Today we will be giving a few tips to those of you in the beginning stages of your emergency situation preparation. Sometimes, starting out can be the hardest part of a journey. We're here to help the first steps seem a bit more doable and within reach.
#1 – Don't Panic!
After you've done your research on what supplies you will need, how you will fund your project is often the most perplexing question asked by those just starting. The amount of food you and your family will need and its subsequent cost can make your head spin. But don't panic! Remember, with a good plan and some discipline there's nothing you can't do.
#2 – Involve Your Family
Take time to sit down with your family to discuss the importance of being prepared. Don't try to do this on your own! Get the whole family involved. Their support (though it may be reluctant) can mean the difference between success and failure.
#3 – Cut Back
Find ways to cut back! There are some costs that remain consistent and are unavoidable each month. However, there are also some costs that can be adjusted, such as your budget for clothes, food, entertainment (i.e. going to the movies), and in some cases, your utility bill. Once you've discovered where you can cut back in each category, revise your monthly budget to include an "Emergency Preparation" category. Having a defined amount of money (even if it is small) completely dedicated to your cause will help keep you keep your focus and your goals in sight.
#4 – Have a More Purposeful Christmas
Christmas gifts can be one of the biggest expenses of the year. Talk with your family about dedicating a certain percent of your Christmas budget solely to food storage or emergency supplies each year. That extra push at the end of the year may be just what you need to complete one of your preparation goals and also to keep your momentum going into the New Year.
#5 – Have a Garage Sale
It's amazing how much we own that we never or rarely use. Go room by room looking for items that aren't used by your family and that you would be fine letting go. Put the money earned into your food storage budget (and maybe a little into your family's 'fun fund,' too.)
#6 – Make a List
When you go to the grocery store, stick to your list! This will help you stay organized as well as help you avoid any unnecessary purchases that can cut into your emergency prep budget.
These few tips can go a long way into making you emergency preparedness goal a reality! Try to implement one this month and see the difference it makes in your progress towards self-reliance. Let us know the results and any other tips you have in the comments below.