Posted by on December 7, 2016 10:00 am
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Categories: Survival Gear

One of our great themes here is saving money on the preps. Cheaps for the peeps, I call it. Prepping can be as expensive as it is necessary. However, it doesn’t have to completely break the bank. There are lower cost options for most items.

The Tin Hat Ranch blog posted a fantastic article on finding Free or Nearly Free Gear. Just about anything you want or need is out there for a bargain.Check it out.

Seven Places to Find Cheap Stuff


Photo by Blavity.

Thrift Stores

People use and discard all sorts of things. Someone else’s secondhand item might be perfect for you. And it is much cheaper than a new item from the store. You can find any and every thing imaginable at a thrift store – sometimes for pennies on the dollar.

Garage Sales

These are like thrift shops right in your neighborhood. Frequently they feature the same low prices if not even lower. Look around. But remember to visit early. Many people dedicate weekend mornings to yard sales. Don’t let them beat you to the bargains.

Antique Shops

What’s old is new again. And it is probably better made anyway. And usually cheaper. Well, that is, as long as it isn’t a collectible. Look careful for the right shop and then comb through it for what you need. Beware of foo-foo places that may cater to a more delicate and pricey crowd.

The Dollar Store

These are all over America. They feature new, generally good quality merchandise. ANd they have a ton of it. Best of all, it’s all a dollar.

Online Auctions

This option is like all of the above except you can shop from the comfort of home. And your goods will be delivered there too. Huge savings are available at auctions. You can also sell things you don’t need there. Or you can …


This option is great for those who don’t want to spend anything. You get what you want and so does the other person. Trading works for everyone and saves a bundle.

Dumpster Diving

For the ultimate savings and to really test the trash to treasure theory, visit a dumpster. These are really everywhere. And they’re usually full. Americans throw so much stuff away it isn’t funny. You’ll be surprised by what you find. Just remember to wear appropriate clothing and safety items. And be very careful if the dumpster has a compactor attached.


Photo by JL Missouri.

All the things you need, or most of them, are free or cheap for the taking. All you need is a little imagination.

You can probably think of more places to find cheap goodies. Once you get started, it’s kind of fun and addictive. Then, you get to decide what to do with all the cash you saved! Pluses all around.

Related: Prepping on a budget with second hand stores, Goodwill and auctions!

Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at He is none too fond of government meddling.

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