Friday, November 21, 2008

Serenity Now....

Ok, so I was in a bit of a panic yesterday. It all started by watching the news. It always does. It was turning out to be another really bad day for the market, and the bailouts were all over the place - basically we're going to you-know-where in a hand basket. A very fast one. This, of course, caused me to panic. Again.

I knew I had to bulk up on some food storage, so I made my lists for both Costco and Wal*Mart. It was a very, very long list. The kind where if I speed walk my entire visit, it takes me a full hour and ten minutes from beginning to end. I practically run, so watch out people. For those of you who don't know me too well, I am an extremely anal shopper. Prices have to be at their lowest, all the cold stuff first, then canned good, then boxed stuff, and so on. I think that it is therapeutic to have control over some things. Anyway, where was I?

I went to Wal*Mart today for my weekly shopping trip. (I love Wal*Mart - they price match, too!) Today, I noticed an even bigger, faster jump in prices. This made me sick to my stomach. Prices have gone up so much in just one week. For example, Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo went from $1.39 (used to be 97 cents 4 months ago) to $1.70 and canned corn jumped from 50 cents to 78 cents a can. Ouch!

I have no idea how bad things are going to get. I am the "We're all gonna die!" kind of personality, so I always try to plan for complete devastation. My dear, sweet hubby puts up with so, so much.

Some may say that if no one panics, it will be OK. However, I know that prices go up regardless of one's state of mind. It's not a food shortage, it's a dollar that's getting weaker every day. I would rather buy food at an almost decent price by "panicking" now than by having to get it if the prices climb higher - which they will.

So, this anxiety ridden day brought on two, count them, two migraines. It was great...good times. However, I have come to rely on our Prophet's words of hope, the knowledge that I have done my best to 'be prepared', and the confidence that my husband's job is a secure one. GM is a great company to work for - safe and sound.


Fullmer Fam said...

I'm the same way Amber - I get worried sick, but I usually don't go do anything about it, I just sit and worry worry worry!! I also try not to watch the news. So, thanks for making me worry again! :) Just kidding. As long as you have enough creamed corn for all of us, I know we're okay. ;)

Suzie said...

I am worried as well and on top of it hubby hasn't worked steady in 44 days.
"Change is good" is my mantra. Everday.

Laurie M said...

Hey, at least the low gas prices are compensating a bit for the high price of groceries.

Jourdan said...

It seems like you are always very (if not the most in our ward) prepared for these kinds of things.

What about the scripture "if you are prepared, ye shall not fear."

why are you so afraid? ;) You of all people should be sitting easy.

Amber said...

I think I am more afraid of the unknown.

I am not afraid of death (sort of), just the possible pain and suffering before it hits.

Plus, after all my preperations, it will probably be some sort of natural disaster and my house will flood, crush, or burn the fruits of my labors. Yep, that'd be my luck!

The Eggett Family said...

I need to reasses our food storage. Thank you for the reminder. It really is a NEVER ending process. But feels so nice to stock up. I too worry that all the hard work of food storage could be destroyed by a natural disaster. Then what was the point?
Who is GM? I thought your husband worked for HS or DTX :)

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Jessica said...

Scary times. I feel like stocking up on supplies on a Credit Card, but for us I know that's not a good idea.

Love the money t.p. picture!

Erika said...

Cold stuff first? Then it gets warm while you get the rest... I do it the other way around. Yeah, it's hard for me not to panic too. Although the thing I panic about more is the fact we have no mone to get any food storage! That's scary! That's a big reason we're investing in making a big garden.