We can see a gas station on about every corner in town, find grocery stores or convenience stores every few blocks, and fast food is every where.
We can walk into a grocery and buy just about anything our hearts desire.
It has become a way of life.
What would happen if that all came to an end?
The people in the south, Texas and Louisiana have lost it all. Their homes are gone, their businesses are gone, their jobs are gone, and the basic essentials of a comfortable life are gone. Never was it expected - but it happened and continues to grow.
We have all heard that gasoline prices are expected to increase - and they will. The refineries were at a point to change over from gasoline refining to heating oil. That can be expected to go up.
Lot's of people in TX are cattle ranchers. I can't help but wonder how much cattle has died and not been saved to higher ground. That means beef will go up.
Feed reserves for animals were most likely destroyed by water. More will be needed from else where for animals to survive.
Lot's of crops we all buy, are grown in these areas - we will pay more for those.
If you plan on remodeling or building - it is suggested you buy materials NOW - because every available piece of building material will be needed in coming months and probably years in that area.
Infrastructure is bound to be destroyed - so travel and shipping will be altered.
Houston harbor is one of the largest in the world for chemical deliveries for things we all buy and use every day.
The list goes on and on. It is amazing how an event in one area can affect people all over the country and maybe the world.
I can not imagine the horror those poor people are going through and how they will manage. We all need to pray that God caresses them and gets them through.
I have a feeling that financially and materialistically this will be the costliest storm ever. Katrina had tremendous loss of life - which so far this storm hasn't - but there are so many more metropolitan areas destroyed this time. Things will never be the same.
Everything we have can be gone in an instant. You can't take it with you any way.
On a daily basis we LOVE convenience, but we sure do pay the price for it - and most people don't even think about it. When you have spent your life being frugal, it just makes one shutter! At least it does me.
I stopped by the farm market last week to look around - WOW was I surprised at the prices. Quarts of canned peaches and cherries were 8.95. Kraut and applesauce was 6.95 a quart. Salsa and dilly beans were 6.95 a pint.
Jams and jellies were 5.95 a half pint.
Good gracious - we have all canned a fortune!
I was stunned at the cost of fresh picked local produce as well. My garden has produced a lot of dollars!
At the grocery I got to looking around and was astounded at some things people buy and the prices they pay EVERY DAY!
Eight pieces of fried chicken at the deli is going for 7.99 - 8.99. I can buy whole chickens just about every day for $5 (or less) and cut them into 8 pieces and fry myself.
6 hard boiled eggs at WM sell for 3.99 - I can make a dozen for less than $1 every day.
Three 6" mini pizza crusts with 3 little packets of sauce (nothing else) was 4.49! I can make a 16"-18" pizza at home with a multitude of toppings for far less than that.
Hummus runs about 4.99 for a 10 oz. container and 6.99 for a bigger 17 oz. size. I can make my own with garbanzo beans (and any flavorings I want) for maybe .69 for a 15 oz. can of beans.
Guacamole is very expensive at the deli - averaging 7.99 - 8.99 a pound. It can be made for pennies when you watch for a sale on avocado.
A 1 lb. or less bag on dried Amish noodles run approximately 4.99. I can make several meals worth of noodles with a dozen eggs and less than 5 lbs. of flour - which is approx. less than $3 total here.
A huge pot of soup or stew can be made a home with items on hand for next to nothing and provide many servings or meals. It you think about how many cans of soup it would take to equal yours - the dollar value is tremendous.
Tuna salad and egg salad at the deli runs about 5.99/lb. here. I can sure make a lot of each for less than a third that amount.
Fast food - those burgers and fries can be tasty, but think about how many burgers and homemade fries you could make for the same amount of money. You could feed a lot of people for the amount we spend to feed two.
I love the idea of folks making up freezer meals for this very reason. You always have something on hand at home.
Stopping for a Starbuck's coffee is 3.99 - 4.99 a cup from what I hear. (I don't drink it - so I don't know), but I can buy a whole can of coffee for G for 4.99/5.99 on sale. That gives dozens and dozens of cups, and I can fancy them up all I want.
Isn't it amazing? I know lots of people buy these things, and that is fine, I am not trying to judge - it just isn't for me. My mindset just won't let me go there. When we do get dinner from the diner or Chinese, I feel guilty for days for spending that kind of money of something that could be made here for pennies on the dollar. I guess that is just my frugal upbringing coming through!
I love my gift card dinners that I can get for FREE! There is nothing like getting a gift card in my opinion - it lets us indulge on things we probably wouldn't otherwise.
Those of us who garden, can, freeze, barter, glean, etc. are so far ahead of the game. We know how yummy all that food is and will be in the future, and we know exactly what is in our food. That is huge in my opinion!
I know everyone doesn't have that opportunity - but if you do - it is the way to go.
We ALL have items we purchase for convenience - that is a given. I know I do.
The next time you grab for something - just stop and think how much you could save by doing it yourself. It may be a bit less convenient - but it sure can save.
CAN WE splurge on those convenient items? Most of us probably can.
Just because we can do something - doesn't necessarily mean we have to or that we should!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?