Tuesday, January 6, 2015
This is a pretty common question. Although I have received emails in the past from women asking how to get their husbands interested, in general it’s usually the other way around.
Babbling about zombies and the end of the world rarely impresses the lady of the house, but talking about ongoing world events, possible problems in your area and how that may affect your family tends to works pretty well.
Here’s an extra tip though: Check your bathroom for the brand of tampons or pads your wife or girlfriend uses and get yourself a couple extra large packs next time you’re stocking up on supplies.
A few years ago my wife was telling me she’d probably have to drop by the nearest drugstore because she needed to buy some. It was one of those late afternoons when you really wished you could just relax and stay home. You should have seen her face when I pulled a pack of those things from one of my boxes. It was as if I had just saved a dozen orphans from a burning building! It sure got me a bunch of extra brownie points but even better, it helped me make my point about being ready and having extra supplies of those things you’re just going to use anyway.
I was actually reminded of this by an ongoing situation in Argentina. Because of the tough importation bans, one of the many items that are becoming hard to come across are tampons. These are imported from Brazil and there’s a shortage of them across the country. It seems that better quality brands are the imported ones and that’s the ones most women seem to prefer. There’re locally produced brands as well but they aren’t as good and there’s not enough stock available of those either. It reminds me a bit of the TP shortage in Venezuela some time ago. Stock up folks! You won’t be trading any of these for bars of gold after some unrealistic end of the world scenario, but when there’s shortages, or when you simply run out at an inconvenient time, it’s nice to have them. Besides, these are products you’re going to use anyway, and you even end up saving money when buying in bulk. This is especially true when you also have to worry about inflation.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.