Things are getting difficult all around these days. For many people, money is already tight and the prices of everything seem to be steadily climbing.
Finding a Few Extra Dollars
It can seem that there isn’t extra money to put towards preparing, but I would challenge you to really think about your spending habits. Can you forego the packs of gum, snacks at the Zippy Mart, and fast food lunches? None of those things leave you with anything of value later.
If you can set aside what you normally spend on things like that, you could probably find another $10 a week to put towards preparedness items.
I would advise beefing up your stockpile of non-perishable food as a primary goal. Beyond that, keep an eye out for the bargain items in the clearance aisle and the basic equipment that can help you later.
Items Readily Available Now
While out running errands in Wal-Mart and Tractor Supply Company today, I took a few moments to snap some pictures of things I would consider useful and reasonably priced. Forgive the quality of the photos- they were taken with my phone- but maybe they will give you some ideas.
Typically, I would say get the very best quality items you can afford since they may have to last you a long time. If the choice is a cheaper one or none, I’d go with cheaper and hope to upgrade later. The cheaper items can always go in the Barter Larder.
1. Fishing Lures. Fish are a good source of protein. Not a bad price for a little all-in-one kit.
2. Fishing Pole. And here is a fishing pole to go along with them.
3. Pocketknife and Light Combo. Hard to have too many LED flashlights or pocketknives.
4. Rain Poncho. You can withstand a fair amount of bad weather and get by as long as you stay dry.
5. Magnesium block. Better yet, get a magnesium block, use the back of your pocketknife to scrape off some shavings, and make a fire to stay warm (in your poncho).
6. Task Light. This cool little light has both a hook and a magnet on the back. There are 4 lights on the end and 24 across the panel.
7. Multi-purpose light. Our son thought this LED flashlight would be particularly cool for hanging inside a tent so that the light would penetrate all areas rather than just one spot of light in the center. (Now that we’ve opened it, I can see that all 3 flashlights can be removed from the tripod base to be used individually too. Hanging it from the top of the tent would take a little Boy Scout ingenuity since there is not a hook).
8. Spare gloves. Not great quality heavy-duty gloves certainly, but if I had to change a tire or use jumper cables on a cold day, I’d be glad to have them. We used an old set of these yesterday to pick up fallen fruit to from a friend’s pear tree. They saved us some wasp stings.
9. Wound care. Animals get injuries and if I can avoid an expensive trip to the vet, I’ll give treating Fido at home a try.
10. Tried-and-true canning manual. You need one of these. Then save up for a good pressure canner.
11. Cast iron skillet. Okay, I cheated a little on this one. It’s a bit over $10, but I’d check the floorboard and cupholders for change to pick up one of these! You need cast iron cookware and Lodge is a great brand.
Have any other good ideas? Please post them in the comments section.