How to Prep for Disaster on a Budget
You’ll be surprised to hear that it doesn’t require a fortune to prepare for that moment when it all collapse. In fact, it can cost a lot less than you’d think if you’re smart about what types of things you’re stockpiling and willing to get a little creative when it comes to sourcing. We can’t promise to change the mindset on the importance of survival but we’ll at least show you how to get started on making sure you have the necessities you’ll need when it comes down to it - no matter what your budget looks like now.
MAKING A SOLID BUDGET
For starts, you need to sit down and seriously break down your monthly expenses. There’s usually plenty of fat which can be trimmed away, but it’s up to every person to decide their needs opposed to their wants.
Once you’ve completed this task you’ll also need to break down your daily expenses on top of bills and figure out where you can trim and save there. A good place to start is cutting back on dining and entertaining expenses. In addition, selling some of your material belongings in exchange for purchasing something more valuable would be a good investment and a decision you won’t regret.
Depending on how long you’ve been prepping, you might have some of what you need already or you might just be starting. Once you have your finances laid out in a solid manner, you’ll want to start making sure that you have some money to put into preparation each month. Whether you have your eye on a hiking backpack or just making sure that you have enough food and water to last at your bug out location, you’ll have to make priorities to ensure a better chance of survival.
In the event of a disaster, you want to be as self-sufficient as possible. Food and clean water should be top priority because from what we’ve seen in the past, waiting on emergency response can mean life and death. If you haven’t already now is the time to sit down with your family and create a list for emergency preparedness supplies, watch videos or read books on how to navigate with a compass or map, exercise, eat healthy and plan monthly trips using different routes to your safety destination.
Put it like this, there is no insurance plans for making sure your family eats when there is no food or clean water. Worst case scenario, you’d have to relocate out of the cities due to the violence, looting and lack of resources - no response team will be available to protect and aid you and your family – you’ll need the supplies to survive in the wilderness for a length of time. The world’s gone crazy, based on what’s occurring nowadays, we can all agree it’s inevitable that a disaster will come knocking at any moment. Either way, it’s up to you to make sure you have a plan in place to protect you and your family.
KNOW WHERE TO GO CHEAP
It’s a sad truth that in most situations you’ll get what you pay for. This can range from mildly irritating to highly problematic and what you don’t want is a cheap result during an emergency.
Instead, you should look for cost cutting measures on more generic items. Spending excessive amounts of money on fancy cording or name-brand medical supplies is generally a waste of money for the amount of value in return.
It’s all about value for the dollar. When you get past the initial cheap trash in many areas you’re looking at a decreasing return per dollar spent. What your budget is and how well you do your research will determine where your cut-off point is.
There are few places where it’s never a good idea to go cheap. To name a few:
MORE THAN SURVIVAL KITS
People tend to think a survival kit has everything needed to survive and though it is helpful there are a list of essentials that are
needed in addition:
Water Purification - This is a top priority and you want to make sure that you have multiple ways to do things. It’s especially important if you end up having to flee your location. Purchase something high-quality, with multiple levels of filtration in addition, have on hand water packets to keep you hydrated for a period of time.
Self-Defense – Physically protecting oneself and family is often overlooked and you don’t want to be caught off guard. You might need to fight off intruders if resources are depleted or wild animals if you have to relocate to the woods. Truth be told ammunition will eventually run out and you’ll need to make sure you have other forms of defense such as, swords, bow & arrows, knives, slingshots, bulletproof armor and you’ll have to know how to use them - so start preparing now.
Communication – Face it! cell phones will not be operable during a catastrophic event. A lot of people make the mistake in expecting lines of communication to be readily available; however, a scenario when you need to be in the know to help better prepare your next move – it’s imperative you have a good quality emergency weather alert radio to pick up a good signal. Communication could be your lifeline in routing you and your family to your safe location.
Tents – Tents are for more than camping. In the event your plans don’t go accordingly, you’d want to have a tent you can tote around in case you need to stake out at a safe location until your next move. Hopefully you’ll never have to use it for that purpose, but as travelers, hunters, and outdoorsmen of all types will tell you: having a place to rest and sleep could be a serious impediment to your survival.
LEARN TO LOVE DIY
A lot of things can be done simply at home, in fact, once your initial supplies begin to dwindle in a long-term situation you’ll end up improvising and having to do it yourself.
You can bottle goods – it’s much cheaper than buying them. You’ll also have valuable experience with preservation if the worst happens, as well as experience with growing your own crops. You can’t beat being both cost-effective while learning a new skill in one blow.
Repair things around the house, especially while you still have internet access, is another example of something that will both cut costs while providing you with valuable skills that you may need in due time. After all, there’s no better teacher than experience.
Knowing how to handle the basics of survival has been stripped away from this generation. Skills like flint knapping and bush craft can be overlooked by the masses, but it’s critical for survival and should be practiced beforehand.
Bottom line, the more you take initiative to do it yourself, the better off you’ll be in the end.
If you haven’t experienced a lifestyle of living outdoors with very minimal – don’t expect to thrive when it all comes tumbling down. The best advice I could give one to better prepare is to become familiar with the lifestyle by learning to use supplies and testing them, spending more time outdoors, educating yourself and family on how to prepare for worst case scenarios and learning how to live with bare minimum. As you can see, it doesn’t take a rich man to be prepared for a catastrophic situation. If you’re on a limited budget, it may require a bit more research and sacrifice in order to make sure that you and your family are safe; however, by making sure you’re on top of things now will ensure that you avoid a whole lot of trouble in the future and that’s how real Kings live it! Prepare.