12 Prepping things you can do on a budget 

Prepping is about so much more than just preparing for a natural or man-made disaster. Ever since I got into prepping, I have found that I have become more financially savvy as well. For the first time in my life, I am actually working out how much I am spending on food, fuel, and water. Prepping doesn’t have to be expensive -these 12 things you can do on a budget might surprise you more than you think.

 

Tip One: Your Bug Out Bag on a Budget"Bug Out Bag" or emergency prepper bag

There is no need to buy a brand new bug out bag. Check out places like a second-hand store or consignment stores. You will be able to find some great bargains. And I will let you in on a secret, the stuff made a few years ago, was better made than anything you can buy today.

 

Tip Two: Bulk Buying

Yes, it can be tempting to pop down to your local supermarket and start to bulk buy, but think twice before you do so. It is better to save up and have a bit more cash to spend. Start to check out companies that are wholesalers to the restaurant trade, or other general wholesalers. You will find that you can save a lot of money on essential pantry items when you have a bit more cash in your pocket.

 

Tip Three: Become a hoarder

Yes, it is true, we have all become hoarders in our family. Even the 13-year-old has joined in and is beginning to hoard stuff. People throw out some good stuff, and even pieces of timber might come in handy. One day you may find that your DIY store is not there anymore, and there will be something that you need. My daughter has taken it a step further and become a dumpster diver. She is really proud of some of the things that she has found and restored. My chicken shed was built from recovered wood, and I even got the roof covering from somebody who was going to throw it away. It was stored for a year but finally came in handy.

 

Tip Four: Become self-sufficient

Our family never used to be very self-sufficient, but now we pride ourselves in our new found state of independence. Our chickens are laying eggs, and we are enjoying using the garden for profit and our own purposes. We used to struggle for money sometimes, but since getting into prepping, we have learned so much. Our priorities have changed, and it is amazing what you can do when you try.

 

Tip Five: Learn DIYSimple Idea For A DIY Chicken Coop

I know that many preppers spend a fortune on hiring people to build stuff for them like food storage sheds. Learning how to do it yourself is really important. You never know when your new found skills will come in handy. I recently built my own chicken shed, and I had never done it before! I learned so much along the way, and now I have other projects lined up.

 

Tip Six: Get Canning

Lots of people go out and buy ready canned foods. It is a complete waste of money and will cost you at least three times as much. Start canning yourself. Not only will your food taste better, but you can control what goes into the process as well.

 

Tip Seven: Plan ahead

If you want to buy lots of fruit and vegetables to can or freeze dry, get prepared first of all. Buy everything that you need, and then hit the farmer’s market. Once you are back home, you are ready to go and get canning. None of the food that you invested in will spoil, and you will save time as well.

 

Tip Eight: Don’t buy seeds

This may not be a huge cost saver, but every little bit helps. Over the last few years, I have not bought a single fruit or vegetable seeds. Instead, I have learned how to harvest seeds from all of the vegetables and fruits that I grow. As a matter of fact, we haven’t bought celery either; it is surprisingly easy to grow your own from supermarket celery. That alone has saved me a couple of bucks every week!

 

Tip Nine: Grow Your OwnGrowing Your Own Vegetables

I grow my own fruit and vegetables, and that saves me a fortune. Not only can I use the fruit and vegetables for canning, but we can enjoy eating them as well. I have just invested in a freeze drier, and this year, I will focus on learning how to freeze dry fruit. Our garden produces it in excess so that it will make an ideal first-time project.

 

Tip Ten: Recycle, reuse, and rethink

We throw away too much stuff. I have taught myself to look twice at everything that I feel like throwing away. A lot of what we are tempted to throw away can be used in one way or the other. Now, a lot of the supermarket packaging in our home gets reused. It is just a matter of figuring out what it can be used for. To tell you the truth, thanks to supermarket packaging, I have a very well organized pantry.

 

Tip Eleven: Water

Do you actually need to buy mineral water for your prepping? A lot of preppers do buy mineral water to store, but I am not so sure that you need to. In most Western parts of the world, the tap water is perfectly safe to drink, so why not store that instead? Mylar bags are great for storing water, and water from your tap is a lot cheaper.

 

Trading Goods You Have For Goods You NeedTip Twelve: Bartering, or swapping services

Learning how to barter is another way of saving money. We have started to do a lot of that, and are saving a fortune on our grocery bill. There are many ways to save money when you become a prepper, and you will be surprised how positively it will effect the rest of your life.

 

 

 

 

Surviving the Death of the Dollar

The end of civilization as we know it

 

Why are Preppers Preparing for the end of the World? Millions of people are silently preparing for doomsday. Besides turning their stores and spare rooms into long-term food pantries, keeping heirloom seeds and taking self-defense courses, they are installing alternative sources of energy and stockpiling just about anything they think may come in handy in case a massive cataclysm strikes.

Commonly dubbed preppers, this group of people live prepared for almost any sort of apocalyptic scenario or any event that might disrupt the current setup of the economy, currency and everything related to it.

Some of the world’s past occurrences and trends serve as solid proof that the world is bound to change. Even when your area of residence is free from earthquakes or any catastrophic weather event, you might lose your job and, like anybody else, want to minimize the effects. Risks abound. And rather than hang around and wait to be caught off guard, it makes more sense to stay prepared.

Prepping is better thought as insurance. Our conventional way of thinking still sees sense in protecting some of the things we own from unpredictable risks. We buy insurance for our home, automobile, liability and health, just to ensure you don’t lose everything in case of any risk.

This makes prepping more of insurance, save for the fact that you direct the premiums to yourself instead of an insurance company.

Again, nothing goes to waste in case shit doesn’t hit the fan. You can rotate everything around and eat the food you have in your pantry or sell some of the items you’ve been stockpiling.

A good chunk of preppers do it silently. But one thing we all agree upon is that the prepping community has been tremendously growing. As we speak, an estimated four millions Americans are avowed preppers, with the number expected to double or even triple in the next few years. Reason being, the apocalyptic pointers are becoming more salient with every sunset. And since everyone would want to survive and keep the effects brought about to the minimal, prepping is an option only the ignoramus would take no notice of.

Contrary to what naysayers think, preppers don’t spend their lives worrying about the future. They look into the world deeply and see many things that are likely to go awry. And instead of playing optimistic, resort to taking necessary precautions where necessary rather than sit around and wait to act on impromptu as with the rest of the people we share the world with.

Currency Devaluation

One thing the whole world needs to be concerned with is surviving the death of the dollar. Not long ago an estimated three trillion dollars was vaporized by what would eventually come to be known as the great recession. This, coupled with the fact that the government keeps manipulating its currency to devalue the dollar and reduce the value of its debts, means the dollar is some day bound to come to its demise.

The probability of there being an economic crunch is not a matter of ‘IF,’ but WHEN. We have over-leveraged everything, such that one wrong turn in the stock market would bring the entire nation to its knees. Preppers are taking necessary precautions to survive the death of the dollar and keep the effects at bay when the time finally comes.

Also worth mentioning is the power grid vulnerability to Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP), power grid cyber attack and Carrington-event’s solar flare. In case any of this happens, be sure there will be nothing less than total societal collapse.

Even more dreadful is when the bubbling unrest of the people fed up with the government and its constitution escalates to civil unrest, bringing the martial law in full effect.

It goes without mentioning World War III or the odds of a nuclear meltdown and exchanges. There are reasons aplenty as to why everyone should be prepping. But hopefully, what we have enlisted is enough to wrap your head around some of the risks that are likely to bring the world tumbling down.

As with most preppers, look at the ‘what if scenarios.’ Some scenarios are fairly possible, some farfetched. But should they occur, what haven will you have if you didn’t care enough to create one?

One scenario that terrifies preppers even more is the global financial turmoil, or should I say, economic collapse. The crash may be controlled. But then again, the life we have today would have changed for the worse. So it makes more sense to prep than stay unprepared for a future that for sure won’t be changing for the better.