Any prepper is going to have many needs that can be filled by gasoline. There are tools, cars and generators that need to be fed gasoline. Right now, we are living through a time that many of us thought we would never see. That is gas that keeps bobbing its head just above the $2 per gallon mark. At least that’s what we are seeing here in Virginia.
We cannot assume that gas is going to stay in this price range. While these are incredible lows compared to where we were a few year ago, what would happen when the gas will jump to $5 per gallon, or more!
Would you be able to afford the lifestyle you have now?
Let’s look at some concrete steps that you need to take when gas goes to $5.
Stock Up On Resources
Every resource you depend on arrives in your hands through the power of gasoline. This fuel drives our 18 wheelers, farming equipment, food, even down to the very building materials that are basis of all things you see.
Some items must be shipped over the sea and others through the air! These things take tremendous amounts of fuel. If the cost of that fuel goes up, we, the consumer, are going to foot the bill.
Hopefully, you have been stocking up on resources and raw materials already, but it wouldn’t hurt to invest in things like building and repair materials, food storage basics, medical equipment and, of course, ammo and firearms. If you don’t already grow your own food in your backyard, you might start doing so.
Stocking up on gasoline is an important step for any kind of prepper or survivalist. However, you can only hold so much because of use, rotation, and time it can go bad on you. You can bring that gas back to life with a fuel stabilizer.
These are inexpensive and highly effective. They can bring fuel back to life that has gotten old. If you use this product you will be able to store more gasoline for much longer. That could be the key to surviving $5 per gallon gas and beyond.
Like it or not, you might want to do a little research on public transportation in your area.
A lot has changed in our society, in terms of public transportation. Taking public transportation to work doesn’t just mean trains and buses anymore.
You might find that a simple scooter or bike rental, which are provided in locations throughout even small cities, might be your new favorite way to get to work. They are going to charge you for these, but the cost might be less than filling the tank!
If you have a long commute or need to travel a long distance, these methods won’t work for you. You might have to consider getting comfortable in a train seat or a bus, and the many risks that go along with that.
Save Your Money
I know it’s easier said than done, and I know it seems like an oversimplification. Still, if we wade into radically increasing gas prices, we are going to need extra cash on hand to deal with the many challenges we already mentioned.
Cut some evening entertainment and other purchases that are nonessential. Remember, when gasoline gets to $5 there is no reason why it must stop there and everything will be more expensive!
If you are still in the line of work, this will also be a time to consider a career change. This is not to say that you should quit your job or that you will lose your job, but you better be prepared for that!
Many businesses live and die by the cost of shipping and when gas goes to $5 a gallon it will close many businesses. Shipping based businesses with slim profit margins will die.
Trucking could be in grave danger, too! Be prepared for a crisis and for losing your job or business. Also, be prepared for your company to make radical changes to survive this, you need to adapt.
Get Away From Government Resources And Services
State and local governments make a significant amount of tax income from the sale of fuel. When the price hits $5 a gallon people are going to start looking for other options and the sales made from gas are going to drop. Long trips, business and freight are all going to get slim and more efficient.
That drop in revenue means that government services, which are rough already, are going to have to tighten their belt.
If you are dependent on government money or government services, it would be a good idea to start planning for a life or a period when these are no longer available or no longer effective.
Log Your Miles For Business
Another thing you should consider when it comes to gas hitting $5 is how much driving you are doing for business.
If you are a business owner this is incredibly important. You could be driving thousands of miles with your car and logging these miles gives you the ability to write the cost off at the end of the year.
Those miles add up fast when you are putting out $5 per gallon of gas! It might be time to start that local small business, now!
You could also go to your employer now and start the conversation about mile reimbursement or a company car if you don’t already have one. Be sure that you do not face the brunt of this price on your own.
The price of fuel effects nearly everything you see around you. You are going to be impacted directly on your drives to and from. You will also be impacted at the supermarket as the price of goods will rise thanks to increased freight price.
There is one, and maybe only one, significant benefit to high priced gas. Oil production in the nation struggles when gas prices are too low. In fact, it is an unsustainable endeavor in America because of the overhead costs. When gas will to get up to $5 per gallon this would be a booming industry again and we would be comfortably independent from the oil Sheikhs on the other side of the world!
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