Labor Day and The Great Recession

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: July 4, 2019
Labor Day and The Great Recession

When I first started Backdoor Survival, we were in the middle of what is now referred to as “The Great Recession”.  At the time, unemployment was putting pressure on families of all ages, jobs for young people completing their educations were scarce, and many workers over the age of 55 were simply giving up the job search.

Four years later, and almost 900 articles later, I have become a cynic of the highest order.  Like many of you, I carry the burden of truth and knowledge mostly in silence while trying to live an abundant and strategic life.

Labor Day Great Recession

From where I sit, the Great Recession continues to put pressure on not only the unemployed but also on those who are working.  Many are underemployed and underpaid, working far below their capacity to contribute in a meaningful way.

Today, on Labor Day, as we celebrate the end of summer with picnics, backyard barbecues, fun, and games, I once again ask you to take a moment to say a silent prayer for the unemployed whose loss of income and dignity may take decades to recover.

The Final Word

I recently wrote about the Myth of Retirement.  Today I am saddened because many will never know true retirement.  More frightening, many will be forcibly retired because there is no room for them in the job market.  What happens when savings run out and homes are lost?  Will the government step in and create refugee camps for these poor souls?  Will that truly is the beginning of the end of life as we know it?

I don’t have any answers, just my cynical speculation.  For myself, I keep prepping and keep on doing my best to forge relationships with others that can help me learn those things I will need to know if the worse should happen.  Most of all, I try to be optimistic that things we are better for future generations.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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A few days ago I quietly changed the price of the eBook version of Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage to 99 cents.

Facebook fans know that I share a lot of free eBooks on the Backdoor Survival Facebook page.  By free, I mean books where the authors have temporarily lowered the price to nothing.

Each morning, over coffee, I attempt to find a worthwhile book for you.  Alas, there is a ton of garbage out there.  By that, I mean books that are a copy and paste from Wikipedia or worse.  Many appear to be written by off-shore sweatshops and are fluff pieces with little or no information of value covering two or three dozen pages.

It is my feeling that responsible authors need to move to the forefront, even if that means sacrificing some royalties along the way.  Bringing the price down to 99 cents is my way of ensuring that everyone can afford a copy of a book on food storage that is credible and grounded in first hand, practical experience.

One other thing.  I have set things up so that purchasers of the print book get the eBook for free.



Bargain Bin: Here are some items to consider as additions to your preps. Off course the rule of thumb is always this: first purchase what you need to get by and later, as budget allows, add the extra items that will enhance and add dimension and depth to your existing survival gear.

Chemical Light Sticks: Pick your size (length) and pick your color. Just be aware that if the color does not matter, some colors are cheaper than others. Be sure to read Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.

Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards:  This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out.  Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness pantry.

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.

Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item for your first aid kit. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.


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23 Responses to “Labor Day and The Great Recession”

  1. This is a bit OT but I received a notice from Amazon that this flashlight was on sale again. I bought several of these and gave them as little thank you’s to people I care about. I was impressed with the convenience and loved the lite, but mine couldn’t stand up to the wear and tear of being on my keychain. I will try another one, but for not do not recommend //

    I hope this is ok to post. My response to your post above will come later when I wake up at a normal time. lol

    • I recommend this pack of 10 mini-flashlights. They have batteries (included) but work great and seem to last forever. Only $4.42 for all 10 with free shipping.

    • Thanks Gaye, the reason I was wanting these were for long term use if/when there isn’t a way to recharge batteries. Like you, I’ll keep looking for economical with quality. 🙂

  2. I just found a great prep item yesterday, one I have considered getting but it is usually quite expensive.
    At Dollar Tree NOT Family Dollar, NOT Dollar General. At DOLLAR TREE they have the temporary fillings you can use when a filling falls out for a dollar. Its just the little container of stuff and a spatula/pick thing, no clove oil.
    At CVS that same stuff, and I have used it a few times, costs over $8. This one is made by Dentek. You can sometimes get clove oil at the pharmacy, it really does work to relieve pain on a tooth (tastes disgusting) or you can buy a bottle online. So I bought 2, I wanted to see if it seemed the same as the RED Cross brand I buy at CVS. While I have no need for it right now, it does seem the same. I will be going back and hoarding it 🙂

    • A natural way of managing a tooth ache is to work preventatively. O sure we can have tooth paste and brush our teeth. But going a bit beyond, keep/grow onions. There are 2 compounds within them which works to destroy bacteria of decay in/on teeth. There are also 2 compounds which do the same for gums and gingivitis.
      That said, if you can’t find those little fillings. Cut a bit from a tampon to put in. Remember tampons are sterile and for sure compact material. If they work for wounds, then why not teeth?!
      Since I like having more than one way to do something AND using what I have multple ways. I will be checking on those fillings if I can find a store near me. 🙂

    • I cured a cracked tooth swishing with black walnut hull tincture mixed in water twice per day for two weeks. Nothing else worked, and I thought I would need a root canal, but the BWH healed over the enamel. In fact, I had been losing fillings over the course of a year and when I finally went to the dentist, all but one had totally filled in with healthy enamel. He didn’t believe me that I had had as many cavities as I used to have.

      I also attribute this recovery to raw goat milk and raw cheese. It truly worked wonders. Not everyone will have access to fresh goat’s milk after the SHTF, but black walnut hull tincture is easy enough to stock and also works as an anti-parasitic.

    • Where do you find black walnut hull tincture? In event of disasters, the more alternatives we have the better off we will be.

  3. I could be wrong but with the economy going down hill like it is, I feel that we are heading for a collapse. The government ‘may’ round up people and put them in the FEMA camps. As slave workers! So, if you are too old or infirm they will have no use for you and there will be no government help available. That means that all us old farts, and the infirm need to be able to support ourselves.
    Labor Day? That will be every day, and not a holiday! 🙂

    Meanwhile – have a great day today!

  4. As someone who is underemployed, I work at subtlety marketing my other skills ( handyman) to ever broadening customer base. I do realize my retirement party will involve me being in the box. The strong will survive.

  5. At 57, I’m not anticipating I’ll ever find a real job again. Get a side job here and there. So now I prep, grow vegetables and raise chickens. At least we will eat!!
    I wonder how many others are in the same boat?

  6. Recession? I have to disagree … we are in a depression, while not technically, but if you take away the 50,000,000 in food stamps and other benefits, we would have bread lines miles long … eventually all of these benefits we are paying for will need to be paid back. All we are doing is delaying the inevitable … or am I being too “doomsdayer”?

    • I don’t like to post the free ebooks here but I will make a exception today. The Post-Human Series Books 1-4 is free at the moment for a 4 book set. Here is what I said on Facebook:
      “This is not really my cup of tea but Shelly loves this science fiction stuff. This is a four book set that is free at the moment. 521 reviews that are close to 5-star. Enjoy!”

  7. A historical perspective. The first Labor Day started in the late 1800s when those wealthy people were trying to take advantage of the poor, middle class and immigrants, by paying them very low wages. It started in New York when the people came up with unions who would/could speak for those workers. It was only later, the federal government adopted it to celebrate the ‘common man’.
    Then as now, the wealthy did what has been done since time began…greed develops power and power corrupts. There are similarities between the Depression and this last Recession, notably Wall Street working to grab as much power and money has possible. Then the government worked to corral both—so the common man could have possible dreams and achieve.
    Several key differences are there. 1) It was more a farm society, although the industrial revolution was happening, there was still a balance with many families still living and working on the farm; 2) this country did not have a standing military, then it was based on a civilian militia a.k.a. the National Guard; 3)there was only the primitive technology of radio and telegraph so people did what they always have done…accept what is and get on with living.
    There are more but these will do. To make comparison can lead us down some different pathways i.e. FEMA camps can be both useful as were the CCC camps, but also could be like those which the Japanese were forced into. We don’t have the family farms/ranches. So much is owned by corporations and guess who owns them?! As to food stamps, do not be misled into believing the people who received them are just the poor as in jobless or shiftless. Many working families where both husband and wife are holding 1 sometimes 2 jobs and even our enlisted military personnel qualify for foodstamps.
    So what’s happened to those unions? Well, Reagan began the breakup of those while in office. Yes, the unions got greedy and powerful but at what cost? What some consider government handouts, check the numbers, the amounts given to so called ‘entitlement programs’ are only a fraction of what is given to Corporate America. And now Corporate America is still draining the common man but moving headquarters to other country so they can keep more of what they drain from us. If/when the government hangs by a thread, it still will be “we, the people” who will come out on top even though it may not seem that way at the time. I suspect deep down, that’s why so many are becoming preppers. They are reading the signs.
    *Stepping down from the chalkboard*
    I just watched a show via C-Span and heard something which we could use as we create communities of preppers. In each community, find or perhaps you may be like I am, old/disabled/homebound (however you want to see these individuals) ANYWAY, use these people as the focal point of returning home. So instead of each family gathering back to a home where no one is there when that first child gets there; or perhaps the parents never make it back; or any other type of scenario—these are the people who will be at home and we will need to check on anyway, why not make them the return point so they can not only have worth, but will know they won’t be forgotten and even when the able bodied are out doing what needs doing. These will be those who can stay back with the children–tell stories, protect and teach. Just an idea to expand on.
    Remember we are preppers so, consider a ripple of hope. //

  8. Gaye – I hope I don’t cause a backlash of negative comments with what I am about to say, but for me, on a very personal level, The recent Great Recession was probably the best thing to ever happen to me.

    I am what you would refer to as someone who is currently “under”employed. The Recession cost me my high-powered office job a few years ago. I make a quarter of what I did then. My paycheck now is about the same as it was in 1993 when I was 21 years old and just starting out in the workforce.


    In the past seven years, I have been able to get out from under the mountain of credit card debt I once considered “normal”. My current, low-paying retail job is walking distance from home and keeps me physically active all day, the effect of which is my health has never been better.
    I am now a “maker” of things, rather than a “buyer” of things. I grow much of my own food and have become a darn fine cook now that I don’t eat out as much. I can turn a thrift store find into something awesome using the skills I have learned in the past few years.

    I used to regard my relatives who lived through the Great Depression with a halo of reverence. They knew how to survive tougher times than I would ever know. They were self-reliant, thoughtful, grateful. They were prepared.

    Seven years ago, I was a frivolous, consumer-goods-driven sheeple on the treadmill of earn-buy-earn-buy. Now I am not. The past seven years have made ME more self-reliant, thoughtful, grateful. The past seven years have made me prepared.

    That is a good thing.

    • Red – congratulations! You are among the very few that see the positive side of their “misfortune”.
      One question – if you were offered your old job and pay, would you take it?

    • A doubt if there will be a backlash at all on this website. You are now our poster girl for success; bravo for not sliding backward.

      I believe that the toughest thing to do while working outside the home is to avoid peer pressure to act and spend indulgently. I learned a long time ago that co-workers were just that, co-workers. There is no need to compete or keep up on a personal level, regardless of what they might think of you. I suppose that is why I was mostly self-employed throughout my career. The petty games of who has what that go on the the workplace drove me nuts.

  9. For retirement for many, I envision crude shacks out in the countryside complete with wide wooden shelves to serve as bunk-beds. And that’s upscale living!

    Anyway, I saw this bit about toilet paper and noticed it featured an expiration date of five years. I wonder what happens after five years, or seven? Disintegration?

    Japan rolls out campaign to stockpile toilet paper
    Associated Press
    Sep 1, 3:51 AM EDT

    “As part of the campaign, makers are offering a tightly rolled, 150-meter- (490-foot-) long, single-layer toilet paper that lasts more than twice as long as a regular roll.

    A family of four should be able to survive for a month on a six-roll pack, priced at 460 yen ($4.40) and with a five-year expiration date, said Satoshi Kurosaki, chairman of the Japan Household Paper Industry Association.” …

    • i’ve read on some prepper blogs about people who stored t.p. in a hot garage for a year or two and it turned to dust. don’t know what would happen in more moderate temps.

  10. Oh, and, Happy Union Goon Day:

    “According to the Web site of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, “Labor Day” became a national holiday in 1894 in order to celebrate “the union movement.” Not workers, or the work that they have done, or the wealth and prosperity they helped American capitalists to create. By “the movement” is meant, specifically, union bosses, the political impetus behind the creation of labor day in the first place. They sought and got a national holiday to celebrate themselves. So, in the spirit of American unionism, go ahead out and celebrate by setting off a “nail bomb” in the parking lot of a non-union construction site; sabotage the non-union oil refinery in the area; vandalize all the cars of the “scab” workers at the local non-union grocery store; threaten to rape the wives and girlfriends of the hated “scabs”; or maybe just go out with your union brothers and beat the living daylights out of a random non-union “rat” or “scab.”

    And don’t worry about the cops. According to the 1973 US. Supreme Court case, U.S. versus Enmons, violence, property damage, and extortion are allowable if they are done in pursuit of “legitimate union objectives.””… – Part of a Thomas DiLorenzo blog post.

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