Being on a budget isn’t always easy for most of us. When working a salary-based job, you’re a man of fixed income. This means you’ve built everything you have around this income, and there is little to no chance that you’ll wipe enough of the debt away to every actually “own” any of it! It’s a sad story, but it’s a reality for most people.
Everyone longs to get off the budget train every once in a while. However, when your role becomes “Doomsday Prepper on a Budget,” you’ll suddenly have plenty of incentive in becoming a responsible spender.
People that save money well are typically not impulsive and have a solid grasp of their desires. They simply balance their time and needs. They think outside the box to come up with solutions on their own before hiring others and make things instead of purchasing them.
How to Prep on a Budget
There is no universal way of prepping on a budget. Anyone can see the trends of his personal way of spending. However, there are a few things you can do to make the most of what you have.
Record an Inventory of Your Supplies Daily
First, you need to know what you have in your own pantry. This will help you spend more wisely and even give you a chance to take some items off your list. Not to mention, once you’ve recorded all of your inventory, you might be amazed by the things you had but never took advantage of.
If you find items you’ve purchased but never used, you can just donate them, sell them, or get rid of them once and for all!
Always Have a Written Budget
There has to be an upper and a lower limit on the money you spend on prepping. This can show you the priorities you should have any time you opt for something other than what’s within your budget.
Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
That quote brings you right back to your target – it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. The stuff probably won’t hit the fan next month, in all reality. That means that you should always make small, daily steps that will lead you to be fully prepared. Seeing how much you’ve accumulated and achieved as a prepper after just a few months should be enough to make you want to go all in.
There is No Need to Purchase Commercial Survival Food
Sometimes us preppers can be enchanted with products we see on TV and start buying commercialized survival food in bulk. However, without doing their due diligence, a prepper may purchase a large quantity of an item that unexpectedly goes bad. To have a well-balanced budget for prepping, you’re better off buying raw materials, and cooking and preserving your own food, which will last much longer than any commercially-distributed “survival food.”
Buy Items on Sale and Become an Expert Couponer
The best time to buy bulk is when an item is on sale. Taking advantage of coupons, in tandem with buying bulk, is an excellent way of reducing your grocery bill. It will help you maintain a healthy budget and gives you the chance to reinvent your inventory with fresh products that can endure the apocalypse.