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The 5 Most Expensive Preps I Own

Many readers have been curious as to which preparedness items my family has invested in. Here are the five most expensive, least expensive and homemade preps anyone can make.

There are varying degrees of preparedness, and preppers for that matter. Each of us live in different parts of the country, where diverse natural and man-made disasters influence our decisions to prepare. In all honesty, it doesn’t matter what part of America (or the world) we live in, we see a need to prepare and we are responsible enough to do what needs to be done.

Personally, my overall goal in being prepared is to be ready for a long-term grid down disaster. That being the case, my family is taking steps to acquire supplies and tools that involve a more all-emcompassing emergency supply in order to be self-reliant.

5 Most Expensive Preps

There are times in our quest for preparedness where each of us will see the need to invest in certain preparedness items that are expensive, but necessary for our survival. Before any monetary investment is made, my husband and I discuss the importance of the item, why we need the investment, if it is versatile, and how it can benefit us in an emergency. Our stored food supply is the largest investment we have made thus far, however, I believe that you are more interested in the other items we have invested in. So without further adieu, here are the 5 most expensive items we have purchased:

  1. Undisclosed – Firearms and ammunition
  2. $750 – Custom-made copper still made
  3. $429 + extra parts – Country Living Grain Mill
  4. $285 – Royal Berkey Water Filtration System
  5. $200 – 21 quart American Pressure Cooker.

5 Cheapest Preps 

To be clear, I need you to understand that I am not made of money. Like most of you, my family had to sacrifice a great deal to get the items we have stored away. We cannot always afford the “best of the best” so to speak and are always on the lookout for great deals. We typically go to stores such as the $1 store or to Big Lots to see if we can find some good deals or wait until the end of the season to sweep up on clearance deals. That being said, here are 5 of the cheapest preps we have found so far:


  1. $1-$5 – Homesteading and preparedness resources from discounted book stores.
  2. $5 – 2 cases of canning jars from Craigslist.
  3. $1 Emergency sewing kit for the bug out bags from a craft store.
  4. $.50 Macaroni and cheese  on clearance at a grocery store.
  5. Free fabric that someone was giving away.

5 Homemade Preps

One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the knowledge of how to survive on our own. The end result is the satisfaction of knowing that I have learned skills to keep my family’s needs met.

  1. Survival bars
  2. Water proof matches – Re-purpose spent candles by melting  them down and dipping the matches into them.
  3. Fire starters
  4. Refrigeration
  5. Homemade stove

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on February 14th, 2012

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