Prepping on a Budget

How to Be a Prepper on a Budget

It seems that not a week goes buy where budget prepping doesn’t come up. With the state of our economy it’s hard not to talk about budgeting your preps. There are several survival tools that can be bought on just about any budget, you can also take certain steps to fortify your home on a budget, and if you are really frugal hitting up the local Goodwills, auctions and second hand stores can be a goldmine for preppers on a budget.


Prepping on a budget isn’t hard to do when you know why you are prepping. Are you getting ready for an EMP? Maybe you are expecting a nationwide economic breakdown. You could even be getting ready for the zombie apocalypse (which if you read my blog very often, you know I think we are already living amongst zombies). The point is, figure out what you need to be prepping for, and make a plan.

Every prepper needs a good plan. Actually, every prepper needs multiple plans — you have to be ready for any SHTF scenario, and a single plan will not cover every scenario. The question to answer is, “What are you prepping for?” Once this question has been answered, your plan will start to form itself, and you will have a clearer picture of what you need to do to be prepared.

Different situations will require different courses of action. If you are on low ground, and you are preparing for a massive flood, you will need to think about a bug-out plan for your family. However, if you live on high ground somewhere, flooding is probably not an issue. Instead, you may be getting ready for an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) strike. If that is the case, you may decide that bugging-in is the best plan. Evaluate your danger, plan accordingly, and be prepared!

Your plan should also take into consideration the gear that you will need compared to the amount of money you have to spend on prepseach month. Be sure you are budgeting your money properly and saving as much as you can on monthly bills and at the grocery store. After paying bills and feeding your savings account, there should be at least a little left over for buying preps.

Prioritizing is something we typically do subconsciously. Our brains evaluate what needs to be done first, and our bodies respond. When it comes to being prepared for SHTF, it is important to know the core areas of preparedness.There is no need to just go off and buy things all willy-nilly like, right? Make yourself a checklist based on these core areas — in order of priority.

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