So a disaster’s coming and you don’t know what to do.
You haven’t saved any food or water because it didn’t seem like you’d ever be in this situation, right?
Plus, who can afford spending thousands of dollars on bulk food and water, with all the extra flashlights, storage bins, and all the other stuff that preppers use.
In the end, you’re kinda regretting not spending that money that could’ve saved your life now probably.
Well, let’s go back to when thing’s were great, and you still have time to prep for disaster (present time).
What can you do now to prepare for a possible disaster without shelling out thousands of dollars to build the ultimate survival arsenal?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of money!
So let’s check out what you and I can do to stay prepared without causing a bank account disaster.
Getting the Water that You’ll Need for a Natural Disaster
Let’s start with what we all need to survive: Water.
You can’t go more than 3 days without water, but you can go quite a few weeks without food if you conserve your energy correctly.
So how are you going to stay hydrated to avoid dying of thirst?
Well, there’s actually several ways, starting with buying water (that’s an easy one).
Buying Bottled Water to Survive a Disaster Scenario
Literally today at the grocery store, I got a coupon to get a free 24-pack of bottled water for free if I spent more than $10.00.
How many of you guys spend over $10.00 when shopping at the grocery store?
Probably every single one of you, just as I do.
So naturally I snagged the water bottle case, and I now have about a week’s worth of water for myself in case of a natural disaster.
Well, that’s a heck of a lot easier than spending thousands, right?
Bottled water at the store is also only about $3.00 for a 24 to 32 pack of generic brand water, so tacking on one of those per month isn’t a bad idea either.
Think of it this way, $3.00 a month is an extra week that you get to live in case of a natural disaster.
What if it never happens and you wasted $100 over the course of several years?
Well then some of your family members get to have a bunch of water, and now you’re a hero!
Using Water Filter Straws to Survive the Apocalypse
Okay so now you’ve rationed out all your water, and you’re super thirsty and in need of hydration.
Should you accept your fate, since your finite source of bottled water has ran out?
No, we both know that you wouldn’t be reading this article if that were the case.
You’re a survivor, so let’s find a way to keep you alive!
Personally, I’m all about water filter straws.
They work anywhere, and as long as there’s no chemicals in the water, it’s all good to go.
These bad boys are less than $20.00, so take that bonus you just got and save yourself in the future.
Hell, grab two, that way you can help someone else survive too!
You can use a water filter straw in almost all lakes, rivers, streams, and waterfalls, which expands your hydration area indefinitely.
Remember your finite source of water from the bottles? It’s now infinite!
How to Eat Gourmet Foods During a Disaster
Alright, now that you’re alive and hydrated, it’s time to keep your energy levels high to prepare for the rest of the apocalypse.
Remember the days of eating at 5 star restaurants?
Sea food, fresh off the docks that you’re eating them on, or the finest spaghetti and meatballs that hit the spot?
Well, those are gone, let’s be real the only way you’re getting that in a disaster is from a can.
That being said, spaghetti and meatballs from a can is 10 times better than eating tree bark until you die of internal lacerations or poisonous berries.
So how can you stock up on canned food to prepare for whatever might come? Coupons!
Buy one get one coupons are all over the place in any grocery store you can think of.
Buy one can, get one can.
One can a day is enough to keep you alive until you can forage for more food, or find more cans!
One can of food is usually between 300 to 700 calories, and costs about $1.00.
Now with you’re new coupon skills, you can make that two cans!
If you spend $5.00 a month on prep food, you now have 10 cans a month, aka 10 days of luxurious, gourmet apocalypse food.
Making a Cheap Survival Kit
Food: check, water: check.
Now you’re all done now, right?
Wrong again, it’s time to figure out what tools and supplies you’ll need to make this whole ‘staying alive’ thing happen.
Here’s a quick survival supplies checklist that you’ll need to keep on keeping on:
- Multi-tool: These things range in price, but they can both destroy and build, so keep it on deck.
- Flashlight: It helps you see stuff in the dark, and we all love to see.
- Rope: Every good survival checklist has rope. You can climb, use it as a tourniquet, use it as a belt, workout with it, and more.
- Matches and a lighter: Yes, get both. They’re cheap and they start a fire, which means you can cook food and stay warm.
You can add other items to the list like silverware, pots and pans, and candles.
None of those are necessary for survival, but they sure make it a lot easier.
How Much Does it Cost to Survive the End of the World?
Surviving a disaster is stressful enough, so help your future self out by spending the extra few bucks now when all of these supplies are readily available.
What’s the grand total for staying alive and thriving?
Here are some averages:
- Water for a month: $12, assuming you don’t get any cheap deals like I did.
- Food for a month: $50 or so, depending on how many cans of spaghetti O’s your stomach can handle.
- Water filter straw: Less than $20.00.
- Your super basic survival kit: About $50, possibly less if you can find some deals.
Surviving a month in a disaster can cost you about $132.00 or less, which isn’t too bad at all.
Start saving up and preparing for a disaster now, and your future self with be thankful that he or she is still alive!