Here’s another great post from my friend Danielle over at Well You Wellness. She contacted me a while back with the idea of ways you could start prepping for free, and I was thrilled! I have been meaning to address the very important topic of preparedness more on this blog. Her tips here are incredibly helpful for anyone who wants to get started prepping or even for some extra ideas for the seasoned prepper. Also, I highly recommend you check out a recent post of hers regarding a topic on which she has a ton of expertise, vaccine awareness, called Dear President Trump, We Will Be Holding You To It. You won’t want to miss this very important read. Thanks, Danielle!
When you stumble into the world of survival equipment, you may feel overwhelmed. You could easily drop $2,000 just to get your home ready for a natural disaster. But, since beginning this journey myself, I have learned a few tricks to build up my survival stash for free from items I would normally trash.
Keep in mind, there are some things (a manual well pump, a wood stove) which do cost money to buy and install. My best advice to you is to determine what amount of your budget monthly you can dedicate to preparing your family and home. Then, create a list of priorities (heat, medicine, food, seeds, etc.), and then knock out one per month. To build up your food stash, a great plan is to spend $10 a month for a few months to stock up on canned beans, rice, and other non-perishables.
However, there are small things you can do every day to build up your survival stash for free or low cost. Being aware of your use of resources will change your lifestyle into one of limited resource use and minimalism.
Here are seven things you can every day to slowly build your survival stash for free. You can adapt each of these to the things you use, but these are the ones which I do.
1. Keep the Grease
Save the grease used when cooking quality meats (I’m talking farm-raised bacon here) in a jar. I keep mine under my sink until I fill it up, and place it in my basement storage. Lard is an amazing source of fats (duh!) which are hard to come by during times of shortage. Many third world countries add lard as a special treat to cooked beans and rice for taste and the nutritional boost.
2. Sew used clothes into cloths
Your used sheets, baby blankets, and even clothes can make great mini towels. I actually used them in place of paper towels, but you could also use them as toilet paper or feminine products in times of crisis. Save your used clothes in a bin by your sewing gear, and sew them into 4-inch square cloths (I simply double stitch the sides, but you could sew them inside out or with folded edges for no seam) when you have a rainy day.
3. Make your own medicine
Instead of stocking up on Advil, brew a batch of dandelion tincture or ferment your leftover vegetables to have in your survival stock. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to keep. Take the time to identify plants in your area and how to preserve them. This would be great to have on hand, but even better to have the knowledge of how to make it again under tough circumstances.
4. Save containers for water
Whenever we have an empty milk or juice jug, I clean it out and fill it with water. I save all of these in my basement stash, and have actually already had to use them when our water pump broke. You can add sea salt or other minerals as well for an added boost of health.
5. Collect wood/sticks throughout the year
Instead of throwing away or burning the small and large sticks in your yard, collect them in a pile to dry and then place in a very dry place to store long term. These may come in handy.
6. Build bug out bags
Keep your children’s overused backpacks and put them in strategic locations as bug out bags. Maybe one in your car, one in your garage, and one in your home. Fill with spare pocket knives, matches or flashlights, coins, water bottles, old blankets, and non-perishable foods. Have a box of applesauce pouches your child refuses to eat? Pack them! Any food or tool you will find useful in a disaster, so save them just in case.
7. Be a seed bank
Save the seeds from your non-GMO and organic fruits and vegetables. The majority of seeds need no preparation other than a few days of sun drying (in dry air). After completely dry, label an envelope with the plant type and save in a box in a dry area next to your other survival supplies. You can also pick up cheap seeds from your local store at the end of the gardening season each year as they go on clearance.
As you start saving more of your resources and purchasing less, you will find more and more ways to reduce the cost of building your survival goods and lifestyle. As the time of the Lord’s return draws near, we know we will face more hardship. I’ve heard it preached that we should not shelter in, that we are to be the light of the world at that time, which is true. But, I don’t think that’s a solid reason to not prepare and be mindful of our resources. Jesus said it will be “business as usual” for the unbelievers until the day He arrives. I want to be watchful, prepped, and ready to lend a hand to the perishing. I think we can do a bit more “salt and light-ing” if our homes are actually warm and we have food to share when others have none. So, stock up on these free ways to slowly build up your prep stash.
What free tricks do you use to build up your survival stash? Share below!