“I’m sorry for the interruption, Sally,” Diane said as she sat back down at the table across from Survival Sally. “Seems like the phone rings when you least want it or expect it.”
“I know what you mean,” said Sally. “I was just about to tell you how to make your dollars go farther so you can buy preparedness items.” She took another sip of tea.
“Oh, yes. I’m going to write down your ideas.”
“I’m afraid a dollar isn’t worth much these days, and it doesn’t look like things will be getting any better for a while. Did you know a dollar today is worth about 12 cents compared to what you could buy with a dollar in 1950?”
“That’s awful,” said Diane.
“Here’s a fun way to actually hear the sound of some cold, hard, metal cash clinking. I know how the kids would like to hear that in their piggy banks. Do your kids have piggy banks, or is that too old fashioned?”
“We’ve been giving them allowances, which they spend when we go shopping. And we’ve been putting money into a college fund for them,” said Diane.
“Well, try this out. The next time any of you makes a purchase using cash, put aside the coins you get back in change. I’m sure you don’t put everything on your debit card.” Diane nodded in agreement. “Start by putting those coins in a jar when you get back home. Keep doing this each day and you’ll be surprised how much change you have on hand in a week or a month.”
“That’s a great idea, Sally.”
“Then be prepared when Tarzan asks, “’What do with money?’” They both laughed. “In fact, just be prepared. You know, like the Boy Scout motto. Only this time you’re being prepared for you and your family.”
“I like the sound of that,” said Diane.
“You can put that glorious change toward a few LED flashlights and batteries for when the lights go out. Start a survival shopping list. There are companies specializing in preparedness and several books with checklists already made up to help you get started. Buy a camping stove and propane tank. After all, how will you cook your freeze dried food when the power goes out this winter, and you can’t even turn on your so-called gas stove?”
“Yes, we women have to think about these things, don’t we?”
“The change you put by could literally be something that will save your life,” Sally said. “If you get the kids doing it too, you’ll develop a good money saving habit. Since this might one day help with your own survival, call it your Change For Life. Didn’t think a dollar could make much of a difference, did you?”