, our experience with hurricanes has taught us not to count on the freezer, though it is nice to have.

Again, nice blog. I'll be visiting again.


Rhonda in OK said...

Are you my alter-ego, just living 4states away? It is funny how we same to be on the wave-length about so many things.

Hubby and I also have been talking about the future, trying to save more for retirement and spend less today to make that happen.
I work part time but I am working more hours to get a bigger paycheck.

I don't like to keep tons of frozen food either. Besides a power failure, the freezer can just break and quit working.

Pen Pen said...

I think the current economy should be making us all think this way. I was telling my husband yesterday that it's time to go back to the basics and learn to conserve and use what's already on hand. My brother gave up his land line telephone this week, trying to compensate for the rising fuel costs. I have basic cable here, but have seriously been thinking of giving it up and using an antenna again. (hubby and I still haven't agreed on this one) There are so many things we "splurge" on that are not necessities and we all need to take a step back and really study how we are using God's money. I like this topic and would enjoy reading how others are compensating during our declining economy.

The Nest Egg said...

I also need to buckle down on all the areas you mentioned. I have found, at least in the area I live in, that I am not able to get as many sales/coupon bargains like I was so use to getting. I have about depleted my stockpile which is making me think of other alternatives to getting cheaper groceries! Like making a long drive to Aldi's and stocking up.

Yes (to your question on my blog), I did get the Walgreen $5.00 internet coupon but I won't be going back to town this week. With the price of gas, its just not worth it. :(

But I would love to see how you made the coupon work for you!


Miranda said...

Very good information. We all need to be wise stewards to make the most of all we have. Thanks for all of your input. I'll look forward to seeing what you are making for Christmas!

I'm sure you've been tagged before, but I tagged you again. If you choose not to play I totally understand!

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