Saturday, June 20, 2009

Preparations for the Cash-Strapped

If you have plenty of cash, it makes it a heck of a lot easier to be a preper. But if you are like most people, the paradigm we've been subject to has kept you on a very austere path. Fear not, there still may be steps that can be taken to help. And here are a few.

1. Have a garage sale. A great way to clean out the unused items that you have laying around and use the money to purchase dried foods (see Survival Store at the top of this site).

2. Visit food pantries and stock up on extra canned and storable foods and put away for later.

3. If you are unemployed or on disability, apply for food assistance, WIC if you have small children. Then use these to purchase storable foods and keep stocking them away.

4. Sell large items that are not necessary. Use some of this money to get a wood stove and wood or alternate source of heat (Kerosene heater, pellet stove, etc.) Also don't forget to purchase water storage containers or use old containers that you already have.

Of course, if you happen to have some money left after the financial meltdown now would be a good time to put it into precious metals, tools, seeds, farmland and other necessary tangibles. Solar panels would be nice also as well as a windmill and a bicycle if you don't have one. Remember in a few weeks to months even, your money won't be worth very much probably but keep enough cash to be able to negotiate for day to day necessities. If you have things like extra batteries, candles, ammo, etc you can use those for barter.

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