Country Living Series

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Alpha and Omega Strategy

This weekend's WorldNetDaily column is called The Alpha and Omega Strategy.

A couple weeks ago I was in Wal-Mart, which I seldom visit because it's so far away. But on this occasion it was convenient to some other errands, so in I went.

I found my favorite hand lotion on sale, 32 ounces for $7.27, or $0.23/ounce. This was a bargain compared to our local grocery store, which sells 10 ounce bottles for $5.00, or $0.50/ounce.

So I bought a bottle of lotion. I wish I'd had enough money to buy 20.

Why 20? Well, my logic goes like this: Hand lotion has a long shelf life. I will always use this brand of hand lotion. Therefore it behooves me to stock up when the price is right, especially since storage space isn't a big issue for us.

Keep this in mind for a moment as we turn to the faraway country of Belarus...
(Read the whole column here.)


  1. I try to stock up on useful things when I find them at a good price. My find last night was flashlights.

    Over a year ago I bought a pair of TechLite Lumen Master Tactical flashlights at Costco for $20 the pair and thought they were an amazing flashlight for the money. Right now (sale ends 6/30/11) these are $12 for a three pack including Duracell batteries at your local Costco store. These are not on their website, only in the stores. By way of comparison, a three pack costs $33.38 on Amazon including shipping, so this is quite a deal.

    They use CREE XPE LEDs rated at 150 lumens. The body is made out of aluminum but the quality of the machining is not as good as my better flashlights. I am not a fan of using AAA cells for anything, but these use a CREE LED and are almost as bright as my Quark AA² ($59) but the light distribution is far from as even.

    When the switch is pressed nothing happens until the switch clicks at which point to light is in half brightness mode. Another click gets you full brightness mode. Click again and you get a strobe mode. Click a fourth time and the flashlight turns off. If you press and hold the switch, after a second it will turn on in a momentary mode, and turn back off when the switch is released. I do not particularly like this switching system, but the light seems rugged, bright, and very inexpensive so I guess I should not complain.

  2. Save the Canning JarsJune 25, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Very nicely said!

  3. Inquiring minds want to know...what hand lotion???
    --K in OK<><

  4. This week I stocked up on hand soap (by the case) because I learned my favorite brand would be increasing in price soon. Also bought some new sheet sets and a couple of down comforters. Last December when there were sales in many of the stores, I bought lots of jeans and other clothing. Now I have to be sure not to gain any weight. LOL

    Not only am I trying to improve my relationship with the Lord, but I'm also trying to improve and expand my relationships with people right here in the world. Little things like an unexpected phone call or a notecard to a friend or family member seems to bring a little bit of pleasure in an increasingly unpleasant world.

    Patrice, your WND columns are always excellent. Thanks for spreading the word - tangibles should be bought now, and God should be embraced now. Time is a-wastin'.

    Anonymous Patriot

  5. Patrice,

    Another great article. There are a lot of things we can do to be prepared but you saved the best for last. The only true hope for each of us and our country is a personal relationship with Jesus. May God bless you and your family and may God bless America!

    Steve from NC

  6. Shoot, it's to the point that we don't need widespread inflation to make stocking up economically sensible. We just need gas prices going up enough to make stockpiling now to reduce trips later worth the savings...

    This week I'm stockpiling 6 cases of g-free pasta, since half this family cannot eat wheat. That would be about two years worth at current consumption rates.


  7. Great article, Mrs. Lewis. Thanks!