We all like to have a safety net in case the worse case scenario happens. It can be anything. Heaven forbid, but it could be a horrible family illness, sudden loss of a job, , unexpected weather events, economic downturn, you name it.
There are many things that can rock our world.
If you have been fortunate, you have managed to save a little money for the future and you have managed to prep ahead with your food and household items. If worse came to worse - you could survive, at least for a while.
Many haven't found themselves in that situation, and have no idea how they can prep, as they have NO extra funds.
Is there any way to put back $10 a month? That would help. How you ask?
If you eat out, go to a movie now and then, buy new clothes, etc. - STOP!
Lower your thermostat.
Turn off everything that is electric and not being used.
Line dry your laundry and do not use the dryer.
Work and hour over time if possible.
Re-evaluate your phone bill or other utilities.
Offer a service to someone for money - mow, yard work, baking, sewing, house cleaning.........
Save ALL change.
There are a lot of ways to add $10 a month to your income. Start with $10 a month - then try to come up with $10 a week. Work at this slowly - it can be done.
I know $10 a month doesn't sound like a lot - but it sure will help with prepping.
FIRST and FOREMOST when you are just starting out - DON'T worry about nutrition!!!!
I know that sounds odd - but think about it. If SHTF and you are hungry - well.....food is food!
Once you have basics put back - then you can start adding more nutritious foods.
Start out buying at the dollar stores.
Buy dried beans and legumes. Buy rice and or pasta. These will keep you full.
Consider buying bags of flour, sugar, a pound of salt, dry milk, oats, and perhaps large cans of tomato products.
Consider growing a garden in the warmer months. (At least something). You could possibly sell garden surplus to others - you could can or freeze or dehydrate food for later.
Put the items you purchase with these funds back - place them in another place other than your normal pantry (maybe a tote). These are your emergency supplies! Now you will want to rotate them out once in a while - but try to replace and keep them for emergencies. NOTE- try to freeze your flour and dry goods like rice or pasta for a few days. That will kill any insect eggs (yes our food contains them).
So the moral of the story is to NEVER SAY CAN'T!!!!
You CAN prep - you CAN save - just start out small. Take baby steps. It will come together.
No matter your income level, you can prepare for more uncertain times. You will be able to provide for yourself and your family.
Will you be living the high life? Probably not - but you sure as heck won't go hungry!
Hard work and persistence will get you there.
PREP FOR PENNIES!