Let’s face it…
“Super storms”… natural disasters… pandemic threats… rolling blackouts…
More than ever, we face a number of ugly threats outside of our control that have the potential to turn our world upside down at a moment’s notice.
That’s why those of us who are “awake” to these facts are preparing for the worst.
Unfortunately, I’ve found that most people have trouble finding the money they need to do their prepping.
This causes many to hold off and wait simply simply because of the cost, so, instead of prepping, they just hope for the best.
Trust me… the last thing you want is to look your family in the eye during a life-threatening disaster and “wish” you’d done more to prepare when you had the chance, so here are…
The first thing you must do is to actually budget in your “prep money”.
Most everyone – no matter how strapped – can free up a few bucks by looking at where you’re currently spending your income.
For example… skipping just one Friday night eating out could give you a good $30-$50 that could buy you a bunch of survival supplies that will be there to serve you LONG after that Friday night.
Go through your current expenses and see what you can free up temporarily while you take action on getting better prepared.
Now, here are some ideas of what to do to get the most out of your prepping budget …
1. Slightly-Used Survival Gear
Garage sales are a secret love of mine (I admit it!) and I’ve found LOTS of barely-used camping gear and tools for just a few measly bucks that are perfect for prepping.
I also scour my newspaper’s classified section for anyone selling guns, camp gear, or other items, as these people are really easy to bargain with because they’re trying hard to unload their stuff.
(BTW… both options will help you fine-tune your bartering skills!)
2. Buy “Generic” In Bulk
You don’t need name-brand supplies in order to be prepared.
In a disaster, generic macaroni & cheese is going to taste the same as the expensive name brand stuff and the cheaper tools at your local Walmart will do just fine when it’s time to board up the house or make short-term repairs.
Same goes for “bartering supplies” like cigarettes, coffee, and alcohol – the desperate won’t care if it’s the cheap stuff when they’re jones’n for a fix.