5 Ways to prepare on a budget
Water is the most essential item you and your family will need to survive. You’ll need it for washing, wound irrigation, bathing, cooking and drinking to name the most important.
Not everyone can go out and buy expensive water filtration systems, but no need to worry, there are cheaper alternatives.
There are plenty of inexpensive water filtration devices on the market today. They start at around $20. Be sure to read whether or not they filter bacteria and viruses, or just bacteria. Although within the United States there isn’t much of a worry that you’re going to run into virus issue in the water supply.
You should always drink from running water from a stream unless there is none available, but rest assured that the newest water filters are excellent to use even in stagnant water. My recommendation is the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter.
You could also look on your local Craigslist for 55 Gallon containers. A lot of farmers & restaurants are always looking to get rid of food grade containers. You can usually find them fairly cheap.
2. Fire Starters
You can negate the need for water filtration if you have a fire starter to boil your water when you need to drink or cook. To be safe you should boil your water for at least 5 minutes, unless you can attain 212+ degrees, then it will be safe in roughly 1 minute. I highly recommend watching some online video’s on how to filter water with sand, rocks and charcoal as well.
There are so many cheap fire starters on the market. You can use a lighter, a Ferro rod with a striker, or many other types of fire starters. Your best bet is to keep matches, lighters and a Ferro rod on hand at all times.
The best I’ve found on the market today is called the Live Fire Survival Kit. It comes in a small kit not much bigger than a gum package. Its waterproof, burns for 30 minutes fully opened, & even longer if you keep the cover ½ or ¼ closed while lit. It also comes with a Ferro rod and striker.
I highly recommend learning as much as you can from books and the internet about identifying edible plants, learn how to grow your own garden, & learn how to hunt & trap using snares and other primitive but effective methods. These methods take time to learn and are not quite so easy depending on where you live, how big your family is, & the time of year.
My recommendation is to either stock up weekly or monthly on fairly inexpensive can goods from the grocery store. If you have a food dehydrator and vacuum sealer you’ll be in even better shape.
For those of you who want to stock up on items that are packed with the correct amount of vitamins & nutrition to sustain you for long periods of time, I recommend freeze-dried or dehydrated foods such as Wise Food Storage. It can get pricey depending on how big you want or need your supply to be, but if you save each week or month you should be able to build up a large stash over time that will have a shelf-life of 25 Years.
4. Medical & Sanitation
Everyone should have a medical kit on hand that includes all the normal first aid items, plus you should be sure to have rubber gloves, an airway kit, extra antiseptic, needle & thread, and an assortment of other over-the-counter medicines. Sanitation is extremely important. There are countless free videos online to learn how to properly provide you and your family proper sanitation if you aren’t going to buy sanitation equipment.
If you can’t afford antibiotics or are worried about their short-term shelf lives, you should do some research on certain fish medications that are the same versions of antibiotics made for humans, but a lot cheaper. Please do your research and consult a professional before ingesting any medicine that’s not intended for humans!
You should also start learning about medicinal plants and herbs. If you spend the time learning important skills like these you will not need to buy medications or worry about shelf-lives as much. I also highly recommend researching colloidal silver for its many medicinal properties.
Doing research and learning how to build primitive shelters is of course going to be your cheapest method for providing shelter. If you can’t afford a high quality tent, watch some online videos on how to construct a primitive shelter using trees and leaves, or by using a tarp and paracord, or many other great bushcraft methods.
I will say this, not everyone can afford to buy Survival gear, but everyone can invest some time learning real skills like our ancestors had. They didn’t have a choice but to be self-sufficient. Even though we have a choice now, there may come a time where we don’t have a choice anymore. So you should stock up on gear or start learning how to survival using more primitive methods.
I recommend doing both if you can, stocking up on gear as well as learning all of the above mentioned skills. With the internet there are thousands of free videos where you can learn about almost anything.
There are also many more subjects you should become proficient in besides the ones I’ve mentioned in this blog. Be sure to practice as many of the skills you learn in real-time. It’s not always as easy as it is on television!
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CEO/Founder Legacy Survival Gear