Wow, has it only been a few months since I really got into stacking and finally understood the concepts of “sound money” and actual fundamentals that led me to truly “get it” on why I ought to be playing like a squirrel and putting away a bunch of Au and Ag “nuts” for when SHTF? Lol.
Thanks to Doc and everyone here for providing SOOO much great info and support. And heck, once I realized that by simply cutting down on the daily Starbucks runs and all, I would be able to get another ounce or two each WEEK (yah, I had a BAD Starbucks habit lol), I’ve hit the first milestone goalpost a lot sooner than I thought I would. Is it time to stop? HECK no! Just a couple months into stacking, and kicking myself that I wasn’t aware enough to have been buying and accumulating back in the days of $8/oz and such… but eh, right now my DCA is in the low 30′s and I’m light years ahead of pretty much everyone else in the world that I know from what I can tell, so…. it’s all relative.
HOPEFULLY we still have some decent time to grow our stacks… I can only IMAGINE what those of you who’ve been doing this for some time have, and wish I’d known “then” what I know “now”. Ah well. I don’t even track my stack in terms of fiat, I have setup my oz goals and simply look at that. BTFD of course when we see the nice smackdowns.
So thanks Doc. You run a damn fine site, and I for one certainly appreciate what you’re doing. Thanks for giving us this community, and thanks to all of you who so readily share your knowledge and all as well. Truly appreciated! Now if only I could get my wife to be willing to engage in so many of these discussions, but she’s still just cut off whenever anything remotely related to politics or economics or whatever comes up. Too stressful for her, so I will just continue doing my thing, knowing that when SHTF sometime down the road, I think I can weather her initial “WTF didn’t you tell me!” anger when she realizes that I’ve been slowly building up the security and resources to ensure that she and our kids will be better off than most. Sort of like when you know the right thing to do, so you do it anyways, even tho you know that the other person would not agree with you “now”, and may be pissed in the future… they’ll also be damn glad you did it when push comes to shove.
Yeah. I ditto SB’s response. My wife understands what’s happening Aragornas but she don’t like to talk about the ins and outs either. She leaves the constant checking and looking up to me. I’m O.K. with that. She does realize what we are doing is right and we’ll be better off for it.
Glad you hit the milestone so now on to the next one. Good luck.
Yah, for me, it’s more a case of wifey is just completely “in the dark” – she’s certainly intelligent enough to understand (she has more education than me with my “lowly” engineering degree only), but simply can’t handle the stress and angst that she feels when I’ve even brought up what, to most of us, would be pretty vanilla topics. Not even pushing down into the rabbit hole at all yet, she just feels overwhelmed and shuts down. Eventually she’ll come around I think, but for now she’s not wanting the red pill.
So, I kind of struggle with the whole “feeling like I’m being sneaky” by stacking in a hidden and secure location for now with her basically none the wiser, but then knowing in my heart that I’m ultimately doing what I know is right for her and our kids too. She also looked at me nuts when I laid in some food stores. “It’s your mid life crisis, at least you’re not wasting money on fast cars and loose women” she laughs it off. Easy enough selling point in the Midwest (food and meds for “potential tornado disaster” of course) and all that. So for now, I’m doing what I know is RIGHT, and she’ll (eventually) thank me for being a studious and industrious little ant while all the grasshoppers are out playing and worrying about their new iWhatevers.
Doesn’t help that she has family on her side that works in the world of finance (no evil JPM or GS types, but traders and such nevertheless), so there’s undoubtedly been a fair bit of “indoctrination” to status quo thinking for years there, which as many of us know is just hard to shake. She’ll come around eventually, and sadly enough as much as I’ve looked forward to the day when I FINALLY get to say “HA! I was RIGHT AFTER ALL!”, this is not the topic in particular I would have ever wanted it to be about, ya know?
Either way, time to work on milestone #2… tho everything is going CRAZY today with the NFP massive miss and QE3 expectations all, so we’ll see how quickly I get there. Come on Blythe, daddy needs another smackdown…
Sounds like you’ve got your hands full but a good woman none the less. Hey here’s a thought, Whenever I restock some items, I always pick up an extra case of Dove Chocolate bars. Tell my wife, when SHTF you’ll be one of the few that still gets your Dove fix because the shelves will be bare in the chocolate isle. She laughs and says keep stocking.
Congrats on hitting your milestone aragornsos. I let people talk me out of silver when it was $11 an ounce, before I understood the fundamentals or how to buy it. Never again. Silver makes even more sense today than at $11 an ounce IMO. Glad there are great sites out there like this to help keep people informed.
Whatever you can spare (SAVE!) every week or month, buy phyzz with it. Try to BTFD if u like but if you don’t don’t worry about that. In the end you’ll be well set to go to phase 2 or 3 whichever that may be. You’re ready for the reset. That’s much better than most will be at that time. What happens after? Good question. Hope it won’t take that long because it will reap wealth off you (and me).
Pfffffff. when talking about spouses, yes they want to believe you and all but only if it has results right now. That’s not how it works. I’ve explained it all. I’m not there to find excuses (explaining the “market”). If needed I’ll go it alone. And I might if I have to.
Well, I won’t be going it “alone”, we’re quite happy and pushing up on 14 years married (and together closer to 17) with the kids and all that in tow, but for now, I’m happy to just do “my thing” and let her keep herself happy in her way as well. No need to cause unnecessary stress and strain on the home front.
Now, the fact that she’s a DAMN good cook, and actually has pretty solid skills with sewing, gardening / horticulture, and cooking is a bonus. Those all translate VERY well in the post-collapse world in terms of self-sustaining or having useful skills to trade for things we can’t do ourselves. I encourge her in those ways, it’s a win-win. She enjoys her “hobbies”, I see her learning more and more things that are useful to our community when SHTF, and with her happy, I get to have some of my time (and fiat) to pursue my “hobbies”. She just doesn’t need to know that a big portion of those “hobbies” include stacking at this point. Like I said, I’ll deal with the momentary pissed off “why didn’t you tell me” when SHTF (not if, when – we all realize it’s coming at this point) and then we’ll quickly move on to the point of “ok, so we’re actually set pretty well, so now where do we go and what do we do”. And yah, we have an alternate location to get further out of the ‘burbs close to a city and farther into more country type living with space, somewhat remote, and a nice lake right there (plus lots ‘o farmland around for trading skills and stack for food once the emergency stuff runs out, and whatever we can’t grow ourselves). Again, she doens’t KNOWit’s also a “bug out” location, but hey… multipurpose is the way to go, right? One site, multiple uses… one for current day to day life, and one for the ZombiePocalypse.
“She just doesn’t need to know that a big portion of those “hobbies include stacking at this point.”
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Sounds as if there are a few ‘secret stackers’ who are accumulating PM’s behind their wife’s back. I admit doing the same, because if she knew where the fiat is going she would have a fit. If TSHTF then she will be greateful. And if before then we decide to part ways, I will take this shiny ‘bonus’ covertly with me.
I can rationalize this because (1) I am looking out for the two of us, as well as for myself should this partnership ‘go south.’ (2) Better to stack in secret than to not stack at all. (3) Some men are hiding much worse activities from their wife than accumulating PM’s!)
I agree Mammoth, it is better doing it in secret than not doing it at all.
My wife knows about my silver stacking activities, as long as the bills get paid and she can get her hair done, she has no problem with it. I can however understand that many guys need to do it in secret. For interest sake, how many of you guys that are doing it in secret are making use of external storage facilities? lol Not that it is difficult to hide silver at one’s home, just wondering…
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