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“a diagnostic look at the average American household,” showing that consumers are digesting higher prices of food and essentials by lowering spending on discretionary categories such as apparel, according to Jefferies analysts.

I see God working through these difficult times and giving us reason to be thankful in our trials.

I learned the difference between needs and wants when I was young, not merely through some college course including “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” or even Larry Burkett’s Biblical course “Christian Financial Concepts” (later called “Crown Financial Management” ), but through life’s application from the time I was a young boy. I grew up in a family of 4 children and a Mother who did her best with $400/mo in a time of interest rates in the teens. We never went hungry, but we also didn’t have all the stuff or even do all the stuff most of our peers did. However, we learned a lot of valuable lessons I wouldn’t trade for the world. I learned how to “pinch a penny until it screamed” from my mother, but most importantly I learned the concept of “Needs vs Wants”. Like most of my peers I started off thinking needs were just wants you really, really wanted. It didn’t take long hearing, “you won’t die if you don’t get to go to that camp, but the family will still have enough money to buy food for your next meal” before I started to understand that needs were things without which I would die and those wants will fade.

We haven’t struggled with money for many years now, and I attribute that to the fact that God has had His hand in our lives even through those tight decades and beyond. He taught us many other lessons too and all those lessons led to success in life. The difficulties through which He taught us all these most valuable lessons didn’t always seem like blessings, but I learned to thank Him in all these things.

I noticed that trying to teach my children the God taught me was thwarted by society’s lack of self-control. When I was a Captain, we had one 10 Ur old vehicle to use for all three generations (our in-laws didn’t drive). Our eldest daughter was in her Junior year in High School and her best friend was driving a brand new SUV to school from the first day she got her driver’s license. When she totaled it, Daddy bought her another one. He had done the same for all her siblings too. He was a Tech Sgt making a little over half my pay. She couldn’t understand how he could afford to do it for his kids but I couldn’t. I told her I didn’t base my spending upon the spending of others, but upon needs, followed by prioritized desires. Later the stresses of her best friend’s family’s spending habits led to the breaking up of the family. (Their Mom was working 2 jobs and their Dad was working a second job after his military day was complete.) This was a sadly familiar story that seemed totally unnecessary.

This trend, as defined in the opening paragraph (by the Jefferies analysts), gives hope that God hasn’t stopped blessing this country even as we haven’t stopped cursing Him. What an amazing and merciful God full of Grace we have.

Daveclark5 8 July 26
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The USD's value is surging against all the other currencies worldwide. It's even made gold and silver seem cheaper. I say this is an artificial propping up of the USD. Why? Because it's value is shrinking at home. But what could be their rationale for doing this artificial propping up of the USD? Is it possible that they really plan to pull the plug on the dollar to facilitate America's moving over to the digital currency? And once they pull the plug, wouldn't it pull the rest of the world's currencies down with it? Setting the stage for a global economic collapse?

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It's a good time to barter!

sqeptiq Level 9 July 26, 2022

Very true!

Even more important is that it’s a good time to be thankful for God’s provision and to learn from Him. When we recognize that He is in control and He has already provided for all we need, we can begin to thank Him and look for all those provisions in places we never considered before.

We did barter, but we also learned new skills, etc (Gardening/farming/hunting/gathering/DIY, etc) It’s amazing what you can learn by asking. I was much healthier and learned to be a more efficient thinker when I did a lot more walking and bike riding than when I used the car for every time I left the house (including to go less than a mile to the grocery store for a couple of items). God uses necessity to teach us a lot of things.

@Daveclark5 "Sustainable" barter goods you can grow: peanuts (or as a value-added, peanut butter), cocoa beans, coffee beans, etc., etc.

@eschatologyguy absolutely, or even chickens/eggs, cows/goats/milk, etc… if you live in an area where those don’t grow. When we were growing up in the Pacific Northwest, we gardened (too many fruits and vegetables to name, rotated each and used animal manure for fertilizer) and raised chickens and rabbits, etc.

@Daveclark5 People badmouth soy. But in Asia it is regular fare (as tofu, soy sauce, etc). High in protein, growing some will be a good thing. Same with Mongo beans and white and red beans. Properly dried, they can keep for years.

@eschatologyguy yes, although men should limit their intake of soy due to the high estrogen levels. A little won’t hurt you and tofu is only nasty if you just boil it and eat it without any seasoning. Better cut into bite sized pieces and fried and mixed in a dish with some sarap sauces. I mostly just use the soy sauce (I make a delicious fried rice that includes it as an ingredient).

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