Epidsode-171- Getting Started Moving from Grasshopper to Ant — 6 Comments

  1. Jack, I saw a modified debt snowball that I thought is ingenious. Here it is. You put every penny you can into an emergency savings of $1000. Then you keep putting every cent you can on top of that.

    As soon as you have enough in your account PLUS $1000 and pay off your smallest debt. and keep going. That way you have the opportunity to use your money for emergencies if emergencies come up. This would especially be important when you first start out on your debt repayment.


  2. Jack,

    A good idea I haven’t heard you mention in regards to contingency plan documentation is to print the version on it. This will help you maintain consistency of information between duplicate copies.

    I leave it up to each person to decide on a labeling convention, but a simple date stamp would suffice for most people. That way you could tell at a glance when the book was last updated and if the information is current and up to date with other copies.

  3. @anon,

    Several episodes have been almost totally dedicated to documentation always stressing that is should be printed out and kept in multiple locations.

  4. I know, but the focus of my comment was not on the idea of only keeping the information and having it in several locations, but more so on the idea of labeling each copy with a version number, date stamp, or any manner of annotating when a change has been made to the documentation.

    The purpose of this is to help ensure that the information within each copy remains synced with one another whenever a change is made. Army field manuals do this to ensure that they are all up to date. I thought it was a good idea to apply it to my bugout documentation.

    I guess this isn’t really necessary if your documentation doesn’t change that often, but in the past year, I’ve made about half a dozen changes in the contact section of my docs due to deaths in the family, other family members relocating, to phone number changes, etc.

    I guess I’m kind of an organization-geek too. 🙂

  5. Your point is well taken, I guess I am not being clear enough in the show but my view and I thought I have said a few times. Each time you make updates print the new copies and get rid of the old. A v number is a good addition I should add to the SOP but in the end when you are in a SHTF and you have a doc pile with you, you really sort of just have what you have.

  6. where do I get 5 gallon food safe containers and the packets to keep rice pasta and beans LONG TERM