Most people agree that creating a stockpile of emergency food storage and supplies is an important concept. However, once you start looking into detailed lists of all the recommended items, it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed with the budget aspect. The good news is there are a lot of easy ways to cut costs to building your emergency supply plan. It may take a longer time to create your 3-month supply, but your bank account won’t take a harder hit.
First, set up a list of the most important items to collect in your stockpile. Your list should include the following five things: water, food, lights (like flashlights), medical supplies and household and hygiene products. How you prioritize collecting those things is up to you, and obviously your timeline won’t be the same for all of those items. For example, you’ll probably be able to stockpile a 3-month’s supply of household and hygiene supplies before you complete your food supply, so you can work on different items simultaneously. Here are a few other ways that you can emergency prep while on a budget.
Create a monthly budget
Sit down with your family members and determine how much money you can dedicate to a realistic prepping budget. Possibly consider making little sacrifices throughout the month (eating out less, limiting your disposable income) to supplement your prepping. When you look at your prepping budget the same way as you look at home insurance or health insurance, it becomes easier to find some money.
Watch for sales and coupons
This doesn’t mean that you have to become a full-time extreme coupon clipper, but instead take advantage of sales that major food manufacturers, wholesale warehouses, food storage companies and local grocery stores offer every week. For example, Augason Farms offers special deals and promotions on different food storage and survival items every week, found here. Watch for sales on non-perishable food items when you’re shopping at the grocery store. When items that your family regularly eats goes on sale, grab a few extra units of whatever it is and throw it in your storage. You’ll be surprised how quickly your food storage grows.
Develop other survival skills
Learning a skill set is great way to compensate for a lack of prepping funds. For example, you may not be able to build up big food storage right away, but you can learn how to garden and stock up on vegetable seeds. Or, study up and learn everything you need to know about keeping chickens or goats, both of which can also become sustainable sources for food.
Remember, it’s not a sprint. You do not need to do everything at once, which is good news, since doing everything at once costs a lot (a lot!) of money. Just build supplies as you can, based on what you determine to be the most important in your household. Don’t be discouraged or give up! You’ll be pleased to see how quickly you can build your emergency food storage on even the tightest of budgets.