Every family I know is cutting back on extra spending. When your goal is preparedness, though, the fact of the matter is that money is required if you’re working on food storage, making trips to the shooting range, or buying a generator. What might help, when times are tight, is to have two prepping lists.
On this first list, keep track of what you want to purchase. Create sub-categories for food, camping supplies, tools, communication, fuel, and the like. To make the lists even more useful, prioritize what you want to purchase first. Then, keep the list with you always. You never know when you might drive by a garage sale and see a perfectly fine generator sitting there with a price tag of fifty bucks or a case of Y2K era MREs for ten. Your lists will keep you from making spontaneous purchases for things that, you discover later, you already own, and will help you stay on track.
This second list will likely be longer but will keep you from getting discouraged when a tight budget puts that To Buy list on standby. On your To Do list, list the books you want to read or download. List all the things you want to learn. List the names of people who can teach you survival skills or just how to install a ceiling fan. If you haven’t compiled everything you need for a Bug Out Bag or 72 Hour Kit, add that to your list. You probably have nearly everything you need for those bags right now. Add “decluttering” to your list! That’s one of the most important things you can do, it won’t cost a dime, and if you put all your unwanted stuff out in a garage sale, it just might give you some cash for your To Buy list! Have you made an evacuation plan? Have you gathered together all your important documents for a Grab-n-Go Binder? Have you printed out important survival information for your Survival Mom binder, just in case your computer crashes or you lose power?
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I think we all get caught up with the idea that to prepare, we have to spend. When the money just isn’t there to spend, then we feel doomed! As you can see, though, your To Do list is actually the more important list. Knowledge, skills, and experience are priceless. It’s every bit as important to stock up on those as it is buckets of wheat.
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