There are several ways that you can start building your DIY long-term food storage plan, even if you are on a tight budget!

Here are 5 tips that will help you gather enough funds to start food prepping.

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List It Out

Writing a list will help you determine what you need to buy in order to build your emergency food supply. Now, there are two different types of lists you need to make, especially if you are on a tighter budget. 

First, make your weekly grocery shopping list with the specific items you need in the immediate. You should take this list with you when you go to the store, and then stick to it! This will help you reduce impulse shopping, and will also leave room for you to allocate funds to your food storage plan.

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Second, make a list of food items that you want to include in your long-term food storage plan, along with the required quantity based on your needs. From there, you can check to see which items you have on hand, and then focus on allocating funds towards buying the items that you are missing. 

Take Advantage of Bulk Deals

If you are reading this, you probably already know that buying most anything in bulk is cheaper than buying single packs in the long run. It does cost more up front, so those of us who are on a budget may struggle to afford to buy everything in bulk.

So, instead of giving up on buying in bulk entirely, look for deals on bulk food items. If you only buy the bulk items you need to store long-term when they are discounted, you will save some serious money over time.

You can find bulk deals on just about anything. So, you should be on the lookout for bulk deals on the specific items in your long-term food storage list.

Join Mailing Lists

This tip has to be our favorite! You can subscribe to mailing lists for grocery stores in your area as well as other stores that will help you reach your long-term food storage goals.

Most stores offer sales or discounts throughout the year. So, if you are subscribed to a number of mailing lists, you’ll never miss out on deals that could make a big difference in your overall budget.

Include Your Friends and Split the Costs

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“A friend in need is a friend indeed”! If you are lucky enough to have a prepper friend, you and your friend can place an order of bulk items online and save on shipping costs. You can also find online discount offers when you order a number of items in bulk together. It may not be possible for you to order all of this yourself, but splitting the cost with a friend will make it much more attainable.

Stay Consistent

Consistency is key when it comes to long-term food storage. Prepping is a process that cannot happen overnight, and neither can improving your spending habits. You may need to strategize your budget a few times, and you will definitely need to be patient with waiting for your savings to grow.

The Bottom Line

Long-term food storage might seem expensive, but prepping on a budget is possible. 

You should strategize with your spending habits, and take advantage of deals as much as possible. 

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If you want to save money and take advantage of deals on Mylar bags, oxygen absorbers, and MRE pouches for your emergency food supply, you can join Wallaby’s rewards program.

Head to our website now to join the club and earn exclusive rewards every time you shop!