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Preparing for An Emergency with Limited Space and a Limited Budget

Avatar for Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: September 14, 2021
Preparing for An Emergency with Limited Space and a Limited Budget

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budgetdollars (Custom)I don’t care what our government is telling us.  Times are tough.  Even for the fully employed, the cost of energy – fuel to heat our homes and gas for our vehicles – has skyrocketed, the cost of healthcare and healthcare insurance has gone through the roof, and food?  Don’t get me started.

For many, the cost of getting by day to day has resulted in downsizing of all types.  For some, that has meant moving to a smaller home or apartment and for others, it has meant home-sharing with grown children, relatives or close friends.  For many, it has meant cutting the household budget to the bone and then some.

This has translated into a lifestyle shift: less space and man carrying food to storage full sizeless money.

Related to this, many of the emails that I get from readers ask for suggestions as to how to prepare for an emergency with only limited storage space and a limited budget.  These are timely questions and questions that I have not addressed to any great extent here on Backdoor Survival.

So imagine my surprise when fellow blogger, Bernie Carr from The Apartment Prepper Blog, asked if I would like to review an advance copy her new e-book How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget  The timing could not be better.

Prepare for An Emergency for $50 a Month

How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget is a concise, easy to read guidebook for getting started and no baloney about building a bunker full of stuff.  Instead, this little e-book offers a roadmap for getting started with emergency and disaster preparation in a practical and pragmatic manner.

To give you a taste, here is a sampling of some of the chapters:

  • What do You Worry About the Most
  • Storage Space Option
  • Water Sources You Can Use in an Emergency
  • Unconventional Sources for Food Storage Items
  • Assemble your Own MREs (Meals Ready to Eat)
  • An Inexpensive Way to Store Bulk Foods
  • Temporary Solutions to Keep Your Space Warm
  • Toilet Paper Substitutes
  • A No Cost Project to Instantly Improve your Emergency Communications
  • The $50 a Month Prepping Plan in Action

And this is only a sampling.

Personally, I think the heart of the book is actually toward the end, with the $50 a Month Prepping Plan.  In this section, Bernie gives you a three month road map for getting started with enough supplies and free activities to set you on the path toward preparedness.

That, coupled with the many low cost or no cost projects in book are worth the very modest cost of $2.99.  Heck, that is less than a jug of orange juice or apple juice these days.

The Final Word

Reading through How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget reminded me of the daunting process of getting started and finding the space to store my emergency supplies.  Of course I learned, over time, of some of the hidey holes in my own home but I could have used Bernie’s advice up front to store everything in a designated area so that my stuff is not spread out all over the place. 

Like I said, practical advice that you should know, but for some reason have overlooked or ignored.

While I am at it, I also recommend that you take a look at Bernie’s other book, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster.  This book was one of the first prepping books I read and is as useful today as it was then.  It would make a perfect holiday gift for the prepper wannabe in your life.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


From the Bargain Bin: These days, I use cast iron for cooking more often than not.  When I think of all of the money I could have saved on cookware over the years by purchasing cast iron from the get-go, I get upset.  Here are my favorite cast iron items – any of them will make someone very happy this holiday season.

Need help with your cast iron?  Be sure to read 7 Tips for Cast Iron Mavens or Soon-To-Be Mavens.

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: This purchase changed the way I cook. I se my cast iron cookware for everything from salmon, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits. Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware.

Lodge Dutch Oven/Camp Stove:  I originally purchased this Dutch oven because it was so darn cute.  But over time, I have learned to love it for its versatility.  Remember, a camp stove is designed so that you can bake with it by arranging charcoal on top of the lid as well as underneath the Dutch Oven itself.

Ove’ Gloves Hot Surface Handler:  I cannot say enough about these hand and arm protectors.  I have permanent scars from hitting my arm on the rack of my oven.  I can only imagine what I would look like if I did not use these with my cast iron cookware.  Forget the colorful silicon hot pads.  These are 1000 times better!

Four Silicone Brushes:  I call these”mop thingies”.  Great for layering a nice thin coat of oil on your cast iron pans.

Lodge 5-Quart Double Dutch Oven and Casserole with Skillet Cover:  This is another cool piece.  This Dutch Oven does not have legs and is designed for indoor use – but it can be used outdoors too.  Just don’t forget the Ove Gloves.

Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned 15 Inch Cast-Iron Skillet:  Similar to the 12” skillet only bigger.  Actually, quite huge (and yes, I finally have one!).

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Red Feather Butter
Shortening Powder
Cinnamon Apple Slices
Gamma Seal Lids

I have friends that swear by the Read Feather Butter so at only $6.49 a tin, I may add some to my monthly order.

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5 Responses to “Preparing for An Emergency with Limited Space and a Limited Budget”

  1. Disappointed as well, I do not do kindle or nook. I usually buy the books themselves or a format that will work for my iPhone. This would be so helpful for my situation!!! Please let me know if we can get this in another format.

    • Did you know that there is a Kindle reader for almost every device including PCs, smartphones, iPads etc? You might want to check it out. There is a link to the free reader app in this article: //

      — Gaye

  2. The e-book How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget is now available on Barnes and Noble. B&N publishing site was having technical difficulties loading the e-book which have now been resolved. Thank you for bringing this up.

  3. I’d really like to buy the featured and your ebook but can’t. Amazon only sells them for Kindle and I have a Nook. I really wish they would sell them in the other formats also.

    Really disappointed here.

    • I believe the author will be selling her book at Barnes and Noble and will forward your message on to her.

      11 Steps for Living a Strategic Life is already available for the Nook at Barnes and Noble. There is a link in the side widget that will take you there directly. Thank you so much for your interest!

      — Gaye

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