Yes indeed, prepping can get mighty expensive if you let it. There’s a seemingly endless array of products to acquire for preparedness – some of which are (or would be) quite useful. There are lots of preparedness ‘things’ that sure are “nice to have’s”.
For those who don’t have much money, or for those whose budget may be unforgiving… The question is “What can you do for prepping and preparedness without spending any money, or spending very little money?”
Not all preps are expensive. While you might say “I don’t have any money”, you can still acquire things on the cheap. Things towards prepping and preparedness.
How? Here are a few ideas:
Go to a garage sale or estate sale. You may be quite surprised to find what you can get for pennies on the dollar. And some of these sales have some great old stuff that may be especially useful for preparedness.
A packet of seeds is cheap! You can literally grow a garden for several dollars worth of seeds. Spend ten dollars and you’ll have quite a variety. Spend twenty and you will have the opportunity to harvest quite a crop indeed! (Assuming you have the space for it).
Educate yourself. We are living in amazing times with the wealth of information at our fingertips on the internet. Can you read? Then you can acquire knowledge for free. Go after your interests and figure out how those interests might cross over into prepping and preparedness.
Basic survival skills (e.g. bushcraft skills) can be fairly inexpensive to acquire. You might think that it’s easy to build a fire from scratch but have you actually ever done it?
Discount grocery stores dot the countryside. It is not uncommon to find all sorts of food varieties for cheap. It doesn’t take too much extra money to start building up a food storage inventory. Do you know how cheap it is to buy a 10 pound bag of white rice? (for example)
Mindset. You might not have much, or any extra money. But you sure can adjust your mindset towards preparedness – and it’s free. The more that you think about something, the more that it will come to you. It’s true…
Several more ideas for preparedness on the cheap:
- Take advantage of coupons & sales
- Use Libraries for their books and free internet
- Give up a ‘want’ in order to save for the future
- Go through what you do have, to see how it may apply to preparedness
- Walk and Exercise for better health!
- Before purchasing, ask Is this a ‘luxury’ or necessity?
- Eat at home, cook your own food
- Beware of ‘latest technology’ trap (early adoption tech is expensive)
- Learn food preservation, ‘canning’
- Strict budgeting, designate weekly/monthly/annual expenditures
- Smart grocery shopping, understand cost per unit
- Dollar stores
- Scrap the paper towels, use washable towels
- 2nd hand stores for clothes, etc..
- Learn to fix things yourself
- Write down all your expenditures, it helps to know where it’s going
- Learn from others who are already good at what they’re doing
- Cut the electric use in your home, shut lights out, etc..
- Drop cable tv and get an antenna instead (if your tv has a built-in tuner)
- Wild food sources such as fishing, foraging
- Barter & trade (products and/or services) when you can
- Make your trips count, consolidate your errands
- Just get your butt in gear…
Okay, your turn for continuing this list of advice.
What do you recommend for others to do who say they don’t have any money to prep?