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15 Ways You Can Prep for SHTF Without Spending a Dime
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15 Ways You Can Prep for SHTF Without Spending a Dime
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If you’ve recently started prepping, one of the first things you’ve probably noticed is how expensive it is. From stockpiling ammo to food to gear to medicine to water and so on, the cost of getting ready for a disaster can add up really fast. This is why budget prepping has become such a popular topic.

Some preppers spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars per month on prepping. Unfortunately, most people don’t have this kind of money or don’t want to spend it even when they do.

The good news is that you don’t have to be rich to prepare for a major disaster. In fact, there are several ways you can prep without spending any money at all.

Here are the top ways to prep that are completely free (in no particular order):

1. Store Tap Water In Old Bottles

If you have any old juice, milk, or soda bottles, don’t throw them away! Instead, use those bottles to store tap water.

Simply rinse them out completely and then fill them up with tap water. You can ensure they stay safe to drink over the long term by either using water purification tablets or bleach (eight drops a gallon, or one drop a bottle, is the general rule).

Always store your water in a cool and dim location out of the sunlight, and rotate it out once every year at the maximum (once every six months is safer).

2. Print Out Maps

Who says you have to spend money on maps? In fact, why spend money on maps when you can just print them out at your house? Find some high-quality maps of your local area and any areas you might travel to when bugging out, and start printing. If possible, print both road maps and topographical maps.

3. Work Out (At Home)

One of the most overlooked aspects of prepping is exercise. You need to be in top physical shape for when the going gets tough, especially if you need to bug out over a mountain with a heavy backpack over your shoulders (and over long distances).

A good rule to follow is to work out for a minimum of thirty minutes five days a week. Examples of basic exercises that you can do in (or around) your home include:

  • Running/Jogging
  • Treadmill Running
  • Push-Ups
  • Sit Ups
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Dead Lifts
  • Lunges
  • Burpees

Not being in good shape during a disaster will be a big problem, but working out regularly will increase your odds of survival.

4. Download Free eBooks

Many survival sites (like this one) offer a free eBook you can download if you subscribe to their newsletter. Survival eBooks can be rich with information, not to mention they make a perfect read for a rainy day.

In addition, if you are a member of Amazon Prime, you’ll have access multiple Kindle eBooks for free that are normally $0.99 or more. You’re limited to ten eBooks on your Kindle device at once, but that’s still a great deal.

5. Find Free Supplies Online

Every day you should check your local Craigslist to see if there’s anything people are giving away for free. Typically, they will set it by the road and announce that whoever wants it can have it. Oftentimes you can get firewood, free bricks, and free boards which you could use to build storage shelves or repair your home after a storm. I’ve found several free things given away by people too lazy to have a yard sale. You just have to check it every day and be patient.

An even better (but lesser known) site you should visit is Unlike Craiglist, which is mostly people trying to sell stuff, Freecycle is focused on free stuff. It’s made up of thousands of groups where you can post things you’re looking for or things you want to give away.

Finally, be sure to check out If you check it on a regular basis, you can often find coupons for free samples.

6. Find Free Supplies Locally

This is going to make me sound like a real cheapskate, but sometimes when I’m at a fast food restaurant, I take far more condiments, napkins, and straws than I actually need. Not so much to be conspicuous, but enough so that I don’t have to buy these things at the store very often.

Over the years, I have collected pouches of ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, salad dressing, salt and pepper, and all sorts of other things. I also have a huge supply of napkins, straws, plastic utensils, and extra cups. Sure, it’s a moral gray area, but countless times the employees have seen me taking these things and they’ve never said a word. Like I said, just don’t take too much at a time.

The same rule applies when you stay at a hotel. Take as many amenities as you’re allowed. Soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toilet paper, coffee and creamer, bottled water (make sure it’s free before you take it so you don’t have an extra charge on your credit card).

As we mentioned in our article about 5-gallon buckets, you can often get them for free at restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, and other places that sell fresh food.

7. Download Free Survival Apps

There are many free survival-related apps available to download on your iPhone or Android device. There are countless apps that teach you survival skills such as first aid, starting fires, building shelters, and finding wild edibles with full-color pictures and step-by-step instructions and illustrations. Many people find it easier to learn from these apps than from reading books.

There are also apps that will alert you when a disaster has occurred, or let you alert authorites if you’re in danger. Here are a few apps that could save your life, and here are some apps with survival uses.

8. Practice Building Fires and Shelters

Do you want to know what doesn’t cost any money at all? Practice. And a couple things that take a lot of practice to master are building fires and building shelters.

These are very important skills to have. Seriously, you NEVER want a true life-or-death situation to be the first time you have to create a fire or construct a shelter.

This weekend, head out into the woods and build a roaring campfire. While you’re at it, build a survival shelter. Make it an event. Bring some friends or your family along with some food and drinks and enjoy yourself.

Then, if the day comes when find yourself in a life-or-death situation, you’ll already know how to do these things.

9. Make An Emergency Kit

Even if you’re not a prepper yet, you should be able to find enough items lying around your house for you to make an emergency kit. If you don’t have one, start by making a kit for your car.

The reason a survival kit is necessary for your car is so you’ll be prepared if you blow a tire or your engine stalls while you’re in the middle of the desert or stuck in a blizzard.

Examples of common household items that you should be able to accumulate for your car include:

  • Warm Clothing (jackets, coats, hats, gloves, socks, and boots are the most important)
  • Map (remember you can print them out for free online)
  • Compass
  • Wool Blankets
  • Poncho
  • Flashlight + Batteries
  • Candles
  • Whistle
  • Knife
  • Fire Starting Device (lighter or matches)
  • Cash ($100 divided into $20, $10, $5, and $1 bills)
  • Water Bottles
  • Portable Food (ex. energy/protein bars)
  • Sunscreen
  • Basic First Aid Items
  • Metal Cup
  • Backpack (to carry your items should you need to leave)
  • Red Signaling Flag
  • Pens and Paper

10. Bury A Survival Cache

This one is fun. You can hide a cache of basic survival items in a strategic location that will allow you to resupply yourself should you need to evacuate your home.

Pelican cases, PVC pipes, and metal ammo cans are the three best containers to use for caches because they are waterproof and can be buried underground without threat of the inside items becoming ruined from moisture. Out of those options, the metal ammo can is the cheapest and the easiest.

Simply fill up your container with your desired items and then seal it shut. Be extremely selective about where you choose to bury it, as you want it to be in a location you will pass by while bugging out (such as en route to your rendezvous or bug out location). For more information, check out this article.

11. Save and Upcycle Your Trash

There are all sorts of things preppers shouldn’t throw away such as dryer lint (fire starter), coffee cans (for survival kits), glass jars (for storing food), newspapers (for making firebricks), tin cans (for making stoves), plastic bigs (for cordage, organizing supplies, etc.), and so forth.

By upcycling these items, you will save money, get more prepared, and reduce your carbon footprint. What’s not to like?

12. Go Foraging for Wild Edibles and Medicinal Herbs

Knowing what’s in your area and where to find it could be incredibly useful knowledge later on. For example, if you’re incredibly hungry, you could keep your eyes peeled for local wild edibles that other people are likely to pass. You could also keep your eyes peeled for medicinal herbs in case medications such as painkillers are in short supply.

13. Can Your Leftover Meat and Vegetables

Rather than let leftover met and vegetables go to waste, can it! Simply put the meat and vegetables into canning jars and then pressure can it. Proceed to store the cans in your cupbard and it will be ready to eat when you need it. Hamburger meat, roast, sausage, chili, and so on are all examples of meals that can be canned and saved for for the future. If you’re new to canning, here are some things you should know.

14. Get Into DIY

Countless books and articles have been written on DIY survival hacks and projects for you to peruse. Pick a few of those projects to apply in your own life.

Basically, a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) project means that you find random items lying around your house and then repurpose those items for survival and disaster preparedness.

For example, you can…

  • Make fire starters out of egg cartons
  • Turn bricks and cans into camp stoves.
  • Turn cinder blocks into all sorts of things.
  • Make a torch with cotton, vaseline, and a drinking straw.
  • Make a Faraday cage out of aluminum foil, a T-shirt, plastic wrap, a coardboard box, and packing tape.

The list goes on and on..

Not only are DIY projects fun to do, they also teach you to be more resourceful and to see renewed value in the ordinary items around you. You’ll never throw anything away again without thinking twice about it.

15. Sit Down As A Family And Write An Emergency Preparedness Plan

Finally, here’s something that’s very important and that should be done no matter what: crafting a family emergency preparedness plan. On most days, your family is separated. You and your spouse or partner are at your different jobs, and your kids are in school.

Have you ever asked yourself how you would get together should disaster strike while you are all separated?

Your plan needs to consist of several things, including but not limited to:

  • Your rendezvous point where you will all meet up in town.
  • Your primary and secondary routes for getting to your rendezvous point from school/work places and then to home.
  • Emergency contact cards that your kids keep at all times.

After you write up your plan, practice it. Actually walk or drive the routes you set until you have them memorized by heart.


If this article has taught you anything, it’s that you don’t need to be rich in order to prep. In fact, you can be on an extremely limited budget (or no budget at all) and still take important steps to become prepared for the next societal catastrophe lurking right around the corner.

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4 No Cook Meals For Surviving The Pandemic And Food Supply Shortages

prosciutto avocado sandwich

When it comes to your food supply, you just can’t risk not having enough. These no cook meals will be a great addition to your food supply planning. Check out the recipes below!

No Cook Meals to Help You Through the Pandemic

As of the writing of this article, there are 20 meat processing plants that have been shut down due to COVID-19 infections. We have been worrying about these types of effects on our food supply for months now, and this is the first real sign of how infections can affect the food supply.

When you walk into a supermarket, you might not see all the choices you had in the past. An empty meat case is a humbling thing for your eyes to fall upon. It’s the shocking realization that the seemingly infinite supply of chickens, pigs, and cows that are butchered for us has begun to run dry!

To deal with this issue, we are going to present four no cook meals that will help you create dinners at home that will feed your family without worrying so much about what’s available, or unavailable, in the meat case.

1. Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches

Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

As preppers we get beans. There are a bunch of ways to use beans and this a great example of how you can pack a sandwich with great nutrition and protein.

Serving: Makes 4 sandwiches


  • Can of White Beans
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Avocado
  • 8 Slices of Whole Grain Bread
  • 8 Slices of Salted Pork (Prosciutto, Ham, Virginia Ham)


  • Begin by draining your beans in a colander then smashing them up in a bowl add a few glugs of olive oil, salt, pepper. This little mix is delicious. If you add some minced rosemary, you can even turn this into a delicious dip.
  • Pit your avocado and cut it in half and then quarters lengthwise. Leave the skin on.
  • Lay the bread out on a clean work surface for assembling the sandwiches.
  • Spread your mashed bean mix onto one side of the bread.
  • Peel your avocados and slice 1 quarter for each sandwich. Spread slices over the bean spread.
  • Add a few slices of your pork to over the top of the avocado.
  • You can finish this sandwich with some lettuces, fresh sprouts, or just eat it as is.

2. Delicious Crab Salad

Canned crab is a protein option that will likely be around through much of this meat crisis. It does have to be kept in refrigeration, but it’s delicious and this chipotle mayo salad is great in the spring and summer.


  • 1 Can of Crab Meat
  • 1 Bunch of Asparagus
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • 1 Bunch of Green Onions
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro


  • Drain your crab in a colander and set it in the sink.
  • Slice your asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Throw them into a bowl.
  • Thinly slice your onions and your cilantro and throw that into the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss in the crab meat.
  • Squirt on enough Chipotle mayo to coat everything and toss gently not to break up the crab meat.
  • Chill in the fridge and serve.

3. Simple Greek Salad

Simple Greek Salad | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

The combination of simple summer ingredients makes for an incredible quick salad that you could add other proteins, too, if you wanted. These could be canned meats.


  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Red Onion
  • ¼ Cup of Feta Cheese
  • A Few Sprigs of Fresh Mint
  • ½ Cup of Kalamata Olives
  • Balsamic Dressing


  • I like to cut the tomatoes in large chunks and have them kind of be the main course in this salad. Peel and slice your cucumber in half. Remove the seeds and either dice or slice in half-moons.
  • Peel and slice your red onion in half. Julienne your, or thinly slice, your half onion.
  • Add all these ingredients to a bowl. Finely slice your mint.
  • Add your olives, crumbled feta, and mint to the bowl and add enough dressing to coat everything.
  • Stir it up and allow this to chill for at least an hour for the flavors to really blend.

4. Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

Using some similar ingredients and adding a protein like tuna, you can create some delicious lettuce wraps. The key to a good lettuce wrap is to have most of the items around the same size. So, consider that when you are preparing this dish.


  • Iceberg or Butter Lettuce
  • Canned Artichokes
  • Canned roasted Red peppers
  • Fresh Cucumber
  • Feta Cheese
  • Minced Olives ¼ Cup
  • 2 Cans of Tuna
  • Green Onions
  • Basil


  • Start by peeling all the full leaves from your lettuce. Set them on a plate either cover them with a wet paper towel or put them back into the fridge.
  • Dice the peppers, artichokes, and cucumbers into cubes. Go no larger than ½ an inch.
  • Thinly slice your green onions and basil and add them to a bowl with your diced vegetables. Add your loves to this bowl and mix them thoroughly.
  • Crumble your feta cheese over the mixture.
  • Drain your tuna thoroughly and then add that to the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss this mixture. Try not to break up the tuna and the cheese too much but incorporate it thoroughly.
  • If you want, you can add some olive oil to the mix or a few glugs of balsamic vinegar. It’s also delicious just how it is.
  • Scoop a few tablespoons into a lettuce leaf, wrap it up and eat up!

These no cook meals should help lessen the stress you feel when thinking of what to feed your family. If you don’t have the specific ingredients, use your creativity, and use what you have. You might discover a new recipe while you’re at it!

What’s your favorite no cook meal recipe? Please share it with us in the comments section!

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Billionaire Whistle Blower: Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Is Over 50,000

  1. Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000.

A Chinese billionaire and whistleblower who lives in U.S. exile says Wuhan crematoriums have burned 50,000 coronavirus victims. | Credit: Chinatopix via AP

  • The official coronavirus death toll in China is a little over 800. But an exiled Chinese businessman says crematoriums are leaking the real figure.
  • A billionaire whistleblower alleges Wuhan has crematoriums working 24/7. He claims they’ve cremated some 50,000 coronavirus victims.
  • Guo Wengui is a Chinese billionaire living in exile in the United States.

The official coronavirus death toll is some 800 people in China. The current official death toll worldwide, outside of China, is 774. But a Chinese billionaire with a history of blowing the whistle on his former government says the real figure is much higher.

Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000. Wengui made the bombshell allegations in an interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.


Whistleblower: 1.5 Million Coronavirus Cases In China, 50,000 Coronavirus Deaths In Wuhan


He also claims to have inside information that there are 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in China. Wengui is emphatic that these are not merely quarantined or “under observation” but confirmed cases of coronavirus infection:


China has struggled to contain the coronavirus. But it has also struggled to contain public outcry against censorship and tight control of information. Dr. Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm about the disease, succumbed to an infection and died this week. The Chinese government arrested him for blowing the whistle.

Then officials tried to suppress news of his death. Afterwards, millions of Chinese citizens saw the hashtag #IWantFreedomOfSpeech on Mandarin language social media. But the Chinese government censored that too.

Are Wengui’s Crematorium Claims Credible?

Watch VICE’s 2017 profile on Guo Wengui. At the time, he published bombshell documents alleging corruption in the Chinese government. He got the attention of the media and reportedly the U.S. State Department.


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5 Types Of Ammunition To Stockpile For A Collapse


Every prepper knows it’s a great idea to stockpile ammunition when preparing for a major disaster.

You can use it for hunting, self-defense, or barter.

But which types of ammo should you stockpile?

If you plan on bartering, then you don’t want a bunch of calibers that nobody wants. And that’s just one consideration.

In this video, Reality Survival & Prepping talks about what he thinks are the 5 best types of ammunition to stockpile for a collapse.

Here are his picks:

  1. .22 LR – Very common, good for hunting small game, very light and small.
  2. 9mm Luger – Great for self-defense, fits in a wide variety of handguns.
  3. 5.56×45mm or .223 Remington – Also very common, cheap and effective.
  4. .308 Winchester – Widely used, works in AR10 and bolt-action platforms.
  5. 12 Gauge – You can do a lot with it — hunt, defend yourself, etc.

In the video below he makes a much more detailed case for each caliber. What do you think of this list?

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