Myth: You Need to Be Rich to Be a Prepper

Perhaps buoyed by reality TV shows that focus on the most extraordinary examples of survivalist prepping, the myth that you need a lot of money to effectively prep for tomorrow is a persistent one. If you’ve let this misconception keep you from starting your own preparations, it’s time to let it go. Nothing, actually, could be further from the truth. While you may not be able to afford the greatest arsenal or a $25,000 bunker, you can absolutely improve your chances of survival in a world of disaster.

Value Knowledge
The people who fare the best in a post-societal world will be those who know how to get things done. And you don’t need a six-figure salary to gather that information. Use your free time to study, learn new skills, and practice what you’ve learned. Even if you have no income at all, you can learn to live off the land. In fact, you may be better prepared to learn these skills than someone living in the lap of luxury.

Live Below Your Means
This is good advice for anyone, but it especially applies to anyone preparing for a future that looks drastically different than today’s world. Learn to forgo the little luxuries that our materialistic world has told us we can’t live without. You don’t always need the newest phone, the latest tablet, or the nicest car. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, look around and start cutting unnecessary expenditures out of your lifestyle.

Buy Secondhand
You don’t need to buy everything from the mall. If you’re working off a budget, find cheaper ways to get what you need. Visit yard sales, troll eBay and Craigslist, and find the valuable items that people are ready to throw away. If you want to get really drastic about it, go dumpster-diving. There are people who make up their entire menu from dumpster food. You don’t have to go to that extreme, but you might be surprised at what perfectly good stuff people throw out.

Practice Self-Sufficiency
Self-sufficiency is an excellent practice for any prepper, whether a millionaire or a welfare recipient. By starting your own garden, getting a couple of farm animals, and finding other ways to live without the help of society, you can get a head start on the rest of the country. You’ll be ready to tackle the hardships ahead, and you’ll save a boatload of money in the meantime.

Become a Do-It-Yourselfer
This is related to self-sufficiency, but it deserves its own spot because it’s so important. You may not be able to find mechanics, carpenters, and plumbers once everything goes down. Learn how to do basic repairs on your own. YouTube is filled with awesome videos that take you step-by-step through almost any scenario you can imagine. From stitching your own clothes to baking your own bread, becoming a DIY guy will help you save money and prepare for the worst.