100 Budget Friendly Items for the Frugal Prepper

100 Budget Friendly Items for the Frugal Prepper | Backdoor Survival

When times are tight, we tend to want to stop spending money altogether. When you are a frugal prepper, this can pose some obvious difficulty. Being frugal can be challenging when you are trying to prep.

Sometimes it can feel counterintuitive to buy things that you do not immediately need, but preparedness items are like a savings account made up of material goods. If you run into tough times financially or encounter a crisis that keeps you housebound, you will be glad that you have a pantry full of food and a closet full of supplies.

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35 Reasons Coffee Filters are Survival Multitaskers

35 Reasons Coffee Filters are Survival Multitaskers | Backdoor Survival

Every prepper knows that multipurpose items save space and money.  Because of this, we stash things like salt, duct tape, vinegar, and paracord like they are going out of style. Here is another inexpensive item that you should add to your list of versatile preps: coffee filters.

Coffee filters are ubiquitous They are inexpensive, light-weight, and readily available. Heck, you can purchase coffee filters at the dollar store, Amazon, Costco, the corner grocery, and even on EBay.

Now I will be first to admit that there are a lot of lists floating around with suggested uses for coffee filters.

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Survival Buzz: 46 Must Have Items for Your Emergency Vehicle Kit

46 Must Have Items for Your Emergency Vehicle Kit |Backdoor Survival

As much as I like to think I have a handle on things, sometimes projects slip through the cracks. Case in point.  Since the big road trip to Arizona in late September, not once have I gone out to the Subaru and reviewed the contents of my car kit.  At the time of my journey I was certain that I had everything I needed in the event of a calamity along the way.  The journey, after all, was close to 1,500 miles.

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34 Ways to Use Salt for Survival: Everything You Need to Know

34 Ways to Use Salt for Survival | Backdoor Survival

One of the very first things I did when I first started prepping was to bolster my pantry with basic staples that could be used for a variety of purposes.  When it was suggested that I store salt, and lots of it, I was a disbeliever. After all, conventional mainstream wisdom had taught me that salt was the bad guy.

But is it really?

I made it my mission to determine whether salt is a good thing, a bad thing, or simply something best treated as an item to “use in moderation”.

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50 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival

50 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival | Backdoor Survival

I have always claimed, and not altogether jokingly, that you could build a house with Elmer’s glue and Duct Tape.  Both items are readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to tote around.  Given my penchant for common, everyday products that can be used dozens of ways, I thought it would be fun to once again look at some of the practical uses of duct tape around the house, camping, and of course, in a survival or emergency situation.

You might recall that way back when, in the early days of this website, I wrote about the 34 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival

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50 Reasons Why Preppers Need Vinegar in Their Stockpiles

50 Reasons Why Preppers Need Vinegar in Their Stockpiles | Backdoor Survival

As preppers, if we stored a different product for each of our cleaning needs, we’d need a storage room the size of Costco to put it all in. That’s why I love vinegar.

Vinegar is multi-purpose, non-toxic and inexpensive.  With the addition of a few drops of essential oil, it even smells good. There are about a million different ways to use it, and that’s before you even get into the use of vinegar in some of your recipes.

My favorite use? 

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30 Items Every Prepper Should Carry When Traveling

30 Items Every Prepper Should Carry While Traveling - Backdoor Survival

This is the time of year when families travel to visit friends and relatives near and far.  When taking a road trip, it is easy to throw a bug-out-bag and extra food and clothing into the trunk of your car but what if you are traveling by air?  Not only do you have those pesky baggage weight limits to deal with, but you also have the scrutiny and probing eyes (and sometimes hands) of the TSA to avoid.

Can you imagine what might happen if you showed up at the airport with a fully stocked survival kit? 

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9 Things To Do to Prepare for Hard Times Ahead

9 Tips to Prepare for Hard Times - Backdoor Survival

Most Prepper types that I know appear to have a common trait: they are good at evaluating risks then moving to mitigate those risks in a nimble manner.  What that means, in somewhat plainer English, is they have the ability to evaluate a situations, make a plan, learn from it, and ultimately act in a responsible manner.

Along those lines, more recently I have done some personal analysis and put more focus on what I call “hard times ahead”.  With my disaster preps more or less in order, I want to ensure that my own household will get through a period of difficulty when, for instance, there is not enough food, work, or money to go around.

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How to Find Free Prepping Advice on the Internet

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There are moments in the blogging world where you just have to stop the presses, step back, and shift your focus.  Today is one of those days.  The article I had planned to today has been put on hold so that I can bring you a list of websites where you can find the best free prepping advice on the internet.

Let me explain.

Popular writer and blogger Michael Snyder has just published his list of the 122 Best Prepper websites

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Fast Track Prep Tip #12: Three Uncommon Food Items for the BOB

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Traditionally, when you think of the items in a bug out bag, you think of a flashlight, knife, water filter, fire starter, paracord, first aid kit, and a whole list of other items that before long, fill your pack with gear that will help you survive should you have to flee the safety and comfort of your home.

When it comes to food items, the items carried in a bug out bag (also called a BOB or GO bag), are often limited by weight. 

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33 Brilliant Non-Traditional Preps

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Pick up any preparedness book or visit any preparedness website and you are bound to be inundated with ideas for getting yourself ready for an unexpected disruptive event.  After awhile, the eyes begin to glaze over as you realize that you are reading the same thing over and over again.

The good news is that if so many people are talking about something, it must be true, right?  For obvious reasons, I am going to leave that one alone for now. 

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101 Low Cost Items to Barter When the SHTF

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I would be preaching the choir if I told you that it is wise to gather extra supplies that you can use for bartering in a post-collapse world.  The issue for many, however, is that their budget allows no room for extras.  Finding funds for long term personal preps, let alone daily needs can be an ongoing challenge.

Let’s face it. We all know that the middle class is disappearing.  Food and health care costs are up and even those with comfortable nest eggs are finding that their funds are rotting, earning virtually no interest and suffering the ravages of inflation.

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Fast Track Tip #11: Be Informed With NOAA Weather Radio

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Severe weather occurs far more frequently than most folks realize.  As a matter of fact, it is a severe weather event that prompts many folks to begin their preparedness journey.

In the United States, the five most dangerous weather events are tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, floods and winter storms.  Each of these weather events can leave you without power, and without access to food, clean water and supplies to make it through the days and sometimes weeks until things return to normal.

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13 Steps to Prepare for Civil Unrest

13 Steps to Prepared for Civil Unrest

It has been over two years since I wrote about the “Perfect Storm of Civil Unrest”.  Looking back, it would be easy to think that perhaps the article was a bit reactionary given current events at the time.  On the other hand, not a whole lot has changed since then.

These are still uneasy times.  The names and faces of the powers that be may be different but the actions are the same.  Normal, ordinary middle class families are still struggling and corporate corruption, hidden agendas, and cover-ups are still commonplace.

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Leaving the Trees: More Lessons of Survival

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As someone who has been prepping for awhile, I cast a wary eye on new books and new websites that re-hash the some old stuff I have been both learning and writing about for these past three and a half years.  This is not to say that I am a know it all – I am not – but that I have eyeball fatigue with an inability to focus my attention on those things I know well.

What all this means is that when something comes along that presents survival and preparedness in a new context, I pay attention. 

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Eight Uncommon Lessons: Preparing for an Apocalypse

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Four years ago, mentioning that you were a “Prepper” evoked quizzical looks of confusion.  What the heck was that?  As you tried to explain, you could see eyes start to glaze over and an invisible tin foil hat being placed upon you head.  The lesson learned?  Keep your mouth shut less you be forever classified as a nut job of the highest order.

Of course back in the day – if you can call 2010 the day – there was concern that 2012 would represent the end of days. 

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A Big Fat List of Essential Oils for Preppers

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The world is a scary place.  It is not as though we are intentionally trying to live dangerously, it kind of, sort of just happens.  I am being more than a little bit facetious when I say that because surely there is more to it than that.  Sure, natural disasters happen without provocation or warning but there are dozens of other scary events that occur that are not-so-natural.  Sickness, war, civil unrest, nuclear Armageddon – these things that are within our sphere of reality.

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44 Fantastic Uses of Paracord for Prepping and Survival

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My love affair with paracord continues.  Not only is it strong and useful for a myriad of tasks, it is colorful and fun to work with while making bracelets, key fobs, belts and other goodies. I am not the only one that feels this way.

Simply enter the term “paracord” into a search engine and you will be presented with thousands of articles covering everything from what it is, how it is used, where to buy it, and more. It seems like everyone has a stake in the paracord love-fest with preppers leading the pack!

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60 Emergency Supplies You Can Buy for a Buck

60 Emergency Supplies You Can Buy for a Buck

Tax day is right around the corner and after agonizing over the tax preparation process, I have filed my return and don’t have to worry about it for another year.  The bad news is that I had to make a donation to our government to cover the taxes due.  The good news is that the government did not get a tax free loan from me this year.

Whatever the case, this is the time of year that I am reminded that having blank checks and credit cards is not the same as having extra cash. 

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11 Steps Toward Being Ordinary

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Blending in has a lot going for it, for as nice as it is to be known for your uniqueness, when it comes to prepping, less is more and being ordinary rocks.  Said another way, looking and acting the same as everyone else allows you to go unnoticed as you gather supplies and spend time honing your homesteading skills.

I like to call this “the pursuit of ordinary”.

OPSEC – Yes or No?

Maintaining OPSEC is an issue with many different “expert” opinions regarding how much OPSEC secrecy is really needed. 

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12 Tips for Coping When Life Gets the Best of You

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Has it ever happened to you?  You put your hands to your head, press hard, and think “it is all too much!”

When you think about it, the daily stresses of our 21st century lifestyle places a tremendous burden on our psyche as we cram our busy days with more chores and more tasks in a never-ending effort to stay ahead of the game.  Add prepping and the pursuit of homesteading and survival skills to our busy lives and, well, there is not much time left for eating and sleeping let alone leisure activities.

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20 Tips for Soldiering Through an Economic Meltdown

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Three years ago, I wrote about our deteriorating economy.  As I recall, the words were “current lousy economy”.  The good news is that so far, a global economic meltdown has been abated.  And the bad?

From what I can determine by simply opening my eyes and looking around, we are nowhere near the recovery that politicians and the economists in their hip pocket are touting.  If anything, we are barreling forward to a collapse not unlike the big crash of 1929.

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14 Questions to Ask Yourself in a Preparedness Pop Quiz

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When it comes to being  prepared, is seems that there are about a thousand things to take into consideration. Well, maybe not a thousand but at least a hundred or two.  At times, it feels like we are jugglers, with so many balls in the air that with one mis-step, they will all come tumbling down.

Luckily, there are lots or resources available with checklists and guidelines to get us through the quagmire of of things to do, things to get, and things to learn.

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8 Tips for Achieving a Frugal Lifestyle

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Without overtly saying so, a typical theme at Backdoor Survival is saving money.  Whether it is making your own household products, finding new ways to repurpose old things, or showing you how to build  stuff yourself, saving money is something I promote both in writing and in practice.

Some may say that this is being cheap. Most certainly my own family considers it quirky if not downright silly, especially since they know what I can and can not afford.  But you know what? 

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11 Tips for Keeping Food Safe When the Power Goes Out

11 Tips for Keeping Food Safe When the Power Goes Out | Backdoor Survival

A couple of years back, 600 million people in India were without power for two days.  It was not only lights out – but lights out for half of the population. Can you imagine the chaos?

More recently, there have been significant power outages in North America. In late October 2012,  Hurricane Sandy brought high winds and coastal flooding to a large portion of the eastern United States, leaving an estimated 8 million customers without power.  Not quite as bad but serious none-the-less, the ice storms of December 2013 cumulatively left over 1 million people without power.

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