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    How is everyone handling the inflation

    I know there are a lot of guys on here who were smart and avoided marriage and kids and are better off than others financially. But I know there are members on here who have mediocre jobs and even paying for the necessities for one is getting expensive. How much more inflation can you handle before it gets real? I go to the food store and get 5 or 6 things, $50. Fill up my 10 gallon tank, $45. Go to grab a Gyro, $13.99, fries are an extra $3. I read an article that stated something along the lines of 80% of people have maxed out their credit. How much longer do we have before the wheels come off?

    I know everyone thinks they are an island on here and will take care of number one, but imagine living for real in a third world hellhole where you need to pack everywhere you go, not because of a 1 in a 100,000 chance you'll be a victim of armed robbery, but it's more like a 1 in 10 chance. Scary, scary times dudes.

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    Re: How is everyone handling the inflation

    I've decreased my lifestyle somewhat. But I was already doing that.

    My issue isn't so much inflation, as much of that is avoided in my case, but the economy tanking as far as equities right now. It's pretty much down across most sectors.

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    In mid-2020 I moved back in with my father who was willing to let me stay with him rent free.

    Most of the inflation seems to be in rent/housing these days so this helped me save quite a bit of money while working my remote software job.

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    Fill up my 10 gallon tank, $45.
    Cheap fuel... Here in Western Australia, $2 litre for diesel. Approx. 4 litres to the US gal x $2 = $8 gal. Fuel price bites when you pump in $200 and it's not a full tank. $1 AUD = $0.71 USD.

    Everything locally here is booming, wages going up as shortage of workers. Not enough housing in town so rentals more than mortgages payments. No motel rooms vacancy, all fully booked for workers. World economy looks like shit but that is what dives the local economy here.

    If they crash the currencies, and go cashless one world currency, with a social credit system like China has going, make gold next to worthless, the local economy here would be in trouble. But there is still nickel so they would have to ditch the electrification of vehicles/green energy batteries etc. I think I am good for a while...

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    I'm seeing you touching vastly different topics, OP. My 2 cents (worth about .5 cents nowadays (-
    1 The US. What strikes me when speaking to people/ reading/ hearing things from US citizens is IMO the delusion of thinking the existence of this universe is depending on the US. As I see it: yes, the US is the biggest economy and yes the US can destroy the world with their nukes. But the US is succumbing to communism (ironically: a system which they spent trillions on to fight off) and drowning in debt. Both government and people (referring to your said 80% maxed outers). Also your geriatric patient in office has weaponized the dollar. Countries/ people are starting to wonder why they have to pay for oil in dollars. Which is IMO a very sensible question.
    2 Inflation. As I see it, the inflation is due to different factors. Firstly: we had it coming for a while now. Why? Because of the tech developments over the past 2 or 3 decades. Tech is per definition deflationary. Automation reduces costs. Ford already knew that. Second the FED/ ECB has printed trillions of bogus money into the economies. Inflation is a result of supply and demand. The money supply is insanely high now, which will increase prices. Third is the insane war Putin is waging. Which will increase food/ oil/ gas prizes.
    3 Third world countries and getting robbed. As I see it: wherever you are, if you're on the wrong time on the wrong spot you'll get robbed. That doesn't have anything to do with first/ second/ third world countries. What I'm doing is not signalling wealth when I'm on the streets. Looking as shabby as to barely pass for decent is not only a thot repellent. It's a robbers repellent as well.

    Regarding your question. I think economy is a flexible thing. Like I said: supply and demand. I'm adapting to economical situations. Cut spending is the quickest win. And paradoxically the cutting on small purchases makes the biggest difference. I'd say having to pay 50 for 5 or 6 groceries is a sign you're doing something wrong. I know US food prices are quite steep but when you search a little bit extra, you can save a lot. Do you really need that bottle of coca cola or can you survive a cheaper soda? I've seen lots of supermarkets around the world and they have 1 thing in common: the cheaper the products, the harder to find them. All the expensive shit is on eye sight and the cheaper things are at the bottom left/ right of the isle.
    I get it: high gas prices (where I live we pay 10-ish $/ per gallon by the way) is hard to escape. Still there are plenty of ways to save. The US infrastructure has made people depending on cars there. I also get that. But I still see ways to save costs on that. Try to plan your groceries more efficiently. Instead of driving up and down 3 times a week to get that 10$ loaf of bread try to reduce that to once per 2 weeks and purchase more food per run. Combine that with the penny fuckery I mentioned earlier and you'll save double. Also purchase more non perishable foods. things which you'll need anyway which are on sale. F.e. I'm using a specific deodorant. Once or twice a year it's 2 for the price of one. That's when I buy 30 of them in 1 go. Also try to talk with neighbors. Perhaps one or more neighbors and you can start "carpooling" towards the shops.

    Cut back on subsciptions. Do you need a TV connection? Are you still going to the gym? How much magazines are being delivered to your house not read at all? Are you still reading the Washington Pravda? Are you over-insured?

    Last but not least: credit cards are IMO financial killers. It's so hard to keep track of your expenses (which is IMO the whole point of cc's in the first place). I'm using a debit card. So I can immediately see on my bank app how much has been deducted. I'm using my cc for emergency spending or when I purchase something on the internet only. And I make sure I can always pay that back any time.

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    A major change for me has been how often I eat out. As a single guy living in a low-cost area having the daily special at a local place was real close to cooking at home. With zero mess to clean up afterwards. That's just about over with. Plus it's easy enough to avoid doing.

    What really surprises me is how traffic has not yet thinned out. When gas prices first went to $3.00 a gallon in the past. There was a noticeable drop in traffic. Till people adjusted. Then traffic slowly came back.

    It just hit $5 a gallon by me. Yet no real drop in traffic. Plus I live in the land of the Bro Dozers. There are gigantic jacked up fat tired pickup trucks everywhere. The only thing bigger than these trucks are the payments it takes to own one. I'm wondering when fuel prices and giant payments will bring these guys to their knees. Time will tell.
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    Re: How is everyone handling the inflation

    Quote Originally Posted by O.G. View Post
    A major change for me has been how often I eat out. As a single guy living in a low-cost area having the daily special at a local place was real close to cooking at home. With zero mess to clean up afterwards. That's just about over with. Plus it's easy enough to avoid doing.

    What really surprises me is how traffic has not yet thinned out. When gas prices first went to $3.00 a gallon in the past. There was a noticeable drop in traffic. Till people adjusted. Then traffic slowly came back.

    It just hit $5 a gallon by me. Yet no real drop in traffic. Plus I live in the land of the Bro Dozers. There are gigantic jacked up fat tired pickup trucks everywhere. The only thing bigger than these trucks are the payments it takes to own one. I'm wondering when fuel prices and giant payments will bring these guys to their knees. Time will tell.
    I've been hording cash, paying bills, and slashing expenditures, If I can help it, I'll keep hording cash, paying bills, and slashing expenditures!

    Modifying my mtn bike to an E-bike is looking more and more attractive as this economic debacle unfolds! Who knows, maybe an E-bike with a solar charger will be the only thing on the road during the sure-to-come weekly rolling blackouts!

    Life without a gas pump and no power in the powerlines is sure to be a challenge!

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    Cash, I love cash as it's hard to track and pushes the Cashless (Social Credit System) out farther. I don't like having heaps of cash on hand or in the bank. With inflation that cash will loose value just sitting there. I work in the resource industry so I play around with resource stocks on the local stock market. I will also look for cheap deals at auctions or local buy and sell, if I can buy, clean up and resell for a cash profit to buy the next lot I'm in. Not everything is a winner but if I increase my asset value and net worth I will keep going.

    #1 Pay off debt. Do not take on debt. Inflation burns money in high interest rates.

    #2 Some people spend too much. When someone else hits hard times, help them out and buy their assets at massively discounted prices, clean them up and resell at a profit.

    #3 Don't fuck with something you don't know about. Me included, buys something, pays way too much, trying to impress people I don't like. It's nothing serious but all adds up. Do your research, decide if you should invest (buy), decide what the value is for you, don't pay over that value. You have lived without it, you will live without it if you don't buy it.

    #4 Don't pay someone to do something you can do.... Eating out, I would rather eat what I want, when I want than pay someone else to do it. I cook my own meals etc. and spend my money on what I want. Forget supporting someone else if I don't have to.

    #5 Treat your Mates fairly. They can save you thousands of $$$ and you can save them heaps. What goes around, comes around. If it's all one way, he's or you are not a Mate.

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    It may lack any kind of style but I drive a Prius. I could afford $10 gas with this car for the amount I drive. Food prices have gone up massively, even for eating in no way to avoid that. I think it’s not going to get better, yet finding a job for me is still quite easy. The biggest adjustment is acceptance. In the past I would have questioned my financial strategy etc and beat myself up about it. Now I’ve learned to just shrug. Let the chips fall where they may. I’ll adapt if possible. Some have it easier, others have it worse. Same as it ever was.

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    Re: How is everyone handling the inflation

    Not much. I already consolidate my driving, ride my bike when convenient. I'm not planning any trips this year at all, sadly. I cut my cell phone bill way down over a year ago. I've cut back on food, only eating 1-2 actual meals per day. Not out of necessity mind you, just for convenience.

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    Re: How is everyone handling the inflation

    Quote Originally Posted by O.G. View Post
    What really surprises me is how traffic has not yet thinned out. When gas prices first went to $3.00 a gallon in the past. There was a noticeable drop in traffic. Till people adjusted. Then traffic slowly came back.
    Good point! I was wondering the same today on my way from the store. Traffic is still thick as hell here in Chicago and the gas price is already touching 6 bucks for regular in some places, yet ppl are still out there engaging in stupid past times and doing their mundane chores. I happened to drive by a club I used to frequent way way way back, and whores in their skimpy clothes and desperate fools still lined the streets smh.
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    Re: How is everyone handling the inflation

    It’s not easy. I only work part-time and my income is poverty line.

    Fuel prices don’t affect me directly as I don’t drive, but they are pushing up prices across the board.

    What money I have available for food used to let me feed like a king with a little forethought (taking advantage of deals), now I shop for what I can afford. The deals have all but gone.

    As for rent and utilities, the prices are soaring but the wages are stagnant here in Ireland. I’m lucky that I’m good friends with my landlord and can offset his desire to raise my rent by doing odd jobs for him – we have a handshake agreement. Utilities are another matter.

    So, I have to cut back on what was already a tight budget, as I said it isn't easy.

    But times change and this is no different. I remember rampant inflation especially with regards interest rates back in the 80’s. People thought it was the end of the world, and for some it really was.

    But if you knuckle down and were wise enough not to over-extend your finances in the good times, these bad times will also pass.

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    Re: How is everyone handling the inflation

    Quote Originally Posted by O.G. View Post

    What really surprises me is how traffic has not yet thinned out. When gas prices first went to $3.00 a gallon in the past. There was a noticeable drop in traffic. Till people adjusted. Then traffic slowly came back.
    My traffic has thinned out, at least in the country. Not always, but it's dropped off. Probably has more to do with my particular road than anything else. The Police are dealing more with crime and domestic violence nowadays, they're not running the roads like they used to. The highway's pretty peaceful compared to what it used to be.

    I'm doing ok. But half my village drives a hundred miles a day and a good chunk of them rent. Most were just getting by and I doubt many have any serious reserves. It don't look good. Job's and houses are going to be lost. Small business's are going to fold and the remaining ones will charge all the traffic can bear. Everybody's going to lose something. Some are going to lose a lot.

    Kind of like the pandemic, isn't it? Only it's economic, and you don't have to wear a mask.
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    Here you go -, the Ferfal blog by the guy who survived the economic collapse in Argentina from the government printing too much paper money resulting in hyperinflation . . . Per Ferfal, the three essentials when the economy implodes and inflation is out of control is 1. a bulletproof vest 2. a Glock and 3. One years supply of food. It is also a good idea to have a way to cook your food at home so the neighbors cannot smell it cooking or know you have it, unless you are OK with large hungry mobs showing up at your doorstep demanding your stuff!
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    It will get real, imagine when the bottom feeder leaches can’t get food. In 2013, the EBT(Food stamp) system went down for a short while and this happened .“EBT card failure hit 17 states, people ready to riot as they ‘steal’ from Walmart” https://www.theglobaldispatch.com/ebt-card-failure-hit-17-states-people-ready-to-riot-as-they-steal-from-walmart-77717/
    9 years later and the people in the US feel they are owed everything even more than back then. I’d sure hate to live in an urban area when that happens.



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    As early as 2004, I could feel very bad times were coming. Shortly thereafter, the great recession began. Then, in 2010, my entire world crumbled. After I regained my bearings, from that point forward, I committed to shedding the dead weight, saving as much as possible and going minimalist/MGTOW. Now, when I look back, I can't believe all that I wasted. Women were my greatest and most costly mistake of all.

    Now, I live in one of the least expensive parts of the country, which I enjoy more than anywhere else I've ever lived. I'll never buy another vehicle and will drive the wheels off the one I currently own. I don't live to impress others - but rather live to enjoy my life - regardless of and in spite of others. You don't like me? Go fuck yourself. The me of today is nothing like the me of the past - and I'm a better, wiser, wealthier person for the wear.

    Currently, I live on $2000 per month, but have everything I need or want. All of the stuff I used to 'own' served only as a noose around my neck and a burden upon my shoulders. Except for tech refreshes every few years, I don't buy anything 'of value'. If I need to move quickly, I easily can. Except for groceries, I don't have to drive anywhere, so I don't. No eating out. No useless trinkets. No dating. No simping. No women. No boob tube subscriptions. No frivolous, pointless spending. $15 cell phone plan. I've left all those things that brought misery into my life behind and now focus only on the things that truly make my days enjoyable. Luckily for me, the things that bring me joy and contentment, thanks in large part to MGTOW and The Red Pill, cost relatively little.

    I've been living this commitment since 2010. I'm better off now than I've ever been. I live in a safe city. My dwelling is comfortable, attractive and safe. I can do what I want when I want. I've got no women wearing me down. I've cut the mainstream media out of my life entirely.

    I'm fortunate to have made it through most of my life still relatively unscathed, but I know that Women & The State Pimps/Violence Proxy are waiting for me just around the next corner. So I tread carefully and watch my back. Those fucking vampires are determined to drain every last ounce of blood, so I stay frosty.

    If you let them, they'll take you for everything you've got. Don't let them.

    No woman is more beautiful than your freedom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2_Time_Loser View Post
    It will get real, imagine when the bottom feeder leaches can’t get food. In 2013, the EBT(Food stamp) system went down for a short while and this happened .“EBT card failure hit 17 states, people ready to riot as they ‘steal’ from Walmart” https://www.theglobaldispatch.com/ebt-card-failure-hit-17-states-people-ready-to-riot-as-they-steal-from-walmart-77717/
    9 years later and the people in the US feel they are owed everything even more than back then. I’d sure hate to live in an urban area when that happens.

    In 1906, Alfred Henry Lewis stated, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.”

    We may well get to see if he was right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by O.G. View Post
    In 1906, Alfred Henry Lewis stated, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.”

    We may well get to see if he was right.
    That puts me and my emergency food supply at about 200+ days before anarchy! My goal is 1 year, that puts me through the next growing and harvest season (if there is one).


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2_Time_Loser View Post
    [...] How much longer do we have before the wheels come off? [...]
    My gut feeling is somewhere around Labor Day, first week of September. People who once had little to no credit card debt will be paying CC interest by then, in addition to struggling even harder just to get by. That'll be a double burden. Foolishly-taken (instead of sensibly-canceled) vacations will have drained bank accounts. Gasoline will be $6.50 a gallon, $9 on the west coast. Getting older vehicles to pass yearly inspections will be expensive and stressful -- stressful not just financially but also because many parts are in short supply at the moment. That will mean cars that aren't necessarily unsafe will be illegal to drive, meaning people won't be able to get to work and earn a living. Children will be going back to school and will need clothes, backpacks, and school supplies. The CDC, having abandoned Covid because people finally woke up to what a scam it was, will have started up a Monkeypox scam by then and will once again insist on masks, dangerous injections, and remote learning so children's brains become permanently retarded. Taxes will rise dramatically to pay off the national debt because of Biden's inflation-stimulating policies and the Fed's current criminal inaction on inflation (which in my opinion is premeditated), but middle class people's pockets will already be empty and there'll be no money to pay those taxes with. So, they will find the IRS seizing their homes in lieu of payment. Renting as an alternative won't work for those displaced families because that would require as much money as a down payment for a private home -- if an apartment could be found in the first place. Illegal aliens will continue to invade the country because of criminal lack of enforcement of immigration laws, putting more pressure on the government social system, triggering even more taxes, inflation, drug use, and violent crime. Because of communist District Attorneys in major cities (their elections funded by millions of Soros money), most of those criminals won't face prosecution and will go back out on the streets to commit more mayhem.

    It all lines up, folks. It's all been synchronized to occur in parallel. This ain't gonna be pretty, not only in the next few months but also permanently.

    So, yeah, I'm looking at late summer for the upcoming "rage wave" across America.

    Elections have consequences. So does allowing criminal conspiracies to steal elections no matter who actually won them. Anyone hear about the 2020 census miscount scandal? That alone could tip the scales toward "four more years," no matter how people vote. Redistricting has already been completed and it's too late to change the results from corrupt to honest.

    Is it any wonder the Democrats are making their biggest efforts in history to outlaw firearm ownership?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kru-kut View Post
    The CDC, having abandoned Covid because people finally woke up to what a scam it was, will have started up a Monkeypox scam by then and will once again insist on masks, dangerous injections, and remote learning so children's brains become permanently retarded.
    Your whole point is an excellent analysis and I couldn't agree more. I'm really taken aback when I still see morons walking around in masks, which I see somewhat often in my red state rural area. Some of them using it as a chin diaper - what we all did to half ass wear one when we had to. Why the hell even wear it when there's no requirement and as a chin diaper it's 1000% useless (vs the .0000001% effective when worn correctly). I wonder what the mandated protection will be for monkeypox? Maybe gloves, a full shield face mask, long sleeved shirts and no shorts? Of course Pfizer will have a magic injection that is 150% effective against the pox, and we should all get it or we can't leave our house. I'm not promoting my business here, no link to my site but here is a tshirt i sell on my site in anticipation of what they are going to pull.

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