Prepping on a budget ~ part 1

Prepping on a budget
Make do (or do without) to save more money for prepping

If you're wondering how you're going to afford all the things you need for
prepping, then this article is for you. Learn to make do or do without.

During the Great Depression, people learned to "make do, or do
without." It's a lesson we could all benefit from today, especially
when it comes to stuff you can do without that comes from the
grocery store.

Coupons add to your savings, but sometimes you don't have time
to search or the coupons don't apply to items on your list. Well,
you don't need coupons to save! Below are 25 groceries you don't
need to buy. Save money and do without them!

How to "make do" or "do without"
Prepping on a budget? You will cut your monthly expenses and
feel better about the environment, with these shopping ideas so
youll have more money for your preps…

#1: Say adieu to aluminum foil.
Foiled again! You can do without aluminum foil and there are
several reasons you should stop buying aluminum. First, you don't
need to use aluminum to wrap your food when you have other
options, including Saran wrap and parchment paper, glass and
steel containers. There are also natural options.
suggests using leaves to wrap your food,
but banana leaves are hard to come by and there are several
other ways to wrap your food, such as corn husks. Here are
ways to replace aluminum foil in your kitchen.

  • Is it okay to cook in aluminum? The answer is shocking:
    aluminum foil is dangerous. Truth be told: aluminum is a
    neurotoxin! And in case you're wondering: yes, you can bake
    potatoes without any aluminum foil at all.Unfortunately,
    aluminum is in many pots, pans and utensils, which you
    should replace with cast iron pots and pans, and stainless
    steel utensils.

  • Do you use a lot of aluminum? The good news is that you
    can combat aluminum with melatonin. Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D.
    explains Melatonin vs. The Dangers of Aluminum:

#2: Stop buying air fresheners.
Let's get this clear: air fresheners are unhealthy! There's no need
to pump chemicals into the air when you have natural

  • Baking soda: Any prepper worth his or her weight in salt
    knows you can put out some baking soda to make a room
    smell fresh.

  • Essential oils. Get a diffuser and pump some natural air
    freshener into the air with healthy essential oils. Diffusing
    lavender essential oil provides a very relaxed atmosphere.

  • Instant potpouri: Thieves oil is a natural for potpourri with
    it's woodsy cinnamon scent.

#3: Banish the store bought baking powder.
Why buy baking powder, when you can make your own? To make
your own baking powder you'll need:
  1. cornstarch
  2. baking soda and
  3. cream of tartar.

If you have those three ingredients, you can make your own
baking powder. Best of all, you can make your baking powder free
of aluminum if you use Bob's Red Mill.

Here's the recipe to make baking powder:

#4: Bake your own bread.
Make do without store bought bread. Get started bread making
with a bread machine, but learn how to make bread without one
too. You "knead" to learn how to bake bread with your own two
hands. Bake
no yeast breads and try other peasant breads:

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#19: Sew easy sandwich bags.
While sandwich bags are convenient for school snacks and
lunches, you don't really need them if you go green and sew your
own cloth bags. Other lunch toting options include a tiffin or a
bento box.

#20: Dread the shredded cheese.
Did you know they add anti-caking stabilizers in shredded
cheese? What's more Also you're paying "fluff" when you buy the
pre-grated stuff. You really should dread the commercial stuff.

Not only is commercially shredded cheese unhealthy to eat, but
the real stuff is so much tastier. Why pay for fake cheese when
you can get the real stuff by shredding yourself? Get a grater and
shred your own cheese.

#21: Skip the chemical spray cleaners.
Use baking soda and vinegar to clean your house without toxic
chemicals. If you have lemons, you can scrub your wood cutting
boards or add it to the baking soda and vinegar combo.

#22: Stop using sun block.
Did you know that sun block is toxic? Sunscreen may in fact cause
cancer instead of preventing it! Tiny toxic nano-particles get into
your bloodstream and wreak havoc on your system.

When you do your research you will realize that there is no need
to put sunblock on your family. Wear protective clothing or stay
out of the sun at peak times. There are many swim suits for
children on the market which have UV protection.

Your sunscreen might be poisoning you.

#23: Wipe free of commercial window cleaners.
Window cleaner is easy enough to make at home and far less
expensive than the store bought stuff.  

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  • Don't throw away you Windex, just yet! Windex is still a
    wonderful way to get rid of ants. You can spray directly on
    the path of marching ants to not only get rid of the ants on
    the war path to your food, but also get rid of new ants from
    marching in. They will note the devastating path and retreat
    never to return.

#24: Stop buying these things at the grocery stores.
Nowadays there's lots of weird stuff sold at the grocery store. In
short, they are not groceries, but the grocery stores certainly
want to sell them to you.

Don't buy these things at the grocery stores:

  • Shampoo is a bad deal at the grocery stores. Want a
    cheap price? Shampoo is inexpensive at the dollar stores,
    and almost always a better price at the pharmacy.

#25: That's a  wrap!
Sew reusable gift bags made of cloth, so you never need to wrap
presents again! Sewing is an awesome prepper skill and this is an
easy project to illustrate that you can go off the grid. Here are
some ideas so you don't buy wrapping paper at the store:

  • Have fun with your wrap: The comics section of the
    newspaper is a classic and frugal way to wrap a present. To
    give it a more professional look, spray some hairspray to
    give it a sheen.

If you're short on sewing materials and time, know the dollar
store is also a great place to find wrapping paper for just a buck,
not the grocery store.

Keep these general tips in mind:

  1. Find the store nearest you, which is the cheapest. You don't
    want to spend more money on gas than its worth.
  2. Stock up on items that have a long shelf life.
  3. Skip prepared foods - it's always better to make from scratch
  4. Look up and down. Name brands are
  5. Shampoo and toothpaste

And that's a wrap of the grocery store stuff you don't need to
buy.  Let us know your penny pinching prepping ideas.

Happy endings...
Now you have some ideas on how to "make do" without coupons,
so you can save money at the grocery store. There are other ways
you can make do:

  • Do without toilet paper. Preppers love their toilet paper, so
    we'd never suggest doing without; however, eventually the
    supply stashed will run out. What then? When the toilet
    paper runs out: rinse with a bidet!

  • Light up: When the matches run out, use a fire steel. Or do
    what they did during World War II: soldiers carefully split
    their matches in half (splintering them with a knife) to get
    two strikes from one match.

  • Get a grip without a dryer: use wooden clips! Get a grip
    and "make do" when your dryer gives in. Use clothespins and
    clothesline to dry clothes without going to the laundromat or
    buying a new dryer

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#16: Nix the paper napkins.
For everyday use fabric dinner napkins instead of the paper kind!
Well worth the chore of washing and folding, you'll feel much
better about the environment too. It's such an easy fix. Of
course, for long-term emergencies paper napkins are great. You
can use them for kindling and it will reduce the laundry.

#17: Be picky about paper towels.  
You can do without paper towels (or at least minimize use of
them to save money). Mind you, paper towels are useful in
prepping (for vomit cleanup in a pandemic for example).

You can make your own paper towels to save money. It's called a
rag! T-shirts are something that you can't often donate and make
for an excellent rag material. Make "paper towels" of old T-shirts
by just cutting them up and keeping them handy in a bin under
the sink. Reach for your free paper towels first.

#18: Pie Crust.
A pie crust takes just four ingredients. You're really not making a
pie unless you make the pie crust. Here's how to make an easy
and delicious pie crust for pies, as well as quiches.

#5: Don't be chicken to cut your own chicken!
Chicken breasts are the most expensive part of the chicken. Buy
the whole chicken! When you buy the whole chicken you'll not
only be more economical, but you'll be able to do more. With a
whole chicken to make soups and sauces, and you'll likely also
have leftovers to make chicken salad.

#6: Get into the daily grind without coffee filters.
Make do without paper coffee filters. You can do without a coffee
filter if you get an inexpensive gold filter. Mind you,
paper coffee
filters have many uses in survival, but a gold coffee filter is not
only better for the environment, it's better for you.  Sometimes
coffee filters have bleach in them, but even the unbleached
variety will fleck off into your coffee. If you're into clean eating,
then you should be into clean drinking and get yourself a filter.
Your coffee will taste better and you'll feel better.

#7: Wipe away the cost of diaper wipes.
While we generally recommend getting rid of paper towels, there
are a few clever uses of them. Paper towels are ideal for making
your own baby wipes (or adult wipes for that matter)! In a zip
lock bag you can keep them ready for next use. Make small
batches so they don't get moldy.

#8: Sink into this natural Jet Dry idea.
There's no need to add chemicals to your dishwashing process.
Pour white vinegar in the jet dry section of your dishwasher
instead! It's much better to do without. On high-efficiency washer
your dishes will come out just fine without the added chemicals.

#9: Ditch the deodorant.
Did you know that your underarm stink comes from bacteria?
Deodorant only masks the problem, it doesn't get rid of the
stink.  There is a heavy concern that deodorants also cause
cancer, especially for women who may shave their pits. You could
probably get rid of the antiperspirant too, but it comes in handy
for job interviews and dates. Save it for those occasions.

Here's how to live without deodorant:

  1. Wear natural fabrics. Synthetic fibers don't allow your
    armpits to breathe. You'll then sweat up a stinky storm.
    Choose cotton, linen, silk and wool whenever possible.
  2. Kill the bacteria: Stop the stink with rubbing alcohol or witch
    hazel to kill the bacteria. Alternatively, try hydrogen peroxide
    or white vinegar.
  3. Add essential oils. Zap the stink with tea tree oil or lavender
    essential oils. Another wonderful scent to try is Sweet
    Orange essential oil. Be sure to add a carrier oil as Sweet
    Orange can be bothersome to those who have sensitive skin.

Other natural ways to get rid of body odor include:
  • eating a vegan diet (no animal products at all - no meat, no
    dairy and no egg)
  • drinking plenty of water
  • bathing daily with a scrub of pure soap under the arms

#10: Delve into home made dryer sheets.
Dryer sheets are an unnecessary expense because they are
unhealthy! Laden with chemicals you can save money and do
without. Some people use vinegar, but this can actually hurt the
rubber hoses. If you use vinegar, then get yourself some braided
metal hoses so you won't have a burst hose and a problem on
your hands. A better solution to the vinegar is to use a home
made dryer sheet: a cotton cloth doused in your favorite essential
oil (lavender is a good choice).

  • If you have dryer sheets, don't throw them away! Dryer
    sheets are excellent for repelling bees when dining outdoors.
    Bounce dyer sheets seem to annoy them. Clip them
    somewhere with a clothespin, place them under your
    tablecloth or anchor them underneath something heavy so
    they don’t fly away.

#11: Fizzle out the facial tissues.
Facial tissues are a relatively new invention. In the old days,
chivalrous gentlemen always offered the ladies their handkerchief.
Cowboys have long used their
bandannas for many purposes,
including their noses. Got old flannel sheets? Cut them up to
make nose rags for the apocalypse or for the occasion of the
common cold when your nose is just too sore for even the softest
of facial tissues.

  • Caveat: None-the-less facial tissues are a good prep. Save
    facial tissues for a serious cold when you'll otherwise rub
    your nose raw.

#12: Get handy making your own hand sanitizers.
Stop buying chemical hand sanitizers. Make your own hand
sanitizer using rubbing alcohol and essential oil for a spray bottle
type hand sanitizer. Use aloe vera gel with a smidgen of rubbing
alcohol and your favorite essential oil for a gel-type hand
sanitizer in a squeeze bottle. The essential oils to use: sweet
orange or lavender will provide the best results.

#13: Break the party ice habit.
You can make ice year-round and get ready for when you need it
in the summer time or to plan ahead for a party.

  • Prep for power outage. An easy prep is to fill zip lock
    freezer bags with water, zip them shut and put them in the
    freezer for the day the lights go out. This solid mass of ice
    will help you to preserve the foods in your refrigerator longer
    than would otherwise, should the lights go out. It could save
    you hundreds of dollars of wasted food. Remember, to keep
    the door of your freezer shut to maintain maximum cold

  • Buy an ice-maker? If you find yourself constantly running to
    the store to buy ice, then it may behoove you to get an ice
    maker. Right is a portable ice maker. Eventually, you will
    recoup your money!

#14: Make your own laundry detergent.
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suitable for even those high-efficiency washers. It's a great way
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