Let’s call this the “Dang, it’s amazing to be debt-free during a pandemic!” edition, shall we?
There’s an amazing amount of freedom in participating in a debt-free life. That freedom is multiplied exponentially during a crisis. I’ve experienced this first hand during the past several months as the Covid-19 pandemic has swept the world.
It is crazy what you can do when you’re debt-free! Here are a few things that we have accomplished during this pandemic that we couldn’t have done as easily if we were burdened with debt:
- Started a Huge Garden – I gardened for many years but in the last few years I let my garden largely take a break as I focused on “growing kids” instead. This spring we pulled the seed lights out of storage, made a seed investment from an amazing local seed company, and I put time and effort into growing a sizable garden this year. If for no other reason than — practice. This might not be a zombie apocalypse, but knowing how to grow a large garden is a skill worth improving.
- Invested in Ball and Kerr Canning Jars – You might remember that I once teased about my Grandma about having a ridiculous number of canning jars in her basement. I am no longer joking. I get it Grandma.
- Staycation – Our state of Alaska is being hit particularly hard by the drop in tourism. We are gladly supporting a local RV business by touring our home state for a couple of weeks this summer. In the meantime, our points and miles for the next out-of-state vacation are adding up like crazy (let’s hope there aren’t too many devaluations!)
- Amped Up Our Food Storage – When the virus started creeping through the U.S. I immediately bulked up our food storage. Having a supply of staples (and knowing how to use them) is the single smartest thing that every household should do immediately. Short on cash? Make this food storage a priority after paying current bills. Even an extra $10 each month can supply the basics.
The best part of being debt-free is just that… freedom.The best part of being debt-free is just that… freedom Click To Tweet
The more conversations that I have with friends, I realize that families that haven’t tasted that freedom can’t even comprehend the amount of peace that brings into our lives.
Becoming debt-free is truly life-changing. Peace during a crisis is truly priceless. There’s nothing like a global pandemic to reinforce the debt-free lifestyle.