One of the myths about prepping is that it costs a lot of money. People have the idea that only people with large incomes can build an adequate stash of emergency supplies and food, and keep it stocked all the time. However, that isn’t always the case. Prepping doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking. In fact, many preppers are living on a tight budget, and have to plan their prepping steps carefully. They also look for ways they can accumulate preps for free! Here are 25 things you can do this month that cost nothing apart from your time.
Make notes of what things you already have in your cabinets or in your first aid kit that could be used in an emergency. Then you can start adding to your stash as your budget allows without buying duplicates or extras of things you’ve already got.
Once you know what supplies you have already, you need to get them organized. Keep all like supplies in the same place, and make a note of where they are kept.
Collect Important Documents
Gather all of your important papers like passports, birth certificates, and insurance policies and keep them in a safe place. It is not a bad idea to make a copy of these documents and put them in a second safe location.
Even if it is just walking around your neighborhood every day, build up your endurance and improve your health, both things you will need in survival mode.
Saving the seeds from fruits and vegetables will give you a leg up on starting your own garden this spring. It costs nothing to save and store the seeds in your freezer!
Make an Evacuation Plan
Do you have a plan in place of where you would go if you had to leave your home in an emergency? Make those plans now and come up with a couple of different routes as well as a meeting place and emergency contact numbers.
Go on a Hike
Get some practice walking over tough terrain. You may be evacuating on foot, and you won’t always been walking on flat roads. Get accustomed to the rough landscape now, rather than in crisis mode.
Start a Compost Pile
You can start your own compost pile with the scraps from your dinner table. Compost makes excellent fertilizer for your garden, and will come in very handy, even as a bartering tool.
Learn to Change a Tire
Sadly, this is a skill I don’t know how to do. And I would be willing to guess most people don’t either. Learn to change those flat tires now, before you have a roadside emergency while trying to evacuate.
Cook From Scratch
Learning to cook with out pre-packaged foods is something our ancestors did all the time, but for some it is a dying art. If you are in survival mode, you aren’t going to have the luxury of running to the store to grab a frozen pizza or other convenience food, so you need to know how to use what you have to make meals and snacks. Recipes abound on the internet, or go to your local library and check out some cookbooks.
Use The Library
Speaking of the library, it can be a valuable resource in your prepping journey. You can get books on just about anything at your local library, and some libraries even have a service to check out e-books (to read on your computer or tablet) for free via their website. The library can be one the sharpest tools in a prepper’s arsenal!
Learn to Sew
You will want to learn to sew in the event you have to repair ripped clothing or mend other things around the house if replacing them isn’t an option.
Use the Internet
Like the library, the internet is a powerful resource for the prepper. There are all sorts of prepping blogs and websites that have great information on them. Put them to good use!
Start Saving Water
You can rinse out empty milk jugs and juice bottles and use them for water storage. This water can be used for all kinds of things should you not have access to running water.
Save Dryer Lint
This gray fuzzy stuff you usually pitch in the trash can be saved and used as fire starter.
Newspaper can be used to line pet crates, as fire starter, and even to stuff down in sleeping bags for extra insulation.
Well, not exactly, but learning to properly build a fire is a great prepping skill that you need to learn.
Cook Over a Fire
Since you can build a fire, you might as well learn to cook over it too. There are lots of websites and recipe books devoted to campfire cooking, and it goes way beyond roasted hot dogs and s’mores!
Pack a Bug Out Bag
You can use items you already have on hand to pack your own bug out bag. This will include survival items that will get you through about 3 days. It should include season appropriate clothing, extra socks, a mini first aid kit, snacks, water, and a flashlight and batteries. This bag should be ready to grab and go should you have to evacuate.
Make A Budget
If you’re in a SHTF scenario, your money is going to be tight and you will need to know how to make do without going shopping all the time. Practice now by making a written budget and sticking to it. Only buy the necessities. Save up for bigger items rather than buying them on credit. If it is not truly a need, then you don’t buy it.
Shut Off Utilities
Do you know how to shut off the gas, electricity, and the water for your house? If not, make sure you learn now. These will need to be turned off quickly if you evacuate or have a disaster.
Learn to Cut Hair
You can save money, and provide a valuable service to your family and others by cutting hair at home. There are tons of videos online that can teach you how to do this well.
Plant a Garden
Try growing some of your own vegetables. Remember those seeds you are saving? You can put them in the ground and reap a harvest! All you need are seeds, dirt, sunlight, and water!
Ask for Prep Items as Gifts
When your mom asks what to get your for your birthday or Christmas, tell her a weather radio, or a utility knife. You can ask for practical things you will use in your emergency preparations.
One of the biggest mistakes many preppers make is to get overwhelmed with too much stuff. Start de-cluttering your home now, a room at a time, and it will make a huge difference. You’ll have more room to store emergency supplies and you’ll know exactly what you have in your closets, cabinets, and in every nook and cranny of your house.
There are lots more free things you can do to start prepping, but this list should get you off to a good start! Do you have any free prepping ideas to add to this list?