Save Money Buying Emergency Preparedness Gear

Prepping can be expensive.  People  have gone into significant debt in their quest to out run the Zombies.  They let fear over take them, and before they know it, they have spent thousands and still aren’t sure if they have what they need to make it through the emergencies they are most likely to experience.  By creating a plan, we can save money buying emergency gear while adding only what we need to our emergency kits.

Emergency Preparedness

What Are YOU Prepping For?

The first question to ask yourself, is what are you prepping for?    It’s called conducting your threat assessment.  In reality it’s nothing more than simply sitting down and making a list of all the things that could cause life to get dicey.

Do you live in an area where tornadoes, earthquakes, or hurricanes are possible?

Is there a potential for your income to fluctuate, or for you or your spouse to lose a job?

Do you care for someone with special medical needs?

What would you do if your home caught on fire?

If your water source became contaminated, what would you do?

Can you make it through a prolonged blackout?

What you prep for may look very different from what I’m prepping for.  But we both can save money buying emergency gear.

How To Save Money On Emergency Supplies

Prioritizing  Will Save Money Buying Emergency  Gear

Out of all the possibilities you’ve listed in your threat assessment, what is the most important situation for you to be prepared for?   That will be your first priority.

As you prioritize your possible emergencies, you’ll notice that a lot of things overlap in regards to what gear you’ll need.  When you mark that piece of gear off of one concern, you’ll be able to cross it off of another too.

Sell What You Aren’t Using To Buy What You Need

Take a look around your home.  What do you have that you could live without?   What do you have that is less important than the gear you need to get through an emergency?

Sell it.

Ebay.  Facebook yard sale sites.  Local classifieds.  Take your pick, but turn that stuff into cold, hard cash.

Use Cash Back Sites

Cash back sites have become popular lately. From groceries (Ibotta!) to items for your 72 hour kit, there’s a way to get a few bucks back. My personal favorite is  Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

 

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

Earn the cash you need by making some lifestyle changes.

*Shop Around for Better Life and Home Insurance

*Get rid of cable.  Embrace Netflix or Hulu.

*Menu Plan.  Make a list of what you need for that menu and stick to it.

*Give up a movie night.  Do without the expensive coffee.  Eat at home instead of going out.

*Set up a car pool.

*Brown Bag Lunches

Even if you are only able to cut back $20.00  bucks a month, that’s $20.00 more than you had before.

Who Says It Has To Be New?

Another way to save money buying emergency gear is to buy used.  Look on the same places that you sold your stuff to find the new stuff you need.  Don’t forget thrift stores and yard sales!

Simply Preparing Deals Group on Facebook

Your friendly hosts here at Simply Preparing have started a Facebook Group where we share GREAT deals and ways to help you save money prepping.   We’ll also find support regardless of where you are in your prepping journey.  Come ask your questions, share your stories and bring a friend!

It AIN’T All About The Money, Honey

Emergency preparedness is about making small, consistent steps in your ability to see your family through an emergency.  Don’t get caught up in the hype.  He who dies with the biggest bug out bag, really doesn’t win.

Politics and Prepping: The Rising Cost of Produce

Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy is an important Prepper skill to develop.  It allows you to prepare in advance for the rising cost of produce items we rely on daily.

Paying For A Wall Between The U.S. and Mexico

Let’s take President Trump’s proposed wall between the U.S. and Mexico. You know, the one Mexico is supposedly paying for? The one that for all intents and purposes might really  be paid for by a 20% tax on what American’s import from Mexico?

Now whether you are in favor of a wall or hate the idea, isn’t the issue.

The issue is a potential 20% increase of everything you purchase that crosses that boarder.

Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy will give you the opportunity to prepare for rising costs. As President Trump moves forward with building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, rising produce costs are becoming a reality. Make sure your food storage and budget doesn't take a hit with these strategies for prepping against the rising cost of your favorite fruits and vegetables.

What Does The U.S. Import From Mexico?

In 2015 alone, the U.S. imported over $295 BILLION dollars worth of products from Mexico, according to government trade data. From cars to car parts, to electrical machinery and oil.  $2.4 billion worth of apparel.  $1.9 Billion in beer and tequila.

What really has my attention is the amount of of vegetables, fruit and nuts we import from Mexico.  $5.5 billion of vegetables and $3.9 billion of fruit and nuts.  All to potentially be subjected to a %20 price increase.

Bananas and Mangoes

Consider the products we simply can’t grow here such as bananas and mangoes. And then consider what other countries might do to block U.S. exports in retaliation.

And what about the fresh fruits and vegetables we depend on during the winter months? Where do we get a great deal of those? Yup. Mexico.

Can Your Grocery Budget Handle The Increase?

Did I mention the amount of tomatoes and avocados we import from Mexico? 78% of our avocados and 71% of our tomatoes according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  And it not just avocados and tomatoes either.   Herbs, spinach and lettuce make their way across the border to our tables every day.

Finally, according to Forbes, the restaurant industry is already seeing their stocks fall on the fears of increased food costs.

 

Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy will give you the opportunity to prepare for rising costs. As President Trump moves forward with building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, rising produce costs are becoming a reality. Make sure your food storage and budget doesn't take a hit with these strategies for prepping against the rising cost of your favorite fruits and vegetables. How To Prepare For The Rising Cost Of Produce

Learn to grow your own.  Now is the perfect time to learn what grows in your area and how to start your own seeds indoors.   Growing your own food helps to tremendously off set the rising cost of produce.

As the season progresses we at Simply Preparing will help walk you through the basics of getting your first garden up and growing!

Learn how to preserve your own food.   It’s easier than you think.  I promise.

Dehydrating.  With just a few simple pieces of equipment you can dehydrate and store fruit and vegetables long term.  One of my favorite resources for dehydrating is the book, Dehydrate2Store by Tammy Gangloff.

Another excellent storage option is to freeze your bounty.   Did you know you can freeze avocados?  Yup! I have a freezer full of frozen avocados for my son’s blenderized diet and my guacamole addiction!

Carolyn Humphries book, How To Freeze Fresh Food At Home is a great book for beginners wanting to learn how to freeze foods.

Prepping With Freeze Dried Food.

Let’s face it.  With or without a wall between us and Mexico, food prices are only going higher and higher.  This is where the real value of freeze dried foods come in.  With up to a 25 year shelf life.  Non-GMO offerings.  Locally sourced whenever possible.

Each can of freeze dried food I purchase today has it’s price frozen as well.  Up to 25 years from now I can open a can of food that I paid 2017 prices for, and allows me to combat the rising cost of produce.  It’s like having money in the bank, but with a much higher interest rate.

It’s also pretty amazing how versatile freeze dried food is.  Take a look at all the produce used in one of my favorite soup recipes, Sausage Potato Soup!  Yum!

Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy will give you the opportunity to prepare for rising costs. As President Trump moves forward with building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, rising produce costs are becoming a reality. Make sure your food storage and budget doesn't take a hit with these strategies for prepping against the rising cost of your favorite fruits and vegetables.

Not sure how to use freeze dried foods?  No problem!  You can take a look at the recipes found on my Thrive Website to get some great ideas.

Taking the time to understand what is happening within the White House will insure that your house is prepared to better weather the growing world wide unrest, the consequences of repealing the Dodd-Frank Act and the returning concerns with China’s economy.

Prepping For Basic Emergencies

Prepping for basic emergencies doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  It doesn’t have to be a huge expense.  I work with many people who immediately get that dear in the headlights look when the topic is preparing families for emergencies.

Prepping for basic emergencies can be as easy as taking a trip to your local grocery or big box store.  Or, in this case, simply let your fingers click through the Amazon Affiliate links!

Prepping doesn't have to be stressful or overwhelming. Whether you are a doomsday prepper, or a mom wanting some peace of mind, we have your survival needs covered!

Let There Be Light

Nobody likes to be stuck in the dark.   These items are inexpensive and will make getting through an emergency a much safer experience.

Flashlights

Batteries

Light Sticks (Ultra Bright)

LED Solar Lights

Water.  And More Water.

Water is your friend, boys and girls.  Make sure you have 1 gallon of water per person per day.  More if you are hoping to flush toilets, or brush your teeth.

I’d suggest a LifeStraw water filter that can easily fit into a backpack.

Ready to eat, shelf stable foods.

Quick and easy is the name of the game.  Peanut butter.  Crackers.  Those ready to eat packets of tuna.   Again, things you can pick up a little at a time each time you make a grocery run.

As a BIG fan of Freeze Dried Meals in emergency situations, the Mountain House Just in Case Essential Bucket is one of my favorites.  Unlike many other buckets of this kind, Mountain House has put together a trio that even my kids will eat.   You’ll need a way to heat water to add to these meals.  Don’t forget the matches!

Toilet Paper

You are not going to want to be stuck spraying your sweet patoot clean with a honey bear filled with cold water unless the apocalypse really is in full swing.  Until then stock up on the TP.

After Hurricane Harvey, toilet paper was listed as one of the 6 most sought after items.  Hurricane survivors  underestimated how much toilet paper they needed to make it through the aftermath. Toilet paper is used every day and when it runs out, things can get disgusting……quickly.

 

Magical Miracle Tape

Duct tape is truly the stuff miracles are made of.  In case you need some inspiration check out our post on this glorious product.

Black Contractor Bags

Not garbage bags.  Not leaf bags.  On the box it will state CONTRACTOR bags.  Those are what you want.  Exactly WHAT will you use these for?  Here’s a few ideas:

Ground Cover.
Poncho
Line a 5 gallon bucket with a contractor bag for an emergency potty.
Cover broken or blown out windows after an earthquake.

Here are more ways to use these versatile bags.

Over The Counter Medications and Prescriptions

Aspirins.  Allergy Medication.  Cough Syrup.  Prescription medications.  I have a week’s worth of medications sorted by day in one of these handy little travel pill organizers.  In an emergency you want to make things as simple as possible.

Basic First Aid Kit

Chances are you’re not a doctor, nor do you play one on T.V.  You aren’t going to be performing a tracheotomy or needing to crack someone’s chest to massage their heart.  A basic First Aid Kit will serve you well.

Breathe Easy

There is a good chance that during or after an emergency event the air quality may be less than stellar.

N95 Respiratory Masks will protect you from dust, allergens and other forms of air pollution.

We’ve broken down the respiratory mask code to help you decide which mask will best protect your family.

Odds and Ends

You will need to have some cash on hand, with small bills being best.
Make copies of all important papers and include them in your basic emergency kit.
Include a change of clothes and good, sturdy shoes

Prepping doesn't have to be stressful or overwhelming. Whether you are a doomsday prepper, or a mom wanting some peace of mind, we have your survival needs covered!

Taking Prepping to a Higher Level

Can you take preparedness to a higher level?  Of course!   Most people start with the basics, get the bug, so to say, and then continue to grow their preparedness goals.  The point is that you don’t have to jump onto the Expert Level to make sure your family can make it through a rough time.  And every thing listed above can be purchased either at your grocery store or a big box store, on sale, and often with coupons.

Don’t panic.

Start simply.  Pick up a few items each time you get paid. Sell some of your stuff that you are no longer using, and put that money towards a prepping goal.    Put your foundation in place and then work to meet your personal preparedness goals.

Self sufficiency is a mind set, an every day way of thinking.   It’s a journey to a simpler, less worry filled life.

Where are YOU in your emergency preparedness goals?  How can I help you achieve those goals?

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Post-Election Survival Checklist

Unlike any other election in history, the 2016 Presidential election stands to  go down in the books as the election that divided the country.   After the last vote has been counted, and the winner announced, a peaceful transition of power may be more than can be asked of our weary nation.   It’s time to start thinking about preparing for possible post-election survival needs.

Making matters even more stressful, are warnings of terror threats being reported by CBS News.

Rather than living in fear of what the future may bring, I’ve complied a Post Election Survival Checklist to help families through a potential trigger event.  I’m a big believer that preparedness brings peace of mind.

A checklist to prepare for post-election survival

A Post-Election Survival Checklist For Uncertain Times

-Sit down with your family and review your emergency plans.  How will you get to your meeting place if chaos breaks out?

-Getting through any post-election survival chaos will take community, so take some time to plan with your like minded neighbors.   You’ll have their backs and in return, they’ll have yours.

-Test out your communication devices.

-Inventory  your food storage because  NOW is the time to make sure you are well stocked food wise  .

– Make sure your water storage will get you through at least a two week period.

-Confirm that you have enough personal supplies such as toilet paper, feminine supplies, diapers, etc.,  to make it through at least six weeks.

-Update your First Aid Station by refreshing your supplies as needed, focusing on OTC medications as well as basic first aid supplies.    While you’re at it, make sure to get any prescriptions refilled.

Black Contractor Bags.  If garbage collection gets interrupted you’re going to need to have a place for any garbage that won’t fit into your cans.  Also, black contractor bags have countless survival uses.

Post-Election Survial: What you need to know!

Kids, Pets and Getting Out of Dodge

 

-Have activities ready for kids in case everyone is stuck at home for a long period of time.

-Remember Fido by picking up any pet supplies needed for the next  several weeks.

-Fill up all the gas tanks on all your cars,  then if you need to get the hell out of Dodge, you won’t  have to stop to fuel up first.

-Speaking of cars, if you have any election bumper stickers, then you may want to remove them.  No need to give anyone who hates who you voted for any ideas of whom to blame.

-Get some SHTF Cash out of the bank, remembering to ask for small bills only.

 

 

If The Lights Go Out In the Post-Election Survival Chaos

-Check your supply of candles, lighters and matches.

-Do you have flashlights, furthermore,  do those flashlights have batteries?

-Keep your cell phone and other devices charged up.

-If you have a propane heater or another secondary source of heat, make sure you have enough fuel for it.   Otherwise, make sure you have enough blankets, hand warmers and other cold weather items.

 Prepare NOW.

Civil wars are caused by a loss of trust in government, as a result,  self reliance in times of concern is our most valuable asset.

Interested in learning more about how to prepare for emergencies?  Here are a couple of great resources:

The Prepper’s Blueprint:  The Step by Step Guide To Get You Through Any Disaster

Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide

 

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