How to Prep Without Spending a Penny

Posted in: Survival and Preparedness by Contributor on February 13, 2017

Question: do you think prepping is expensive? If you look at some of the products that are out there, one would think so. $600 for a crossbow? 10 grand for a one year stockpile?

In today’s article I want to make a list of some of the things you can do right now that are 100% free. They’re in no particular order, but I highly encourage you to stop reading anything else until you do or start doing at least a couple of them. We’re flooded with information and, for some people, this means they delay taking action.

Harvesting Rainwater

You don’t need a complicated harvesting system in order to do this. At the very least, you can find some old containers inside lying around that you haven’t used in a while: barrels, pots, pans, even mason jars. Even better, you can practice using your tarp to collect it, just like you would in a wilderness situation.

Urban Exploration

Be sure to bring a map and mark various things on it: possible hide-outs (such as abandoned buildings), places where you can find food (such as vending machines), drinking water (swimming pools etc.)

It’s one thing to have alternative bug out routes, but it’s another to analyze them and see if they are indeed viable, to see how long it would take you to get from various locations to the outskirts or even back home.

Cleaning up Your Attic and Garage

The truth is, most of the “junk” found in places like your attic may be worth something post-collapse. Every little thing may help you in some way. Old clothes can be reconditioned, old tools can act as back-ups for when your main ones break, old books and board games can make time go faster.

Remember that, in a post-SHTF situation, many of the things we take for granted today are going to be hard if not impossible to find.

Choosing a Bug-Out Location

Choosing the land to build your bug out cabin is not an easy task. You first have to figure out an approximate location (depending on the dangers you think are most likely to affect you), then you have to visit lots of real estate websites before you actually travel to see the properties… You also have to filter the ones that have the right conditions (trees on the property, they should be hidden from plain sight, maybe even a river).

There’s a lot of research involved and a lot of money at stake, so why not start today, even if you’re not ready to buy? You could start by figuring out which state would be best, then narrowing down the location, see the prices, find properties that also have water sources, privacy and so on.

Become A Coupon Queen (or King!)

Couponing is an art. Many times, professional couponers can get things 100% free, by using their coupons during sales periods. In fact, this is a full-time job for some of them.

Couponing and stockpiling go hand in hand because you almost always get better deals when you buy in bulk. The only thing you need is a plan, which is another thing you can do for free, that we’re going to talk about in a moment.

Go for a Walk. Or a Run. Or a Hike.

Being in shape is often forgotten by preppers. No matter how much you stockpiled, there will always be people physically stronger or faster than you that would love to take your supplies, beat you or worse. It’s survival of the fittest out there, but that doesn’t mean you can’t train if you’re older. Quite the opposite, I’ve actually seen old folks in very good shape.

It’s all about sticking to. You don’t even need a gym membership; not in the beginning, at least. There’s a whole bunch of exercises you can do at home with your own bodyweight. I recommend you alternate those with running or walking. In fact, if you could ditch your car completely, you’ll not only start enjoying walking over long distances, but also save a ton of money on gas.

Make a Stockpiling Plan

Whether you’re looking to stockpile food and water for a couple of weeks or a couple of years, you need a plan. Even if you’re just looking to stay prepped for small-scale, temporary emergencies, you should still figure out how you’re gonna do it before you actually start buying.

You can start by counting the calories you and your family members (including your pets) would need for the chosen amount of time. Then, you can figure out which foods your family likes to eat and isn’t allergic to and crisscross them with the list of foods with a long shelf life.

Next, you should figure out where to store them. Places like the attic are bad because high temperatures and even temperature variations can significantly decrease shelf life.

Bartering

How about going to the flea market to practice your bartering and negotiation skills? You don’t have to buy anything if you don’t want to. In a post-collapse world, knowing how to get supplies for your family could make the difference between life and death.

Negotiation is not something vague. Quite the opposite; many see it as a science. It has this set of rules and strategies that work over and over again, so long as you practice.

Learn the Art of Lock Picking

This could come very handy in a survival situation. Maybe you’ll lock yourself out of your home, maybe you’ll need to take shelter in an abandoned building, maybe you’ll get kidnapped and need to free yourself from handcuffs.

Whatever the reason, make sure you only use your lock picking skills in survival situations ONLY.

Read and Watch YouTube Videos

There’s so much survival information out there it would take you a lifetime to read and it would be virtually impossible to put into practice and become good at everything. The more you read, the better you can figure out which aspects of survival you’re more attracted to.

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