Originally Posted by whalemilk
Do you know what "fixed income" means? Well that's what we have. It's also such that when I have purchased food to last 30 days, there is absolutely no more money for food until next month, and when I have purchased clothing to last the winter, there is not money to purchase clothing again until the spring. It means that I can't afford to buy $200 toys on the fantastical speculation that we're all about to enter a bad sci fi novel. You'd be surprised how many people live this way. I guess we're walking ghosts in your fantasy of the collapse.
Anyhow, where do you get the water to purify if the supply has been cut off? I mean it doesn't rain THAT much, even in Portland. And it would take a couple days to walk down to the river and back.
Those are some nifty gadgets you linked to... but I would never buy them, they are overpriced gadgets.
You can do a solar cooker that will get hot enough to cook food (and boil water if the sun is strong enough that day) from a couple cardboard boxes and a roll of tinfoil (boy, that hat may come in handy after all
). We have a camp stove and some extra gas for it to use short term, after that, things other than wood can be burned... IF it is necessary. I've got a lot of college textbooks that will do me no good in a doomsday scenario, lol.
You can make cheap, simple passive solar heaters to keep from freezing inside if your heat gets shut off. Check out instructables.com
You get the water by stocking up now. It doesn't take much room to have a few office sized jugs of water to last a few weeks... well, I don't think it will get so bad that individual cities loose all water for a long time... but if it DID, those jugs will tide you over until you can collect rainwater, or if need be, actually walk to that river.
We also have an fixed income and just purchased a house, TODAY
Yep, we are doing our part to keep the economy going! We have to get out of this apartment and stop throwing our money to a crappy landlord-- so we are stocking up on house. Dh's job is pretty darned secure, unless TS really
HTF, and we would be able to borrow from the MIL to keep our house (heck, we could probably move in with her, but I'll be eating squirrels way before then
However, there are ways to make it through a Depression-- I know our grandparents did, otherwise we wouldn't be here. If you look around you, there are so many things you can do, for little to no money (and some duct-tape, don't forget to add a few rolls of THAT to your shopping list)...
I'm really slow at typing cause DD is needing me every couple of seconds, so, I'm sure I've missed a bunch of new posts, but this is why I am SO GLAD I grew up poor, going without, and had my grandparents stories of the Depression, as well as being homeless myself at one point... It's amazing what resources are available if you just THINK about it.
That's what worries me... not someone asking for help, or asking for food (cause I'll gladly share what little bit of anything I've got, or barter for it, etc)... It's the people that say, oh well, this is hopeless and demand things with violence... And yep, we are getting Dh's .22 from his dad to put away for hunting season, if we need it (dh hasn't hunted in a LONG time)... but you bet your bippy I'm not afraid to use it in case of zombie attack