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100 Budget Friendly Items For The Frugal Prepper


by EDITOR on FEBRUARY 13, 2016 5 COMMENTS

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5. $1 shelf storage milk: Where to get this? From the dollar store!

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11. Baking soda:Another multitasker that can be used for both cooking and cleaning.
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12. Boxed macaroni and cheese:Not the healthiest, but kids love it and it will fill tummies.

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21. Socks:You should always carry extra socks in your bag in case your feet get wet or you
are getting blisters and need an extra layer of protection. After Christmas you can often pick

up seasonal ones for a song.

22. Flashlights:Thecheap onesmay not be top quality, but they do work and are very handy
and slip into a purse or pocket.

23. Can opener:Something you never want to be without. Keep one in your car kit, your bug
out bag, and stash a few extras for good measure. Thismilitary type can openeris dirt
cheap and takes up almost no space.
cheap and takes up almost no space.

24. Zip ties:Zip ties are fantastic in their versatility. Use them to secure a makeshift shelter
from tarps, to repair tents, to attach something to a belt loop, or to bundle items tightly
together. Some recommend zip ties as makeshift handcuffs but in my opinion they are too
easy to get out of.

25. Childrens Cookware:Readers tip: The most budget-friendly item in my go bags is the
following. I childs kitchen cook set. A while back I found a tip about a stainless steel three
pcs childs kitchen cook set sold by Ikea. Theres a pot with lid, frying pan and colander for
less then $10.00. Why spend a small fortune on a titanium cook set that youll use a handful
of time or never?

26. N-95 masks:Check the aisle of the dollar store with painting supplies you can find N-95
masks there in 2-packs. You can learn more about theimportance of masks in this article.

27. Coffee Filters:These items are so multipurposeI wrote an entire article dedicated just to
them. A reader adds:I plan to use SODIS to purify my water, so I need plenty of coffee
filters. They are cheap. They would be used to filter the large particle of dirt, before using
SODIS.

28. Matches:Stock up on matches. I like the longer ones that come in a box as opposed to
the flimsy ones in a matchbook.

29. Petroleum jelly:Petroleum jelly or Vaseline has a multitude of uses that dont include
putting it on your skin. Its a great accelerant for fire-building, keeps machinery protected
from rust, can be used to make flypaper, lubricates hinges, and can be used to soothe
painful chapped lips.

30. Cotton balls:Add Vaseline to turn them into a firestarter. Use them for first aid to clean a
cut or scrape. Pad an area that is getting a blister with a cotton ball secured by a band aid.
Soak one inclove oiland apply to a painful tooth. The list could go on and on.

31. Homemade fire starter:Our most budget friendly items in our survival kit are
paraffin/dryer lint/egg carton fire starters.

32. Solar garden stakes:Leave these outside in a flower pot as a decorative display. When
the power goes out, simply bring them in and place them in vases around the house for a
warm glow all night long. I stock up on these from the dollar store and Wal-Mart at the end
of the season.

33. Water:You can pick up 1-gallon jugs for a dollar or less to beef up your water storage. As
well, you can fill your own containers for free right from the tap.

34. Garbage bags:You can never have too many, and they arent just for trash. They can also
be used as makeshift tarps or to haul something.

35. Duct tape:Of course. This is one of the most useful preps around. Here are50 ways to
use it.

36. Plain Chlorine Bleach:You can pick this up at the dollar store. As long as it is unscented,
it can be used to purify water. You can also use it to clean up messes that could make you
sick, like spoiled food or sewage. Be warned, the shelf life of bleach is only about a year, so
plan accordingly.

37. Utility knives:Exacto style knives are incredibly useful.

38. Baby wipes:Not just for babies, these handy wipes are good for a quick clean of the
counters or for washing your hands.

39. Toothbrushes:Stock up on lots of extras. Not only will you be prepared for an
unexpected overnight visitor, you will also be ready to clean hard to reach areas or to
unexpected overnight visitor, you will also be ready to clean hard to reach areas or to
replace the toothbrush of a family member that has been ill.

40. Mousetraps:Often in the aftermath of a disaster, rodents seek shelter too. You don;t
want them doing it in your house.

41. Bungee cords:These are invaluable for makeshift repairs or securing a load in a vehicle.

42. Aluminum foil:You can use it for cooking over an open fire, for lining cookware so that
you dont have to waste water washing it, or for reflecting heat. (And according to some,
preppers like to make hats out of it!)

43. Candles:Look for votives and jar candles at the dollar store. Since they are self-contained
you wont necessarily need holders for them.

44. Hand Sanitizer:Not only can you clean your hands with it, but hand sanitizer also makes
a great fire starting accelerant.

45. Vinegar:Vinegar is one of my favorite preps because of its many uses. It runs the gamut
from cleaner to first aid item. (Here are 50 ways to use it.)

46. Jigsaw puzzles, cards, and board games:These can be fun group activities to pass the
time when the power is out. Kids are always much more entertained by something new
during a crisis situation, rather than the same old toys they always play with.

47. Crossword puzzle, word search, and Sudoku books:If you prefer a solitary pursuit, a
puzzle book can keep your brain active.

48. Coloring books and art supplies: This may sound like it is just for the kids, but personally,
I love the relaxation I find when coloring. Stock up on both childrens and adult coloring
books, pencils and crayons for children and children at heart.

Here is a budget saving hint: order the ebook version of a coloring book. Virtually all of them
include a link where you can download the pages and print them out yourself. Not only that,
they arefrequently offered for free on Amazon.

49. Mylar blankets:Space blankets are good for a lot more than a way to keep warm in an
emergency. They are also good for deterring birds from your garden, protecting plants in the
hottest part of the day, or being strategically placed to increase heat output in a room. (Here
are more ways to use Mylar blankets.)

Garden/Homesteading Items

50. Garden gloves:These can nearly always be found for a dollar, and the kind with the
rubber grips will protect your hands with other types of light work, too.

51. Garden tools:Small hand tools for digging and planting will be useful in pots or raised
beds, although they may not be very helpful for a larger garden plot.

52. Watering cans:If water is not abundant, it is important to direct it only where you need it
to go to the roots of your plants.

53. Seeds:In the spring, they are everywhere. But dont just get the cheapest ones you can
find. As one Backdoor Survival reader said: I think heirloom seeds deliver a lot of bang for
the buck. Buy once, learn how to save seeds (and actually do it), and you can get food for the
rest of your life. (Keep in mind the cheap ones could be good for barter, though.)

54. Splatter screens:The kind of screens you use to keep bacon from making a mess in your
kitchen are perfect for air drying the seeds you want to save for next year.

55. Twine:The rustic looking brown twine can be used in many ways in the garden. I
particularly like it for tying plants to a trellis or other support.
particularly like it for tying plants to a trellis or other support.

56. Spray bottles:So many uses in both the garden and the barn. You can use this to mist
animals during a heat wave, to spray medication on a wound, or to gently mist seedlings.

57. Epsom salt:Not only can it ease sore muscles, but it can also be used as a soil
amendment.

First Aid Supplies

58. Bandages:Be careful with the dollar store bandages because sometimes the adhesive
doesnt stick very well. You can often get name brand ones at Wal-Mart for a dollar.

59. Pain relievers:Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen will reduce pain and
inflammation.

60. Gauze pads:Get a variety of sizes

61. Tensor bandages:Good for sprains or extra support for weak joints. You can also use
them to hold a splint in place.

62. Hydrogen Peroxide:Good for a multitude of uses like disinfecting wounds, as an


antiseptic mouth rinse, healing boils, and killing foot fungus. As well, peroxide can be used
for cleaning.

63. Rubbing alcohol:Cools and relaxes muscles, gets rid of bacterial growth under the nails,
heals cold sores, and can be used to disinfect medical instruments.

64. Alcohol wipes:Clean a wound, wash your hands before treating a wound, or wipe down
instruments before you use them.

65. Triple antibiotic cream:Always apply this to even the most minor wound to prevent a
possible infection.

66. Tweezers:Not just for your eyebrows! Use tweezers to remove splinters, pull off a tick, or
removed debris from a wound.

67. Witch hazel:This natural substance can help fade bruises faster, can relieve
inflammation in varicose veins, eases a sore throat when you gargle it (dont swallow it), can
be swished in the mouth to relieve painful or bleeding gums, and is the primary ingredient in
many hemorrhoid pads.

68. Magnifying glass/strong reading glasses:These will help you see more clearly if you have
to remove debris from a wound or find a splinter.Reading glassesare a good no-hands
solution.

69. Wrist supports:Be sure to get one for each wrist, since they are usually hand-specific

70. Ankle braces:A twisted ankle is a very common injury. An ankle brace will support the
joint if you must continue walking.

71. Cold and hot packs:Look for the instant ones that dont require heating or refrigeration
to work. These work with a chemical reaction, which makes them an excellent off-grid
addition to your kit.

72. Hydrocortisone creams:This will soothe the itch from rashes and hives.

73. Benadryl/Antihistamines:For minor allergic reactions, bee stings, or bug bites. Be sure to
stock products for both children and adults.

74. Calamine lotion:Dab this on mosquito bites, poison ivy or other itchy spots to tame the
discomfort
discomfort

75. Sunscreen:Prevent a sunburn before it happens

76. Aloe Vera Gel:Sooth a sunburn or minor kitchen burn

77. Superglue:In a dire emergency, it can be used to close a wound.

78. Sanitary Napkins:These arent just for feminine hygiene. They can be used as a compress
tostench bleeding.

79. Chapstick:Not just for your lips you can apply it to your face or other exposed skin to
protect from windburn.

80. Antiseptic spray:Use this on scrapes and minor cuts to help prevent infection.

81. Lavender essential oil:One of the most versatile essential oils, lavender essential oil can
be used for slowing bleeding, disinfecting wounds, or mixed with a carrier oil to relieve
dermatitis. Its aromatherapy uses are as a sleep aid and for calming stress and anxiety.
Learn more about this Swiss army knife of oils inThe Miracle of Lavender Oil: 25 Amazing
Uses for Survival.

82. Antacid:An antacid like Tums is good for relieving the discomfort of heartburn and
indigestion. As well, it can pull double-duty in the garden if you dissolve it in water and treat
the roots of tomatoes with blossom end rot.

83. Antidiarrheal:The generic brand can often be found at the dollar store.

84. Toothpaste:This inexpensive prep is not only good for brushing your teeth. A little dollop
can help clear blemishes and can also soothe the itch from bug bites.

85. Paint stir sticks:What? In the first aid supplies? Im not crazy. They make good splints for
a child, a wrist, or a pinkie finger.

86. Saline solution:A bottle of saline solution meant for contact lens wearers is excellent to
have on hand for flushing out eyes if you come in contact with an irritating substance or get
something in your eye.

87. Containers:The dollar store can be one stop shopping for containers for your first aid
supplies. Pill boxes, bottles in travel beauty kits, and pencil cases can all keep your supplies
organized at a discount price.

Other Items

And finally, here is some miscellaneous wisdom from you, the readers:

88. Knowledge: I fear for the safety of my grandchildren, so any knowledge I can pass along
to them is a great thing.

89.I try to pick up books, clothing, and other items at thrift shops and garage sales.

90.I would say the most budget friendly items in my kit are the recharged AA batteries as
they only cost a fraction of a cent (cost of electricity to recharge them)

91. 3 budget friendly items Water. Water. Water.

92.Budget friendly items are matches, candles, water, canned food.

93.Dont forget to shop secondhand! Thrift stores and garage sales can be economical ways
to pick up camping supplies, cast iron cookware, etc. The most budget friendly items in my
kit are the items I found at a garage sale headlamps for $1, which work perfectly, wrote a
reader.
reader.

94.My most budget friendly items are the numerous free samples that Ive amassed. The
individual aspirins, vitamins, food bars, etc. are packaged perfectly to fit into a BOB or first
aid kit.

95.Homemade repurposed things like dryer lint fire starters, old t-shirt bandages, etc.

96.Tape, string and fix-it items you can keep stocked for everyday use or for emergencies.

97.Most budget friendly items are all the things I buy when they are on sale, the lint I save
from my dryer that along with empty TP rolls form my fire starters, and all the free and
nearly free books I get on kindle to increase my knowledge. (I just need to spend more time
reading them.)

98.I like shopping for items at yard sales. Books are a great source of information you can
use to enhance your skill sets

99.Most of my budget preps are repurposed or homemade. From knives made from old
two man saws, to fire starters made from scrap products. I also find cheap treasures at yard
sales, auctions, and flea markets. Some of the best are items you can swap for at flea
markets with your own extra stuff.

100.It seems that the most budget-friendly item for everyone should be the means of
storing or obtaining water should the supply of drinking water ever be threatened.

The Final Word

Getting prepped doesnt have to be an overwhelming task that costs a fortune. Focus on
items that can be acquired inexpensively and have multiple purposes. Remember that the
greatest prep is information, so use the internet as your resource. You can find many
excellent articles to help you get prepped without going broke, but be careful to use trusted
sources.This article will help you find information from reliable websites.

In addition, here are some articles to get you started:

60 Emergency Supplies You Can Buy for a Buck


Why You Need More Skills and Less Stuff
14 Prepper Items to Look for at Yard Sales
The First 10 Things Every New Prepper Should Do (Some of Them Are Free!)
Prepping on a Budget
Free Emergency Binder Download and Organizational Tips

For more information on getting prepped when youre on a budget, check out the following
books:

The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any
Disaster

Preppers Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits(Most
of these projects can be made entirely from things you have lying around the
house.)

The Pantry Primer: A Preppers Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget

The bottom line is, stop waiting around!

Even if you only purchase a little bit at a time, youre going to be further ahead than if you
wait until you have the money to make huge purchases all at once. Every little bit helps! If
you have some frugal preps that I missed (and I am certain there are many), please share
your suggestions in the comments.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye started Backdoor Survival to share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy
and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the
highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. She considers her
sharing of knowledge her way of giving back and as always, we at Natural Blaze are grateful for
her contributions. If you would like to read more from Gaye Levy, check out her blog
athttp://www.backdoorsurvival.com/. You can also visit herFacebook pageor sign up for updates
by email by clicking onBackdoor Survival Updates.

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MARIA on FEBRUARY 13, 2016 6:25 PM

Advice for dried food: pack it in glass or cans. I had it ready for quite a while and because it was dried I
didnt pay attention to it in my spare room. The mice loved it. Nothing left.

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EDITOR on FEBRUARY 14, 2016 4:17 PM

Oh dear, I bet those were some fat and happy mice! Thanks for the tip.

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CHRIS D on FEBRUARY 14, 2016 6:38 AM

Additionally on Lavender, it works amazingly well on burns. If used right after a burning, it can stop the
burn from blistering. It removes the pain and throbbing.
Essential to keep in the kitchen, not just for prepping

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EDITOR on FEBRUARY 14, 2016 4:12 PM

My Mom actually use to own a lavender farm so I do in fact keep some essential oil in the
kitchen cupboard. I miss that place. 17 acres of bliss. Lavender has so many great uses.
My first aid essentials are lavender, tea tree oil, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, turmeric
capsules, and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Its all you really need

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MARIA on FEBRUARY 14, 2016 6:17 PM

Maybe I missed it: toilet paper. Store it safely cause mice love it for their babies (dont talk about mice. I
now know everything about them now. But theyre cute):)

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