I’ve had scores of people asking how to get started prepping, or explain how they have to “sneak” preps from their spouse or they simply “don’t have the money” to prep so I thought I would put together a list of items that can be bought cheap, about $5 each. The goal of this list is to demonstrate that prepping can be done for as little as $ 5.00 per week. I don’t know anyone who can’t spare five bucks a week to invest in the ability to save your life and the life of your family in an emergency and it’s pretty easy to explain where $5 went to the wife, although I suggest getting your spouse on your side when it comes to prepping.
A quick side note…your spouse or kids can’t see the need to prep? Here’s a fun game you can play with the whole family! Go to your main breaker and shut it off and cut your water off at the main valve for a full 24 hours. I know of no better way to convice someone they are unprepared for even a small event. Now, back to the topic on hand…..
Some of the items below go for less than five bucks, some may go for slightly more. You can buy whatever you want whenever you want, this isn’t a strict list. Splurge and spend $10 a few weeks and double up, or just look for what’s on sale that week. For just $ 5.00 +/- you can buy the following storable things:
- Five packages of Idahoan instant potatoes (flavored)
- A case of ramen noodles (20 pkgs)
- five cans of sardines
- five gallons of purified water
- nearly two cases of bottled water
- four cans of peaches, pears or fruit cockatail
- 2 jars of mandarin oranges
- five pounds of rice
- three to four pounds of spaghetti
- Two cans of spaghetti sauce
- three bags of egg noodles
- eight packages of gravy mix
- four cans of whole or sliced new potatos
- four cans of green beans or at least three cans of carrots, greens, peas or mixed veggies
- Two cans of Yams
- six cans of pork and beans
- one 40 ounce can of Dinty Moore Beef Stew
- Two 12 ounce cans of chicken, tuna or roast beef
- One 1lb canned ham
- three cans of refried beans
- three 12 oz cans of raviolis or spaghetti O’s.
- Two 12.5 ounce cans of Salmon
- Five pounds of Oatmeal
- Four packages Dinty Moore heat and eat meals
- five packages of corn bread mix
- Four pounds of Sugar
- Five pound of Flour
- 1.5 quarts of cooking oil
- three one pound bags of dry beans
- two cans of apple juice
- a jar of peanut butter
- two boxes of yeast
- two bags of generic breakfast cereal
- 10 8 oz cans of tomato paste/tomato sauce
- four cans of soup
- four cans of Chunky soup
- 8-10 pounds of Iodized salt
- two bottles of garlic powder or other spices
- Two boxes of kool aid
- A can of coffee
- 2 bottles of powdered coffee creamer
- one manual can opener
- two bottles of camp stove fuel
- 100 rounds of .22lr ammo
- 25 rounds of 12 ga birdshot or small game loads
- 20 rounds of Monarch 7.62×39 ammo
- a spool of 12lb test monofilament fishing line
- 2 packages of hooks and some sinkers or corks.
- artificial lure
- two packages of soft plastic worms
- three Bic Lighters or two big boxes of matches
- A package of tea lights
- 50 ft of para cord
- a roll of duct tape
- a box of nails or other fasteners
- a flashlight
- two D-batteries, four AA or AAA batteries or two 9v batteries
- a toothbrush and tooth paste
- a bag of disposable razors
- eight bars of ivory soap (it floats)
- a box or tampons or bag of pads for the ladies
- two gallons of bleach
- needles and thread
- a ball of yarn
OTC Medications (at Dollar General)
- 2 bottles 1000 count 500 mg generic Tylenol (acetometaphin)
- 2 bottles 500 count 200 mg generic advil (ibuprofen)
- 2 boxes 24 cound 25 mg generic Benadryl (diphenhydramine HCI)
- 4 bottles 500 count 325 mg aspirin
- 2 boxes of generic sudafed
- 4 bottles of alcohol
- a box of bandages (4×4)
There you have it, for roughly $5 you can buy anything on this list. Commit yourself to buy one item a week, or even one a day if you can and pretty soon you’ll have a nice collection of survival gear.
Get the Camp Chef Outdoor Oven for only $155 (suggested retail $249), that’s 40% off!
Unleash 18,000 BTUs of portable cooking power! So you always wanted an Oven for camping? Here it is…the Camp Chef Outdoor Oven, a 2-in-1 combo Stovetop and Oven, so you can create a wide range of mouthwatering morsels. Ahh, the smell of sizzling bacon and farm-fresh eggs, along with sliced potatoes, cooked golden brown on the twin burner Stovetop. Mmmm! Out of the Oven come freshly baked muffins. Of course, you can use the Oven for making cookies, casseroles, Dutch oven dishes, pizza rolls, TV dinners and more.
Enjoy muffins, cookies, casseroles, and Dutch oven dishes in the outdoors with the Camp Chef Outdoor Oven. Despite its lightweight size and design, the Outdoor Camp Oven boasts over 18,000 total BTUs of cooking power for maximum oven temperatures of 400 degrees. Powered by one disposable one-pound can of propane, the Camp Oven can run on high heat for up to five hours, ensuring that you have plenty of power to get your baking done right.
Designed for ease of use and portability, the Camp Chef Outdoor Oven features a lid that folds up to reveal two burners with up to 7,500 BTUs of power each. The burners are easy to get going with convenient, matchless igniters. The stove’s folding lid with side arms doubles as a wind screen to retain burner heat, and the nonstick, enamel cooking surface is easy to clean. The Camp Oven comes complete with an oven thermometer and two oven racks, and can be adapted for use with the Camp Chef Bulk Tank Hose/Adapter (sold separately).
- Range/oven features two 7,500 BTU matchless igniter range burners
- Matchless igniter 3,000 BTU internal oven; comes with two oven racks
- Maximum oven temperature: 400 degrees with built in thermometer
- Cooks for up to 5 hours on high heat with one 1-pound can of propane
- Range measures 21 x 12 inches; oven interior measures 10 x 16 x 10 inches (LxWxH);
- Weight: 35 pounds
- 1-year limited warranty
- Great addition to your emergency preparedness kit
- Powered with a disposable 1-pound propane can or adapt for a bulk tank using the Camp Chef Bulk Tank Hose/Adapter
- Stainless steel construction
- Nonstick enamel cooking surface
- Two oven racks
- Weight: 35 pounds
What are your lighting plans Post-SHTF? If you use a oil or kerosene lantern for light and use it 4 hours each night you will need how many gallons a year? 26 hours per fill up on I believe is 22 ounces, 128 ounces in a gallon, one gallon will give 150.8 hours of light or 37.7 days per gallon. A little less then 10 gallons of lamp oil or kerosene per year. Plus extra wicks and at least one spare globe. You can burn kerosene, it is cheaper then lamp oil but it smells so make sure you test it before depending on it. That means kill the lights for 1 hour and burn it and see if you can handle the smell. Highly refine kerosene sold in stores will not give off the bad smell that heating kerosene does. Please be careful with a lit flame in your house around children, pets and anything flammable.
An apartment size propane cookstove with a small oven is very efficient. Normal everyday usage is from 2 to 5 gallons a month. Now this is not a camp stove but a regular looking small apartment size propane kitchen stove. These small LP ranges are available in both 20″ and 24″ widths. Five gallons of propane is commonly called a 20 pound cylinder and are used on gas grills. They are avaliable at most any store or gas station and a single tank can last 4 months. You can get two 25 gallon cylinders (100 pound) and hook up with automatic switch over when the first tank is empty it switches to the full tank. Hook these up to a propane stove and you have one year supply of cooking for a family of four. This is just an estimate – as with everything survival your results may vary and you should test everything before your life depends on it.
Ooh yeah…in case you were wondering if this is a real tip, when Les Stroud (a.k.a. Survivorman) isn’t 5 days out in the woods eating grubs and spiders he uses one in his off grid log cabin to cook his food. Seriously.