With today’s declining economy – many of us are on tight budgets. Even so – this does doesn’t change the goal that many of us have – to prepare for troubling times ahead for ourselves and out family.
Visiting some websites and reading certain books – you can get the feeling that you have to have a full years supply of freeze dried food, a full military arsenal, and a mountain retreat with a full solar energy system just to be considered somewhat prepared.
There are a lot of inexpensive things that can be done to improve your preparedness level. Many of these are very basic and common sense – some not so much.
Here we go:
- Flashlights – Flashlights are available just about everywhere and the cost for performance is dropping all the time. Now you can get a very powerful 100+ lumen flashlight at Wally World for under $25.00. LED lights are highly recommended as the batteries last much last longer. Flashlights are one of the basic building blocks in your preparedness system.
- Batteries – Whether it be flashlights, a radio, or a portable DVD player for entertainment – batteries in a grid-down situation will be very valuable. AA alkaline and CR123A lithium batteries are what I try to standardize with – they are fairly economical if you check around. Stock up on lot’s.
- Candles – In a grid down event – candles would be a welcome item to have and they are incredibly cheap. Many can be bought for just a few dollars at your local Dollar Tree. Just be careful - a house fire can really ruin your day.
- Zip-Ties - Zip ties are are very versatile. They can be used to cinch just about anything together and are very strong. Throw a few bags with multiple sizes in your cabinet.
- Camp Stoves and Fuel – Cooking in a disaster is much easier when you have an inexpensive camp stove and some fuel. Whether it be propane or liquid fuel powered – store plenty. Camp stove are available at local department stores, many of my sponsors, as well as Amazon.
- Inverters – Several time I have lost power and used inverters hooked to car batteries to power stuff – from refrigerators to box fans. Inverters can be expensive – but keep an eye out and you can find them on sale sometimes as well as warehouse clubs like Costco and SAM’s. I recently picked up a 750 watt model for under $20.00. Fantastic deal. Here are a few.
- USB Chargers(auto) – So many devices nowadays have charging cords that plug into standard USB ports. I have purchased several USB adapters that can be inserted into 12 volt power ports in a car. Cell phones, hand-held game systems, tablet PC’s, Kindles, etc can all be charged this way. These USB car chargers are super cheap too. Check them out here.
- Bike – If TSHTF and gas is unavailable - riding a bike will be much better than walking. Bikes are a highly underrated form of transportation – and can be picked up on Craigslist cheap.
- Kerosene Heaters – In the dead of winter with no electricity – heat will become a big issue. Kerosene heater are not overly expensive and work very well. Kerosene is not cheap these days – but can be stored away.
- Trash Bags – Large heavy weight trash bags can be used for a lot more than just storing away trash. Cut a hole for your head and two for your arms in the closed end and an expedient rain poncho can be made. Outside and you need to keep gear out of the rain – slide a trash bag over your stuff.
- Radio – Again…..a very basic part of your supplies. Getting some news during a disaster is not just important to know what is going on but can help morale as well. I like this radio – has performed well for me.
Of course – there are a lot of other things that can be done for very little money.
These are just a few.
Take care all -