Saturday, February 19, 2011
Should we trust the stock market... or stock up?
Of course, I don't even go near the stock market as an investor. No, my investments are made at the Kroger veggie aisle, Wal Mart's milk and dairy section, and the BP gas station in town. Sometimes an investment is made of coffee and a muffin at a favorite coffee place when I need a sanity morning out. But no stocks or bonds.
I'm writing out a grocery list after putting in my request for a couple hundred dollars of the tax return when it arrives. Just those items I believe should always be on hand. As simple as butter in the freezer and the usual flour and other baking items, canned tomatoes, various pastas including orzo for cold weather soup and warmer weather salads, dishwashing liquid, TP, etc.. Just a little deepening of the pantry on a budget... basic ingredients to insure meals on the table.
No, I don't believe the stock market and I cringe to think of those who are trusting the numbers instead of what their "gut" tells them (can you tell I love NCIS there?). I must admit my only stock I trust in right now is stocking up with any extra money available.
Christopher found out this week that the Federal scholarship program he's received money from is ending and then just yesterday received information that the State is cutting all scholarships. Along with the rising cost of food and energy which we have already been feeling, that was a shock we didn't expect. But we should not be surprised.
All this to say my friends... trust your "gut", your instincts, and most of all... what God may be whispering to you. I don't think it is a coincidence that so many people are saying they get this feeling they are to deepen the pantry, perhaps grow a few veggies in the backyard, or even take on a more agricultural lifestyle (which is not an option for most of us but can be for some).
I'm hoping we can extend our raised bed garden a bit and I'm planning on growing more food on the deck... that which will not be consumed by Chip and Dale... the resident chipmunks. I'll stock up a little more as possible and read through my cookbooks which offer inexpensive and healthy menus.
Just recently I was catching up reading some blogs when I came across a great post on Simple, Green, Frugal Co-op (one of my favorites!). The post was titled Saving Money in the Kitchen and it can be found... here. Don't forget, I have lots and lots of good links on the side bar for deepening the pantry, living a simpler lifestyle, etc.
There is always more we can learn about cooking, sewing, gardening, preserving food, buying good quality at less prices, etc. I've even found keeping an ear open when the experts talk about commodity prices to be helpful, we've all been hearing how cocoa, coffee, sugar, corn products, and cotton are going up a great deal... even before we add in the rising cost of transportation as oil prices continue up.
That's when it is time to put an extra can of Hershey's cocoa and a couple bags of chocolate chips, a bag of brown sugar or confectioners sugar, a bag of coffee, etc. on the grocery list just for the pantry. When we come across a great stock up sale, we can really stock the pantry at greatly reduced costs.
That feeling you have about preparing for what may be down the road... trust it. Then remember God is in control. :)
More recession ponderings later...
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