July 16, 2017

Money Mondays: 10 Tips to Help When You’re Too Broke to Prep

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A lot of people worry about not being prepared for emergencies yet feel they cannot get started because they are short on funds.  They could be facing unemployment, are on a fixed income or are in a lot of debt.  However, not getting started will just make things worse when there is a true emergency. Here are some tips that might help: Start small.  It is easy to get overwhelmed and feel like […]

Prepare to Help Your Community in an Emergency

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com There have been several large disasters in recent memory – Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the 2016 Louisiana floods, tornadoes, ice storms, where hundreds of people lose vital infrastructure, or are displaced.  It take several weeks or months to recover.    Even though a state of emergency is declared, sometimes even ahead of the event, people bemoan the fact that the government wasn’t around to provide much needed help.  Well, the truth of the […]

Money Mondays: Prepping on a Small Budget

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Getting started with preparedness can seem expensive and daunting.   You see those ads for a year’s worth of food costing hundreds or more dollars and it seems out of most people’s reach.  That could not be further from the truth.  It is easy to get started, even on a small budget. First, prioritize what you will start on:  Water and food are usually first on the list.  Next comes gear such as […]

Money Mondays: Food Prices Rising – Stock Up Now

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com As a preparedness writer, I occasionally find it necessary to tell everyone around me when it’s time to stock up.  You may remember the peanut butter shortage a few years ago – I told my parents, cousins, in-laws and of course my readers to stock up on peanut butter.  Everyone was grateful I told them to buy ahead, as they weathered the price spike. California got a little bit of a respite […]

What You Can Do to Prepare in this Slow Economy

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com In spite of all the happy talk in the news media about positive economic growth, I feel the economy has not improved much.  More and more families are finding it difficult to make ends meet.  Many people live paycheck to paycheck if they are lucky enough to have a job, while many are unemployed or have stopped looking.  See Year Ends in Economic Slump: “More Americans Than Ever Living in Poverty” I’ve […]

Frugal Prepping: 30 Survival Items You Can Get at the Dollar Store

By Tess Pennington This article first appeared in ReadyNutrition.com  Preparing for disasters can be costly if you have to purchase everything at once. Many preparedness enthusiasts prefer the less stressful route in prepping a little at a time. That said, our monthly budgets sometimes do not allow for expensive, top of the line purchases. That’s when you have to get creative. When my family rode out the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008, we were off the grid for two […]

What’s Your Threat: Economic Downturn

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com When I started my preparedness journey, I was mainly concerned about preparing for the next hurricane, but as time went on, I felt there may be a possibility for a major economic turmoil in our future. We already experienced “The Great Recession” back in 2009 when many people lost jobs and businesses.  We had our own share of financial troubles, and, have not fully recovered yet.  Although the media reminds us the economy […]

7 Cost-Cutting Moves that can Backfire in a Disaster

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Everyone is trying to save a few bucks these days and I can certainly relate.  But there are certain instances when the cheap route is not the best for surviving a disaster.  Fortunately there are workarounds. Buying the cheapest gear. The temptation to buy the cheapest item is strong, but not good for the long run.   You run the risk of the item breaking down on you when you most need it.  For […]

Prepping Items at the Dollar Store

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I passed by a new Dollar Tree so I thought I’d check it out.  I had visited the 99 Cents Only Store a while ago, and wanted to see if there were items I could pick up to add to the stockpile.  I took photos of various items that caught my eye. Water Spring water was going for $1 per gallon, which is cheaper than our supermarket, where a gallon is going for […]