Sunday, August 22, 2010

Make Plans For This Week

What are your plans for this week? A new week, a new time. My plans for this week will definitely be to open my business bank account. That is what I need for my business. The credit union I was using was a bad choice and now I will be going to a regular bank. Living in a rural area limits your choices but we will figure it out.

This week too, I have to do more preparation of food for our supplies. That takes time but I don't mind as that is the best part of this  homesteading lifestyle. The weather is changing and that is a reminder that it is time to stock up food, supplies, kindling and firewood. So we will take care of that this next month. I expect it to be a busy month.

The next thing to work on for me is to Make A List To Get Ahead With and really get it completed so I can start another list. I will keep this one in focus this week. I tend to get off track doing something else and then don't remember what I originally wanted to do. Focus, focus, focus! I will stick to my plan and see what a difference that will make. 

Copyright © 2010  Kathleen G. Lupole

Friday, August 20, 2010

Start Planning Now To Take Care Of Yourself!

Farmers have something we all need!

People are having a hard time right now. Everything costs much more than normal. Last year Social Security said they were not giving a cost of living raise to their recipients because the cost of living did not go up. Who are they kidding? There are rumors to the effect that they are going to pull that one again this year! Why not just be honest and tell the American people that Social Security cannot afford to give a raise again this year? We are grown ups here and don't need to be kept in the dark. Besides we already know this anyway.

So if you are trying to make ends meet you must grow your own food as much as possible. If you can't grow a garden, you must purchase food from produce and farm markets and then can it. I say canning because that is what I do. But you can freeze it if you want to take a chance of losing it when you have a power outage. Next is to buy meat in bulk and do the same. Then you can start stocking up little by little with all the other products, including paper products by purchasing an extra of everything you use, every time you buy.

This plan should help you get started. Try to find something you can sell or a service you can get paid for so if something did happen to your job, social security or just life you can earn some money. It needs to be something you can be independent of others to do. Or something you can raise or make and sell. Here is a breakdown of your "Little Steps" for this:

1. Either grow or purchase bulk amounts of food to can, freeze or dehydrate.

2. Purchase extras of all products you use every time you buy.

3. Find something to sell or a service you can do to generate extra money. Not a job! Something needed!

That should do it. If you start working on those areas you will see a difference in how much money goes out of your bank account. You need to count on yourself first...........not your employer and not the government. They will not take care of you no matter what you think. The fact is that our government is not on our side. So you better start planning and please..........start today!

Copyright © 2010  Kathleen G. Lupole

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Make A List to Get Ahead With

I usually put up a Wordless Wednesday for my post on Wednesday but I am skipping that this week. I am going to post a list since that is one of our little steps for getting ahead and gaining control of our lives. Lists really help you figure out where you are going and what you need to do to get there.

1. Update the calendar - a big one. Put up all your bills, appointments, plans for each day if you have any.

2. Update your Rolodex - then update your address book that should be kept in your purse or briefcase.

3. All your mail - when it comes into your house it should be filed or thrown away that day.

4.Check registers - for all bank accounts,credit card accounts and loans. Update constantly.

5. Automatic withdraws -  write in registers for each pay period. So you don't use that money.

6. Start automating your life -  use one online store, set up an account and start using it.

7. If you have debt -  start paying down the credit card or loan that is the least amount first.

8. Stock Up -  every time you go into a grocery store buy something to put in your stockpile.

9. Start saving - to buy an extra tool or appliance that you need. Or it could be extra parts for one.

10. Make a goal list - keep it on your desktop and print it out and put it on your bulletin board too.

Copyright © 2010  Kathleen G. Lupole