I hope that my town is inland enough to escape the worst of Hurricane Irene, but living near a canal increases the likelihood of flooding. I live in a second-floor apartment, so I don’t need to worry about a flooded basement. I believe I am stocked for the possibility of power loss, though I ventured out last night for some last-minute errands. The supermarket nearby was packed, and they had run out of many supplies like bottled water. No local store had water in stock last night, and I may go out this morning to see if stores have been restocked. I have water in my home but I figure it can’t hurt to have more.
Several gas stations were out of gasoline, so I needed to travel farther than usual to fill up. At the time there was still a chance that the hurricane could come farther west to hit my town directly, but this morning, the likelihood of that happening is low.
Because of the hurricane, I’m extending the Plutus Awards nominations for another day. If you haven’t nominated your favorite personal finance blogs and products, do so now. After the finalists are chosen from the nominations, and after a period of voting in September, the winners will be announced at the Financial Blogger Conference.
Thanks to Sustainable Personal Finance, who hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance at the last minute when the originally scheduled host was unable. SPF included my article about retailers’ marketing tricks as an Editor’s Pick, and there are many fine articles included this week.
Those who follow me on Twitter and Facebook know that I was on a guest on WSRQ’s Talk Credit Radio yesterday, hosted by Gerri Detweiler, to talk about my financial mistakes, taking control of your financial life, and Consumerism Commentary. The recorded audio should be available soon, and I’ll provide a link once it is. Also, Gerri is an upcoming guest on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast.
Here are some personal finance articles related to or inspired by the hurricane.
- Wise Bread: Cooking without electricity
- One Frugal Girl: Easy ways to prepare for a storm
- MainStreet: Your hurricane grocery shopping guide
For those in the path of Irene, stay safe.
Updated June 23, 2014 and originally published August 27, 2011.