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.

 

 

 

 

Planning For Survival In Catastrophic Events Is Just Common Sense

awareness of risks and preparation for natural disasters

As they say, preparation is better than any resolution made after the fact. This applies to almost everything: when it comes to work, when we talk about conflict, with the topic of politics, and even on survival. Nobody wants to be the guy that didn’t think ahead, and absolutely no one wants to think they coulda, shoulda, woulda done something differently had they just planned better. Thinking ahead can become synonymous with stopping catastrophes, preventing disasters, and saving lives in certain scenarios. And while thinking ahead can entail foresight on a multitude of variables that could disrupt your future in the long run, the least we can do today is try to be informed.

Let’s face it, amongst all the possibilities and actual probabilities that could happen to us at some point in the future, somewhere there must be the inevitability of an end of the world scenario bound to happen at some point within the humanoid lifetime. Right next to the possibility of a 1 in 100 chance you’ll get in your car one day and die in a car accident, and the 1 in 83,930 chance you’d get struck by lightning in a thunderstorm, should be the 1 in 60,000 chance you wake up one day to a tornado breaking your house apart (think Dorothy still in Kansas), or 1 in 200,000 chance you die from the impact of an asteroid hitting the earth. Be it manmade, or natural, or even otherworldly, the risk is prevalent and imminent. Being unprepared for this catastrophe is a choice that every human being has the ability to make. There will be a disaster at some point in time, and this will have the capability of wiping out the human race. Or, at the very least, a significant percent of the human race.

No matter which way we look at it from, the threat is relevant, real, and entirely plausible. At some point in our lives, we could face a nightmare scenario, and we need to be prepared for it. Let’s look at manmade disasters, for example. Given the state that our world is in now, it seems that there is always some part of the earth that is in a perpetual state of war. It’s a sad reality, but one that we all have to be aware of even when we’re not directly affected at the moment. We never know when the whole thing could blow up, to both a metaphorical and literal issue. And with the technological advances the world has made over the past years, this could spread to other countries in the world, including yours.

There’s biological warfare (think World War Z or 28 Weeks Later) where someone could orchestrate a fast-spreading pandemic; chemical warfare and the threat of poisonous gas being simultaneously released into the air somehow; or worse, nuclear warfare, where all it would really take is one explosion that’s powerful enough to blast several countries at a time. It’s scary but possible.

Now let’s consider otherworldly causes for disaster. Taking the Zombie Apocalyptic paranoia one step further, the science world is in general agreement that otherworldly beings, or in everyday terms aliens, exist. Now, will they attack the Earth or conquer our planet? I’ll let the science fiction movies cover the details. But nonetheless, whether their intentions are peaceful or menacing, and whether it’s the earthlings or them, that initiate contact, we cannot discount the fact that the encounter will cause chaos, the mere possibility of threat will cause mayhem, and the whole meeting itself will probably happen at some point in the future.

But for the intent of conversation and argument, let’s remove the “controllable” scenarios. Let’s give faith in humanity, faith in our fellow alien men and women, and exclude all but the natural catastrophes and disasters that threaten our well-being. If you don’t want to believe someone’s out to hurt you, or think you could always outrun the other guy, what say ye to outrunning Mother Nature?

Natural disasters: A huge earthquake could wipe out entire cities, and tsunamis have already proven to be a very tough disaster to deal with. But did you know a solar flare for example, could wipe out life on earth? From a single natural phenomenon, all electronics on Earth could get fried, and massive magnetic fluctuations in the Earth’s magnetosphere could be commotion for chaos. Widespread power outages and magnetic interference on radios and satellite systems are just examples of the collapse that could happen, of which it could take weeks or months to repair the damage. In 1859, a similar solar storm hit the Earth and as primitive as technology was then, compasses and telegraph systems were shut down. Can you just imagine how much worse the implications to today’s technology would be? There’s actually a lot we don’t know about them, except that they vary and the potential is strong enough to wipe out entire power grids.

The solar flare phenomenon isn’t an uncommon one, as the Earth’s surface is regularly stricken with them. However, their strength and impact vary, and we’ve just been lucky enough not to have experienced any life-threatening ones so far. Caused by magnetic fields on the sun’s surface, which get sent to our Earth’s surface, this alignment of magnetic orientation between the Earth and the sun causes shock waves which at small levels, could cause you to briefly lose radio signal, and at larger quantities cause a geomagnetic storm that causes large electric currents and induces power outages. Armored cars and vehicles are equipped to withstand similar magnetic “impulses” or fluctuations. To make matters worse, most people don’t know much about these fluctuations or where they come from.

To think that this is merely one of several natural phenomena that could happen to threaten your life, and flip the modern world upside down. Put that next to tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis and meteor strikes (among others) and you could round up a handful of reasons to be prepared from natural causes alone.

We’re all going to die at some point, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have the choice to stretch our lives out just a little bit longer. We can survive even the worst of the solar catastrophes, as long as we plan ahead. As the saying goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail.”