In order to be fully prepared, it costs money and when you first begin to think about what you need, it can quickly become overwhelming.
This is not TV, this is the real world and although many of us would love to get everything we need and be immediately ready for anything the world throws at us, our finances just don’t make that possible.
The sad fact is that because many people only see the money that they need to be spending, they never even start preparing for disasters but if they just took the time to do a little reading, they can pick up many great tips for budget friendly ways to start prepping.
I am not going to lie, it WILL cost money but it doesn’t need to break the bank.
Have a Plan
In order to make this as effective as possible, you need to do some planning. Go through the equipment that you already have and consider what can become part of your preps and what you still need to purchase.
Once you have your plan in place, you can start to look at filling in the gaps and breaking it down into manageable steps to get from one place to the next.
You will need to learn to priortize the equipment that you need and focus your attention on the most important items first and get every family member involved and doing their part.
There is more to prepping than just purchasing and it requires effort on your part to actually do some research. Look at trying to learn new skills that may be of use during hard times. If you want to learn how to repair common household items, vehicles, and electronics without having to pay for a professional, check out IFixit for many free guides.
You can have all the top of the range items for your survival supplies, but if you don’t have the right knowledge to use them, you may as well have not bought them in the first place.
Make a Budget
If you want budget friendly ways to start prepping then it is important that you actually know what your budget is. Without understanding this, you can’t really allocate a consistent part of your household budget to prepping.
You will need to honest with yourself and work out your incoming and outgoing figures, then determine where you can make savings. These savings can then be put towards your prepping.
Find out more with the following guides:
- UK Survival Guide to Extreme Couponing
- Practical Ways to Save Money and Reduce Debt
- Starting an Emergency Fund
- Energy Saving Tips
Even Small Contributions Matter
Adding a couple of extra items to your shopping list may seem measly but after a few shopping trips, you will be surprised at how much you have actually accomplished in doing so.
As long as you continue to purchase the extra item or two during your weekly/monthly shop you are already better prepared now than you were before.
When purchasing these items, you can cut the costs even more by purchasing the stores own-brand products instead of the more expensive premium brands. A lot of these, you wouldn’t even notice the difference.
Start a Garden
Seeds are not very expensive, but knowing when and how to plant them, knowing how to nurture them and when to harvest them is priceless. This is all information that can be easily gained online from articles and videos and for free.
Learn to Rotate Your Supplies
Food that goes bad and needs to be thrown away is just as bad as throwing money away.
It is pointless working hard to build your food stockpile if you then don’t learn how to maintain it. You need to work out some kind of food rotation system. The easiest technique is the FIFO method which means “First In, First Out“.
Each time you do your shopping, the new items go to the back of the shelf and the older items move forward. The same method a shop would use.
Never Buy Bottled Water
You might think that buying bottled water is worth the silly price but in most cases, you’d be wrong.
Bottled water is nothing more than a scam. A glass from the tap and a glass from the bottle are virtually identical as far as their health and nutritional quality are concerned. In some cases, publicly-sourced tap may actually be safer since it is usually tested more frequently.
Instead, save all of your old plastic bottles and jugs. Wash them out very thoroughly after use and then fill them back up with tap water.