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Last month I suggested that prepping can be done, even on a strict budget of $5 to $10 a week. We started with water, both purchased water (you will be surprised at how much bottled water you can get for $10 on sale) as well as the do-it-yourself type in used jugs.
We then moved on to raiding your pantry and moving canned goods, dry goods, and staples from your day to day supply to the emergency bin, cupboard or even a large garbage bag. The point was to set your emergency food somewhere away from you daily pantry to that it will actually be there when you need it. The caveat was/is to store your food away from heat extremes and moisture.
So what comes next? Say you only have $5 to $10 spend and even that is a stretch. I say don’t spend a dime this week. Instead, add this amount to the cookie jar where you will have the extra cash available to spend on prepping next week.
Hold on. You can save even more
For three or four of your family meals this week, get yourself some dried beans and rice (from the grocery, not your emergency supply) and learn how to cook them. Make a survival stew by mixing beans and rice together with seasonings and then – this is the important part – eat this for three or four days. Ditto oatmeal – cooking and eating it that is.
This accomplishes three things:
- You learn to cook, eat and actually enjoy basic, unprocessed food.
- The money you save can be put into the following week’s prepping budget, giving you $20 extra to work with.
- If you are not used to eating beans, you can avoid the gastro discomforts associated with legumes by gradually introducing them in to your diet.
So where are we?
|This weeks prepping budget||$10.00|
|Eating beans, rice, and oatmeal instead of typical meals||$20.00|
|Next week’s prepping budget||$10.00|
Now we are talking. Next week we will have up to $40 to spend on gear such as a decent flashlight, batteries,and perhaps some pepper spray for self defense. Just remember the three primary survival needs you need to prepare for are:
Sustenance: Food and drink for strength and nourishment
Shelter: A place to live providing protection and cover
Safety: Protection from danger and injury
Things you can do for free
What if money is so tight that even $5.00 is too much? There are still things you can do for free. Try learning a new skill such as lighting a decent fire (for cooking and warmth) or learning how to read a compass. Go to your library and get some books or search the internet for tips on growing food. It is so easy to think of prepping in terms of buying stuff. You know, going to the store and purchasing good and supplies.
Not so. Prepping is so much more than that: it is planning, organizing, and preparing mentally for an unexpected emergency. Luckily, the planning and organizing part is free and simply takes a commitment of time.
Budget prepping can be done. Using baby steps along with some planning and yes, sacrifice, you can slowly build up your supplies and your knowledge, one little step at a time.
A nod to my first sponsor
Ready Made Resources has become my first paid sponsor! I invite you to click their link and look around. They have everything you might need from food, to gear, to equipment to set up a sustainable survival platform. Many of their items include free shipping so I hope you will check them out.
Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!