Prepping without breaking the bank

One of the first lessons I learned when I moved to Florida was that I had to get prepared for hurricane season.

Right after that I learned that hurricane prep can be expensive.

But thanks to some of my penny-pinching friends and neighbors, I figured out how to assemble some emergency necessities without breaking the bank.

With so many folks out of work right now and struggling, I thought this is a perfect time to share some of the tips I’ve picked up over the last year.

After all, the disasters are coming, whether you have a steady job or not.

When should you get started?

Right now.

But don’t plan to get everything all at once.

Pick up stuff throughout the year, as different stores offer different items on special.

That way, you’re not trying to get what you need when a disaster is on its way – and everyone else is in a panic due to the empty store shelves.

And, as you’re getting  items, look to off-brand merchandise to save a few bucks.

Off-brand items, like bandages, bleach, and ointments are often much less than the more popular brands and are sure to trim your emergency stash fund.

You probably know that getting items in bulk can help you set aside some dollars on a per item basis, but if you’re a family of 4 or less, or have little space to store stuff, getting things in bulk might not be appealing.

That’s when your neighbors can help.

A few families on our block will go in together to get some essentials in bulk and then split them.

We get the low rates  without having to stash 50 jars of something. And helping others prepare as well.

You already know that clean drinking water is a must to have on hand in case of an emergency.

Rather than getting a bunch of water jugs at the store, I collect and store my own water in 2-liter bottles.

Since I’m not a soda drinker, I rely on neighbors (and their trash) for the bottles.

One quick ask and I usually have 10 empty bottles at my front door within a few hours.

Keep in mind that water that has not been commercially bottled needs to be replaced every 6 months, so refresh your water supply throughout the year to keep it fresh.

Also, don’t use containers that once had milk or juice in them, as milk protein and fruit sugars are difficult to remove. As a result, bacteria can begin to grow in your water bottles.

One of the biggest expenses I’ve found in building up my emergency stash is batteries.

Because so many survival items like flashlights and radios require them.

And they all seem to use different sizes.

Rather than relying on battery-operated gadgets, I look for ones that use the free power source God provides us... the sun.

I’ve got solar powered flashlights, radios, even phone chargers.

And now I don’t have to worry about replacing batteries, ever.

The last few months have shown us that even if you don’t live in a hurricane zone, you need to be prepared for a disaster.

Try some of these tricks so you can be ready, without busting your budget.

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Comments

BEVERLY GIFFORD - July 31, 2020

HI BROTHERS AND SISTERS I’M AN 89 YEAR OLD WW11 GOLD STAR WIDOW AND HAVE NEVER NOT, PREPPED, HAVING WITNESSED THE MESS THE WORLD WAS IN BEFORE AND AFTER NAZI GERMANY, JAPAN AND THEN KOREA AND VIETNAM. THE WORST OF THE CHAOS THEN WAS LOSS OF THE FOOD CHAIN, AND UNLESS FAMILIES HAD GOOD MORMON STYLE SKILLS AND HAD BEEN PREPARED THE LOSS OF LIFE WOULD HAVE BEEN UNCOUNTABLE.

I SEE MANY HOME VIDEOS OF WELL INTENTIONED PEOPLE DISPLAYING ROWS OF HOME CANNED FOOD AND I KNOW HERE IN CA. A GOOD QUAKE WOULD HAVE ALL THAT WONDERFUL STUFF CRASHED ON THE FLOOR. I HAVE ALWAYS MANAGED TO BUILD SOME KIND OF FENCE IN FRONT OF MY JARS ON MY SHELVES….SO FAR SO GOOD NO BIG SHAKER YET, BUT HOPE IT WILL WORK, ALSO WHEN I BUY CASES OF JARS, I PUT MY CANNED GOODS BACK IN BOX WHICH IS QUITE STACKABLE….GOD BLESS YOU GUYS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. BEV GIFFOD

Jeannie - July 31, 2020

When you reuse 2 qt bottles for water, ate they glass or plastic? Your article didn’t say. Just that your neighbors helped by donating these containers.

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