Just getting started with prepping? Ever wondered how basic can you get and still have it really help in an emergency? Has some piece of news scared you to death for the future and that of your family? You can become better prepared for …whatever…by just jumping in and doing something proactive today. I posted List #1 here.
1. Track down a source for free, white plastic buckets.
Bakeries, restaurants, delis and grocery stores all have them, often for free. I get mine from the bakery counter at my grocery store. You’ll use these to store larger amounts of dry food and for organizing smaller items that you begin to accumulate, such as toothpaste and bars of soap. They are so useful in many different ways, including packing individual buckets as 72 hour kits, with enough food and supplies to last a person for 3 days.
2. Buy canned goods
Watch for sales on canned goods, and then buy as much as you can afford. Focus on canned soups, canned meat (tuna and chicken), canned beans, and canned veggies. Also, cans of ravioli and beef stew come in handy. Generally, canned food has a very long shelf life and, once opened, doesn’t require any cooking in a dire emergency. Do keep ALL food stored in the coolest part of the house, and never in an uninsulated area or building, such as attics or garages.
3. Good walking shoes are important.
Does every member of your family have a good pair of walking shoes? Are they comfortably broken in? If you ever need to walk for a long distance, you’ll need them. Consider storing them beneath the seats of your car or in the trunk for a worst-case scenario in which you’re miles from civilization, have a broken-down car, and are wearing flip-flops!
4. Get started on an emergency kit for your car.
Use this checklist. A lot of people drive many miles per week, upping the chance of encountering some sort of emergency far from home.
5. Are you free of all debt, except the mortgage?
Use Dave Ramsey’s debt snowball concept and choose one bill to pay off. Whenever you can, add another $10 or more against that debt until it’s gone, and then tackle the next one. Being unprepared for the future and in debt will be a double whammy. Don’t let it happen to you!
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When you finish this it’s time for List 3. Here is a summary to help you get excited about what’s next: get some free food buckets, buy as many canned goods as you can afford, store a pair of walking shoes in your car, start putting together an emergency kit, and focus on paying off one of your bills. You can do this!
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