Prepping at the Dollar Store

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Think prepping has to be expensive?  Think you have to buy only from a dedicated prepping & survival store?  Think again.  You can get several prepping items at your local dollar store, whether that be Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, or any other knock-off dollar store!

Here is a list of items I like to look for at dollar stores that I can add to my prep buckets and bug out bags.

FIRE:

  •  Matches
  • Lighters
  • lighter fluid
  • sterno cans
  • tea light candles
  • candles
  • lamp oil (at some stores)
  • charcoal briquettes

FIRST AID & MEDICINE:

  • First aid kits
  • band aid & gauze
  • bandage tape
  • tylenol
  • ibprofen
  • antacids
  • cold & flu medicine
  • allergy medicine
  • cough drops
  • aspirin
  • anti-histimines
  • anti-itch cream
  • burn cream
  • bug spray
  • sunscreen
  • aloe gel
  • vitamins
  • antibiotic ointment
  • rubbing alcohol
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • anti-diarrhea medicine
  • children’s medicines
  • miniture versions of a lot of common OTC medicines that you can put in your BOB

HYGIENE:

  • hairbrush & comb
  • shampoo, conditioner, soap
  • hand sanitizer
  • tooth brush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouth wash antiseptic
  • dental repair kits (at some locations)
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • baby wipes or hand wipes
  • baby powder & diapers
  • jock itch/athlete’s foot spray
  • deodarant
  • feminine menses pads (can double as a first aid item to control bleeding of wounds)

LIGHTS:

  • candles
  • flashlights & batteries
  • glow sticks

FOOD:

  • obviously a ton of canned and boxed foods (canned meats, canned fruits, canned veggies, mac n cheese, pasta, and more)
  • baking supplies like flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, lard, oil
  • rice, dried beans, oatmeal, grits, cream of wheat, cereal
  • sauces and condiments
  • storage containers to store food in that are air tight and pest proof

WATER:

  • water jugs
  • water bottles
  • bottled water
  • juice boxes or pouches
  • drink mixes like gatorade and kool-aid and crystal light
  • bleach for purification
  • iodine for purification and wound cleansing

CLOTHING:

  • shirts
  • pants
  • underwear
  • shoes
  • socks
  • jackets (some locations)
  • hats
  • gloves

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS:

  • cleaning chemicals
  • bleach
  • soap for washing dishes and clothes
  • rags
  • towels
  • blankets
  • pillows and pillowcases
  • auto fluids like oil and starter fluid
  • basic hand tools like hammers, screw drivers, and pliers

BABY ITEMS:

  • formula
  • bottles and bibs
  • pacifers
  • toys
  • clothes
  • diapers
  • wipes
  • baby powder
  • baby medications

GAMES & TOYS:

  • board games
  • cards
  • toys for all ages
  • great to kill boredom and keep kids entertained

COMFORT ITEMS:

  • besides games & toys,  candy
  • chocolate
  • dried fruit
  • nuts
  • trail mix
  • craft supplies
  • activity supplies like coloring books and crayons/markers and stickers

Any and all of these items are great to store as a prepper, whether that be in your home, your Bug out location, cabin, RV, or if you just want some smaller and cheaper items for your bug out bag or auto kit.  Check the dollar stores first for items before spending beaucoup money at a big box store or online.  These items are just as good as name brand items and are wayyyy cheaper!  You can also stock up on these items to have as Barter Items for when SHTF!  Great way to have an alternate currency so-to-speak for SHTF. Saving money is always a good thing and the kids will even have fun helping you stock up on prepper supplies at the dollar store!  Start saving while prepping!

Tips for Economic Collapse

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ECONOMIC COLLAPSE SURVIVAL TIPS

  • REDUCE YOUR DEBT: Reducing ones debt to as close to zero as possible is essential. That may involve selling off some of your real estate investment, moving to a smaller home, refinancing your home mortgage to a 15-year loan, and eliminating your credit cards. Stop paying interest. Pay with cash whenever possible instead of charging it.

  • Do not be dependent on the government for your well-being. Try and be as independent and self reliant as possible for your income.

  • Take control of your own finances. Read many alternate sources of information. Do your homework. Be careful to understand what is going on. Avoid states of denial. Become as independent as possible.

  • Make yourself save as much as you can. Most people live above their means. Learn to live below your means. If you save a minimum of 10% per month, you can grow your wealth very safely. Some can save 20%-25%.

  • Diversify your investments; include investing in Swiss money instruments, gold, different currencies. Or ditch investments all together. Purchase tangible gold, silver, precious stones, ammunition, food and supplies.

  • Avoid weak financial institutions. Get out of harm’s way. Many banks, brokerage house, S& Ls and insurance companies are tottering on the brink of disaster or close to it in the event of a market downturn. And in spite of the perception to the contrary, there is no substantive insurance safety net under these institutions. Remember the Great Depression? Banks collapsed and people went broke overnight. Banks cannot be trusted.

  • Avoid popular investment markets. There are few goof opportunities for conservative investors. Stocks are overvalued. If you own stocks have stops in place. Corporate bonds are vulnerable and will drop as U.S. interest rates rise. Be very selective in investment real estate. Commodities are out of favor and at bargain prices. All things are cyclical and go from being undervalued to overvalued.

  • Find investment safe havens. The three best and most conservative investments to put your money into over the next few years are gold and silver, and lead (ammunition). Don’t announce to the world what you are doing; keep a low profile. Keep your mouth shut so others won’t be tempted to raid your supplies.

  • Legally bulletproof your business and personal matters. America is the most litigious country in the world, with 700,000 lawyers and 187 million new civil lawsuits per year. Every doctor, professional business person or business owner has a nightmare about being sued into ruin.

  • Change your mind set about the news, about investments and about your financial security. To survive the coming hard times, you must change the way you do things, the way you think, and the way you save your money. You must read between the lines in today’s news report .and plan for the future.

  • Purchase a least a one-year food supply and have a large water source. Own tangible assets or commodities that can be bartered or traded.

  • Buy real estate in a small town or rural community that can serve as a retreat or place of refuge. Cities may become unsafe once economic collapse happens. Robberies, muggings, rapes, and murders will rise.

  • Buy gold and silver coins for barter, tender, and security. Shop at your local pawn shops. Look into BitCoin and other alternative currencies. Look into bartering and trade.  Purchase Iraqi Dinar (new, not Saddam Hussein Dinar). 

Follow your Emergency Scenario Preparedness Plan and use the above situations as guides during an Economic Collapse

 

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Top Barter Items

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Top 12 Barter Goods for WTSHTF

Barter items for the post-cataclysmic world. Here we go:

  1. Ammo, Ammo, Ammo – Do I need to say it again? America is the most heavily armed nation in the world, but I seriously question how many people actually maintain an adequate supply of ammunition for those guns. Think about it, how many people do you know that go out and buy a few boxes of shells before hunting season starts? Exactly. They don’t have an adequate supply should SHTF. You can have all the guns in the world, but if you can’t load ‘em with bullets – they’re useless. When the Golden Horde of unprepared masses descend upon those holding something of value, it’s only those who can repeatedly pop these zombies in the dome that will find themselves forcing the Golden Horde to consider another house. Stock up on common calibers (.22, 9mm, .45, 5.56/.223, .40, 12 gauge and .308) and you’ll find yourself in high demand with people that need rounds. Now, the flip side of this is do you really want to give away ammunition that might be used against you? You’ll have to decide this depending on the exact SHTF circumstances. I trust you’ll make the right decision.

 

  1. Guns, Guns, Guns – Do I need to say it again? Yes, they’re expensive, but there are MANY people out there who are averse to owning a gun, but once TEOTWAWKI hits, their minds will quickly change. They’re expensive, yes, but I’m not advocating you stock up on AR-15′s to hand out in exchange for everything under the sun (though you could). I’m thinking more along the lines of used, single-shot 12 gauge shotguns that can be purchased for around $50. To someone that’s unarmed, a single-shot shotgun and a box of shells will be worth its weight in gold.

 

  1. Prescription Medications & Medical Supplies– Yes, this is a difficult one to stock up on, but if you come across them in the post-apocalyptic world – SNAG ‘EM. What do you think you could trade a bottle of nitro pills for with someone that has a heart condition? Exactly. If you require prescription medications I would strongly advise you consult with your physician about obtaining a few month’s extra supplies. First Aid supplies will also be greatly sought after items. Stock up on bandages, gauze, tape, rubbing alcohol/peroxide, etc.

 

  1. Water Purification Supplies – Does this really need an explanation? Filters, tablets, bleach, etc.

 

  1. Survival Garden  Seeds – This would be for the pro-longed SHTF situation. Their value will be infinite. Someone in your group should know how to start seeds, transplant seedlings, and maintain a garden. Make sure your seeds are properly sealed and stored or they will be no good to you.

 

  1. Fuel – We’re talking all types: gas, diesel, propane,kerosene,  firewood, etc. Can you have too much? No, so you’ll likely keep it for yourself, but if you DID need something that you hadn’t already acquired, fuel will be a great commodity for bartering.

 

  1. Survival Books – Books with good information will be huge. They’re EMP-proof and don’t require electricity to run (unlike the pc you’re using).

 

  1. Batteries – Stock as many as you can use while rotating stock and staying within the recommended life span. A better idea is to stock a few crank radios and flashlights. Solar panel materials are also great items to have, no matter how small, people will want to generate electricity.

 

  1. Soap, Bleach and Cleaning Agents – Your local grocery store won’t be open. These items are critical for maintaining health and hygiene. Don’t forget some extra washrags and sponges.

 

  1. Cast Iron Cookware – People that run out of fuel will be cooking over an open fire – situations that call for cast iron. Settlers used it for a good reason.  Lewis & Clark carried cast iron Dutch ovens with them all the way to the Pacific Coast and then back home again because cast iron cookware is invaluable!

 

  1. Garden and Hand Tools – Those left alive will suddenly become gardeners and carpenters, whether they like it or not.  This is how we rebuild society- from the ground up.

 

  1. Canning Supplies – How will people survive the non-growing season without these? If you have no power, and once your stockpile of freeze dried food is gone, you better have planted those Survival Garden Seeds we talked about, and then have the canning equipment (boiler, pressure cooker, jars, lids, recipes, pectin, sugar, vinegar, etc.) to be able to preserve some of that harvest by means of home canning.  Canning can seem daunting, but if you buy the Ball’s Guide to Canning and Home Preserving, it has a step-by-step guide and tons of recipes inside. Anyone can learn to can and preserve food. It really is easy to learn, you just have to be willing to try and to have the equipment on hand.

Some items I’d like to cover that are not included above:

  • Silver and Gold Coins – A lot of people advocate purchasing these for bartering purposes, but their value is entirely dependent on the situation . If you’re lost in the desert for 14 days, would you rather have a gallon of water or 4 bars of gold? Precisely my point.  However, having gold and silver coins as well as precious stones make great barter for things you may really need like food or medical supplies!  Stock up on some coins that you keep in your physical possession and is not registered with the government (i.e.- shop at your local pawn shops or eBay).
  •  Tobacco– people who are smokers will gladly trade to fill their nicotine addiction
  • Booze – Yes, alcoholics will do flips and twists for it when they run dry, but what will your typical alcoholic have to offer in trade?  Think about it. While I would appreciate a stiff shot of Jack Daniels post-Doomsday, I wouldn’t waste my time stocking up on it for bartering purposes. That being said, if you do drink, and you have a pantry stocked with food, it’d certainly be worthwhile to add the booze of your choice to the shelves and rotate stock.  I would consider keeping booze on hand for a disinfectant for wounds/water, and for quick Molotov cocktails if needed.

Remember: Shop in your pantry for dinner, shop at the store for your pantry.

  • Toilet Paper – Yeah, it has value, but when TEOTWAWKI hits, you’ll happily use leaves and magazines.  Store what you are able to, but don’t devote the entire garage to just toilet paper. Remember to store it in water-proof and varmint-proof containers.