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Hello:

As I explained in my intro thread, I am new to prepping. The thought of getting everything together is a bit daunting, especially so when you think about the cost of everything.

Does anyone have any good tips for a new prepper on how to get started on a budget?

Thanks!
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Rodeno;92185 Wrote:Hello:

As I explained in my intro thread, I am new to prepping. The thought of getting everything together is a bit daunting, especially so when you think about the cost of everything.

Does anyone have any good tips for a new prepper on how to get started on a budget?

Thanks!
Welcome to the forums! I'd say to any new prepper that you just need to come up with a plan and a budget and stick with it. You can build your preps as you have extra money. I'd also suggest starting with the priority items such as a good bug out bag to keep your preps in, a good knife or multi tool, waterproof matches...you get the idea!
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Thanks!
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#4
Well, I could give you any kind of advice, but I'm not sure what your goals are. Even then, I prep for my wife and I. If you have a wife, three kids, two hamsters, and an in law, it is going to be completely different.

So, I will just cover some basics.

Coupon. Get a sunday paper, check printable coupons. The wife and I save an average of $80-$150 each month on groceries just by getting coupons. It isn't a lot of money. But, that can go right into more preps. Not to mention, combining a sale on canned food, with a coupon? You can net a ton of stuff for a little bit of money.

As for gear. Like was said, a good multi tool. I don't go anywhere without mine. I am going to a funeral today, and I have my multi tool clipped to my suit. Will I need a pair of pliers today? Who knows. But, I might need a screw driver. You don't need anything fancy, just something that will help you out in case you need it.

As was said, get a good bug out bag. An old alice pack, a good hiking pack. Whatever you can afford. Get it, load it, and keep it handy.

A good pair of comfortable waterproof boots. If something happens, and you have to bug out, you don't want to be walking through the woods for hours in a pair of air jordans. I keep a pair tied to by pack by the laces.

Another thing most people don't mention. Get a few small tarps. In case of a broken window you can keep some of the wind and rain out. In case of bugging out, you can use it as shelter. You can use one to collect rainwater or morning dew.

And when you look at things, try to get items and tools that will have multiple uses.
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Before you start preparing, you need to know what you're preparing for. Sit down and be honest and realistic as to what you're going to prepare for.

For example, if you're preparing for an extinction level asteroid strike, then your preparation should entail a shovel, and a small plot of land. If you're preparing for a short term to medium length disruption of localized or statewide government and services, then your preparations will be much more extensive.

As for doing it on a budget, Craigslist is a good resource for finding supplies. Hitting flea markets and thrift shops is good, as is hitting farmer's markets for food to can for long term storage. Make a list of the items you'll want to get, Food, Water, Fuel, Ammunition, Firearms, and all the items that go with each of those.

I'll post more later.
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#6
welcome Give this site a look .. http://www.americanpreppersnetwork.net/portal.php
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#7
This is my response from another similar thread;

JustinHEMI;19163 Wrote:Start small. Buy an extra can or two of food when you go shopping to put away.

Rotate your stock, buy what you eat and eat what you buy.

Do the same for other items like medical and hygeine.

It seems overwhelming to think about "OMG! MUST HAVE EVERYTHING NOW!" But when you break it up, it builds up fast and before you know it, you're thinking "fuck! where can I put all this shit?" Big Grin

Justin

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Thanks, guys.
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