Prepping can seem daunting, especially when you consider the cost of acquiring all the necessary supplies and equipment. However, with some smart planning and resourcefulness, prepping can be affordable even for those on a budget. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for prepping on a budget for UK preppers.
Prioritise Your Needs
Before you start purchasing prepping supplies, it’s important to prioritize your needs. Think about the scenarios that are most likely to occur in your area and prepare accordingly. For example, if you live in an area that is prone to flooding, think about sandbags, waterproof containers, and other flood-prevention measures. If you live in an area where there is already a higher than average amount of crime, then maybe personal safety and safety of your family and home is priority. Make a list of the essential and focus on acquiring those first.
Use Coupons and Discounts
Keep an eye out for deals and discounts on social media and magazines for items on your prepping list. Look out for shops that offer discounts on bulk purchases. Sign up for loyalty programs and watch out for special offers. For the more expensive items try online auctions and ebay.
Buy in Bulk
Buying food and toiletries in bulk can save you money. Always purchase non-perishable food items, toiletries, and other supplies in bulk. Just be sure to rotate your supplies so that nothing goes to waste.
Learn to DIY
DIY projects can be a great way to save money on preparing to prep. Create your own first aid kit that includes good quality items that you feel are necessary. Create your own bug out bag with equipment that you think are necessary. Build your own solar powered energy supply. Maybe a portable wind powered energy source. Check out youtube for more project ideas.
Focus on Multi-Use Items
Wherever possible your prepping gear should be multi-purpose. For example, a good quality tarpaulin can be used for a shelter, or as a ground cover. A good quality knife can be used for self-defence, cooking, cutting rope or fabric. (Be aware of the UK laws around carrying offensive weapons).
Everything in Moderation
Prepping is about being prepared, not about acquiring every latest gadget and piece of equipment. Collect the essentials first and then gradually build up your supplies as your budget allows. It’s also important to consider the storage space you have available and avoid hoarding supplies that you may never use.
Where to Next
There are many free resources available for preppers, including online forums, websites, books and guides, and even training courses. Take advantage of these resources to learn more about prepping and to connect with other preppers in your area. You can also consider volunteering with organizations like the Red Cross, St John’s Ambulance Brigade or other disaster relief organizations to gain experience and knowledge.
Prepping on a budget can be challenging, but it’s possible. By prioritizing your needs, using coupons and discounts, buying in bulk, learning to DIY, focusing on multi-purpose items, avoiding overdoing it, and considering free resources, you can build up your prepping supplies without breaking the bank. Remember, the most important thing is to be prepared and to have a plan in place for any emergency situation that may arise.