Money is something that's in very short supply nowadays, and the aspiring survivalist may be discouraged this fact. Have no fear, there are other
mean of acquiring what you need.
Some people may be put off by my suggestions, but if you're serious about getting prepared and don't mind a little possible ridicule by idiotic
people, these alternative methods for acquiring necessary items are definitely doable.
College students are notoriously wasteful, and at the end of a school semester throw away many like new items. I've scavenged like new clothes,
shoes, cooking & eating utensils, backpacks, electronic devices, books, etc.. The key is to be there about a day before the dorms close. You'll
probably have a lot of competition from the homeless in the area as well as the poorer students. It's truly a treasure trove for the unabashed
City & County Dumps
Like the college dorm dumpsters, these places are loaded with good items. We live in a disposable economy, and people throw away good items all the
time due to a lack of space, or because they've upgraded with newer stuff. You can find just about anything you can think of here if you're not
afraid of getting your hands a little dirty.
Most sites are managed however, so it's best to befriend one of the workers and get permission to scavenge first. Typically they don't care as long
as you don't get in their way while they're working.
Alleys in affluent Neighborhoods
Wealthy people throw away tons of good stuff. I've scavenged like new bicycles, housing goods, camping gear, furniture, clothing, and even an old
shotgun once. This is best done in a vehicle. Some people will call the cops on you if they see you! It's not illegal to garbage pick, but it can be
embarrassing explaining yourself.
For some reason they really object to people sifting through their castoffs. They don't want the stuff, but they don't want you to have it either!
Once it's in the garbage though, it's fair game.
These are just a few ideas, if you use your imagination, I'm sure you can think of more.