Prepping When You Have No Money

Earlier this week, I realized I have been doing as much prepping as I wanted to. I don’t have as much done this far in the year as I had planned and am far behind my goals. Money has become tight, as I’m sure is the case for a lot of people. I’ll be honest, it got me down for about a day.

But! There’s lots that you can do that takes no money at all. I started out by taking inventory of what I do have and looking again at my list of what I would like to have. Reassess and reevaluate your goals.

Next I spent hours watching videos on everything prepping and survival that I could find. Youtube is great for this, but make sure you take everything with a grain of salt. The people that make these videos could be anyone, just like you or me. So really think about the things that these people do and say but there really is a wealth of information out there, for free. So find the videos and take notes. There is also a lot of information on facebook groups and hashtags on twitter (check out #preppertalk for one)

After that, I decided I could use to be in a bit better shape. If the S were to HTF, being in good physical condition would definitely make it a bit easier.  So, I revamped my workout routine. Anyone can work out and you don’t need gym equipment and you don’t even need to run. One of the easiest things you can do is sit on the couch and watch an hour long program. Each time there is a commercial, do 20 sit ups or push ups. That should give you close to 100 in an hour! If that’s too much work, cut it down to 10 or 5 or even 1, anywhere is a good starting point. By doing the exercise in small sets, it doesn’t feel like as much of a work out. This is how I started a while ago, now I can just do the 100 sit ups or push ups in a row (which means it’s time to up my numbers or make it harder.)

The last thing I did was mentally prepare. I realized that I may not have thousands of dollars tied up in my preparations but at least I have prepared. That’s more than what most people have done. I thought about what could happen in my area (snowstorms, tornados, economic collapse etc) and thought about how my life would be affected. What would I do in _____ situation? What if _____ happened? And make your plans from there. What would it take to get you to bug out? Where would you go? What would you bring? Make your plans and constantly reassess them, always be willing to change them and be flexible!

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Posted on April 19, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. You are so right. It does not take a lot of money to prep. I hear some on here and Twitter say they watch Doomsday Preppers and they dont have that kind of money but there are more that dont have that much cash to spend than those that do. There are many things we already have all we have to do is get it an put it all together in one place. First aid kit, save milk jugs, sharpen up our knives, check out maps and use our pc for a satallite view of where we are and where we want to go in case the shtf, ect. Dry beans dont cost a lot and my granny said they lived on beans and rice thru the Great Depression. I am dehydrating diced potatoes now. A lot of pasta I have stored also along with some extra can goods. it dont take to long for things to add up. Dont ever get depressed for only you can walk in your shoes and never let anyone critize you or your preps.

  2. wonderful advice! I also find that prepping is often relearning old ways, by doing things yourself,which is usually cheaper. Learning how to can veggies, make your own soap, and even darn your own socks may take a little more work, but saves money in the long run. Prepping isn’t just prepping for disaster, but planning for the future. Even if everything goes smoothly, it’s still wonderful and cheap to enjoy homemade jam in the winter that came from yout own garden.

  3. I totally Agree with you! I am one of those “cases” I do not have a lot of money when it comes to being able to prep. I look at it this way, If you have one thing someone doesn’t you are better off. Be it knowledge or otherwise.

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