Being able to afford expensive survival gear doesn't necessarily make you a prepper. All that gear will not serve you when SHTF if you don't know how to use them properly and if you don't learn essential survival skills, like reusing and upcycling old items. You don't have to burn through all your savings to build your survival stockpile. To reduce your expenses, look for simple, low-cost solutions that will help you stay within your budget.
For example, safety pins are simple items, yet they have various survival uses. Before disaster strikes, store half a dozen safety pins of various sizes in your everyday carry kit (EDC kit) or bug-out bag (BOB).
Study the list below and practice what you can do with safety pins in a survival scenario. (Related: The versatile safety pin: 17 reasons you should have some in your bugout bag and survival cache.)
Still don't think safety pins are useful? What about in the following scenarios?
If you tear a hole in your pants or shirt, you can secure the material with a safety pin until you have time to stop and repair the hole with a sewing kit.
Before you use a safety pin to remove splinters, sterilize the sharp point of the pin to prevent infections. Burn the end of the pin for at least 10 seconds with a lighter or match, then dip it in alcohol if you have some in your kit.
A sterilized safety pin can also be used to lance a bad wound and get rid of pus.
To make a safety pin fishhook, you need a pin and a multitool or pliers.
Keep safety pins where you can get to them easily when SHTF. For example, if you're wearing a hat, you can fasten three to six safety pins in your hatband.
Make it a habit to find survival uses for common items around your home. In a disaster, you'll be grateful for safety pins and other ordinary items. Your prepper ingenuity might even save a life or prevent further injury.