As you start planning for survival, you’ll find a lot of companies that want to sell you solutions. Buying up every must-have gadget gets expensive–fast.
Here are 4 scrappy, DIY tips for prepping on a budget.
Make a Plan
You already know that having a written survival plan can make all the difference in an emergency situation. So why would you try to prep without a detailed plan in place?
I get it–you want to take action. You’ve realized how precarious your situation is and how quickly a disaster could take away everything.
You want to be ready before that happens–but if you jump in without a plan, you’re going to end up missing key items and spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on things you don’t need.
Share your plan with a more experienced person in the prepper community. They can steer you in the right direction and help shore up any weaknesses.
Ramp Up Slowly
When you’re new to this world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed–and to buy stuff you don’t need just because it seemed like a good idea at the time. Don’t run out and start stockpiling just yet; take your time, do your homework, and try not to feel overwhelmed by the scope of your task.
It’s better to do a little bit at a time–picking up an extra gallon of water when you go to the grocery store, for example–than to go on a shopping spree.
Navigate Sales and Coupons
Extreme couponing isn’t just for housewives on TV. With a little skill and effort, you can buy a staggering amount of goods for next to nothing. Stocking up on canned goods, paper products, baby diapers, and personal hygiene items is much more attainable when you can buy in bulk for next to nothing.
You can get coupons in the paper, at the grocery store, or online. You’ll also find an active community of couponers who share advice on getting the best deals.
Don’t Get Fooled by Marketing
There are plenty of expensive “survival food” options on the market that promise shelf-stable MREs in convenient buckets. But those meals don’t come cheap. Instead of buying pre-packaged meals, learn how to can your own vegetables and cook nutritious, calorie-dense meals from canned and dried ingredients.
The simple guideline is that if you wouldn’t eat it in your day-to-day life, then you shouldn’t stockpile it for an emergency. I’d rather have a store of beans and rice on my shelves than a bunch of barely edible “food” buckets. Wouldn’t you?