Time for week two of the “Five Dollar Preps” series that I started last week. This time, I was at Harbor Freight Tools, so I decided to look around and see what kind of inexpensive things they had on the shelf that would be something to have in your preps.
I spent a grand total of $4.78, so I was under budget! Here’s what I picked up:
- A pair of scissors with a built in bottle opener.
- A large magnifying glass
- A 60′ roll of electrical tape
- A 25′ roll of mechanics wire
I wasn’t looking for anything specific. I just walked around a little bit, and saw a few cheap items that could come in handy. I don’t know that the order in which you buy all of your preps is as important as whether or not you are actively working toward a preparedness plan for your family.
Some of the “experts” would probably tell you differently. If you buy their book, they’ll have some formula that tells you that you need to buy A, B, & C in the first 30 days, then X, Y, Z……yada, yada, yada. Bull! Unless you hire a consultant that spends the time to get to know you and your family, what your needs and wants are, and what your goals are – then that “expert’s” opinion doesn’t mean jack. There is no “one size fits all” preparedness plan that is perfect for everyone.
The best preparedness plan in the world won’t help anyone, if you don’t do something with it. The reason I’m doing this series is to show new preppers that you don’t have to destroy your budget to start getting some items together. Five bucks a week is nothing, but over time, all of those little things will add up, and you won’t miss the money you’ve spent on your prep kit. Hopefully it will help to motivate some folks to think about adding some larger things to their preps as we go.
I don’t care what you buy, or how much you spend. Just get up & do something! Become involved with your own safety & security for your family, in case something bad happens. Don’t just “buy stuff.” Learn some skills on how to take care of yourself & your family if there is a disaster in your life. Don’t be part of the majority of people who assume that someone will come save them. Many people were not happy with the help they got in the recent past after disaster struck their lives.
I’m not going to make a list of the uses for the items I bought. If you have questions, please post them in the comment section. For all of you experienced preppers, feel free to post your ideas on how these items could be useful in a disaster/emergency situation.
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