How To Prepare When You Can’t Pay Your Bills.
Prepping can be overwhelming. Whether you’re stocking up on a few canned goods or keeping three years worth of groceries in an underground bunker, there are a number of issues that you will have to contend with. The biggest of those is the costs associated with prepping, which can be debilitating.
Emergency preparedness requires a significant investment of time and money. This can make prepping very difficult if you are struggling to get by as it is. It’s important to prepare for your survival in the future while still being able to survive in the present.
Here are some ideas to help you begin prepping on a budget:
Prepping On A Budget
If you’re anything like most people, your budget is likely so tight that it can seem impossible to make any financial room for prepping. Focus on ways that you can stretch that budget in new ways.
Evaluate your daily spending and see what you can do to spend less. If you can switch to a 50 cent cup of coffee every morning instead of a $5 cafe mocha, then you will find the money to begin your prepping. Make adjustments and use the money you save to make smart investments in prepping supplies.
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Buy In Large Quantities
When you are prepping on a very tight budget, you have to save every cent that you can. Buy products that you will consume over time in bulk. Costco offers prepper-friendly deals for food and survival products. Also, be familiar with the thrift shops and dollar stores in your town.
Choose to buy generic medicines and other products. They work just as well and even have the same ingredients at a fraction of a price. Be conscious of your spending habits and choices. Don’t buy Advil just because you’ve been using it all your life. Check out the generic brands and take note of how they can work just as well.
Be Wise With Food
Honestly monitor just how much food you throw away. Get in the habit of preparing just enough. Minimize waste and spoilage. Learn recipes on how you can create new meals or ingredients with leftovers.
Get into canning or bottling produce and other food items, even leftovers. Make every effort to never throw away any food item unless you really need to. Wasted food is the equivalent of throwing dollars in the trash.
Grow Your Own Food
Start gardening. You can grow fresh fruits and vegetables even without a big yard. Aside from saving serious money, you can ensure that what’s on your plate is organic, fresh and not genetically modified.
Pay Attention To Your Trash
If you have a lot of plastic grocery bags, use them instead of garbage bags. Recycle old clothes or pillowcases into masks. Old magazines can be made into fire starters. Empty cans can be used for storage. Turn your trash into treasure and you’ll have less need to buy stuff from the hardware and grocery stores.
Save the coupons you have found in newspapers or mail, or ask your family and friends for coupons they don’t intend to use. There are tons of great sites that provide free advice on coupons all over the Internet. Investing a few hours over a weekend could be well worth it.
Make your own soap or laundry detergent, even oil and wine. If you can take $30 worth of raw materials and make something that you usually buy for $80, you will come out $50 ahead.
You can make supplies and other prepper items at a lower cost than buying them in stores. You also create more of those items, so you can also minimize your trips to the store.
If you really want to prep, you have to be committed to make a lifestyle out of it. Start small and be persistent with your plans. You’ll be surprised one day when you look back and see how much progress you have made.