I came across the prepping lifestyle while flipping through the television channels. I found the show “Doomsday Preppers” on the NatGeo channel and realized I needed to make some big changes in my life.
But starting out as a new prepper, I found that it can be over-whelming. There are so many different ideas and sources that you can get information. It can take a lot of research to find out what will work for you and your family.
I also found out that Prepping can be expensive (can be). I’ve stopped eating out so much, and spending money on things that I don’t really need. Now I put money back, look for sales, and also use coupons.
One idea, I actually got from my church. We have around 3000 members and years ago, we used to have a program that we called the “Dollar a Week Fund”. Basically, every member would give an extra dollar each week and that money was put into a church fund. One dollar isn’t a lot of money by itself, but $3000 a week from the whole church can make a serious dent into whatever you need the money for.
I thought about this the other day, and wondered “How can I apply that to my preps?”
What if I put back $20 a week (if possible), or decided to buy $X amount of can-goods a week? Or made it a goal to can 10 jars a week? That $20 a week would be $80/month. Those 10 jars a week would turn into 40 jars a month. You can then see how over several months or a years’ time… you could really save up.
I say all of this, because I realize there are a lot of people that don’t have extra money to spend these days. While there are people who spend thousands of dollars on food and prepping supplies I have found there are many ways to be frugal and still save what you need to continue your lifestyle.
With a little extra research, time and effort… you can prep within your budget. Don’t let it overwhelm you by any means. The best resource I have found is the American Preppers Network (APN). Not only will you find infinite amounts of information, but you will probably make some good friends along the way.
One other thing about prepping is this… Prepping can be fun. I try not to focus on the doom and gloom of the negative aspects of ”Doomsday”, although I still prepare for them. I myself have had blood pressure problems for quite a while now, and I’ve noticed that when I go shop for my preps… I seem to relax a little more than usual. I chalk it up to knowing that I’m preparing myself. This is kind of like paying off a bill that has been looming over your head. You feel a little bit of relief.
If you’re just starting out, I hope this article helps you a little. Find what works best for you and your family and go from there.
God Bless and Happy Prepping!