Tight Budget? 4 Tips for Frugal Preppers

For many Americans, the idea of an apocalyptic disaster comes in the form of a single missed paycheck. How can families prepare for a true survival scenario when they are already hanging on by a thread?

Thankfully, survival prep does not require a substantial bank account. If you’re interested in securing your family from the threat of societal collapse – even a temporary one – then you needn’t let cash problems become an excuse to procrastinate. If you take the slow and steady approach, you can gradually build a respectable survival storehouse without compromising your ability to survive everyday life.

Here are four tips for frugal-minded preppers.

Don’t Wing It

“Slow and steady” should not be read as “Buy a huge jar of peanuts whenever the mood strikes.” A gradual, budget-minded approach to prepping requires pinpoint precision. A plan, in other words. Sit down, figure out how much money you can afford to spend on prepping each month (or week), and then prioritize purchases that will make the most impact.

Check Your Stock

Many fledgling survivalists are surprised when they realize how many useful items they already own. Some of the most important “prep gear” belongs to an inventory that you should have in your house even if you have no fear of a civilization-crippling event. Blankets, kitchen utensils, flashlights, batteries, potable water, medicine; these things should be stocked in every American household and they provide the foundation for every survivalist’s cache.

Buy Generic When Possible

If you’re in a situation where every penny counts, you’re probably already taking advantage of generic products. If you can’t bear to sacrifice the luxury of brand name toilet paper or breakfast cereal in your day-to-day life, though, you should still err on the side of “cheap” when building your reserves. In many areas, generic products are just as good as their brand-name counterparts while only costing you a fraction of the price. Don’t let labels put an unnecessary burden on your budget.

Be a Smart Shopper

While you shouldn’t “wing it” when it comes to slow-and-steady prepping, you shouldn’t box yourself into an inflexible plan either. For instance, don’t get so granular that you can’t take advantage of sales and specials. These can save you a fortune if you keep your ear to the ground. Look for coupons, sign up for mailing lists, Google for savings codes, and watch your local newspaper like a hawk. What costs $100 today might only cost half that a month from now.