No money for preps...what do you do?

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by 12fretter, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. 12fretter

    12fretter New Member

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    Last year, my business did well, so at the end of the year, we put aside all that we would need for taxes and had a tidy sum leftover so we invested it all in prepping. This year, there's nothing. In fact, I don't exactly know how I'll make taxes, but that's a ways off so I'll figure it out. But having no money for further preps is killing me.

    What are suggestions on acquiring preps that don't cost very much, if anything? Don't get me wrong, I'm not delusional. I know you can't do much, but I was just wondering if there are simple things that can be done with no real money, but may be overlooked in their importance. You know, like getting a large container of Vaseline for storage, as a fire starter aid.

    Plus, this might help new prepper-wannabe's who may be intimidated by the thousands upon thousands of dollars spent by some fortunate individuals.
     
  2. tqu9047

    tqu9047 New Member

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    We don't have a lot of expendible income for preps so when we go to the store, we'll buy canned goods on sale and buy 1-2 extra. There are some that put $5.00 a week towards preps and end up with a large supply. You don't have to spend all your money at one time. Do a little every week and given time, you'll do ok.
     

  3. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Well, bang for the buck includes KNOWING calories and nutrition as well as prices for things on and off sale*. Real meat and wheat are probably the most expensive way of getting your required carbs, proteins and fats. Try cases of TVP (soy) with quantity discounts and dried beans as well as 20+ pound bags of parboiled rice with Olive Oil all on sale (grab it around Thanksgiving sales -- freezedried family size potato flakes too!) instead to a large extent (though not entirely).

    That's just an example...

    *That rice can cost $7 on sale or $17. Same for 3-liter can of oil! Honeyville Grain sells their mixed TVP cheap, has quantity discounts and low shipping and has sales quarterly or so where bulk purchase is the rule of the day (try 4 cases at a time when they have a sale).
     
  4. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    I hardly spend anything at all on prepping. Most of the stuff I have is found, traded, built or repurposed stuff. I always build my gardens bigger every year and that costs some, what with wire mesh and wood for the raised beds, but I figure the bigger I build then the less food I will have to buy in the future even if nothing catastrophic happens. The other ideas about picking up extra canned food is an excellent idea, also get some big bags of rice and beans I guess if that is what you want. My point is that you can do a lot of this stuff that is not glamorous or flashy but it gets the job done for cheap or free.
     
  5. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    Canned foods, freezes dried potatoes, and rice are probably one of the best ways to go for cheap prepping.

    For extreme long term I like sourkrout (or however you spell it) and ramen noodles. They both last almost forever, I like putting the ramen in sealable containers.
     
  6. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    You could buy a pallet of ramen in no time at all for next to nothing too!
     
  7. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    Exactly!!!!!
     
  8. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    The only problem is that then I would have a whole pallet of ramen and I would be sick of it after 1 box.

    (edit) but maybe I could trade it for ammo!

    (edit#2) One second thought I have waayy more ammo than I need, plus reloading supplies. Maybe I could trade it for something else?
     
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  9. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    We simply keep a well stocked pantry. I always have ammo because I reload. I am a hunter and camper so that stuff goes a long wat toward being prepared for natural or man made disasters. My wife likes bottled water. So we always have 2 or 3 of those 5 gallon bottles full. It is also good to keep a gas can full too.
     
  10. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Oh boy.

    To survive you fellas really need to do some grammar school level nutrition study.

    To have stuff you have to buy stuff which requires investment. Period. The best you can do is measure what you need twice and spend once, get the best bang for the buck, as well as time it right.

    If you think u are gonna live on, or in the limited space left from, enough Ramen noodles to survive with sauerkraut on top you are delusional and better not have high blood pressure to start (but you will).
     
  11. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    If you were hungry enough you'd eat Ramen noodles three times a day. We're talking survival in this thread.
     
  12. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Beans and rice have long been the staple diet in many 3rd world countries. It will keep you alive but you will need supplements like vegetables. Chile con carne can be made with any chopped meat. Ramen is a waste of money. It is not healthy. Keep spices on hand to tune up simple fare.
     
  13. c3shooter

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    Besides food, go thrift shopping. It is amazing the things that turn up there for a dollar or two. Yard sales, garage sales, Goodwill, Salvation Army, flea markets- can all be good CHEAP sources of stuff.
     
  14. Old_Crow

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    I am not a prepper but just our normal shopping habits of buying stuff on sale keeps our pantry loaded. We easily have a 2 month supply of canned goods. We buy large bags of beans and store them in mason jars. I am a fair fisherman, hunter and trapper. I can keep us in meat with not much more than a shoe lace.

    In a SHTF situation finding a place to hide and keep our stuff would be more difficult than finding food. We certainly can't stay here and be raided by our neighbors or the military.
     
  15. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    I only suggested ramen because its cheap and filling. The idea is not to live on your preps alone. Hunting, fishing, and growing a garden are common sense for survival.
    Bottom line is that ramen and sauerkraut will almost keep forever. Not saying they are the only things you need, it's just good to have them.
     
  16. Vincine

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    The three sisters; corn, beans & squash. The beans use the corn for support. If you plant zucchini, you better like it. That stuff grows like a weed. Buy fruits & vetables in season when they're abundant & cheap, and can them. (Why it's still call canning even though it's all done with jars, I don't know.) Both the corn & beans can be dried, and the corn can be ground for meal.
     
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  17. Mosin

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    You can do a ton for free! You obviously have Internet, so knowledge can be the most valuable prep!
    Online you can learn

    medicine,
    Gunsmithing,
    Auto repair,
    Wild edible plants,
    Trapping animals
    Skinning and tanning hides
    Butchering....

    The knowledge is endless. Pick a skill you like that could prove invaluable, and master it.

    They can always take your physical preps, but knowledge can save you.

    I remember reading a first hand account by a survivor of Bosnia, and remember him saying that someone in town had a secret recipe he knew for making lamp oil. He did pretty good because people always went to him to barter for more lamp oil.
     
  18. orangello

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    Chickens are a cheap date foodwise & can provide eggs or nuggets.
     
  19. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Sorry, but I don't cotton to the hunting, fishing, farming stuff. I luv the idiots who think a .22 LR and suicidal squirrels are what they'll survive with in an apocalypse. In just any real emergency none of that is going to be non-competitive, sufficient, last long, or produce meaningful results fast enough. Yeah, I have my seed vaults in the fridge too, right next to my security blanket. And isn't it cheaper and safer to buy canned vegetables now than can vegetables? Of course it is. You going to put them up AFTER armageddon maybe? And how much Purina Chicken Chow will you be needing?
     
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  20. jjfuller1

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    how much does it cost you to go to a field after its harvested and pick as much as you?.. simply the gas to get there. as long as you call and ask most farmers dont care as long as you go in after the machines and take what you can find. my dad and i used to do it all the time.. at that poin tits like anything else. buy the canner, and jars once. and you can have a ton of veggies, soups, and whatever else you can find or make. and it lasts longer than freezing and keeps even if the power goes out.

    my mom canned, my uncle cans. i want to start soon.. just things arent going in that direction quite yet.