Prepping on Pennies a Day
Prepping on pennies a day can help you avoid debts and unnecessary expenses. If you are new to prepping, you may not know where to start. Food will become a scarce and valuable commodity in the worst case scenario, so you should stock up now. Find a family member or friend with a business license or discount cards and purchase 50-pound bags of pinto beans, red kidney beans, northern white beans, black beans, lentils, lima beans and white long grain rice and short grain rice. Beans last forever and white rice has a storage life of up to 25 years. Brown rice and black rice has only a 5 year shelf life due to the oils inherent with them. When they go bad and are unfit for human consumption, feed them to your hogs or mill them into a sort of mush and mix with your chicken feed or your rabbit pellets
You should also buy some of the largest bags of sugar, salt,olive oil and raw oats you can find. Don’t forget to stock up on canned vegetables and meat, so you will always have ready-to-eat meals. If possible, learn about box gardening so that you can grow vegetables and fruits at home. You should also try to get several boxes of hooks and jars of salmon eggs for lure, replacement line and at least one fishing pole, so you can catch fresh fish to supplement your canned goods.
Now, how will you be able to purchase all these items? Your creativity will play an important role here. Here’s how you can do prepping on pennies a day.
- Check out the offers or deals available in the malls or supermarkets in your area. Shop at the supermarkets that offer the cheapest prices for high quality items. Don’t forget to use the coupons and membership cards available to you.
- Go on-line to see what is available in coupons that are listed for stores such as Albertsons, Kroger, Giant Foods, Food Lion, Safeway, Ralphs, Aldi, even Walmart, Sam’s Club, JB’s and Costco.
- Switch off the lights when you’re not using them. Use a solar heater to save electricity. Iron all clothes once a week or during the weekends. Ironing your clothes at once can help you save on electricity bills.
- Create a weekly or monthly list of what you need to buy before going to the market. Buy only those that are included in the list. There might be lots of things that you want to buy, but it is best that you stick to the list to save money and time.
- You can opt for second hand items when buying furniture, car or electronic gadgets. Look for the best prices online. Compare the prices offered by the stores that are selling the items you need.
- Buy branded products only when there is 50% off sale. Getting cheap items means you have to purchase them two or three times as they may get worn out fast.
- As much as possible, avoid using your credit or debit card. Use the hard cash instead. When you use your credit card, it is easy to get lost in the moment and just buy what you want. The touch and feel of hard cash make you realize you’re spending money. Also, only buy an item if you really need it.
- Drinking water can help you save money and stay fit. Beverage drinks are expensive and more often than not, unhealthy.
You can also consider selling some of your stuff that you are no longer using in a garage sale or on Craig’s List. (A word of caution: check with your local police if they have a sellers market place where you can meet your prospective buyer under the watchful eyes of the police). This way, the sale happens and you don’t have strangers scoping out your house. Selling off these things no longer useful to you, you can free up some space and get the funds needed to buy items for your Prepping kit.
Something else to consider is to find others of a like mind as yourselves. I mentioned that in another blog “WHY DO PREPPERS PREP” In that blog I stated several reasons why and how. I’m going to paste in something here that I think is important enough to say it again that there is safety in numbers and numbers are helpful to have when buying in quantity. You’re new to prepping and you consider yourself a Prepper but not yet sure how to proceed. Buying food is a very good start. Every time you go to the store, Kroger’s for instance, buy the store brands of food and canned goods. Compare the prices of a 16 oz. can of Stewed Tomato’s with a can of Del Monte’s. Almost a dollar difference. There is extra money you just saved.
The stage is set for you to act in favor of yourself and your family. Talk first to your friends and associates at work. Ask them what they think about those “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic’s Channel. If their response is positive go on to tell them that you were also checking up on what it was all about. Perhaps they too had been looking at it and have already begun a little in preparing for a possible power outage they and their family had experienced the previous winter. You have just found an ally. If the response is negative, you can’t help this one as they’ll think the worst of things about those crazy Zombie Apocalypse Freaks. Agree with them that they are freaks and change the subject. Do the same with the members of both of your immediate families, Brothers, Sisters, Mom and Dad. They could go either way so you have to be prepared for that. It won’t be easy as I know from my own experiences. My former girlfriend and lover, now my housemate and friend is so totally against Prepping that She has banned the very mentioning of it around her. And this website just makes her crazy to think that I paid a few grand in order to have a reputable company like the Online Media Group, and Steve Thompson there to help me build what I’m hoping will pay off in helping me, to help others, find their Family Groups. I’m going to try to set up a bulletin board for that purpose. Go on line to meet others on Facebook or Meetup for others in your local area. Meet for the first time as a couple at a restaurant for diner. (Separate Checks) Discuss what each knows about Prepping without giving away how much you have in your stockpile. Get to know them. Find out if you could trust them to guard your back in a tight situation. Does their family include children? What are their goals as regards to Prepping? Are they both licensed gun carriers (as you should both already be) or are they both anti-gun and 2nd Amendment Abolitionists. Lots of things to consider. Don’t be shy about saying NO to them. They have to agree to and believe in at the very least 90% of what you and your spouse do. And then there are those that just don’t play well with others. Avoid singles with friends, male or female unless you already know both and that they are already in a committed relationship. Be careful who you talk to and don’t give away too much information about your preps. (a fairly close friend of mine, that knows I am a Prepper, said to me that when the S*** Hits The Fan, he and his family will be coming over to my house to stay with me. I asked him if he has done any of the things I had talked to him about his doing for himself, his wife and his children. He said no. Why should he. He has me. I told him that if he shows up at my house when the SHTF, I will put a bullet between his eyes and through that empty head of his. We’re not such good friends anymore. He knew I meant it)
Suppose for example you have found 2 other families that you get along well with. Now is the time to establish who is in command of your little group. You’ve got six adults to choose from and there are really more jobs to fill than what six adults can reasonably do. You need more people and that equates out to other Families to add to your own Family Group. Now you need to set down the ground rules for other families to join this Family Group. Discuss the wordage to be used to properly vet someone, meet them as a Family Group, again at a location other than at your homes and as silly as it may sound, have them fill out and application. Run a police and background check on them. If they don’t check out and they have a police record, don’t call them back. If they do checkout, call them up and have them meet the Family Group at one of your houses for dinner. Each member Family cooks a dish from their supply of Freeze Dried Foods, not telling the New Prospects where it started earlier as a package. Have them publicly state what they feel is their best attributes they bring into the Group. Publicly vote on them and bring them in to the Family Group. Do this with every new prospect. As the Family grows you’ll find that your members have skills that can be shared and taught to other members. Learn all you can about the Prepper Lifestyle and what it entails. You can Prepare on a “Shoestring or Penny’s a Day ”. You don’t have to break the Bank by buying a lot of “Freeze Dried” food and equipment that looks great in the catalog but is it something that you’ll really need or that you think you do? Either spend an extra $5.00 or $10.00 dollars extra each week at the grocery store buying non-perishable food that you would normally eat. Better still, form your Prepper Group, referred to as your “Family Group”, agree on a business name and become an LLC. Get a business license. Pool your resources and go to the local Restaurant Supply Store or Big Box Store (Costco, BJ’s or Sam’s Club) and purchase in bulk at a wholesale rate. Take it all back to one of your houses with the biggest yard for the children to play, with the older kids and an adult or two watching over them that they don’t start a small war. Weigh up the various products, put them in Mylar bags with an oxygen absorber packet, suck the excess air out and hot seal them. Print up “sticky back” labels and place them on the sealed packets of food and into a labeled container made from food grade plastic. (I use FDA Approved, white high-density polyethylene buckets with a Gamma Lid I get at Lowe’s. I don’t recommend using the orange Home Depot buckets as they are not FDA approved for food storage. An approved storage bucket will say so on the surface of the bucket) The Gamma Lid is a lid that seals as a top but has a screw off center to make it easier to get at the food as needed. This should be a project that the Family Group does once a month. (There is a home Freeze Drier unit that costs about $3000 made in Utah. The company is Harvest Right: harvestright.com –800-700-5508). Afterwards, have a pot luck dinner from freeze dried food so that everyone gets used to the taste of each product. This would also be a time to introduce new prospects. You’re looking for people with skills that will help should the end of the world as we know it actually happens. Then you have to be ready to rebuild what you can of a new world. With this in mind, the Family Group can do more than a single family can. So it should be decided as a group as to stay in the Town or City where you live or to find a more suitable location for the Group to Bug-Out to. That is why I’m a Prepper and hope that you become a Prepper too. Remember also that there is safety in numbers and as the old saying goes: More hands make the job go quicker and easier.
A quote of Benjamin Franklin I particularly like that really applies to Preppers: “They that fail to prepare, are themselves preparing to fail”.
Which brings to my mind of another aptly put quote by Thomas Jefferson: “Better to have and not need, then to need and not have”.
I was at a Prepper Gathering a year ago and was speaking to a group of Preppers and a few “Maybe Preppers” when the preteen son of a “Maybe” asked: “What if nothing happens and you never have to use any of the Preps you’ve made”? Praise the Lord!! Was my answer. Nobody in their right mind would wish for the kind of National or Global crisis where they would want to put their Preps to full use. Being
the pessimist that I am, I truly believe in “when and not if’”. That is why I Prep the way that I do and reach out to others to help them before “IT” happens. Because afterwards, I won’t be so helpful to those that had the opportunity of time and knowledge to Prepare and did not. I’ll be too busy taking care of those in my “Family Group” to worry about anyone else.
Do you remember the story about the Grasshopper and the Ant? The Grasshopper would play and eat and lazy about in the sun all day long watching the Ant labor to gather food and other things into it’s home. Said the Grasshopper to the Ant: Why do you labor so hard? You need to stop and enjoy this bright sunny day! Said the Ant to the Grasshopper, I do this as Winter is coming and I need all of this to stay warm and comfortable in my place. Phaaa, said the Grasshopper. I see no Winter, just the bright & shiny Sun. Nevertheless, said the Ant. It will come. So all Summer long and into the Fall the Grasshopper played and ate and lazyed about, watching the Ant. Late in the Fall a cold wind blew in from the North with cold bone chilling rain. The next day the snow fell and Poor Grasshopper, wet, cold and very miserable went to the home of Ant and asked if he could help poor Grasshopper. Being the kind person the Ant was, Ant bade Grasshopper to enter. Sit here by the fire to warm yourself, said the Ant. I’ll get you something good to drink. Oh, thank you Ant for being so kind. The drink was warm, mellow and very tasty. Soon the Grasshopper drifted off to a deep sleep. A sleep of the dead. For Grasshopper, never woke up. Ant ate Grasshopper the next day. — The moral of the story is: Waste naught, want naught and be careful about who you have for a neighbor.
The Rallying Cry of the Prepper was: “Remember Katrina”!! Now it is: “Think about Puerto Rico”. Do you want to place your life and your family’s security into the hands of FEMA, now under the control of the Department of Homeland Security? Not me or mine, ever.!!