Prepping for… Tight Budgets

Just like finding enough storage space, finding the money to stockpile is a big concern for many.

Always prep within your means – and never, ever go into debt to pay for it. It is better to sell some un(der)used items you already have than to go into debt. The uncertainty surrounding Brexit means that you could find yourself in a situation where you cannot repay a loan, and this is not a situation worth risking.

Always remember that having something in the cupboard is better than nothing, so even if you can only afford a little extra food you are in a better position than you were before.

There are many reasons to prep – Brexit is one, but things like Universal Credit and redundancy are another; if you can it’s always worth creating a little buffer.

This is a picture of a Trussell Trust list of what a family with children will receive if they visit a food bank. It’s expected to last for three days and is designed to be reasonably balanced; I believe “standard” in the content of tins means a 400g tin. If some of the quantities look a bit odd – such as 160 tea bags for three days – it’s because of pack sizes and the fact that packs cannot be split for hygiene reasons.

For those on a very tight budget who wish to prep, this is a good starting point.

Meal Planning

My other big tip for those prepping on a tight budget is to meal plan, and buy ingredients according to that meal plan. You don’t want to find yourself holding only a tin of tomatoes and a tin of custard when you could have had pasta and a tin of tomatoes (to make a sauce) with the same money.

Some people choose to split their prep items up by week, so all of their food for week 1 is in one box, all of their food for week 2 is in another.

New customer offers

All the major supermarkets have deals on for those who haven’t used online delivery with them before. There’s also the added bonus of not having to carry all those heavy tins home yourself.

Cashback Apps

There are several apps which give you cash back when you buy specified items in the supermarket. Sometimes these items are completely free. The way it works is that you pay for the item as normal, take a picture of the receipt (and sometimes scan the barcode too) and they send your money back a few days later

Approved Food

Approved Food is a fantastic website that sells short dated and end of line food that’s still perfectly safe to eat for massive discounts. Sign up here.

Other ideas

Other sources of information and help

… Which are not directly prepping related

  • CAB
  • Christians Against Poverty
  • Step Change – for debt advice
  • Turn2Us – help finding financial support and benefits advice
  • Samaritans & Mind
  • Trussell Trust food banks – there’s probably one near you

What are your top tips for prepping on a tight budget?

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