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November 12, 2009
But you don't want to just stock up a few things for a disaster and let them sit in a closet. The idea is that you can, over time, build up a rotating stock of nearly all your preps to rotate with the things you use on a daily basis. This especially goes for things that have long shelf lives. For example batteries. Batteries have a long shelf life and they're something that we all use on a day to day basis. Batteries can be purchased in bulk from online suppliers at half the price of batteries you can buy in the store. The batteries then can be stored and used in your electronics. You purchase enough of them to last you a year or even longer and don't buy anymore at store prices. When the stock starts getting lower just purchase more batteries to replenish it, but make sure you use the older batteries first before getting into the new ones.
If the disaster never comes, you haven't lost anything. You will save money by using this method on food and other items you might need during a disaster. The ultimate goal is to be able to have almost all of your daily use things from food to hygiene products stocked up. Saving money while doing this is accomplished by buying in bulk, buying off the internet, using coupons, and buying things on sale. Just like I illustrated with the battery example, you can get batteries for cheap and never purchase them for retail in the store. This over time will save you money (granted the initial investment will be more). This is what being a prepper is all about. This will allow you to get through just about any disaster while stuck in your home.