If the shit hits the fan what will you do? Lets say you go in to work tomorrow, your boss catches ya on the way to your post,and says Charlie or Louise I don't know how to say this but I have to lay you off.
Well that's really bad news cause you let house payment slide till your next check because your kid had a birthday and the car insurance was due.
In a snowballing tsunami of bad luck you are suddenly homeless and jobless.Wow your priorities in life just changed.Now besides making some money,whats important?
Shelter,food,water come to the forefront.Hopefully you family and friends to help you.Some don't.Shelter could be friends or family.Living in a car sucks,but better than no shelter.
I had some Ojibwa Indian friends who stayed at campgrounds,free ones when possible cheap ones if worst come to worst.Usually $5-$10.You have to move around a bit to keep from getting hassled by the man.
For food they fished and dumpster dived at stores.Now that sounds gross to me,however desperate times call for desperate measures.They said they found good food often.If you know your local wild foods, gathering is very possible.I have one friend who is a master at finding wild food apples,mulberry's,raspberry's,wild onions,mushroom's,etc.Throw in some fish,squirrels and rabbit and you will be eating pretty well.
They used a solar shower with water from the lakes at most state parks.In true emergency situation gas stations will do.
For money they sold Indian crafts and she braided hair.I have a feeling he may have sold Herb,don't know it for a fact but he had company pretty often who only stayed for a few minutes at a time.I am not recommending doing anything illegal just pointing out what I seen.And they did get by.
That would be a very different way of life than most of us are used to but better than living in the streets and starving.
A lot of folks have discovered scrapping,gathering scrap metal to sell.Sometimes you can make a lot of money when scrap is up.Best metals for this are copper,brass,and aluminum.
Sheet metal,i.e stoves, refrigerators,etc require a truck it takes a lot to make money.A lot of people drive around during trash day looking for scrap.Competition is fierce a lot of folks live off scrapping.
There are others who drive around on trash day looking for good items discarded to sell.A lot of good things are thrown out,others only need minor repairs.
Most cities have blood banks where you can sell plasma or whole blood.Whole blood pays more,but you must wait longer between trips.
Some other boot strap businesses could include hauling items if you have access to a truck.Hauling furniture from stores for a modest fee,large bulky items from home improvement stores for folks who don't have a truck.Put up a small ad at laundry's,coffee shops,stores,any place that has a bulletin board.Many online free trader type places allow free or cheap ads.
The old stand by's of mowing grass or shoveling snow still work.Temporary agency's hire labor for short term job's while you wait on a job in your chosen field.
Tilling gardens if you own or have access to a tiller.
Dog walking.Pet sitting for owners of spoiled pets.House sitting for folks who have seasonal homes might be one way to get shelter.
Hopefully none of us get to this point,however if it happens be willing to do whatever is needed to get by.
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