When it comes to preparing your family for a crisis or disaster survival situation – or even self reliance, it can get costly if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Being informed is half the battle.
Have an inventory checklist so that you always know what you want to buy and never repeat anything. Carry a copy with you at all times so that if you see something on sale, you can grab it in bulk.
Put a portion of your budget aside for prepping inventory. If you have nothing extra after your regular bills, then you might need to cut something in order to provide for your prepping measures. Get rid of a movie channel package or even consider selling something on eBay to free up some funds for your prepper basics. You don’t want to get into debt buying up prepper supplies in a panic.
Coupons can help you with foods that you want to store. There are many guides that teach couponing and some people are able to buy groceries for pennies on the dollar with these savvy techniques.
Buy at a pace you can realistically afford. You don’t have to go online and spend hundreds of dollars today. Make a short-term survival checklist and work on getting those supplies a little at a time first. Then add to your supplies little by little, even if it means buying a single canned good with your regular groceries that week. It will add up in the end and your supplies will grow faster than you think.
Don’t buy the most expensive equipment just because you mistakenly believe it’ll provide the best protection for your family. Start with the basics and later, you can upgrade your items if necessary and use the cheaper models as back-ups.
Consider learning a lot about how to whittle down your costs. Instead of buying canned fruits and vegetables, for example, you can learn how to grow a garden that your family will love and teach yourself how to properly can the foods (or dehydrate them) for future use.
Preparedness doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg, but it will if you wait until the last minute.
The key is to gradually build up your supplies – not burdening your budget, but not slacking off on your commitment, either.