Prepping is expensive, plain and simple. But it doesn’t have to be. If you can get past the tacticool aspect of things, and start looking at prepping from a more sensical point of view you will soon find out that prepping can be more affordable than you originally thought.
Here are 100 budget friendly preps for the frugal prepper.
1. Rice: This multipurpose grain is a great way to extend a meal to feed more people.
2. Dried beans: These are very cheap, easy to store, and have a long shelf life.
3. Dry grains: Cheap and easy!
4. Ramen noodles: Admittedly, not the healthiest option in the world but definitely filling, easy, and calorie-laden.
Survival Items (Medical, Misc, General)
17. Glow sticks: These are 4 for $1 at my dollar store, and they have lots of uses.
18. Cheapo firestarter supplies: Make firestarter tins with cotton balls, Vaseline, and a lighter.
19. Lighters: Not only can you pick one up for a buck just about anywhere, you can order 50 of them for $11 (this was the price at the time of posting.)
20. Bandanas: Use bandanas for covering your nose and mouth around foul odors or to protect you from breathing in particles like dust (or worse). They can also be used to filter sediment from water or to make a tourniquet. Here are more uses for the ubiquitous, and budget-friendly bandana.
50. Garden gloves: These can nearly always be found for a dollar, and the kind with the rubber grips will protect your hands with other types of light work, too.
51. Garden tools: Small hand tools for digging and planting will be useful in pots or raised beds, although they may not be very helpful for a larger garden plot.
52. Watering cans: If water is not abundant, it is important to direct it only where you need it to go – to the roots of your plants.
53. Seeds: In the spring, they are everywhere. But don’t just get the cheapest ones you can find. As one Backdoor Survival reader said: “I think heirloom seeds deliver a lot of bang for the buck. Buy once, learn how to save seeds (and actually do it), and you can get food for the rest of your life.” (Keep in mind the cheap ones could be good for barter, though.)
First Aid Supplies
58. Bandages: Be careful with the dollar store bandages because sometimes the adhesive doesn’t stick very well. You can often get name brand ones at Wal-Mart for a dollar.
59. Pain relievers: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen will reduce pain and inflammation.
60. Gauze pads: Get a variety of sizes
61. Tensor bandages: Good for sprains or extra support for weak joints. You can also use them to hold a splint in place.
And finally, here is some miscellaneous wisdom from you, the readers:
88. Knowledge: I fear for the safety of my grandchildren, so any knowledge I can pass along to them is a great thing
89. I try to pick up books, clothing, and other items at thrift shops and garage sales.
90. I would say the most budget friendly items in my kit are the recharged AA batteries as they only cost a fraction of a cent (cost of electricity to recharge them)
91. 3 budget friendly items… Water. Water. Water.
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