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10 Amazing Totally Free Ways to Prepare Introduction
10 Amazing Totally Free Ways to Prepare. One of the things that I hear often keeps people from being more prepared is the cost. We’ve all seen people on TV with millions of dollars to drop on an underground shelter or bunker, years of food supply, and so much more.
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Would I like to be one of those people? Sure. We all probably would. But real life doesn’t work that way for the majority of us. Which is what inspired me to create this list of 10 Amazing Totally Free Ways to Prepare.
Prepping doesn’t always have to involve spending money or stockpiling stuff. It is learning new skills, honing already known skills to be better, and just thinking ahead.
Some of these things may take just a few minutes, others a few hours, and some more than that. Are you ready? Let’s go!
10 Amazing Totally Free Ways to Prepare
Learn to Navigate Your Home in the Dark
You should be able to navigate your home in the dark just as well as you can in the light. Learn how to get in and out of your house easily, without bumping into anything both quickly and efficiently.
This may mean that you’ll have to clean the floors, move furniture, and any other obstacles in the way so that you can get around quickly and safely. It also means that you’ll need to practice this skill often, until you become familiar with it and comfortable.
Be sure that your bag, purse, keys, phone, wallet, and whatever else you may need are in one logical place where you can grab them easily on your way out the door.
Power outages happen, there may be an intruder, or you may be escaping a fire. There are a number of reasons you should be able to navigate your home in the dark and do it efficiently. You should be equally as comfortable navigating your home in the dark as you are in the light.
I have found this specific skill to be a huge confidence booster, because it helps me to not panic since I’m comfortable in my home.
Inventory Your Preps
Do you know what you have? Where is it? What are you missing? Making an inventory list of your prepping supplies and where they are is essential. Keep this list somewhere safe, like a fireproof safe, for example, that only you can find.
Things to be inventoried:
- First aid supplies
- Bug out bag list
- Hygiene supplies like soap and shampoo
I keep a specific number of things in my house, depending on the amount of space I have. For example, I keep 8 cans of chicken broth in my cabinet. When I get down to 4, I am out and it is time to buy more. I always have a “full” and “out” number, and out always happens before zero. There is no such thing as actually running out of something in my household.
I encourage you to develop that same method of organization. What is the maximum number of everything on your inventory list that you have space for? What is your out number when it is time to buy more? Do this with everything, and you’ll never actually run out of supplies, nor will you exceed your allotted space and things overflow to make a mess.
Organize Your Food
I LOVE organizing my cabinets. Seriously, I may be a total weirdo in this, but nothing makes me happier than to get everything put away, organized, dated, and looking nice. I feel good, and I feel accomplished when I am done.
Organizing food makes rotating much easier, and it is unlikely that something will expire without you knowing and end up pushed to the back of the cabinet for you to find after it is long dead and spoiled. Nobody wants that, especially when you need it in an emergency.
One of the best methods of organization for me was spices. I moved from tiny jars that had a mind of their own when it came to being in the cabinets to large bulk containers that are all on one shelf, then condensed it all into the bulk containers. It was a lifesaver, and everything is in one place and nothing gets lost and I buy more than I need.
I like to go through my cabinets once a month and see what I’ve used and what needs to be replaced. Is everything in one place? Having things scattered is the easiest way to lose things or forget what you have. My husband is notorious for not putting anything in the same place twice, and it kills me. This means a little bit more work for me when it comes to inventory and organization, but it is essential to saving me money and keeping everything in my house running smoothly.
Can Meats and Veggies
Look in your freezer and see what means you can easily can. Meats that are great for canning are chicken, stew meat, ground meats, and turkey.
If you lose power for multiple days, you can still have a good supply of meat to feed your family. My favorite part about this is not only do you have another food source, it is an excellent way to reduce waste. Meat is expensive, and you don’t want to lose it in the event of a power outage.
If you are new to canning or wanting to learn about it, I highly suggest getting this book to help you learn the basics. It seems complicated, but once you learn, you’ll love it. But you need to do it safely because food safety is essential.
Make a Preparedness Plan
Making a family preparedness plan is something that the whole family can participate in. Fire safety is an essential plan to have, but there are many others. What happens if you and your family are separated for some reason? Maybe one person can’t get home? Or a medical emergency? What do you do? Do you have necessary paperwork? Like medical history? Medication lists? Birth certificates? Marriage license?
Think about any kind of emergency. It doesn’t have to be a big one that affects everyone. Think instead about things that can happen to just you or just your family. Then start making plans from there.
Keep all of these things in one place, and make sure you know where they are and they are organized.
Write Out a Wish and Priority List
Writing out a wish list and a priority list helps to keep me focused. It really is one of my favorite things to do. I like to keep a running list at all times, then cross things off, add to the list, and it is constantly evolving.
What do you want to get done around your property and house? What do you wish you could do or buy to further your prepping goals? Write down what you need to buy or make. Take this list shopping with you, or keep it near the computer in case you find yourself with a little extra money for those items.
Dreaming and planning cost nothing, and I love that! It also keeps your goals, both short and long term, front and center. Which means that you never forget the goals that you’re working toward.
Practice Your Skills
Practice makes perfect. Practice is also a confidence booster. Always practice your skills.
Practice can be with anything. Do you need to do some target practice? Time to line up some old soda or beer cans! Use a bow and arrow? Fill an old feed sack with leaves and grass clippings! Sewing? Pull out the sewing machine and some material, and make something like a pillow or an apron. Mend something like a torn jacket sleeve. Cooking? Make some bread from scratch!
You can also practice fire drills with the family, and set a timer to see how long it takes you to get out of the house. What are you missing? Who are you missing? Take note of everything that went wrong, and start improving on it. Then practice again. Keep practicing until it becomes a habit and you are confident in those skills.
There are a million possibilities when it comes to practicing your skills. It can be something like cooking on a barbecue if there is a power outage. Or even cooking from scratch and using what you have in the house.
Raise your hand if you have projects that are ready to be started or half started and forgotten about. I know I have them! I can say pretty confidently that I’m not the only one with them either.
I have a fair number of projects that I have everything I need to finish and simply haven’t done it yet. If you are that way, it is time to get going! Completing projects gives you a feeling of accomplishment, and it is one more thing to check off your list and keep moving forward. There is no time like the present to finish up a project you’ve neglected for too long.
Organize Your Everyday Carry Bag
Your everyday carry bag (EDC) can be a purse, tote bag, backpack, or whatever you normally take with you everywhere. Mine is my purse.
Everyone carries different things with them and most of what you carry depends on your lifestyle. This means if you have kids or not, their age, your own age and physical capabilities.
I always have a pocket knife, some cash, a first aid kit, gloves, a flashlight, things like that. This bag should be your go-to bag as well as the bag you’ll grab if you need to go anywhere.
If you’re anything like me though, that bag can become a black hole for everything to end up in. My husband throws things in there almost everyday, and especially if we are out and about. Which is fine, except not everything comes back out when we get home. Things get lost in there and go to die for however long in between me cleaning it out is. That means the bag gets heavier without me even noticing until it is too heavy and I don’t know where anything is.
Clean Out Your Vehicle
Much like your everyday carry bag, your vehicle can easily become clutter and full of stuff before you blink. If you have kids, you know this better than anyone else. Clean it out! Wipe down surfaces, clean out the trash, and make sure that everything that stays in your vehicle has a place. Don’t leave things just laying out and everywhere. Keep it clutter-free.
This is also an excellent time to check your fluids and tires at the same time. If any fluids need to be topped off, or the tires are low on pressure, take care of that. Your vehicle should be ready to go anytime you are.
10 Amazing Totally Free Ways to Prepare Notes
Winter is here, and I think that is one of the best times to focus on prepping without spending money. We are all still recovering from Christmas, I know. But you can still prepare and keep pushing forward with a limited budget until you’ve recovered from the holiday spending. Which I love!
This should be something you do multiple times throughout the year as well. I like to take every third month and not spend any money and that is why this list of 10 Amazing Totally Free Ways to Prepare is so helpful to me as much as it is for you.
10 Amazing Totally Free Ways to Prepare Discussion
Have these 10 Amazing Totally Free Ways to Prepare helped you? Would you add anything to the list? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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