How to Start Prepping on a Budget | Top 5 Tips | Prepping for Non-Preppers BetterPrepared
Starting your #PreparednessJourney can be overwhelming especially when you feel like you have to spend a ton of money to do it. Well, you don’t! In this video, I share tips and strategies that show how to start preparing for a disaster or emergency without spending thousands of dollars to do it. I cover Food, Water, Tools and Gear, and my 2 favorite freebies.
WEBVTT Kind: captions Language: en 00:00:00.060 --> 00:00:03.600 are you ready to get prepared but don't want to break the bank to do it well I 00:00:03.600 --> 00:00:07.230 have some tips and some ideas I can help you get prepared for a disaster without 00:00:07.230 --> 00:00:10.320 spending thousands of thousands of dollars and save you some money in the 00:00:10.320 --> 00:00:18.420 process so stay tuned and we'll go through hey everybody welcome to 00:00:18.420 --> 00:00:22.410 Cascadia dispatch today I'm Casey and today we're gonna talk about how to 00:00:22.410 --> 00:00:28.109 start getting prepared on a budget you may see lots and lots of videos and ads 00:00:28.109 --> 00:00:32.430 and things for all the crazy gear and all of the things that are new and shiny 00:00:32.430 --> 00:00:36.899 and wonderful and cost thousands dollars and think to yourself how am I gonna get 00:00:36.899 --> 00:00:41.430 prepared for myself and my family and my community without having some just 00:00:41.430 --> 00:00:45.960 extreme budget to do it well there are lots of ways to get started and and you 00:00:45.960 --> 00:00:51.570 can grow from there you don't have to have the newest and the latest on the 00:00:51.570 --> 00:00:56.760 greatest to be safe and secure for your family so today I'm gonna go through a 00:00:56.760 --> 00:01:02.579 few tips ways to kind of get started on a budget without breaking the bank to do 00:01:02.579 --> 00:01:07.740 it and then obviously you know you can spend as much money as you want to but 00:01:07.740 --> 00:01:10.500 these are some ways to get started without spending thousands of thousands 00:01:10.500 --> 00:01:15.960 of dollars to do it so the first way to start getting prepared without spending 00:01:15.960 --> 00:01:20.460 a ton of money is doing a couple of things that are really free they don't 00:01:20.460 --> 00:01:26.159 cost any money the first one is planning planning is super important if you don't 00:01:26.159 --> 00:01:30.509 have a plan you don't know what you need so the first thing you can do is start 00:01:30.509 --> 00:01:34.110 planning what are your emergency plans what are your communication plans what 00:01:34.110 --> 00:01:37.979 is your but again plan what's your bug-out plan what do you do for your 00:01:37.979 --> 00:01:42.000 kids when they're at school by putting all these plans together what are you 00:01:42.000 --> 00:01:45.930 preparing for who are you preparing for we have videos on some of those there's 00:01:45.930 --> 00:01:50.610 gonna be more videos coming by kind of going through those stuffs and figuring 00:01:50.610 --> 00:01:55.079 out actually what you want to do and what your what your plan is you can plan 00:01:55.079 --> 00:01:58.680 and plan and plan for free and the better your plans are the more you're 00:01:58.680 --> 00:02:01.670 going to know about actually what you need to buy which 00:02:01.670 --> 00:02:04.990 you're going to need to spend money on or what you're going to need to acquire 00:02:04.990 --> 00:02:08.539 versus if you're just running around feeling like you got to buy a bunch of 00:02:08.539 --> 00:02:13.130 stuff when I started out I felt like I just had to buy a bunch of stuff so I 00:02:13.130 --> 00:02:16.520 kind of ran out and we kind of went to Cabela's and bought a bunch of stuff 00:02:16.520 --> 00:02:20.420 just because that's what I thought we needed and then over time I was able to 00:02:20.420 --> 00:02:24.470 learn more and plan more and we were able to refine down our supplies and our 00:02:24.470 --> 00:02:29.180 gear and what we do and how we do it which I didn't do upfront so the first 00:02:29.180 --> 00:02:33.080 thing you can do is plan the second thing which kind of comes off of 00:02:33.080 --> 00:02:38.150 planning a little bit is learning skills and learning especially with YouTube and 00:02:38.150 --> 00:02:44.209 the internet and thing you can learn so many things about being prepared online 00:02:44.209 --> 00:02:49.519 or at a library that are free and skills and learning are going to be invaluable 00:02:49.519 --> 00:02:55.400 in any sort of disaster it's great to have some gear that will you know make a 00:02:55.400 --> 00:02:59.870 tent for you but if you know how to make a tent out of the supplies that you have 00:02:59.870 --> 00:03:05.180 by learning the skills of shelter making or fire starting or any of those sorts 00:03:05.180 --> 00:03:09.799 of things you're gonna be way better off than if you're relying on your gear 00:03:09.799 --> 00:03:15.260 especially if you've never used your gear which is a whole nother thing I but 00:03:15.260 --> 00:03:19.400 by learning all of these other skills by learning about gardening by learning 00:03:19.400 --> 00:03:25.220 about emergency planning you're gonna be way better off and it doesn't cost you 00:03:25.220 --> 00:03:30.410 anything it just costs your time so you can do it at night you can do it during 00:03:30.410 --> 00:03:34.790 the day you can do it whenever you have a free time I have podcasts on my phone 00:03:34.790 --> 00:03:39.140 I have websites and YouTube channels that I watch and whenever I have time 00:03:39.140 --> 00:03:44.720 I'm always on watching listening trying to learn more and more things that then 00:03:44.720 --> 00:03:50.690 I can either give to you guys or use for myself so the second thing that you can 00:03:50.690 --> 00:03:53.870 do on a budget is learning okay now we're going to start getting into some 00:03:53.870 --> 00:03:57.440 of the things you actually do probably have to buy or at least spend some money 00:03:57.440 --> 00:04:04.250 on so the third thing is food food can be incredibly expensive you're getting a 00:04:04.250 --> 00:04:09.260 freeze dryer or you're buying in tons and tons of freeze-dried food 00:04:09.260 --> 00:04:14.569 period food or something like that that's obviously a major investment you 00:04:14.569 --> 00:04:18.949 can start very small go to the grocery store today and just buy a few cans of 00:04:18.949 --> 00:04:23.780 canned food you can buy like a chili something with some protein and some 00:04:23.780 --> 00:04:27.530 some you know vegetables in it like a beef soup or something like that that's 00:04:27.530 --> 00:04:34.580 ready to eat most canned soup around our area you can find a store brand that's 00:04:34.580 --> 00:04:40.610 maybe 99 cents a can or 89 cents a can of something like that you can watch 00:04:40.610 --> 00:04:46.699 sales to find when when food goes on sale and buy it that way for us we tend 00:04:46.699 --> 00:04:52.789 to buy the food that we eat regularly when it's on sale in larger quantities 00:04:52.789 --> 00:04:58.699 so when something that our family eats a lot of goes on sale we'll maybe buy in 00:04:58.699 --> 00:05:03.440 bulk we'll buy a case or two cases so we lock in the lower price but then we 00:05:03.440 --> 00:05:07.850 rotate it through so instead of having one meals worth of macaroni and cheese 00:05:07.850 --> 00:05:11.810 maybe we will have three months of macaroni and cheese and we'll eat 00:05:11.810 --> 00:05:15.260 through it and we'll replenish it and that's kind of a that's going to be 00:05:15.260 --> 00:05:18.910 another video on kind of the idea of a proper pantry which is really just 00:05:18.910 --> 00:05:24.979 rotationally rotating rotating the food and buying in bulk is really the 00:05:24.979 --> 00:05:28.610 strategy there and that's what we do with a lot of it but if you're just 00:05:28.610 --> 00:05:33.320 starting out you're looking to start a 72-hour kit or a two-week kit every time 00:05:33.320 --> 00:05:36.560 you go to the grocery store just buy an extra can of food buy an extra can of 00:05:36.560 --> 00:05:40.490 chili buy an extra can of soup and this just start putting it away get a flavor 00:05:40.490 --> 00:05:44.750 that you like because you don't want to eat food in an emergency that you really 00:05:44.750 --> 00:05:49.970 don't like if you don't have to 89 cents for the can of soup that you like versus 00:05:49.970 --> 00:05:53.360 89 cents for the can of soup you don't like it's the same amount of money you 00:05:53.360 --> 00:05:58.039 might as well get the one you like but by doing that you'll at least start to 00:05:58.039 --> 00:06:02.690 make a stockpile of food that you can use and you can rotate it through and 00:06:02.690 --> 00:06:07.460 it's not as expensive as going out and buying a package of mountain house for 00:06:07.460 --> 00:06:13.639 $9 or $10 or whatever it is or going out and getting a freeze dryer or spending a 00:06:13.639 --> 00:06:16.909 lot on a dehydrator or something like that you may want to get there but if 00:06:16.909 --> 00:06:20.449 you're just starting out and you want to spend about kind of money then 00:06:20.449 --> 00:06:24.469 just start by buying a couple of extra cans of food here and there make sure 00:06:24.469 --> 00:06:29.179 you have a manual caliber because having a bunch of canned food is great if you 00:06:29.179 --> 00:06:32.809 can't get into the canned food that was a problem so make sure you've got a 00:06:32.809 --> 00:06:36.860 manual can opener with it put it with the food that you've got and that's a 00:06:36.860 --> 00:06:40.729 real great way to kind of get into it without spending a lot of money to start 00:06:40.729 --> 00:06:45.739 okay so the fourth thing is going to be around water now water seems like it's a 00:06:45.739 --> 00:06:49.429 pretty standard thing you get it out of the tap and you can use your tap water 00:06:49.429 --> 00:06:54.979 there are articles online about how to treat tap water if you're going to try 00:06:54.979 --> 00:07:01.429 to store it long-term we treat our tap water that we keep in our big containers 00:07:01.429 --> 00:07:08.509 it's kind of our super emergency water like for a real huge disaster we use tap 00:07:08.509 --> 00:07:12.860 water and we treat it with bleach to keep the bacteria out and then when we 00:07:12.860 --> 00:07:16.219 use it we would probably boil it again just to be safe or run it through 00:07:16.219 --> 00:07:20.659 another filter but that's kind of how we treat that however our drinking water 00:07:20.659 --> 00:07:25.039 and kind of what we would use in a smaller emergency or a one to two week 00:07:25.039 --> 00:07:29.689 sort of a thing we just use either the gallon jugs that you can get at the 00:07:29.689 --> 00:07:33.889 grocery store you can get a five gallon jug five gallon jugs are usually less 00:07:33.889 --> 00:07:38.769 per gallon than a single jug but you can go get a single jug gallon of water for 00:07:38.769 --> 00:07:42.979 99 cents 89 cents just get the store brand drinking water is drinking water 00:07:42.979 --> 00:07:49.309 for the most part and store it away and you know you need a gallon of water per 00:07:49.309 --> 00:07:54.169 person per day in in rough estimation so every time you go to the grocery store 00:07:54.169 --> 00:07:59.689 just buy one extra gallon of water and put it away and over the course of you 00:07:59.689 --> 00:08:03.949 know seven trips to the grocery store or 14 trips at your store whatever you will 00:08:03.949 --> 00:08:07.819 start to build up that cache of drinking water and then you can use it throughout 00:08:07.819 --> 00:08:13.309 you can rotate it through as long as you keep it in a cool dark place you 00:08:13.309 --> 00:08:17.779 shouldn't have any issues with the plastic over time you'll have issues 00:08:17.779 --> 00:08:20.629 with plastic you don't want to store things in plastic for long periods of 00:08:20.629 --> 00:08:23.539 time but you know as long as you're rotating it out you shouldn't have a 00:08:23.539 --> 00:08:28.009 problem as long as it's cool you can also get the little bottles of water 00:08:28.009 --> 00:08:30.320 those are going to be great for portability 00:08:30.320 --> 00:08:35.540 the per kind of per liter cost or per bottle cost is going to be much more 00:08:35.540 --> 00:08:40.490 expensive buying water models than it is buying jugs or even a 5 gallons so I 00:08:40.490 --> 00:08:44.480 recommend maybe getting a couple of 5 gallons get some some one gallons 00:08:44.480 --> 00:08:47.800 because those are really easy maybe get one package of water bottles over time 00:08:47.800 --> 00:08:52.910 but you don't need to just go out and buy two week supply of water if you 00:08:52.910 --> 00:08:56.090 don't want to buy a little bit buy a couple of days at a time 00:08:56.090 --> 00:08:59.630 and build it up over time and then you're not going to be investing as much 00:08:59.630 --> 00:09:03.620 not give me a vesting at a filter you're not gonna be investing in a gigantic 00:09:03.620 --> 00:09:08.180 55-gallon drum and all the water that goes into it you may want to get there 00:09:08.180 --> 00:09:13.310 but to get started you know get a few gallons every time you go to the grocery 00:09:13.310 --> 00:09:18.770 store it's an extra dollar or it's an extra 80 cents or if you you know buy it 00:09:18.770 --> 00:09:22.780 at the the fill up your own 5-gallon tank and maybe even less than that 00:09:22.780 --> 00:09:29.960 and most grocery stores have a fill up your own container and you get great 00:09:29.960 --> 00:09:33.860 drinking water and it's gonna be even less than what it is at the store so 00:09:33.860 --> 00:09:37.250 those are some options around water that are not going to break the bank forth 00:09:37.250 --> 00:09:41.930 okay so the fifth tip that I have is around tools and gear because you may 00:09:41.930 --> 00:09:46.310 want to have some tools and gear and an emergency I know ideally like to be like 00:09:46.310 --> 00:09:50.510 to all be able to make our own you know tents and everything out of the supplies 00:09:50.510 --> 00:09:53.810 we have around us but some people may want to have an actual tent some people 00:09:53.810 --> 00:09:57.860 where I have actual tools I'm one of those people as much as I like to do it 00:09:57.860 --> 00:10:03.520 myself I like to have some of those things ready to go that I know are are 00:10:03.520 --> 00:10:08.420 structurally sound and have all of the right tools and everything to do what 00:10:08.420 --> 00:10:13.040 they need to do so if you want to do some of that sort of stuff there are 00:10:13.040 --> 00:10:15.710 some ways to do it without spending a ton of money you don't have to go buy 00:10:15.710 --> 00:10:20.720 retail off-the-shelf brand new thrift stores are a great place tools are tools 00:10:20.720 --> 00:10:27.380 are tools especially hand tools so go to a thrift store garage sales estate sales 00:10:27.380 --> 00:10:33.020 all of those places are great opportunities to pick up tools camping 00:10:33.020 --> 00:10:37.850 gear a lot of the preparedness gear that that we talked about that get featured 00:10:37.850 --> 00:10:42.829 on channels it's not preparing this gear it's not survival gear 00:10:42.829 --> 00:10:46.100 for the most part it's like can't be here it's you know do you have a tent do 00:10:46.100 --> 00:10:51.829 you have a camping stove you know there isn't a survival stove it's a it's 00:10:51.829 --> 00:10:56.629 likely camping stove people say it's a survival stove to make it seem more 00:10:56.629 --> 00:11:02.119 dramatic but just the camping stuff and a lot of people especially at the end of 00:11:02.119 --> 00:11:06.110 summer when people are kind of done camping and they want to start putting 00:11:06.110 --> 00:11:08.420 stuff away and they maybe don't want to put it in their garage and store it for 00:11:08.420 --> 00:11:11.480 another season they're gonna put it on Craigslist they're gonna put it on a 00:11:11.480 --> 00:11:14.420 garage sale we're gonna try to sell it out of the garage it's a great 00:11:14.420 --> 00:11:20.059 opportunity to pick up good quality gear that you you know you may not use it you 00:11:20.059 --> 00:11:24.350 know 300 days a year so it doesn't necessarily need to be brand new doesn't 00:11:24.350 --> 00:11:28.819 maybe need to have a warranty it just needs to be functional so go out take a 00:11:28.819 --> 00:11:35.959 look tents sleeping bags sleeping pads lights flashlights about all of that 00:11:35.959 --> 00:11:38.209 sort of stuff you can pick up the thrift stores and 00:11:38.209 --> 00:11:44.540 garage sales and estate sales for way less money you can even usually 00:11:44.540 --> 00:11:48.529 negotiate if you're bringing cash especially if it's like a garage sale or 00:11:48.529 --> 00:11:52.639 it's an estate sale there's usually some negotiation room you could bundle up a 00:11:52.639 --> 00:11:55.519 whole package and say hey I want the tent the sleeping bags everything else 00:11:55.519 --> 00:12:00.079 and give me a cheap me for a discount and likely you will get that so that's a 00:12:00.079 --> 00:12:04.819 great way to get either a little bit of gear or a bunch of gear for way less 00:12:04.819 --> 00:12:09.679 than if you went to Cabela's or Sportsman's Warehouse or Fred Meyer or 00:12:09.679 --> 00:12:15.799 wherever and try to get it all on that retail all at one woman all right 00:12:15.799 --> 00:12:21.259 everybody so that's five tips on how to get started preparing or prepping on a 00:12:21.259 --> 00:12:25.759 budget without spending thousands of dollars get you up and going so that you 00:12:25.759 --> 00:12:29.299 feel a little bit more prepared so that you feel like you're ready for a 00:12:29.299 --> 00:12:34.160 disaster if it were to happen that you might fare better than the rest of the 00:12:34.160 --> 00:12:38.419 folks either in your neighborhood or around you who don't have anything and 00:12:38.419 --> 00:12:40.519 without spending thousands of thousands of dollars 00:12:40.519 --> 00:12:45.589 he doesn't cost tons of money to be prepared it costs you know some time to 00:12:45.589 --> 00:12:50.509 learn some things and it may take some extra time to try to find good deals on 00:12:50.509 --> 00:12:54.220 things but again if you don't plan if you don't know what you want that your 00:12:54.220 --> 00:12:57.490 not going to be able to really figure out what it is that you should be 00:12:57.490 --> 00:13:02.020 looking for to find it at a good price to invest in it at the right time so I 00:13:02.020 --> 00:13:07.000 thoroughly encourage you to spend all of the time you can learning and learning 00:13:07.000 --> 00:13:10.920 and planning and planning so that when you do decide that you need to invest 00:13:10.920 --> 00:13:15.520 actual money into something you have an idea of what it should be and you know 00:13:15.520 --> 00:13:19.690 the value that's there and you know when you're getting a good deal on it 00:13:19.690 --> 00:13:24.370 but that's gonna do it for this week thanks again for watching please do like 00:13:24.370 --> 00:13:30.400 subscribe share hit the notification bell on this video doing so helps 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