Preparing For The Resistance – June 2022

In my post Prepare For The Resistance I outlined how I think patriots should be preparing for the dark days ahead. To reinforce those recommendations I am formatting these posts to match up with them.

Toughen Up

Spiritually:

As a Christian, studying The Word helps strengthen my faith. This month I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

Prayer is another way to strengthen ourselves spiritually. This month I continued my regular, daily prayers and continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

Fellowship with other believers and fellowship with God is a critical component to maintaining spiritual strength. This month I continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Mentally:

 

Physically:

 

Be Smarter

Privacy, fighting, medical, coms, et.

 

Be More Resilient

Supplies:

 

Gear:

 

Finances:

We continued to add money into our retirement accounts and precious metals. I also moved some money out of savings and into precious metals before they topped out.

Energy:

I ran the generator for 15-20 minutes to help prevent carburetor issues and make sure it will be good to go if it is ever needed. This is a recurring monthly task.

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That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this month. How about you? What did you Prep this month?

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Preparing For The Resistance – May 2022

In my post Prepare For The Resistance I outlined how I think patriots should be preparing for the dark days ahead. To reinforce those recommendations I am formatting these posts to match up with them.

Toughen Up

Spiritually:

As a Christian, studying The Word helps strengthen my faith. This month I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

Prayer is another way to strengthen ourselves spiritually. This month I continued my regular, daily prayers and continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

Fellowship with other believers and fellowship with God is a critical component to maintaining spiritual strength. This month I continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Mentally:

I didn’t do anything specific this month to strengthen myself mentally.

Physically:

I had some mixed results this month but overall I am on track to getting stronger and healthier; hitting the gym and walking.

Be Smarter

I attended a one day medical training that covered casualty care procedures and bleeding control. I also attended half a day of a tactical rifle class.

Be More Resilient

Supplies:

We continued stocking up on food. I also rotated the emergency pantry into the regular pantry and re-inventoried and restocked.

I have met my goals for ammo supplies but concern over future availability has me continuing to add to our stocks:
5.56/.223 (80 rounds)
9mm (50 rounds)
.22 Long Rifle (250 rounds)

Gear:

I purchased two Holosun HG515 red dots and installed them on my rifle and Wonderful Wife’s rifle. These are tougher and better optics than we had installed before.  It also gives us consistency on three of our self-defense rifles. The other has a Low Power Variable Optic (LPVO) installed. I tool all four of our self-defense rifles and the M&P 15-22 I purchased as a trainer to the range and zeroed/confirmed zero on all of them. Then spent a little time on longer range work and transitioning between multiple targets.

5.11 had a closeout sale on a specific color of their TacTec plate carrier and I took advantage of that to upgrade mine. I also purchased several pairs of pants. They are sturdier and allow for a greater range of motion than the cargo pants I usually wear.

I updated the programming on all my radios to make sure they were all consistent with each other and the standards of our team. We also bought several more radios, both walkie talkie style radios (also programmable) and GMRS. With that complete I will need to schedule a short training session and they will be passed out to family members. I am also working on a “communications plan” to serve as a “how to” and a reference guide.

We purchased more medical gear including combat bandages and tourniquets. For the moment this is going into tubs. Ultimately, they will be made into trauma kits\IFAKs for the family.

I also purchased a pocket IFAK. It is like a bifold wallet to carry core essentials in a pocket instead of a pouch. Lots of times I am going placed and don’t have my backpack with me but I will be able to slip this in my pocket.

Finances:

We continued to add money into our retirement accounts and precious metals. I also moved some money out of savings and into precious metals.

Energy:

We purchased two additional 5 gallon fuel containers during (preparedness) tax free weekend and filled them with treated gasoline.

I ran the generator for 15-20 minutes to help prevent carburetor issues and make sure it will be good to go if it is ever needed. This is a recurring monthly task.

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That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this month. How about you? What did you Prep this month?

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Preparing For The Resistance – April 2022

In my post Prepare For The Resistance I outlined how I think patriots should be preparing for the dark days ahead. To reinforce those recommendations I am formatting these posts to match up with them.

Toughen Up

Spiritually:

As a Christian, studying The Word helps strengthen my faith. This month I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

Prayer is another way to strengthen ourselves spiritually. This month I continued my regular, daily prayers and continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

Fellowship with other believers and fellowship with God is a critical component to maintaining spiritual strength. This month I continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Mentally:

The tactical training I do toughens me up in several ways. First, to keep pushing and focusing when exhausted develops a mental toughness. The scenarios we train, whether force on force, hand to hand or small unit tactics such as ambush, helps to create a mental readiness for when/if we encounter such situations in real life.

Physically:

I’ve done a pretty good job with working out and exercising this month. I am almost back to the level of fitness I had pre-COVID/injuries. Hopefully, I can stay healthy and continue to improve.

Be Smarter

I took a one day self-defense class. I spend a lot of time working with firearms and have even had some knife training but I know that hand to hand is an area of weakness. This class helped me improve in this area, a little. I was a somewhat limited on some of the techniques and had to be careful of my hip.

Be More Resilient

Supplies:

I purchased another case of MREs. I primarily use these when I am out in the field training and are not really a part of my long term food storage plan. Still, it is nice to have a few extra on hand, just in case.

Topped off the pantry from the emergency pantry, inventoried it and placed an order to top off what we have used and fill in a few gaps. At this point for most items we are in a good place and can afford to wait for sales and take advantage of them to continue stocking up. However, we are continuing to stock up on long term foods adding more mashed potatoes, rice, beans, flour, sugar and salt.

We are also stocking up on non-food items like cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. This month we stocked up on deodorant and soap.

I have met my goals for ammo supplies but concern over future availability has me continuing to add to our stocks:
5.56/.223 (80 rounds)

Gear:

Wonderful Wife asked me about coms for the family in an an emergency and I explained that I told them what radios to buy but they had not bought them yet. We bought two more UV-5r radios and two extended life batteries. Once I get them programmed I will show the family how to use them and pass them out.

Purchased two heavy-duty tarps on the preparedness tax-free weekend. I also bought new smoke detectors for the house since they were tax-free as well and ours have all begun to fail.

Finances:

We continued to add money into our retirement accounts and precious metals. I also moved some money out of savings and into precious metals before they topped out and invested a stock dividend into precious metals.

Energy:

I ran the generator for 15-20 minutes to help prevent carburetor issues and make sure it will be good to go if it is ever needed. This is a recurring monthly task.

We took advantage of the tax-free preparedness weekend Texas has and added to our supply of batteries.

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That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this month. How about you? What did you Prep this month?

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Preparing For The Resistance – March 2022

In my post Prepare For The Resistance I outlined how I think patriots should be preparing for the dark days ahead. To reinforce those recommendations I am formatting these posts to match up with them. We’ll run that way for a few months and see how it goes.

Toughen Up

I attended a weekend-long Warrior Skills Training class this month and that helped toughen me up in every way; spiritually, mentally and physically. Forty eight hours of drills, training, simulated operations, and education combined with living on only what you can carry was truly a challenge. Add the lack of sleep due to long training days and nights sleeping on the cold ground and this was an experience that toughened me up in every way.

Spiritually:

As a Christian, studying The Word helps strengthen my faith. This month I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

Prayer is another way to strengthen ourselves spiritually. This month I continued my regular, daily prayers and continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

Fellowship with other believers and fellowship with God is a critical component to maintaining spiritual strength. This month I continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Mentally:

See comments above on the Warrior Skills Training but one more addition here. We were using blanks during many of the operations. Which meant that we were aiming our rifles at other human beings, pulling the trigger and producing the same (similar) response as the rifle would make in a real fight (gun goes bang). The same goes for stabbing the torso of a human-like training dummy. All the classroom discussions from all the self-defense classes I have taken over the years about mindset and being “in the fight” took on a whole new level of reality. I hope and pray I never have to use any of this training but the reality check from this weekend will, hopefully, reduce any hesitation I might have when the time comes and help ensure that I have the right mindset at the time.

Physically:

See comments on the Warrior Skills Training I have also been doing OK when it comes to gym time. There is still room for improvement there. My hip seems to be healing and I have more mobility and flexibility than I have in weeks.

Be Smarter

Attended a small unit tactical training class on patrolling, breaking and reacting to contact as well a carbine class focused on weapons manipulation drills.

To top it all off the I was able to attend a weekend long warrior skills training class. We humped all our gear and made camp in the woods. We used that for a base of operations to train for the next 48 hours. Topics trained included night movements and operations, patrols, ambushes, CQB practice sessions, weapons manipulation, camouflage, communications, tripwires for early warning as well as base security operations.

Be More Resilient

Supplies:

Made a bulk purchase of the needles I use to administer one of my medications. I am now set on these for the next several years.

I have met my goals for ammo supplies but concern over future availability has me continuing to add to our stocks:
5.56/.223 (400 rounds)

We have slowed a bit over the last month on adding to our food supply inventory. We have continued stocking up, just at a slower pace. I think it is time to kick that back into high gear.

Purchased a bottle of Permethrin. I plan to use it to treat my outdoor gear to repel critters as the weather warms up.

Gear:

In preparation for the weekend training I purchased several pieces of gear including a headlamp with a red light, a red light penlight, a single person tent, and a large backpack/rucksack.

I am still trying to find a radio headset that works for me in tactical situations. I have tried several in ear head sets but I haven’t found one that is durable and stays in place. A buddy runs a set of Peltor headphones and seems to like the setup so I looked at picking up a set…yeah, not gonna happen anytime soon. I did find a (relatively) cheap set of Chinese knockoffs and purchased them. They probably won’t last but I will be able to see if I can stand wearing a full headset in the south Texas heat and humidity. If so, I can start watching for deals on the good ones.

I picked up 5 additional AR magazines. To complete the load out I plan on carrying I needed a couple more. I could have pulled them from stock but there was a sale on them when buying five or more. So…

I purchased a new phone. With the ongoing supply chain issues and ever increasing prices I decided to go ahead and get one now while they are available rather than wait for my current phone to need replacement and potentially not be able to get one or have to pay a much higher price.

Finances:

We continued to add money into our retirement accounts and precious metals. I also moved some money out of savings and into precious metals just before before they topped out.

Energy:

I ran the generator for 15-20 minutes to help prevent carburetor issues and make sure it will be good to go if it is ever needed. This is a recurring monthly task.

Purchased two additional 5 gallon gas cans, filled them and added stabilizer. I also topped off the generator after running it and now I have another small can to fill.

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That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this month. How about you? What did you Prep this month?

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Food!

If you are not already stocking up on food supplies, why not?

It is time to remember the common sense of our grandparents from the Great Depression, store food when you can for lean times and lean times are definitely on the way.

World food supplies over the last few years have been impacted due to a number of issues; poor weather, COVID, supply chain issues, etc.

Ukraine and Russia export much of the food for the middle east and Europe. Russia is a major supplier of fertilizer and the raw materials to make fertilizer. In response to sanctions they have banned the export of fertilizer. China is the other major supplier and they are having production and delivery issues.

All of which increases the cost and decreases the availability of food.

China has been actively buying as much grain as it can to make up for poor harvests and to build reserves.

Today, Hungary, the second major supplier of food to Europe announced they are banning the exportation of grain.

The bottom line is that food prices will be going up even more and we could very possibly see massive shortages in many parts of the world.

I strongly suggest you start stocking up on food.

Take care and God bless.

Preparing For The Resistance – February 2022

I am changing up the format of this series just a little bit. In my post Prepare For The Resistance I outlined how I think patriots should be preparing for the dark days ahead. To reinforce those recommendations I am formatting these posts to match up with them. We’ll run that way for a few months and see how it goes.

Toughen Up

Spiritually:

As a Christian, studying The Word helps strengthen my faith. This month I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

Prayer is another way to strengthen ourselves spiritually. This month I continued my regular, daily prayers and continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

Fellowship with other believers and fellowship with God is a critical component to maintaining spiritual strength. This month I continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Mentally:

Still looking for ways to toughen up mentally.

Physically:

Total failure in this area. I am doing physical therapy for my shoulder and that’s about it due to work and travel schedules.

Be Smarter

Started checking out MMA/self-defense gyms and sat in on a class. I won’t make a decision or join until my travel schedule slows down.

Did some live fire and move to contact drills.

Be More Resilient

Supplies:

We finally completed the reorganization of our emergency pantry to accommodate the increased storage capacity. Based on that we placed orders to begin filling the space. Stocking up on as much food as practical. As part of this we vacuum sealed a number of containers of pasta and put into bins for easier storage over a longer period of time.

We stocked up on some medical supplies including rolled gauze, generic Dramamine and two more CAT Gen 7 tourniquets.

Of course, we stocked up on ammo as well:
5.56/.223 (40 rounds)
9mm (200 rounds)
.22 Long Rifle (300 Rounds)

Gear:

I purchased a tough, low tech watch. I normally wear an Apple watch but there may be times, especially in a collapse, where I may not want to wear (trackable) smart technology on my person. In some cases when hiking or doing other things I would like a tougher watch on my wrist instead of the (far more) expensive and breakable apple offering. This little Timex is pretty tough and was pretty inexpensive.

We bought a hand operated pump (safe for fuel use) and a drill operated pump (not safe for fuel use). We also started topping up gear and supplies for our emergency kits (sill-cock keys, water filters, collapsible water containers, storm proof matches, etc).

Finances:

We continued to add money into our retirement and investment accounts. We have decided to stop purchasing Crypto at this time. Instead, we will put the money (plus a little more) into precious metals instead. Overall, this slightly reduces the amount we are putting into our investment accounts and increases the percentage in precious metals. A good return from the investments is critical if we want to retire and live in the manner we would like. Precious metals is for wealth preservation and does not provide that return however it should be the safer choice and will preserve wealth even if inflation continues to be a problem and it is a hedge against a market collapse.

I took the dividends from one of our stock accounts and invested that into precious metals as well.

Energy:

Nothing this month.

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That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this month. How about you? What did you Prep this month?

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Preparing For The Resistance – January 2022

Reminder: I have changed up the format of this series just a little bit. In my post Prepare For The Resistance I outlined how I think patriots should be preparing for the dark days ahead. To reinforce those recommendations I am formatting these posts to match up with them. We’ll run that way for a few months and see how it goes.

Toughen Up

Spiritually:

As a Christian, studying The Word helps strengthen my faith. This month I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

Prayer is another way to strengthen ourselves spiritually. This month I continued my regular, daily prayers and continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

Fellowship with other believers and fellowship with God is a critical component to maintaining spiritual strength. This month I continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Mentally:

Still looking to you guys for some suggestions here.

Physically:

For a variety of reasons I have not been as attentive to this area of preparation as I should have been. I really need to get back in the swing of things.

Be Smarter

I received my GMRS license and have been working with the radio to learn more about communications.

I missed one tactical training class this month but I did attend a class on Searching and Clearing. I took this particular class previously but this type of training is rarely a “one and done” kind of thing. The more times you take the class and the more practice you get the better you get.

Be More Resilient

Supplies:

We continued stocking up on food. We are planning to stack food “to the rafters” over the few months. In order to extend our canned food storage capacity I purchased another shelving unit and cleared a space for it and I am in the process of redistributing and organizing it all.

I purchased the components and put together another trauma kit. I realized that I didn’t have one for my range bag. Now I do.

We stocked up on additional batteries. Every January I replace the batteries in my smoke detectors as well as in the optics and lights mounted on self-defense firearms so we purchased those and swapped them. We also added another 100 count of AA and AAA batteries to our supply.

Other things we stocked up on this month include: water purification tabs (100), razor blades (100), OTC medicines (sinus, anti-diarrhea and heartburn), Duck Tape, Vacuum sealer bags, soap, yeast, can openers, lighters, clothes pins and sewing kits. Many of these items are based on the “First hundred things to disappear in a collapse” posts.

Of course, we stocked up on ammo as well:

9mm (200 rounds)

5.56 (1080 Rounds)

.22 Long Rifle (200 Rounds)

I also did an inventory of the ammo on hand to make sure we were at our targeted stock levels.

Gear:

We purchased another, larger Sawyer water filter setup. Wonderful Wife and I decided that multiple, smaller filtration solutions were preferable to a single, larger solution. It will be more work to filter larger quantities of water, if need be, but we won’t be reliant on a single system and point of failure.

I completed the AR pistol build and added needed accessories (light and backup iron sights. I reused an optic and a single point sling I purchased previously. I also purchased an M&P 15-22 for a lower cost training option.

Added three 35 round Magpul magazines for the CZ Scorpion and five more training magazines for the AR.

Finances:

We continued to add money into our retirement and investment accounts including stocks and cryptocurrency. We also added a few more ounces of silver to our reserves. Reinvested a dividend from out investment account back into the same fund.

Energy:

Nothing to add here.

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That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this month. How about you? What did you Prep this month?

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Preparing For The Resistance – December 2021

I am changing up the format of this series just a little bit. In my post Prepare For The Resistance I outlined how I think patriots should be preparing for the dark days ahead. To reinforce those recommendations I am formatting these posts to match up with them. We’ll run that way for a few months and see how it goes.

Toughen Up

Spiritually:

As a Christian, studying The Word helps strengthen my faith. This month I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

Prayer is another way to strengthen ourselves spiritually. This month I continued my regular, daily prayers and continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

Fellowship with other believers and fellowship with God is a critical component to maintaining spiritual strength. This month I continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Mentally:

I am really at a loss on how to toughen up mentally. I try and keep aware of the threats around us so I am not taken off guard. I am doing my small unit tactical training which does definitely toughen me up mentally as well as building skills. Outside of that I am not sure what else I can do. Please leave comments in the suggestions area below if you have ideas.

Physically:

I went back to the doctor for my shoulder. Surgery will not be required at this pointy. He gave me a cortisone shot, a course of anti-inflammatory medication and muscle relaxers and I will be starting physical therapy in January (soonest available appointment). In the meantime he also wants me to take it easy until I start with the physical therapist.

I (mostly) continued hitting the gym in my effort to get into better shape. With the medical appointments, work, the holidays and some personal matters I have missed more days that I normally would. Now, if I could just get wonderful Wife to join me…

Be Smarter

I learned how to use Chirp to program my radios.

Attended another tactical training class on small unit tactics.

Be More Resilient

We took advantage of various holiday sales to stock up or purchase a lot of stuff that we felt we would need in the coming dark times. Hope you did too.

Supplies:

I keep Rite in the Rain notepads in all my packs and bags. We picked up a few spares for extra bags as well as for replacements.

Ammo:

9mm (300 rounds)

5.56 (120 rounds)

Restocked the primary pantry from our emergency pantry. We have started to increase the amount of food we are storing in the emergency pantry. I am working hard to find places to store is and rotate it properly. I have cleaned out a space that should work for another shelving unit and ordered it but it will be a bit before it comes in.

We purchased an additional eight mantles for our propane lanterns. If we are in need of using these lanterns we probably won’t be in a position to get extra mantles.

Gear:

I purchased a pair of red dot optics. The original plans was that one would be for training/backup rifle and one for my “fighting” rifle. They are very similar optics from the same manufacturer but the one I planned to mount on the fighting rifle is built a little tougher and includes an anti-reflection device (kill flash) the other will be for my training/backup rifle where durability is not quite as important.

When I saw a really good deal from Palmetto State Armory on complete 5.56 upper receiver. I picked one up and mounted the second red dot sight and backup iron sights to it. That gives me one upper set up for longer range and one for shorter range and I can switch between them without having to go to the range and zero in the rifle.

I was able to get out to the range and zero the optic on the training/backup rifle but haven’t been able to get back out and do the same on the new upper. While I was at it I spent a few rounds just practicing with both rifles and my primary carry handgun.

I picked up another AR lower, trigger, and lower parts kits. I am thinking about filing a Form 1 and building a Short Barreled Rifle (SBR). I got rid of all my AR pistols when the Biden ATF started talking about coming after them and I miss having a nice compact self-defense weapon like that. I also hear the wait times on electronic Form 1’s is not too ridiculous.

I decided to upgrade my war belt and purchased the Blue Alpha Double Belt Rig from Warrior Poet Society. To take advantage of the new rig I also purchased a new holster to provide better retention and less bulk.

flashlight score

O-Light (yes, I know, made in China) ran a number o specials over the holidays and I made the most of it. I purchased a new weapon mounted light that is more powerful than the one I had on the rifle previously but with less weight. A periscope style light that can clip to my gear or be worn as a headlamp and (yet more) key chain/pen lights. All in all I was able to add a lot of lighting for relatively little cash.

I added a bolt carrier group (BCG) last month and added two more this month. They were on sale at a really good price. For the time being they will be spares for our defensive rifles. When the time comes for each of the grand kids to get their ARs I will already have BCGs for them.

Merry Christmas, and thank you Wonderful Wife!

Wonderful Wife surprised me with an early Christmas present. A CZ Scorpion Evo pistol equipped with all the cool add-ons; Magpul grip, pistol brace, Magpul magazine release, and extended bolt handle. Once tested and sighted in it will become my primary home defense firearm.

We added a couple of 15-round P365 magazines to the inventory. I like to have 9 mags per self-defense firearm and this puts us at that level for the P365s. We also took advantage of sales to add some AR-15 magazines to the inventory. We are now at our minimum inventory levels on magazines for all defensive firearms.

Last month we purchased a propane heater for use if we lose power in winter. This month I purchased the hose that allows the use of larger grill type propane bottles. Thanks to Prepper365 on the suggestion on which one to go with.

Added two more tourniquets. One for my chest rig and one for my plate carrier. I primarily use CAT tourniquets from North American Rescue.

Purchased two additional Baofeng radios and two extended batteries them. I programmed them with a number of channels and frequencies that would be useful in a disaster scenario.

Finances:

We added money to our investment account from Wonderful Wife’s paycheck and also invested a smaller amount in crypto and precious metals (silver).

We have split the precious metals we own between a few different locations for quite some time. I was doing a little “load balancing” between the sites and as part of the inventory I found that we had an extra tenth of an ounce of gold that was not on my inventory sheet. Wonderful Wife also found a silver dime while out and about. God is good.

Continued moving money from savings to an investment account in order to try and minimize the loss of value through inflation. I can only move $150/per month without incurring penalties.

Energy:

I ran the generator for 15-20 minutes to help prevent carburetor issues and make sure it will be good to go if it is ever needed. This is a recurring monthly task.

I found the small, camping style propane tanks in stock at a sporting goods store and purchased two more.

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That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this month. How about you? What did you Prep this month?

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Bloomberg’s Inflation Advice And Backlash

Bloomberg recently published an article on how Americans could benefit from the advice of Argentinians on how to deal with inflation: For Americans Shocked by Inflation, Argentines Have Some Advice. I became aware of it only because one of the news sources I subscribe to countered with a scathing rebuttal on the advice provided (Sorry, I misplaced that link). The article from a news source on the other side of the political spectrum blasted the advice from Bloomberg’s minions. The rebuttal, from a news source that touts 6.8% inflation as “apocalyptic” on a nearly daily basis, argued that the strategies employed by Argentinians to deal with 50% inflation didn’t apply here.

So what were the lessons from Argentinians?

    • Spend Your Paycheck Right Away
    • Borrow Lots of Money
    • Negotiate a Pay Raise — or Two
    • Buy Inflation-Linked Bonds
    • Buy Homes and Cars

How good is this advice? Let’s look at each one, in reverse order.

Buy Homes and Cars

The price on homes and vehicles is skyrocketing.

When shopping for a replacement to the car my daughter wrecked we found 10-20% premiums over sticker price on the entry level subcompacts. On used cars we found the same thing. One of the lots we visited had a truck the same year as mine (2019), with twice the miles and fewer options. They were asking more than what I paid for mine brand new! All of this assumes you can even find vehicle you want in stock somewhere. Decently priced (by current standards) would be sold in hours.

Home sales are in a similar situation. When my middle daughter and her husband were house shipping they were putting offers in based on Internet photos as soon as the house was on the market. All offers were over the asking price and they were seeing bidding wars on several houses they liked. New home prices are going up (around here) on average of 10% per month. People with the funds to do so are buying houses new and “flipping” them within a year and making huge profits.

At the same time mortgage and auto loan interest rates are at an all time low (or pretty close) and are well below the current inflation rate.

So, is it a good idea to buy something that is going up in value so quickly? I would think so. Why wouldn’t you buy an asset that is appreciating in value at a higher rate that inflation?

Is it a good idea to make those purchases with someone else’s money when the rate they are charging for using their money is lower that the inflation rate? Seems logical to me.

This is not a bad advice as far as I can see. (Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor and you should do your own research?

Buy Inflation-Linked Bonds

I didn’t even know these were out there!

With the rate of return on most bonds lower than the inflation rate having an investment that protects your wealth seems like a darned good idea. This is the same logic used to justify investing in precious metals.

Again, this isn’t a bad idea at all.

Negotiate a Pay Raise — or Two

Oh, how I with I could…

In Argentina the unions are strong enough to negotiate multiple wage increases per year to adjust wages for inflation. Good for them. It would be nice for my purchasing power not to go down, down, down as inflation goes higher, higher, higher…

Again another decent idea even if it won’t work for the majority of Americans. Yet…

Borrow Lots of Money

If the interest rate is lower than the rate of inflation…and you can afford to make the payments, go for it. Paying money back in deflated dollars leaves you ahead in the long run.

However, what you spend on is equally important as part of this advice. Buying food or durable goods with someone else’s money and paying it back in deflated dollars makes sense as long as the interest rate is fixed and lower than the inflation rate and (again) you can afford to make the payments.

I have hear Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre tell the story a number of times about how a neighbor found a good deal on hardware (nails, screws, nuts, bolts, etc) at the beginning of the economic collapse of 2000 and bought all he could. The man literally filled his garage with them. As prices continued to increase and shortages become widespread, the man (who most of his neighbors thought of as crazy) had a gold mine in his garage that helped his family make it through those dark economic times.

Spend Your Paycheck Right Away

If inflation reaches the point where the money is worth significantly less at the end of your pay period vs. the beginning this makes sense. I don’t think we are there currently.

However, putting money into savings  and hanging on to it when the interest earned is significantly less than the rate of inflation doesn’t make sense currently. Personally, we are moving money out of savings and into investments that are (currently) returning at a higher rate than inflation. We still keep some emergency funds in cash in savings but we are reducing how much.

The Bottom Line

I don’t see where any of this is particularly bad advice. Being aware of the strategies Argentinians use is a good idea as we head into an increasingly uncertain future.

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I continued to pray for my 50 closest neighbors.

I continued my study of the Gospel of John.

I also continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

Purchased an additional bolt carrier group (BCG) for my AR. They were on sale and if something is going to break on an AR it will probably be something in the BCG so it doesn’t hurt to have a spare (or two).

In the past I have generally favored two point slings for my rifles but with the training I have been doing I have found that a single point sling actually works better for me so I picked up a Blue Force Gear single point sling for my primary rifle (it was on sale).

Blue Force Gear single point sling

I also picked up a couple more cheap AR magazines for “dry” training. I plan to use these around the house for practicing mag changes and such. I dedicate specific magazines for this type of training that have the “guts” removed and a fluorescent green tape applied so they can never be mixed up with mags with live rounds. Mistakes can happen, ask the folks on the set Alec Baldwin’s movie (those who are still alive anyway), and anything that can reduce the probability of an incident is worth the money.

Ammo Purchased this month:

5.56/.223: 140

9mm: 100

.22 LR: 100

I attended a small unit tactical training class. In this class we covered a variety of topics including observation, reconnaissance, tracking and area search/clear.

Supplies/Gear

We restocked primary pantry from the emergency pantry and restocked what was rotated out. I have a number of smaller bags of beans, peas, rice and some tea that we have been ordering as part of our regular grocery orders. I normally keep these on a shelf in their original packaging but grouped in larger 1 gallon ziploc bags. Based on some conversations with other preparedness minded folks I went ahead and vacuum sealed them instead of relying on the ziploc bags.

I also reviewed our supply of over the counter pain medicines and found we had burned through a lot of our backup supply during the COVID lock down. We placed an order to bring those levels back up to where they should be. Then did the same with vitamins and supplements.

I noticed that Amazon was unable to fill an regular order for the specific brand of toothpaste I use so I grabbed three tubes from another source and stocked up on the brand Wonderful Wife prefers as well.

Wonderful Wife and I sat down with the list of the 100 Items That Disappear First in A Disaster and reviewed it together. This list is based on the experiences of people who lived through several disasters but primarily on the experiences of those who survived the Bosnian war. We discussed each item to decide if it was applicable and, if so, how well stocked we were on that item. We are putting together a plan to fill the gaps we identified.

Based on the weather related power outages of last winter and our review of the “100 items” list we purchased a propane powered heater. Unlike most propane heaters it is designed and rated to be used indoors and it can run from either the small camping sized propane bottles or the larger tanks used on outdoor gas grills. It should provide plenty of heat to keep at least one room warm even if the power goes out. However, this was a good lesson on doing your homework. I purchased this heater thinking I could run either the smaller camp type propane bottles or larger propane tanks used for outdoor grills and it does. If you buy the adapter for the larger tanks, which I have not been able to locate yet. I also neglected to check the availability of the smaller camp style bottles. Every store around is out of stock and most say they don’t know when to expect them back in. I don’t know if this is a supply chain issue or a simple demand issue. Nevertheless, I did finally find them in stock and not at ridiculous markups and now we have a small but decent supply but I will feel much better as soon as I can get that adapter.

We also purchased an additional five gallon fuel container for gasoline, filled it up and added fuel stabilizer.

Security

No updates here.

Finances

Two of our investment accounts returned dividends. One we reinvested in the same mutual funds that paid the dividend. With the other we withdrew the funds and invested them in precious metals. We also went ahead and purchased the silver coins to give the kids and grand kids for Christmas. We give each one ounce of silver for Christmas and I wanted to make the purchase while they were available and we had the funds.

We reviewed the investment mix of our primary 401k and re-balanced the investment mix based on which options are performing better.

The biggest change for this month is that Wonderful Wife is working again and bringing in a paycheck. We were able to add to our investment accounts, both stock and cryptocurrency with money from her paycheck.

Fitness/Health

Getting in better shape will make me more resilient, harder to kill and increase my ability to defend my family and those I love. This month I have made some very good strides in toughening up physically. I have regained my strength to pre-COVID levels and, in some cases, I am stronger than I have ever been. Pretty good for a over the hill couch potato, I believe. Walking/running is still limited by the injury to my Achilles tendon but I am doing the best I can without damaging it further.

Will I ever be as fast or have the endurance of the ruling junta’s enforcers from anitfa and BLM? Probably not. Will I be as strong? Possibly. Every time I stack on another weight, add another rep or walk a little faster I increase my resiliency, become harder to kill, and increase my ability to protect those I care about.

My goals are to be fit enough to pass the Combat Fitness Test (CFT) and be able to do the Murph Challenge which is based on the workout of a Navy Seal. Will I get there? At close to 60 with a bad shoulder and ankle, probably not. But the closer I get the better prepared I will be for the dark times ahead.

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That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this month. How about you? What did you Prep this month?

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.