Okay, I'm sure this has been covered before but I thought I add or contribute my experiences in budget prepping.
We all have budgets to meet these days money is tight but you still need to be prepared for at least 72 hours
Right , the correct answer is yes.
So I have set a personal goal this year to prep but spend very little so here is a list of items that I have picked with the associated cost for each
item to put together a basic personal 72 hour kit
1) Backpack mid size - 6.00 Goodwill
2) Lighters 7 pack - 1.97 Walmart. Scripto brand (not great but not the worst)
3) cotton balls .99 dollar tree (for making fire with wood use with petroleum jelly)
4) petroleum jelly .99 dollar tree (for use with cotton balls for making fire with wood to burn)
5) emergency blankets 1.99ea Walmart
6) water bottle (s) .99ea Goodwill (both Nalgene name brand and stainless steel types)
7) knife multi tool 10.00 Home Depot (I see these everywhere for cheap no they are not high end)
8) cookset or pots and pans 2.00 goodwill (I found a kit however most will have this in the home already)
9) candles big 20oz candles big lots 2.50ea (these can be used for heat and light)
10) sterno cans 6 pack 6.00 dollar tree ( great for cooking and heat )
So these are the basics I know very basic but this isn't for SHTF more for weathering the storm in place per say
Just since last November I have purchased 6 Nalgene Bottles brand new never used for .99 each as well as countless stainless bottles for the same you
find these at every thrift shop in town around here.
I have made many other purchases a great 1950's craftsman axe 7.00 local resale shop a high end looks to be marine corps issue arcteryx or camelback
made for Marine corps 20.00
For food in short term I'm big on things like canned soups and so on beef stews , chilies, baked beans
Ramen is great though high in sodium but if you mix some canned chicken in and a little seasoning it helps
Beef ramen is great with jerky the jerky rehydrates when you are cooking quick and easy
Keep in mind some of this stuff you can cook in the can over a fire or over a sterno can limiting cleanup and preserving your water on hand
Plastic bags are another favorite of mine I have two family members that work in nursing homes and occasionally bring me rolls of the plastic bags
these are great for various reasons from procuring water to sanitation.
Anyway I know so much of this has been covered but if you are on a budget and wanna prep it can be done very cheap if I can help any of you or answer
any questions please drop a line send a message or ask on the board
I'm happy to answer if I can , I'm no expert but its a hobby of sorts and I enjoy it I know a lot of people don't so if I can help I will
And no I'm not waiting for the end of the world I like the creative ideas people come up with in emergencies
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