The Economy Forces Changes Toward a Survival Lifestyle

When I featured poll questions here, the one for December 2008 asked, “What’s the biggest change you’ve made in the past six months?” I listed several choices, including changing driving habits, cutting back on Christmas, eating out less, working extra hours, and vacationing close to home. I also gave readers the chance to add an answer, in case those choices weren’t adequate. It was an added answer that got the most votes.

Three answers were added, including “All of the above.” I admit I hadn’t thought of that one because I figured one significant change made in a household would dominate over the others. “All of the above” garnered the majority of your votes with 51% of the tally! That one surprised me. It suggests families are making cuts or lifestyle changes all across the board.

As for the other results, 15% said the biggest change they’ve made in the past six months is eating out less. Nine percent ranked working extra hours as their biggest change. Eight percent put changing driving habits at the top of their list. Six percent cut back on Christmas, while another six percent say they’re stocking up on sale items. That’s a good answer someone added. A couple of people said they’ve spent more money. (I can only hope it was spent wisely with one of DestinySurvival’s sponsors.) Only one reader put vacationing closer to home at the top of the list of changes they’ve made.

Will we see a surge in gardening as we did this past year? Or are people so tapped out they won’t buy seeds? Seed companies and garden supply stores did a booming business in 2008. If you’re one of those who gardened for the first time last year, I hope you’ll grow some of your own food this year as well. Don’t get discouraged by any failures you may have had. Anything you can grow—whether it’s in a large garden or a window box—can be helpful. Even a couple of salads or salad garnishings is just that much less you have to buy from the supermarket, and it’s better for you, too.

Furthermore, here at DestinySurvival I heartily recommend growing as naturally and organically as you possibly can. Doing so produces more nutritious produce as well as being better for the environment. From my point of view, I don’t garden naturally because I want to save the earth. I want to save myself. Gardening is truly a survival issue with me. Though I can’t grow enough to supply my household’s food supply for the whole year, I can certainly supplement what we eat with wholesome nourishment. Besides, gardening is interesting, therapeutic, and fun.

Gardening also makes a statement to the rest of the world. It tells others you take an interest in your personal survival, and it’s a declaration of independence from the corporate agribusiness system. That brings up a whole set of philosophical considerations I won’t explore further today.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “The Economy Forces Changes Toward a Survival Lifestyle”

  1. I added the all of the above. because I think most people are willing to make slight changes in alot of things to get the same end result that making a massive change in one thing would achieve.

    Not that I want to downplay the scale of things. Most people realize that even if they have solid income which hasn’t changed much, that their rainy day fund needs to be adjusted. Without equity in ones home ones options go to near zero without income or savings. Having watched ones assets and equities adjust downward the only option left was to increase cash savings to hedge ones bet.

    Of course spending money on survival related things (prepping) is also a target of those newly saved funds.

  2. Thanks Chris. I think its significant that so many have indeed made cuts or changes across the board. It reveals something about the depth of the downturn we’re in and that we won’t be bouncing back so soon.


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