I Was Going To Do That

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Do you sometimes think to yourself, I was going to do that? Or, I’m going to get to do it very soon. So, today, I started listing things we all may have said or done at different times in our life. I’m going to break it down to into groups, or whatever. I love making lists to get things organized.

It’s all about being prepared for the unexpected, if you really think about it. Here’s the deal, I think we all need a little push to get started organizing our life so we will be prepared for just about anything. If you make a list you can do whatever your family needs, I promise. A list is a plan for survival, in my book.

I Was Going To Do That

Budgets

I want to start a budget.

I can’t stick to a budget.

I’m not sure what a budget is.

Why do I need a budget?

I don’t need a budget, our money can only go so far anyway.

I hate the “envelope idea” with available cash, it’s so restrictive.

I can’t afford a savings account, we barely make it every month.

I don’t have time to write down all my spending.

How can I cut back on our phone and cable expenses?

Get another source of income to cover our bills, are you kidding?

How can I cut back on our phone and cable expenses?

I need to eat out less each month, but I don’t like to cook.

Question & Answer

What if I learned to make bread or cook from scratch? Can someone help me learn to budget? 25 Ways To Save Money by Linda or Linda’s Tips On Budgeting

Closets

I have too many clothes.

I need to get rid of clothes I don’t like or need.

I don’t know how to get started with purging clothes.

It’s too much work to organize my closet.

I may want or need that shirt even though I have 75 shirts I rarely wear.

I may lose weight and can fit into those clothes again.

I want matching shoes and a purse for every outfit.

I may need that blouse in a few years even though I haven’t worn it for years.

I have so many jackets, how can I decide which ones to keep or donate?

I’m 50 years old and I still have my high school T-shirts, I can’t part with them.

I love a disorganized messy closet, I don’t care if it’s organized.

Question & Answer

What if you donate items you don’t use or need. What if you were to sell items you do not need so you can make extra cash to pay off your house or car? To be in a position of no debts is awesome! You may be able to buy preparedness items at thrift stores or garage sales with the cash you raise from selling items you no longer want or need. SCORE! Declutter by Linda

Food Storage

I don’t know where to start with buying food storage.

My family is picky about what they eat.

I can’t afford to buy any extra food each month.

I have health issues, I can’t store food.

I don’t know how much food to buy for a week, a month or more.

The grocery stores will always have food.

I’m old and I don’t want or need to to store food.

I feel like my neighbor is hoarding food, why is that necessary?

The government will deliver food to my door if a disaster hits our community.

I only like fresh food.

I have a lot of vitamins that will carry me through a disaster.

Question & Answer

Please check in your city or neighborhood if someone will teach you to make bread. You will save so much money on your grocery bill. Note: it’s cheaper to buy gluten-free bread at Costco than it is to make it. I don’t like the ingredients in any of the gluten-free bread, but you have to do what you have to do if you have gluten issues in your family.

Learn to grow a garden and take classes on how to preserve it.

This is a printable sheet you can print out to help you make a plan for 7 days worth of meals. It’s really easy because all you do is fill in the boxes with food items your family eats every day for seven days.

Please realize you do not have to buy ALL #10 cans of food like freeze-dried or dehydrated foods. You can start with cans to fill your pantry. Just remember you must only buy food your family will eat. If you have gluten issues or health issues buy the food that fits your situation.

Linda’s PRINTABLE “Where Do I Start?”

Bathrooms

By now you know I’m a big believer in keeping germs down in my house. I would thoroughly clean your bathrooms, if I were you and worried about germs. Here’s the deal, natural cleaners work for some people but not for me. If your home is clean, the bacteria and viruses seem to grow less. I’m not a scientist, but Mark and I rarely get sick.

Please clean under the sink in your bathrooms, and keep the clutter out of the drawers. Empty garbage cans regularly. Keep the sinks, toilets, and tubs clean. It’s a bacteria room waiting to spread germs.

Question & Answer

Have you seen my “How To Clean and Organize Your Bathroom?’

Water Storage

How much water should I store for my family?

I have the containers but I haven’t filled them yet.

What Water Preserver should I use?

I don’t have enough room to store very much water.

The government will deliver water to our family after a disaster.

I will go to the city to get bottled water if we have a disaster in our neighborhood.

I can’t afford to buy the water containers to store water.

Some of those water container suggestions are way too expensive for my budget.

Question & Answer

Here’s the deal on water. The American Red Cross suggests one-gallon of water per person per day. I get thirsty just thinking about that amount. I highly recommend four-gallons of water per person per day. You will need water to survive.

You need water to hydrate yourself and your family. You need it to cook, wash clothes, at least your underwear, right? Water is critical to wash our dishes and cooking utensils and pans. This is the Water Preserver I recommend because you only need to rotate your water every 5 years compared to bleach which needs to be rotated every six months.

Final Word

I feel strongly we need to declutter our homes and get rid of items we can sell to make the money to purchase items we need for survival. If not today, then when? We must be self-reliant. Let’s not be the group that ends up saying “I was going to do that.” Please make a list with a plan and get on it NOW. May God bless you and your family for being prepared for the unexpected.

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2 thoughts on “I Was Going To Do That

  • January 1, 2019 at 8:24 am
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    Your comment about natural cleaners not being enough for cleaning the bathroom caught my eye. My son has had several surgeries in the last 2 yrs. with more to come. We were with him in his hospital room when housekeeping came in, wiping down all the surfaces. My granddaughter (with the super nose) said, “That smells funny, what is it?”. The woman was very proud to tell us it was “natural”, vinegar & peroxide. My reaction? IN A HOSPITAL??? No wonder he has contracted MRSA twice from hospital stays. Give me some good ol’ bleach! P.S. Today’s my birthday – are you coming up for cake with me & the girls? Haha

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    • January 1, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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      Hi Linda, oh my gosh, I LOVE your comment! And you know I love bleach! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIRLFRIEND!!!! What kind of cake are you having? If we lived closer to each other we would have so much fun!!! Have a great party with the girls!! Hugs! Linda

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