Recession-Proof Your Life
By Adelia Ladson
Economists have placed the chances of a recession this year at 70%. So, folks, it's time to tighten your belts so that you're prepared to ride it out. There are things you can do that will help you save money and once implemented, they will keep you saving money even when the recession is over.
Buy A Water Filter System
Stop buying bottled water! You know that you're paying mostly for the plastic bottle! With all of the alternatives out there, you don't need to still waste your money buying bottled water. There's so many home water filter systems on the market that will make your own tap water even better than bottled. And you don't even have to pay an arm and a leg for them. One that I like that's quick and easy to install is the Alexapure Under Counter Filter System. Install it at your kitchen sink to your cold water line and you’ll instantly have purified tap water in your home. The easy-to-follow instructions guide you through the installation process and all you’ll need are a couple of screws and a screwdriver to install the mounting bracket. The system’s dual filters have a filter capacity of up to 1,000 gallons and, to meet P231 certification, the unit filters down to a nominal 0.5 microns. This provides a physical filtration of cysts (giardia and cryptosporidium), reducing up to 99.9-percent of 200+ contaminants. The Alexapure Under Counter Filter System's cost in comparison to the cost of buy 1,000 gallons of bottled water is virtually nothing.
Start A Vegetable Garden
There's no time like the present to start a vegetable garden. You don't even have to have a significant amount of land to do it. You can have a nice garden plot in a corner of your backyard, raised beds on your apartment's rooftop or a pot garden inside your home. You'll be amazed at how just a few basic vegetables that you use all the time like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and onions can save you money when you grow them yourself instead of buying them at the grocery store, plus, they'll be better for you and delicious. If you don't know where to start, don't worry there's plenty of information out there. There's no excused not to start your garden this year. A good place to start is How To Garden Indoors And Grow Your Own Food Year Round and the Year Round Gardening Guide. Both of those books give you plenty of home gardening options no matter what your situation is. Your vegetable garden plans also need to start from the ground up (pun totally intended) with quality seeds. The Heirloom Vegetable Seed Bucket contains a wide variety of heirloom seeds that have stood the test of time. There are 39 varieties of hand-selected, non-hybrid, non-GMO, open-pollinated vegetable seeds. The next step is to preserve the vegetables that you've grown and I've got just the book for you. The Canning Essentials Guide is a complete, go-to beginner’s guide to food preservation. It will teach you methods for freezing, canning, pressure canning, and water-bath canning while emphasizing cost-saving and sustainable food safety.
Don't Hire, DIY
An easy way to start on the DIY road is simply cut your own grass and clean your own house. That may seem like a no brainer but so many people pay lots of money for folks to do tasks that they don't want to do but are perfectly capable of doing. In a recession, the more that you can do yourself, the better off you're going to be. Self-sufficiency is one of the keys to saving money and is definitely a way of life that's worth adopting now. Taking it further than just changing your own vehicle's oil and minor repairs around your home really isn't as difficult as you might think. There's lots of information out there to get you started on the road to self-sufficiency. The Urban Survival Guide addresses how to live frugally in the city, self-reliance and economic survival and the Self-Sufficiency Handbook delves even deeper into adopting certain aspects of back-to-basics living. You don't have to implement everything in these guides but use the information to start tailoring your lifestyle into a more economically efficient and self-sufficient way of living.
Antibiotics For Your Pets
One of the ways that you can cut costs is by reducing your vet bill and the way to do that is to stock-up on antibiotics for your pets so that you can treat them yourself. There are a variety of pet antibiotics out there. These broad spectrum antibiotics are great to have on hand and are effective against a number of pathogenic bacteria.