Friday, August 20, 2021

The Fall Checklist: 20 Things to Do

It's been a fairly quiet summer (minus the increasing covid number, the Afghanistan mess, our president losing his mind, etc) but now that fall is just around the corner, it is a good time to get these tasks done:

  1. Prep your home for fall.
  2. Prep your car for fall.
  3. Review and restock your car emergency kit.
  4. Dump your bug out bag, make sure it is stocked for cooler weather, and rotate perishables.
  5. Get your kids ready to go back to school (taking special care with the current pandemic situation).
  6. Prep for fall weather in your area (also be prepared for unusual weather situations).
  7. Go on a couple fall hiking or camping trips.
  8. Speaking of which, there are still a few fee-free National Park Days coming up.
  9. Or better yet, pick up a National Park Pass so you can visit when parks are less busy (there are several free-pass categories for seniors, military, and even 4th graders).
  10. For another fee-free activity, pick up free museum tickets for Museum Day.
  11. On a different note, consider refinancing your mortgage while rates are historically low.
  12. In fact, getting out of debt all together is the best option during times of financial upheaval.
  13. Consider volunteering.  It's a great way to serve your community as well as learn good prepper skills (examples here, here, and here).
  14. With the wide range of shortages popping up all over, be proactive and buy things before you need them.
  15. Consider stockpiling even more food than usual as food shortages are predicted for at least the rest of this year.
  16. Speaking of shortages, prep now for the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc) as toys and other supplies are expected to be in short supply this year.
  17. Check your free credit report (there have been several data breaches lately, you don't want to unknowingly have your credit messed up when you need it).
  18. Consider taking a day or even a week off from ALL media--both social media and regular media--every once in a while.  With the constant barrage of negative news, taking time away from it all is a very relaxing and restful thing to do.
  19. Prepare accordingly for covid--it appears that it won't be going away any time soon.
  20. Also take some time for long-term planning--with global warming, things aren't getting better in that area either.

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