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What Will You Do When The Government Checks Stop?

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This article was written by Tom Chatham and originally published at Project Chesapeake

Preppers talk about the day when paper currency becomes worthless and how they plan to barter when things fall apart. But, what will most people do when the government check they depend on stops forever more. Over 50% of the people in America now get some kind of government check every month. That is a question that I think many people have not come to grips with yet. At some point, the checks will stop.

Social security and Medicare are running dry fast and it is only a matter of time before they stop paying out in whole or in part. If someone relies on these payments then they likely do not have sufficient money stored away to survive on in the event payments stop.

Not only that, the many other entitlement payments sent out monthly that are keeping the population clothed, fed and housed will stop at some point as well. When that happens we already know what the result will be, especially in the cities. It is inevitable but many people still trust the government line and do not worry about it.

There are those that realize the threat but have not taken any action to mitigate the problems that will result when the fateful day comes. Many hope it will be forestalled for their lifetimes and some hope if they ignore it, it simply will not happen. If government checks stop it will also mean the destruction of retirement plans and savings accounts and if you do not hold it you will not have it.

One of the most vulnerable groups are the babyboomers that are now retiring at the rate of 10,000 per day. If this growing group suddenly looses their monthly check along with most or all of their savings, it is going to put a lot of pressure on society as these people suddenly try to return to the job market to survive.

With the job market shrinking on a daily basis it is now imperative to develop a backup plan to generate some type of income when you can no longer rely on past promises to be honored. If you can store away some real money or valuable items to utilize later that is great but that will not last you forever.

Anyone that survives the coming currency crisis will be someone that planned ahead and had some way to generate income after everything falls apart. If you can generate income to live on, be it money, food, medicine or some other item you need, you will be able to care for yourself for the duration.

That is going to be a critical element in any long range plan you come up with. This means you will need to have the ability to produce something of value that society will need on a daily basis. The first things people seek out are food, shelter and clothing. Having some abilities in one or more of these areas will be the closest thing to guaranteed sales potential that you can get.

Once these needs have been met by society other things will become important such as energy, security, transportation and medicine. Having some abilities in one or more of these areas will insure income for a long time to come as society rebuilds itself.

If you have abilities in a primary need and a secondary need, you will be way ahead of the majority of the people seeking to survive the chaos that follows the loss of jobs and a functional currency.

This plan could be as simple as growing a small garden to have vegetables and seeds to sell. At the same time it would be little trouble to add a few medicinal plants to your plot. You might be able to offer shelter in the form of a spare room or a cottage in your back yard. You could combine this with transportation or security services. In a breakdown of services, energy would be heavily affected. If you had the ability to produce electricity for refrigeration or ice production or the ability to power a vehicle with a wood gas system, you would have a valuable commodity. The ability to make small wood stoves for people without power would give you a large market for this type of appliance.

It is important to think about all of the systems we rely on every day that people take for granted. This will give you a large list of potential goods or services that you may be able to provide after these things become difficult to get. A few dozen chickens producing eggs in your backyard could be the difference between getting by and suffering terribly.

It is also important to think about the support systems you will need to supply the raw materials to produce your goods or services. Chickens need feed. Wood gas producers need a supply of wood. Making wood stoves requires steel. Growing a garden requires not only the knowledge but seeds, tools and fertilizer.

It is important to keep in mind that retirement is a relatively new invention that came about in the 20th century. Until then, people worked until they literally dropped dead. When the current financial system breaks permanently, people will be forced to go back to work and keep doing so until the day they die. That is the reality many people will have to face in the near future. It is a reality that many have not considered and do not want to think about. You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality. When the government checks stop and your savings are gone, what will you do?


Brandon Smith



  1. If an when this happens, I will be camping out at the local/federal courthouse demanding that they feed and shelter me! It’s all I can do as I’m a veteran that is disabled and can’t wotk as I get around in a powerchair the only alternative is to camp out at the local va hospital.

    1. Markjean59 You have abilities now, ie your on the Internet. Connect with your local Oath Keepers you do not have to be a full member to be part of the organization. Work with them and start your own food bank and i am sure the local chapter will work with you . .. You have friends out there you don,t even know, you will not be alone. Together we stand strong that is all of us. If you have trouble contacting someone or can not find oath keeper in your state let me know just search oath keepers and your state name. It might take a while for them to get back in touch but keep pushing. Took about three weeks for my first contact. If you try and are unable to contact then msg me facebook robert yopp covington Va.

  2. I was thinking of this yesterday. I decided that one who can build an indoor fireplace and chimney could contribute and be awarded if things did fall apart. Thing is, i cannot find anyone to teach me, and I know that the info is online, but reading plans and actually applying those plans are two entirely different things.

    1. I build wood burning stoves for elk camps and tent camping. They are serious good heat and cooking. Only a few simple principles will get you going. Try me if you are interested.

      1. how would I go about “trying” you?

        [Editor’s Note: Uhm, hire a judge and a jury?
        Elias Alias, editor]

      2. “I would tend to agree with Chester. If your using Charcoal in a stove that vents outside I think you should be fine. You shouldn’t use charcoal in a BBQ grill as a tent heater though. MY 2cents”

  3. Have some priorities. Think camping in your own house without water, food, and energy. I am the only one in my neighborhood with a garden that supplies a year of yukon gold potatoes, green beans, onions, garlic, corn and cabbage all from a 16 by 32 sq ft area. Think water from the roof into an above ground 14,000 gallon swim pool. And a place to get your wood for the flat top stove you can cook on. Think a 15 year supply of pinto beans, a good source of protein. A couple hundred pounds of salt and other spices you like. Can’t live without salt. Think about solar and wind power for low voltage lighting and other appliances used in motor homes. An investment less then buying a new car that is useful in good or bad times.

    Prior to WWII over 70% of the U.S. population grew their own food. I read it is less than 3% now, but increasing….for good reason.

    1. you can actually convert the 12-24 volt DC current of solar panels into A/C current with an, or several, inverters, and run 120 volt appliances off of it, you can even build your own solar panels for pretty damn cheap, ( find minor blemished panels for 99c for 2 watt cells on ebay) then all you have to do is tab and buss them, and hook up some wires. you can even use them as mirrors if you want, to help concentrate light onto an area you otherwise couldn’t use for growing things, like vegetables, by reflection.

  4. What will happen to your fear ongoing when none of the above happens? Who is the next enemy to be feared? Do you guys get a discount at the NRA?

    1. It’s not a function of fear. It’s a function of being strong and prepared. It’s being vigilant, not having our heads up our ass. Have a nice day.


      “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Thomas Jefferson

  5. Concerning the wood stove thing. No need for a judge and jury. Common sense would suggest that management could get us together although they seem sidetracked with unnecessary comments. Sorry I brought up the whole idea. You tube will educate you as it helped me also. Good Luck!

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