One common deterrent to prepping is the belief that it requires a lot of money. While a high income is an advantage to all preppers, you can start prepping even on a tight budget. (h/t to ModernSurvivalBlog.com)
Before deciding to purchase anything, ask yourself first, "do I need it?" or "do I want it?" It's important to make this distinction before buying items. Prioritize your needs over your wants. Here are more practical tips to help you get started on budget prepping.
Eliminate "indulgent" expenses like alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, and drinks from coffee shops.
As much as possible, buy supplies that are on sale.
Use coupons to save money on groceries and supplies.
Barter and trade for supplies.
Visit estate and yard sales for cheap and useful items.
Building your survival food stockpile
Learn how to cook.
Try "poor meal" recipes to save money.
Forage for wild edibles in your area.
Drive around and look for yards with fruit-bearing trees. Ask homeowners if you can pick some fruit.
Grow your own garden with fruits and vegetables that you and your family like to eat.
Preserve any surplus harvest by canning, drying, and other methods.
Buy a couple of extra canned food whenever you're out for groceries. In time, you'll have enough for a survival stockpile.
Don’t throw away leftovers. Find ways to use them for other meals to save on prep time.
Prepping can be affordable if you limit or cut unnecessary expenses and thrift for supplies. There are many ways to start prepping – don't let budget be a hindrance to your journey to a preparedness lifestyle.