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There has been quite a few news articles concerning a new breed of “1%” preppers that are buying bunkers and spending fortunes on specialized equipment.  I’ve highlighted this trend recently-click here if you’re interested.    This can be frustrating to the average Joe in the prepper community and it could lead some to even think that only the very rich would be able to survive disaster.  This though is simply not true. Granted, it’ll be easier to survive if you have the resources to purchase top-of-the-line equipment.  But, with careful planning the average person can reasonably prepare for when the SHTF with a small budget.

This article, from the Prepper Journal helps the average citizen reasonably prepare for a SHTF scenario.  One great piece of advice is that you don’t always need the best equipment.

Good gear matters. “Get good gear over cheap” is excellent advice. But sometimes, you don’t really need gear to be all that good. And sometimes, you don’t have to spend extra – or anything at all – to get perfectly serviceable preps. Preparedness on A Shoestring Budget – The Prepper Journal

Also, there are certain bug out bag items that are just fine to be purchased at the dollar store.

I buy Dollar Tree emergency candles, even though those are now 4.5-hour candles instead of 5-6 hour candles. They’re comparable to Coughlin’s emergency candles in scent, blackening, wick care, and flame steadiness, and I’ve never had them melt in whatever temp a black camper shell reaches when it’s 110 degrees outside. Preparedness on A Shoestring Budget – The Prepper Journal

Also, this article gives several ways you can re-purpose items.

A used or wrecked kiddie pool can become stash-back water catchment or a tarp. The “shrink wrap” thrown away after winterizing boats and unwrapping pallets has tons of applications. Plants have no idea if they’re growing in a $15-50 pot or a free trash can, storage tote, or filing cabinet drawer. They don’t know you got their mulch by raking pine straw instead of buying it, or that their weed barrier and your fire starter is cardboard from a liquor store or moving company. Preparedness on A Shoestring Budget – The Prepper Journal

Overall, a good article that gets you thinking. . . read more at