~ To become 100% debt free within the next 10 years and remain that way.
~ Get back to basics and live a simple life.
~ Learn to crochet.
~ Create a home that my family and friends love to spend time in.
~ Become a skilled gardener and preserve the excess.
~ Have solar panels and a water tank installed in the future to reduce our dependency on local utilities.
~ Create a stockpile of food, hygiene items, medical supplies and paper products in case of emergency or economic collapse.
~ Learn how to shoot a gun and hit my target.
~ Make handmade gifts.
~ Shop secondhand as much as possible.
~ Cook and bake from scratch.
~ Make my own home cleaners.
~ Learn basic survival skills (build a fire, first aid, etc.).
~ Become physically and mentally fit.
These goals are for the purpose of reducing our outgo so we can become debt-free, build up savings, and become more self-reliant in case of natural disaster, terrorist threat, economic collapse, extended unemployment or if Alfred were to become disabled, God forbid.
The world as we know it is becoming more unstable. Crime is increasing along with the rising costs of living. I believe it is better to be prepared rather than counting on the government to be your saving grace (Hurricane Katrina anyone?).
That doesn't mean I'll be recklessly buying survival essentials in a panic. Instead, I will consciously plan and purchase items as finances allow and in an organized fashion.
I don't think it's possible to be over prepared. I feel it's always better to be safe than sorry.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on being prepared and going back to basics.