Whenever I think about emergency preparedness, it sounds like a lot of work and a lot of money. When money is tight, it’s hard to make emergency preparedness a priority. Since it is National Preparedness Month, I decided to find ways to help save money while preparing for an emergency. Here are a few tips to make emergency preparedness kit less expensive.
Tip #1: Start with Things at Home
In my home, I have a lot of stuff. I started building my kit by taking things from my house that I already have, such as flashlights, batteries, bandages, moist towelettes, spare clothes, old blankets, and antiseptics. Small supplies like these can be in a centralized location and, if needed, I can use them in non-emergency situations and replenish the supplies afterwards.
Tip #2: Gather Supplies Gradually and Wait for Sales or Coupons
And you can eat the food supplies in your pantry as you need them in everyday life. Just remember to restock them. It’s certainly not a good use of money to let them expire!
Tip #3: Store Your Own Water
Tip #4: Buy Off-Brand Merchandise when Buying Supplies
Tip #5: Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk is typically cheaper than buying things individually. Supplies like food come in big packages, which allow you to buy important supplies for the whole family. About a weeks’ worth of food per person is recommended. Don’t have a big family? Find a neighbor or friend and go in on bulk items together. Food should be non-perishable, cooked, and somewhat nutritious. In the long term, nutrient-high foods will sustain someone longer than calorie-rich, but nutrient poor food, so try avoiding buying junk food for your emergency supplies.
Do What You Can
Remember, there is more to emergency preparedness than setting up a kit, and many steps don’t cost any money (like making an emergency communication plan for your family). Even if you can’t afford to buy everything on the recommended list, add what you can afford now, because whatever you can do will make you more ready. To know additional steps to prepare for an emergency, visit http://makeitthrough.org/.
Originally posted on September 19, 2017.