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(TreeHugger)   If you really want to be ready for a recession you better make sure your car is paid off, you pack a lunch every day for work, and you cook more meatless meals   (treehugger.com) divider line
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2020-05-09 2:41:26 AM  
TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.

Bike more.
 
2020-05-09 3:10:04 AM  
Trent eats breakfast at work three days a week because he's crunched for time.

Came to ridicule this, but remembered I used to buy a $7 plate of eggs and corned beef almost every day at the office, but since teleworking became my life, I have cereal and milk at home instead.

I kind of hope some of the temporary changes we've been forced to make become permanent.
 
2020-05-09 3:17:35 AM  

MrBallou: Trent eats breakfast at work three days a week because he's crunched for time.

Came to ridicule this, but remembered I used to buy a $7 plate of eggs and corned beef almost every day at the office, but since teleworking became my life, I have cereal and milk at home instead.

I kind of hope some of the temporary changes we've been forced to make become permanent.


Believe it or not, I adjusted to this new way of life years ago and haven't really had to change much since the 'rona came 'round.

The biggest difference is I prepare all my meals instead of almost all.

/missing the local brew pub/music scene
//still have their beer on tap
///1/2 price kegs curb-side sales
 
2020-05-09 4:17:44 AM  
Done, done, and oh fark I hope it doesn't come to that...
 
2020-05-09 7:13:14 AM  
Stock up on essential tools too. Sewing machine, table saw, power washer, home repair stuff. Learn how to do for yourself. We're going to have to downgrade our luxury package and make do with much less over the next, 5 years?
 
2020-05-09 7:13:31 AM  
Don't eat feedlot meat. Animals are a vital part of agricultural systems, if used properly.  Eat grass fed or pasture raised meat and help reduce CO2 emissions, not to mention being a healthier alternative than the overprocessed fake meat.
 
2020-05-09 7:42:38 AM  
You know what's recession proof? People thinking they know what's best for everyone.
 
2020-05-09 7:49:40 AM  
A lot of people don't have to worry about the work part.
 
2020-05-09 7:53:59 AM  
Isn't that pretty much treehugger's default stance, recession or not?
 
2020-05-09 7:54:42 AM  
1945 called
 
2020-05-09 7:56:02 AM  
This is another of those articles that tells people it's their latte, not the low salary they're getting, that's the real problem?
 
2020-05-09 7:56:45 AM  

TwowheelinTim: TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.

Bike more.


Nope.  My town isn't bike friendly, and for work I sometimes have to go 70+ miles with ~50 pounds of tools.

Try harder.
 
2020-05-09 7:57:23 AM  
Why dont poor people just spend less money?
 
2020-05-09 7:57:39 AM  

TwowheelinTim: TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.

Bike more.


And their blog sucks.
 
2020-05-09 7:58:11 AM  
Does Beefaroni count as "meat?"
 
2020-05-09 8:01:20 AM  
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2020-05-09 8:02:36 AM  
guys, get snipped. Only costs about 500 bucks and will safe you a lifetime of grief and expense.

/$200,000 to raise a kid to 18... nope.
 
2020-05-09 8:02:38 AM  

TwowheelinTim: TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.


Who has probably lived at his current town less than a year and thinks he has all the answers. I say "town" as I, having never spent longer than 2 weeks in the US myself, has a concept of just HOW FARKING MASSIVE American cities really are. If you don't have a car you better know someone who does as publc transport - on the tremendous assumption that it's ran as efficiently as possible - cannot get 100% of the populace where it needs to go 100% of the time. Even then, if no councils or tranpsort authorities have any fingers in any pies, you might to get halfway.
 
2020-05-09 8:02:53 AM  
I just bought a yearling at a farm to be processed In a USDA approved faciliti in August. I will have meat.

I just realized I literally had a cow over this.

2020 is surreal.
 
2020-05-09 8:03:07 AM  
If it comes to it you can always ask for a million dollars from your parents, too.
 
2020-05-09 8:03:26 AM  

MrBallou: I used to buy a $7 plate of eggs and corned beef almost every day at the office,


So did I. But wifey complained about the farts.
 
2020-05-09 8:11:09 AM  

TwowheelinTim: TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.

Bike more.


Heck yeah.  
Wife and I ditched our car a little over 6 years ago and we haven't wanted one since.  I've got 2 bikes for haulin' stuff, and 2 different trailers depending on how much stuff I need to lug around.
 
2020-05-09 8:14:41 AM  

MDI_BugMan: TwowheelinTim: TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.

Bike more.

Heck yeah.  
Wife and I ditched our car a little over 6 years ago and we haven't wanted one since.  I've got 2 bikes for haulin' stuff, and 2 different trailers depending on how much stuff I need to lug around.


I'd like to see how dedicated you really are. You should move, and then document how you transport everything you own via bicycle.
 
2020-05-09 8:17:27 AM  

arrogantbastich: MDI_BugMan: TwowheelinTim: TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.

Bike more.

Heck yeah.  
Wife and I ditched our car a little over 6 years ago and we haven't wanted one since.  I've got 2 bikes for haulin' stuff, and 2 different trailers depending on how much stuff I need to lug around.

I'd like to see how dedicated you really are. You should move, and then document how you transport everything you own via bicycle.


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2020-05-09 8:17:39 AM  

Ambivalence: A lot of people don't have to worry about the work part.


No kidding, it's a shiat ton easier to recession proof yourself when you don't lose your job.
 
2020-05-09 8:25:31 AM  

yagottabefarkinkiddinme: I just bought a yearling at a farm to be processed In a USDA approved faciliti in August. I will have meat.

I just realized I literally had a cow over this.

2020 is surreal.


That Fark sold your cow to a dozen other owners and is skipping town (with the cow) to take his show on the road to Shelbyville.
 
2020-05-09 8:25:47 AM  
I like how they suggest you should quit your job. You know, the one where you get your health insurance through. During a pandemic. With 30 million people newly unemployed or laid off.
 
2020-05-09 8:35:43 AM  

arrogantbastich: MDI_BugMan: TwowheelinTim: TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.

Bike more.

Heck yeah.  
Wife and I ditched our car a little over 6 years ago and we haven't wanted one since.  I've got 2 bikes for haulin' stuff, and 2 different trailers depending on how much stuff I need to lug around.

I'd like to see how dedicated you really are. You should move, and then document how you transport everything you own via bicycle.


well the Viet Cong did it.
 
2020-05-09 8:36:44 AM  

sleep lack: guys, get snipped. Only costs about 500 bucks and will safe you a lifetime of grief and expense.

/$200,000 to raise a kid to 18... nope.


And after a certain age it's incredibly popular on dating sites if you mention it in your profile. /wink
 
2020-05-09 8:37:51 AM  
I'm having issues with my vision that have made me stop driving. It is terribly inconvenient. There is no public transportation and I can't currently see well enough to ride a bike.

Would not recommend giving up driving just to save money.
 
2020-05-09 8:38:18 AM  

Xetal: I like how they suggest you should quit your job. You know, the one where you get your health insurance through. During a pandemic. With 30 million people newly unemployed or laid off.


Most people can't afford a quarter of a years salary for a deductible anyhow.

Why pay into something you can't even use anyhow?
 
2020-05-09 8:38:21 AM  

arrogantbastich: MDI_BugMan: TwowheelinTim: TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.

Bike more.

Heck yeah.
Wife and I ditched our car a little over 6 years ago and we haven't wanted one since.  I've got 2 bikes for haulin' stuff, and 2 different trailers depending on how much stuff I need to lug around.

I'd like to see how dedicated you really are. You should move, and then document how you transport everything you own via bicycle.


Something like these pictures?  I've got plenty more from when we moved in-town.
And when we moved from Philly to Columbus, I rented a truck like anybody else would.  Same when we want to take a weekend trip someplace, we rent a car.  We just don't need one all the time.
It's not practical for everyone, I get it; but we live close enough to where we work that it's really easy for us.

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2020-05-09 8:40:12 AM  
Of course, the best thing you can do is ditch your car completely...

...and live under a bridge in a cardboard box!

/frugal
 
2020-05-09 8:41:42 AM  
Of course, the best thing you can do is ditch your car completely

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2020-05-09 8:42:11 AM  
I'm already ahead on that.

I have enough little varmint guns to make the occasional squirrel or coyote sandwich.
 
2020-05-09 8:44:32 AM  

trippdogg: Of course, the best thing you can do is ditch your car completely...

...and live under a bridge in a cardboard box!

/frugal


For Treehugger if your footprint is larger than that of a sparrow you're raping the earth.
 
2020-05-09 8:45:11 AM  

middlewaytao: Xetal: I like how they suggest you should quit your job. You know, the one where you get your health insurance through. During a pandemic. With 30 million people newly unemployed or laid off.

Most people can't afford a quarter of a years salary for a deductible anyhow.

Why pay into something you can't even use anyhow?


Mine is pretty good. My share of a 2 week ICU stay or a heart cath would be a financial disaster, but more routine care, an ER visit, or urgent care visit is pretty managable.

I'm aware that a lot of people (even with insurance) aren't that fortunate. Our hralthcare and insurance systems are not functional, but it still isn't a good idea to quit your stable job during a recession or depression.
 
2020-05-09 8:46:35 AM  

sephjnr: TwowheelinTim: TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.

Who has probably lived at his current town less than a year and thinks he has all the answers. I say "town" as I, having never spent longer than 2 weeks in the US myself, has a concept of just HOW FARKING MASSIVE American cities really are. If you don't have a car you better know someone who does as publc transport - on the tremendous assumption that it's ran as efficiently as possible - cannot get 100% of the populace where it needs to go 100% of the time. Even then, if no councils or tranpsort authorities have any fingers in any pies, you might to get halfway.


And even if you can get there on public transportation, it takes 2-5 times as long as driving.  Biking?  Helps to be young, fit and unconcerned with getting soaked 75% of the time or dying young.
 
2020-05-09 8:47:19 AM  
What if I don't have a car, I work from home so I eat cereal for lunch, and I'm too lazy to cook so I pretty much eat fruit and veg?

Is "recession ready" the new poor?
 
2020-05-09 8:48:15 AM  
Car should be mostly paid off this year.  The pause on my student loan payment has been very helpful in that regard.
 
2020-05-09 8:49:08 AM  
I bought gas this week for the first time in 2.5 months.  I spent $25. It was just me, Amazon trucks, and landscapers.  Weird times.
 
2020-05-09 8:49:40 AM  

freakdiablo: TwowheelinTim: TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.

Bike more.

Nope.  My town isn't bike friendly, and for work I sometimes have to go 70+ miles with ~50 pounds of tools.

Try harder.


To be fair he said "bike more", not "bike exclusively".  A person could drive to and from work but bike around to to do local stuff like shopping, movies, etc.  The hell if I'm gonna do it, but a person could.
 
2020-05-09 8:50:17 AM  
I just paid off my car so I'm good then right?
 
2020-05-09 8:51:00 AM  
Yeah, I live 20 miles outside of town and the closet mini-mart is 7 miles away.  Ditching the vehicles ain't gonna happen.

Everything else we already do. I can make better and healthier lunches, processed food is WAY too salty. As for paying six bucks for a cup of coffee, are you insane?  We use rags instead of paper products for clean up, and cheap vinegar and bleach.

One thing tfa doesn't mention is trash, holy moly you city folks generate a lot of it.  We compost and use a burn drum, most small rusted metal goes into a water pond for the iron water and why do folks throw away leather, the berry bushes and fruit trees thrive on it.  People actually go to the store and buy bags of dirt?  How bizzare.

Aye, it's a different way of life.  But I've gone from being a grit redneck to a rugged conservationalist and now I'm a freaking treehugger.  Whatever.
 
2020-05-09 8:52:23 AM  

TwowheelinTim: TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.

Bike more.


Yep.  Try having kids and not having a car.   Impossible.   Although having a kid is bad for the environment so I guess I shouldn't have done that.  Also the fact I am living and consuming is bad for the environment so I should just hurry up and die.
 
2020-05-09 8:55:02 AM  
Buy a cookbook from ATK. I have 25 or so cookbooks, but we use ATK's quick family cookbook the most.  Their recipes are so precise and that's what makes them so great.  So many recipes are sloppy.
 
2020-05-09 8:55:33 AM  

sleep lack: guys, get snipped. Only costs about 500 bucks and will safe you a lifetime of grief and expense.

/$200,000 to raise a kid to 18... nope.


But that's about how much your kids will spend on taking care of you when you are old, so it evens out.
 
2020-05-09 9:00:31 AM  

varmitydog: Yeah, I live 20 miles outside of town and the closet mini-mart is 7 miles away.  Ditching the vehicles ain't gonna happen.

Everything else we already do. I can make better and healthier lunches, processed food is WAY too salty. As for paying six bucks for a cup of coffee, are you insane?  We use rags instead of paper products for clean up, and cheap vinegar and bleach.

One thing tfa doesn't mention is trash, holy moly you city folks generate a lot of it.  We compost and use a burn drum, most small rusted metal goes into a water pond for the iron water and why do folks throw away leather, the berry bushes and fruit trees thrive on it.  People actually go to the store and buy bags of dirt?  How bizzare.

Aye, it's a different way of life.  But I've gone from being a grit redneck to a rugged conservationalist and now I'm a freaking treehugger.  Whatever.


I'm in a similar boat.  All cardboard, glass, and #1 & #2 plastic are saved up until I have enough to take on a trip to town to drop off for recycling.  Expiring fuits, veggies, and used coffee grounds are stored in a container in the freezer until I make a trip to a composting area in my yard.  I generate so little trash that I put out my dumpster about every 6-8 weeks.
 
2020-05-09 9:01:03 AM  
1- I do not drive but I've been complaining about peoples not following the experts' advice so I guess I'll buy a car. I might be able to put $100 max on it, so it's going to be 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th from the scrap yard. I guess it does not have to run since I do not drive.

2- I do not work but again I'd feel like a hypocrite if I did not follow expert opinions, I'll order some brown bags. Can I put my lunch in the fridge?

3- Wait a minute, are you a real expert?

*Put car for sale and feed lunch to neighbour's dog.
 
2020-05-09 9:01:34 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: TwowheelinTim: TFA mentions ditching one's car, but doesn't offer alternatives and their advantages. Lazy ass writer is a lazy ass.

Bike more.

Yep.  Try having kids and not having a car.   Impossible.   Although having a kid is bad for the environment so I guess I shouldn't have done that.  Also the fact I am living and consuming is bad for the environment so I should just hurry up and die.


I've got a few friends who are car-free and have kids.  It's not impossible; it just means you don't live 15+ miles away from the city in a sprawled out suburb.  Since early on, they've brought their kids to daycare in a 2-seater trailer, dropped them off at school using a longtail cargo bike with kid seats on the back, and now that they're old enough, the kids ride their own bikes to school since it's barely 1.5 miles each way.
 
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