Back to Basics Survival Preps on a Very Strict Budget

by MD Creekmore, The Survivalist Blog

We are nowhere near bottom and things are only going to get worse in the months and years ahead. The sad thing is a lot of you, despite my begging and pleading have failed to prepare, looking at preparedness as only a pastime or hobby, a place for daydreaming and living out Rambo fantasies.

But for many the hold back is a lack of money, they know that they should prep, but feel that without thousands of dollars to throw into prepping supplies, that they’re is no use even trying so they give up before they even start.

But even without a lot of money, you can prep and become better prepared than most of the population in the U.S., you just have to prep smart… and with the basics.

Those of you who have been with me for a while know, I am firm believer in the Mormon Basic Four; Wheat, Honey or Sugar, Salt and Powdered Milk, these four foods should be the backbone of most survival food storage programs. They are cheap, filling and with the exception of the Powdered Milk will store forever if put up correctly.

But let’s face reality; most people are not going to stock up on of these staple foods. They prefer foods they that know and are accustomed to preparing now, they don’t want to learn new skills or do peasant labor like grinding their own mill from basic grains.

That is a shame but still all is not lost, start by buying a 25 pound bag of pinto beans, a 25 pound bag of rice (brown rice is more nutritious but white rice stores better) a 25 pound bag of self-rising flour and a 25 pound bag of corn mill for each person in your family. This should be work out to about $55 per person and will last about four months or maybe more if supplemented with wild plants and game. It’s not the most exciting plan, it will probably keep you alive, but not happy.

Adding some store-bought canned foods (mostly meats, fruits and vegetables) would offer a huge improvement when used in combination with the basic foods listed above, and can be added a few cans at a time as funds permit.

You’ll need clean drinking water, for some this will not be a problem for others this could be a major concern depending on where you are located. If you are not 100% certain a source is clean and contaminate free you will need to purify it before use.

There are a number of ways to do this, boiling will work in a pinch. If the water is dirty it will need to be pre-filtered, a simple homemade filter can be made from PVC pipe and few odds and ends from the pet store, total cost; around three dollars. Or a much larger BioSand Filter can be made from a clean plastic drum and some sand and rock.

This is the area that seems to stir the most controversy and ruffle feathers. You need a gun to protect yourself, your investments, and to forage for food. A .22 rimfire rifle or single shot break open shotgun are both good starting points. If you can afford an arsenal of weapons, knock yourself out, but only after your food and water needs have been met.

Food and water should be your top priority, everything else should come after you have your food storage, water and filters squared away.


(1) Camping type stove, and or EcoZoom rocket stove or make your own.

(2) Sleeping bag for each person in your group. A good rule of thumb is to think about the coldest condition you might experience, and then drop down ten or twenty degrees in the temperature rating when choosing a bag.

(3) A Good belt knife and a Victorinox Swiss Pocket Knife or Leatherman Multitool for each person in your group is recommended.

(4) $20 worth of wooden kitchen matches, stored in waterproof containers.

(5) A rake, shovel and hoe for every two people in your group.

(6) Two-man crosscut saw and file, bow saw and extra blade, ax and sharpening files.

(7) Comprehensive Medical kit.

(8) Flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs.

More Food

Add more foods as your budget allows. Canned soups, fruits, and meat, rice, slit peas, sugar, peanut butter, drink mixes, coffee, spices and seasonings etc. Store what you normally eat and rotate it into your everyday meal plan, so there will be no surprises and no shock to the taste buds after a disaster.

Have anything to add? Feel free to do so in the comments.

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