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You can learn to control your resources and have more money
for prepping without denying yourself luxuries!
Prepping is expensive and yet it's important. While other
prepping communities and prepper articles may tell you how to
cancel your cable and otherwise deny yourself some luxuries in
life so you can afford prepping, there is another way! You just
need to learn how to control your resources to ensure you have
more money for your preps.

Note: This article goes beyond couponing! If you need the guide
on couponing, check out Couponing for the Beginner, pictured
left. It's a great resource.

This article is about how to save money prepping without
denying yourself anything!
Below are some changes you can
make in your life today, so you can start saving money for
prepping the easy way.

How to Save Money Prepping
Ways to cut your bills without clipping coupons:

#1. Stop drinking their soda.
Notice how we wrote "stop drinking their soda," and not "stop
drinking soda"? Americans have a love affair with Coca Cola,
Pepsi, 7-up, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, and it's nothing more
than a bit of sugar, bubbles, water and flavoring and caffeine
(or in the case of Mountain Dew, twice the caffeine and all of
the sugar). Soda is a money maker. While manufacturers make
a nice chunk of change on this love affair, it's the restaurants
who mostly profit from it.

Restaurants make money on you because the perceived value is
high. A restaurant may chill your beverage, add ice, or provide
you with a cup, lid, and straw, but they also profit by as much
as five times their cost (
soda may cost a restaurant .22 cents a
cup, and they may charge you $1.25).  They are selling you
convenience. If you want to save money, you'll stop drinking
their soda, and start bringing your own!

Water is always a better alternative for your pocketbook and
your health, but you don't need to deny yourself a soda, just
bring one from your stash at home.

Certainly it's better for your health to stop drinking soda, but
this money saving idea is about not denying you anything,
including your soda! If you love your soda pop, and can't quit,
the least you can do to save money for more preps is to bring
your own beverage when you eat out.

#2. Never buy bottled water again!
You'll feel better about the environment and save money too,
when you get a BPA free water bottle and transport your own
tap water. A Big Berkey water filtration system, pictured left,
will ensure your tap water tastes better and comes without
fluoride, chlorine and arsenic that may be lurking in your tap

  • Money Saving Tip for Preppers: Filter your water with a
    Big Berkey water filter and use a BPA-free water bottle to
    transport to school or work. Certainly a Big Berkey Water
    filter is an investment, but the savings add up when you
    consider that you may have been paying $1 or more for
    water. In a year of paying for bottled water, you'd have an
    excellent prep on your hands.

#3: Skip the Starbucks barista, but don't skimp
A coffee habit of $3.95 a day will cost you $1,441.75 annually.
You don't have to deny yourself a Starbucks and skimp on
yourself! The easiest way is to save a buck for more preps is to
cut out the coffee middleman: the barrista! Treat yourself to
Starbucks packet mixes, pictured left, and just add hot water.
In this way you also save on the tip and taxes, too.

There are many other ways to good cup of java (and to skip the
barrista)! Become your own barrista. Search the Internet and
you will find a do-it-yourself Starbuck recipe to make at home,
like this one:

#4: Don't buy pre-cut veggies and fruit.
Certainly it's convenient to buy a pre-made salad or cellophane
wrapped fruit or veggies. But precut veggies and fruit will cost
your more than if you do the work yourself. Simply don't pay the
grocery store staff to cut them for you. It's your chore, not
theirs if you want to save money.

Buy an inexpensive mandolin to make the job easier of cutting
fruit so it's less of a chore. The bonus is that you'll be eating
more veggies and fruit, which is healthier and cheaper overall
than prepackaged foods.

#5: Buy a whole chicken, instead of the parts.
The whole is cheaper than the sum of its parts when it comes
to chicken. According to All You Magazine, when you pick a bone
(and buy a whole chicken), the average family will save. They'll
save about $613 annually buying a whole chicken. If you have a
quality knife or a good pair of poultry shears, you're on your way
to saving money. The poultry shears pictured left are heavy-
duty and under $15!

#6: Save money and shoot more!
Do you get a bunch of reloading gear so you can save money
and shoot more? The
Ultimate reloader Web site helps you
weigh the costs and benefits of reloading  ammunition.

  • Lyman's Reloading Handbook has recipes for all your
    reloads! The guidebook covers wide selection of powders,
    covering Alliant, Accurate, Hodgdon, Ramshot, VihtaVuori,
    and Winchester. Additionally, most popular bullet brands
    are also used including Barnes, Hornady, Nosler, Sierra,
    Speer, and Swift. As always, full coverage is also given to
    Lyman cast bullets throughout the handbook. This is the
    one handbook that should find a home on all reloading
    benches. Take heed and reload safely!

#7: Wash your clothes in cold water and go off-grid
and line dry your laundry.
Apartment dwellers loathe the quarter sucking dryer and they in
particular should start line drying clothes at home. You say you
have your own washer dryer? Then start washing your clothes in
cold water to save electricity and listen up to the penny
pinching genius of
the simple dollar website, which calculates
saving as much as $1.08 in electricity for a typical wash day by
air drying clothes.

Washing clothes in cold water is a no-brainer. Line drying takes
time, but it’s a homesteading habit to start and a prepping
necessity for emergency preparedness. The Retractable
Clothesline, pictured immediate right can help. Head to the
dollar stores for wooden clothes pins on the cheap.

#8: Check expiration dates!
Keep tabs on stuff that expires. Perhaps today’s the day to
make a meal of food that’s about to expire and save money!
The key to a prepper’s pantry is a good plan for food rotation:
eating the oldest food first, and rotating new stock to the back
of the pantry. Expiration dates help provide a sales window for
grocers to ensure fresh taste and may prompt a sale item: it
doesn’t necessarily mean the food will make you sick. Preppers
know that you can extend the printed expiration date on cans,
but some food will become more mushy.  Don’t waste your
money by throwing the food away. Keep an active check on your
food with a better inventory system.

Take note about expiration dates because there's stuff you
didn't expect would expire! Here's a
list of preps you might not
expect to have expiration dates.

#9: Look down while shopping!
Grocery stores strategically place their most expensive products
at eye level. The generic brands, which could save you money
are on the bottom shelves! The most clever shoppers know this,
so the next tricky thing the grocery stores did was to place the
cheaper items on the top shelf, where you wouldn't expect it.
So look down (and up) while shopping the grocery stores to
save money without compromising your needs and wants.

#10: Buy groceries in bulk or bulk up when
something is on sale.
Buying in bulk is a no-brainer with preppers. In most cases,
when you buy in bulk you save money. Problems occur only if
expiration is an issue, such times when you can't possibly use
up the item before the life of the product. Buy groceries in bulk
or on sale only if you have adequate means to store the goods
properly and you know your family will use it up.  Know when to
buy in bulk:

  • Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day:
    Look for deep discounts around Memorial day according to
    Kiplingers with savings continuing around the Fourth of July
    and Labor day for such things as
  • picnic meats, such ground beef, hot dogs, chicken
  • condiments and salad dressing,
  • chips
  • canned beverages and
  • paper goods and plastic utensils

  • Thanksgiving:
    Be thankful for discounts around Thanksgiving for such
    things as:
  • canned goods
  • stuffing and boxed mashed potatoes
  • turkey
  • frozen pies
  • flour, yeast, sugar and chocolate chips

  • Other groceries to buy in bulk or on sale include:
  1. Dishwashing detergent (Buy on sale at the grocery
  2. Toothpaste! Toothpaste has a long shelf life, so if you
    can buy in bulk the better
  3. Toothpaste is on sale every day at the dollar stores.
  4. Trashbags (Costco is an excellent source)
  5. Toilet paper and diapers (Amazon Subscribe and save
    will have you never running out)
  6. Soaps and Shampoo (Dollar stores are an excellent
  7. Light bulbs
  8. Pens and paper (Dollar stores are an excellent source)
  9. Beans and Rice (Costco is an excellent source)
  10. Pasta (Buy on sale at the grocery stores)
  11. Oatmeal (Costco is an excellent source)

One way to take advantage of buying in bulk is to get yourself
some tools:

  • Dehydrator: While dehydrators can be expensive, the
    economical dehydrator at the top left of the page has a
    nice capacity to enable you to buy foods when they are
    inexpensive and in season and eat them when you are
    ready in dehydrated form.

  • Food Saver: While a vacuum food sealer won't stop meat
    and other food from spoiling, it will delay the spoiling and
    will prevent your food from getting freezer burn. It makes
    buying food in bulk a whole lot more practical. A food saver
    also has other benefits for preppers. You can use it to
    store guns and ammunition, keep silver coins, flatware or
    jewelry from tarnishing and keep your documents dry
    among other important uses for a vacuum sealer.

#11: Save money on gas.
Want to save money at your local pump? Then visit Gasbuddy.
com before you head out to your next fill up.  Type in your ZIP
code and this amazing site will provide a list of gas stations
and their prices (includes local prices on regular gas, midgrade,
premium and Diesel prices) and provides the prices for paying in

Remember also to check your tire pressure, turn off your air
conditioner, park in the first parking space you find (rather than
driving around), and don't accelerate, which all waste gas.

  • Learn more ways to save money on gasoline as well as
    fifteen money-saving fuel options for the homestead and

#12: Set aside .50 cents a day for the rest of this
If you put aside just .50 cents a day into a special jar, you’d
have $182.50 (.50 x 365 days in a year = $182.50).

When you’ve reached your goal,
head to the local Coinstar
machine and cash in for an Amazon gift card to buy what you

  • In about three months, you’d have enough to buy a Seal A
    Meal vacuum sealer, pictured right. It's only around $40
    and with free shipping.

  • In less than half a year, you’d have enough to buy a Presto
    Pressure Canner and Cooker to get you started in canning.
    This is the top selling pressure canner and cooker on
    Amazon. Pressure canning is the only method
    recommended safe by the US Department of Agriculture for
    canning vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood. Canning
    saves money!

  • In about nine months you’d have enough to buy a Volcano
    Collapsible cookstove, which takes propane, charcoal or
    wood. Pictured left, this is a popular choice with preppers.

  • In a little more than a year, you’d have enough to buy an
    Excalibur dehydrator, which is a top of the line beauty!
    With a dehydrator, you can take advantage of seasonal
    fruits and vegetables, dry them and use veggies for soups
    and stews, or fruits for baking or oatmeal. Saving money is
    making money!

  • In about a year and a half you’d have enough to buy a Big
    Berkey Water filter and purification system. The bonus is
    that this beauty will save money on bottled water! Saving
    money on bottled water means you’ll have more money for
    other preps.

The best way to prepare for unforeseen circumstances is to save
for them! Preppers know a savings account is not the answer.
They buy gold an silver. Indeed, everyone can afford to prep
because prepping saves money (buying in bulk and on sale,
doing projects yourself instead of hiring, etc). Best of all, when
you save money for prepping, you'll save even more money with
the preps you buy, which is the whole idea behind this article!
Learn how to save money for more preps!

You can save money without changing your lifestyle! In fact,
prepping is a lifestyle that saves money. Preppers grow their
own food, make from scratch, are experts at Do-It-Yourself, and
know how to do without.

#13. Negotiate a better rate on your bills.
Ask and you shall receive! Sometimes it takes only a phone call
to get a bill lowered, so why not try it:

#14: Know the true cost of your expenses.
Instead of evaluating your next purchase on the price tag, a
better way is to calculate the hours it costs you to earn the
item in question. When you think of the hourly costs, you may
re-evaluate your wants.

  • Use to learn how much money
    you make in an hour. From this figure, you can determine
    how many hours it takes you to earn something.

#15. Set a daily spending limit.
Instead of denying yourself anything, you can delay gratification
by setting a daily spending limit. Let's say you're comfortable
and have $3,000 a month in your budget to spend on preps,
groceries, gas, clothing and miscellaneous items for the family:
then, set your daily spending limit to $100. Here's how it
works... If you spend $108 at the grocery store today, then
tomorrow you can buy only $92 shopping the next day for gas
and food. If you head to Costco and buy $300 of food and
preps, then you can't go shopping for a couple of days: you'll
have make do with the food in your pantry. If you spend only
$50 one day, then you've "saved" enough the kids' haircuts. If
you get a friend to cut hair instead, you now have an extra $50
for a new pair of shoes.

You get the idea, now set your limit:
  • If you need a $1,500 budget, limit yourself to $50 a day.
  • If you want to set your budget to $1,000 a month, spend
    $33 a day.
  • Want to really tighten your belt? Spend just $20 a day and
    that's $600 a month.Apparently, that's all the money you
    need for your preps, according to the author of Poverty
    Prepping, pictured left by Susan Gregersen, who survives
    by this amount with her husband.

Traditional Ways Preppers Save Money
Now that you've read all the more unusual ways to save money
prepping, we thought we'd revisit all the other popular ways to
save money for your preps:

  1. Getting out of debt.
  2. Couponing and two for ones!
  3. Cutting back on luxuries (cable, movies, extra phones).
  4. Cooking from scratch.
  5. Buying in bulk.
  6. Bartering instead of buying,
  7. Hunting, fishing, tending a garden, foraging the wild or
    raising your own animals.
  8. Taking a stay-cation or camping instead of a fancy vacation.
  9. Moving back in with parents to pay help off student debt.
  10. Trying new foods: dandelions anyone?

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