Two thousand, two hundred people are locked out of their jobs due to a contract dispute.
And, I am sure, a lot of people are very worried right now. The Holiday Season is just about to start – a time when many tend to spend more than they really can afford and any loss of income can feel like disaster has stricken. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Vicki Highfield’s husband is one of the 2200 who found locked doors when they went to work. Now, both are without a job. Vicki had quit hers a while back as part of a plan to build a homestead and become self-sufficient.
Jenise interviewed Vicki just a few weeks ago and we were introduced to their four year plan for self sufficiency. The goal was for her husband to also be able to quit his job. In four years. Not now. That episode was titled How to Live Happily Without a Job.
Well, Vicki and her husband got a much earlier then expected chance to see if their plan is working.
“It Pays To Be Prepared…”
Years ago my husband and I started our plans of being self-sufficient.
We both had full time jobs and spent the majority of our time making money for someone else. We were living, but didn’t have a life.
We paid down all of our debt, and as soon as we became debt free, I was able to quit my job to grow food for our home. We have an orchard started for our fruit needs, a garden large enough to feed us and sell the excess, and animals are in the plans for next year.
We learned how to barter and trade for needed items, so no money has to change hands. We recycle, reuse and re-purpose everything we can.
Our plans included my husband being finished with his job in the next three and a half years, but then the unthinkable happened. The company he works for had a contract dispute and locked out all of the employees in August of this year. Over 2,200 people are without their jobs, and many are panicking because their homes and cars are in danger of being repossessed. They cannot pay their credit card bills, or their utilities.
How are we doing? We are just fine. We have no outstanding debt and a freezer and cabinet full of enough food to last at least 6 months. Hunting season is coming, so we will be well stocked with meat.
Many of his co-workers have asked how we remain so calm during this trying time, and our answer is simple. We have what we need and are happy with what we have. We know how to take care of ourselves without the need for currency.
The local news did a story about the locked out workers, and my husband was interviewed by them as he sat outside of the company, asking for his job to be reinstated. We are still hoping that he and the 2,200 other people can get back to work soon, but if not, we will be okay.”
We are very happy that Vicki and her husband are doing okay. At the same time, we want to ask each and every one of you: Are you prepared? Would you do okay? What is your plan?
Please share your tips and your experiences weathering an unexpected change in income or life as we know it.