Monday, August 09, 2010

Prepare: Money for Preps, Earning Money

Money makes the world go around, right? Prepping is a cost normal, unprepared people do not have to deal with. They go to the store, buy one loaf of bread, a gallon of milk and some lettuce and call it a day. Folks who like to prepare for the SHTF buy one loaf of bread (and 10lbs of flour to make more), one gallon of milk (and 10lbs of dry to store), a head of lettuce (and five packets of vegetable seeds), 50lbs of rice and 24 rolls of toilet paper.

Preppers spend more at the grocery store. And other places, like the gas station, hardware store, and so on. That takes more money. Many preppers are frugal and live off less than they make so they have the extra cash. In today's economy, that may not be as easy as it was before. It sure feels like the end of the world some days.
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For the financially strapped prepper,  the best strategy is to find some extra money each month specifically for preps. That can be an extra $20 at pay day. Or maybe from savings such as getting rid of a "want" like those additional cable channels (or cable entirely). Whatever the source, take the money and make some extra purchases such as 20lbs of rice and dried beans each month for instance.

The other solution, is to simply make some extra money and use that money to either a) pay off  a certain debt (to free up expenses) or b) use specifically for preps.

Most of us work 8 hour a day jobs and generally between the hours of 9 - 5. What do you do with the rest of the day? Watch TV? Sleep? Spend time with friends?

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That time can be used to make more money. In today's economy, that may not be easy what with other people competing for the few jobs that are out there, but here are some suggestions. Deliver pizzas. Deliver the news paper. Mow lawns and yardwork. Clean homes, garages or offices.  Most of these jobs can be done for cash.

Much of this work can be done for neighbors, family or friends. Don't be ashamed. Take out an ad in the church bulletin or put up a flyer at the grocery store.

For one time money makers, clean out the house and have a garage sale. Put the proceeds immediately into paying off something or preps. If you are successful at holding your own garage sale, ask neighbors if they want you to run one for them. Sit in their garage all day Saturday, sell their stuff and take a 25% cut of the sales. Most busy people will jump at the chance to get rid of their junk without having to waste a day or two doing it.

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Most prep sites tell you to cut back on expenses and make casseroles out of carpet samples. But the reality is to prep effectively, you need to cut back on long term debt and find ways to increase your income.

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