Prepping On A Budget

As we all know prepping can be a very expensive endeavor.  By the time you buy a gun and some ammo you could easily burn through a thousand dollars!  Groceries are expected to go up due to inflation very soon and gas is still hovering around $4 a gallon.  What’s a prepper to do?

Here’s a guest post by Gat31 with some good ideas about how to stock up without breaking the bank.

-Jarhead Survivor

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Hi all!  It’s Gat31 again.

l’ve been noticing a common theme lately, which l can relate to all too well,
is people wanting to know how to prep on a budget. Well, l don’t know if there is a definitive answer, but l
can give you tips and tricks l’ve been practicing and maybe others can help as well.

First and foremost, make a list. You can divide it into sub categories, or just keep it as one big list but either way
make one.  My categories are Water, Food, Gear, Medicine, Defense.
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WATER:  Several things come to mind here. There’s filter systems, purifying tablets, jugs, etc.  l have a well,
but it’s electric.  l tried to get a solar panel set up to pump it up, but it was just WAAAYY to expensive. I
also bought a hand pump but found out my well is too deep for it to work. So l wait for sales and buy 24 packs
at 2.99 instead.  l also live near a bee farm so l got a $275 gallon food grade container for 20 dollars. It’s full in
the yard as we speak. They usually sell for $150.00.  l also have gone to bent and dent stores and got 10 bottles for a
dollar. Amazon has a nice water purifier for around $50 and it’s very cool. You just put the tube in the water
and pump the water through the filter and it fills your water bottle with clean water. It’s on my Christmas wish list :)

FOOD:  This one is fairly easy.  Sales, coupons, and just buy an extra can or two every time you shop.  I
have to say here l get a little help.  My friend delivers papers so l get coupons from him, and my mom
goes to a paper recycling dumpster at her church and gets coupons there as well.  Between sales and coupons,
we got 26 Mac and Cheese pouches and 2 Yakisoba (ramen noodles) for 10.75. The Mac and Cheese is normally
$2.99 a pouch so when people tell you coupons don’t pay, it’s a load of crap.  At full retail that was $79.52.  Even
if it took 3 hours to gather, cut, and drive to store to buy, that’s $22.92 an hour.  I don’t know about all of
ya’ll, but that’s a lot more than l make an hour.  Even if you just budget say 2 hours a week on coupons, you
might just find it’s worth the time.

GEAR:  This one is a little bit harder for me since most gear is very expensive.  However l have found that there
are still cheaper ways to get things without settling on the cheap stuff.  I’m sure all of ya’ll have or know of a flea
market fairly close to you, but if you’re fortunate to find a smaller one, that would be the one to hit.  We have a couple big fancy ones and the prices are not that great compared to department stores.  But, at the smaller one l
have found great bargains because these are people usually selling personal items.  For example l just got
a Winchester fishing multi tool for 10 dollars. Found it on Amazon for $23.62.  l also got the old
fashioned cast iron cooking pots and pans for $2.00 each.  At the big flea market they were $12.00.  Yard sales are
sometimes good too.  Many wives will clean out a garage and sell husbands things without knowing what
they are for very cheap.  Plus with Jarhead giving us DIY projects all the time, you never know how
something you thought was useless can turn into something great.  l took a walk around my house and
really looked at the things we use now and decided how to make things without electricity do the same job.
Those are the items on my list, and that’s how l look for stuff.

MEDICINE:  Well if you are on prescription meds, sometimes you can get your doctor to prescribe 90 days
at a time instead of 30.  As for over the counter meds,this is where sales and coupons again come in handy.
Also, think about people you know:  do you know a nurse?  Doctor?  Receptionist?  A lot of time they can help
you with medical supplies like bandages, salves,and gloves to name a few.  Sometimes you have to think
outside the box a bit, but you would be surprised at what you can get if you just ask.  Also Herbs can be used in
many ways.  Might be worth the investment to have a few in pots around the house or yard.

DEFENSE:  Now this one is the hardest one for me to do with a budget.  Since l know pretty much nothing
about guns, have cut myself with my folding pocket knife, and have yet to hit one single squirrel with my
slingshot, l figure l’m pretty much screwed.  So unless l find someone with a personal ad (looking for single
male with own arsenal for shtf – help, maybe more) l have decided the pawn shops are the best place.  Many of
them will do a lay-a-way program and some here even offer gun classes and conceal certification.  Also
signing up with online sporting good stores sites will get you sale fliers and offers too.  Just a side note too,
if anyone lives near the Ardmore Tenn/Alabam line, they have a flea market there on Mondays and many people
sell rifles and stuff there. (At least they used to.)  If all else fails, nail guns can be lethal and cheap.  :)

So those are just a few things that might help everyone out there. Anyone else know of ideas, feel
free to offer them. Happy prepping!