6 Easy Tips for Survivalists on a Budget

Not every prepper has the kind of resources those Silicon Valley startup megamillionairess do when they build their lavish underground bunkers to prepare for the end of days. Some of us are hard-working people who need an affordable apocalypse solution. That’s where we can help. If you can’t afford to purchase a decommissioned missile silo to transform into your doomsday hideout, there’s no need to worry. With these simple and easy to follow six tips, you can get your survival spot Armageddon-ready for a fair and reasonable price. Check them out!

Take advantage of renewable energy funding incentives 

Renewable energy isn’t just good for the planet – it’s actually a huge win for survivalists. The last thing you want during a serious emergency, or the apocalypse, is to rely on a quickly dwindling supply of gasoline to power your generator. With options like wind and solar available for off-the-grid cabins and bunkers, you’ll definitely be better off choosing a renewable solution. It’s simple math: the sun lasts forever; gasoline doesn’t.

If you’re hoping to revamp your bug-out shelter to include sustainable long-term power, there are incentives for funding that you can use. For instance, property assessed clean energy financing (PACE) is a way to help make a solar upgrade more affordable. If you look for PACE funding in California, New York, or Florida, you may be able to get your build sustainable for a reasonable price.

Downsize your living space 

While living in the lap of luxury during the apocalypse may sound like a dream come true, the reality is that survival comes first. If you’ve been saving up for a massive cabin or mansion to live out your days in, you may want to consider downsizing for a more affordable option. There are a few benefits to downsizing:

  • Smaller spaces are generally cheaper. Plus, with great options like pre-fab tiny homes that you can get for a bargain, you may be able to afford your apocalypse shelter earlier than expected.
  • Smaller homes, like a pre-fab tiny home, can be mobile. So, if you hear over your radio set that the zombie horde is nearing your current location, you can simply hitch your home to your truck and get out of dodge.
  • You’ll be harder for looters to find. Let’s face it, once the façade of society has crumbled, the savage animal within every man, woman, and child on earth will be revealed. It’s easier to hide from looters if your space is smaller!

Still need ways to keep your apocalypse prep within budget? Read on for more tips!

Consider your current inventory

You don’t need to go to your local hunting store and stock up on expensive goods right away. First, consider the items you may already have as you build your survival kit. Here are some easy options:

  • Instead of donating clothes, keep some basic essentials as part of your bug-out bag. It’s true that ratty old T shirt may not look too good anymore, but after the asteroid hits, you won’t care how nice your shirts are.
  • Steer clear of prepper food. While these premade options can be great for those with money to spare, the fact is that keeping canned food ready will work just as well at a fraction of the cost.
  • See if you can put together an assortment of weapons from your garage. Rather than going out and purchasing an expensive new crossbow, fashion one out of a 2×4, a length of wiring, and flexible material like PVC piping or curved wood.

Do Your Research First 

Within the world of disaster and apocalypse preparation, there’s a lot of new gimmicky products meant to catch the eye without actually providing a necessary service for survival. Let’s be clear about this, if and when something terrible happens, you don’t want to be burdened down with gear that doesn’t work, or is still in more of an experimental phase and won’t actually do its job. There’s nothing more frustrating than having equipment that appears to be perfect on the surface, only for one small error –like not having any waterproofing– to render it unusable. Not only does gear like this prove to be ineffective, it can be far more costly in the end.

The good news is that there is plenty of information out there to help ensure that you’re making the right choice with the equipment you buy, allowing you to only get the essentials that you need. Along with all the trusted survival tips we have here on our site, there are a lot of experts who have tested the products that will help you in any situation, and know the ones that work. David Canterbury, Les Stroud, and Bear Grylls headline as some of the more popular experts in the field, but there are many others who also know what they are doing and specialize in particular areas of SHTF preparation. 

As you’re well aware, being ready for any situation is the most important part about being a survival prepper, so don’t neglect doing the research you need beforehand. For the most part, it’s completely free, and could save your life one day. If you’re on a budget, knowing how to respond in a SHTF situation will still be the difference between life and death, that’s far more valuable than any gadget or survival pack you could tuck away. 

Take your time. 

Sure, it’d be nice to be ready for any type of disaster today, but if you take your time and put together your kits little by little, your wallet will thank you. One method that is tried and true is prioritizing must-haves first. These include items that are inexpensive and that you might already have lying around, like a hatched, warm clothes, canned food, and water containers. Once this stuff is ready to go, slowly start putting together a budget for a countryside hideout or maybe even an apocalypse off-the-grid van build. 

Getting your kits together may seem crazy expensive. But if you’re clever about it and make sure that you budget properly, you’ll find that you can have a killer survival build in no time.