Whether you find yourself watching "Doomsday Preppers" and wish you had the money to prepare for the end of the world, or you want to be prepared for any type of natural catastrophe like a tornado or flood instead of a zombie invasion, it is good to know that you can start on your journey to becoming a prepper without a limitless budget.
Being a prepper, above all else, means that you are smart (or at least think you are). It means that you are willing to take action to prepare so that when some catastrophe strikes, you do not have regrets.
The hallmark of being smart is saving money. So starting off with affordable "preps" is the way to go. You do not have to have $ 100,000 to build an underground bunker or have $ 5,000 to store a year's supply of freeze-dried emergency food. You can do quite a lot with very little extra expenditure each month.
The first thing to realize is that you need to prepare for an even that disposes the supply chain and causes the grocery stores to be emptied out. Most stores have only a three-day supply of food and require constant deliveries, so it would not take much for us to see empty shelves where the food used to be.
To be prepared for this, all you have to do is stock up on non-perishable food items, and you can do this over a period of several weeks instead of trying to do it all at once. The problem with trying to do it all at once is that it is overwhelming, with respect to making a lot of decisions about what to buy and where to put it all.
The best way to stockpile food is slowly, where you just double up on all your purchases at the store every week for 6 to 8 weeks. This way, you will not forget anything, because the odds are that you will need to buy just about everything you use over a 6 to 8 week period.
The other advantage to stockpiling is slowly that it is much easier to start finding places to store everything and consider rotation of your food at the same time. Do it all in one massive shopping trip and it's just too much to do all at once. Chances are if you decide to do it in one fell swoop, you'll never actually get it done because you'll get stuck thinking and planning.
If you take this one, single step, I guarantee that two months from now you will not only feel like a Prepper, but you will be much more secure in the event of a catastrophe. Each week as you make your purchases, you'll be thinking about more and different ways to expand your Prepper lifestyle into areas beyond just food storage.