Couponing for Preppers Part 1
Couponing for Preppers Part 1
If you’ve read my other articles, you’ve heard me say that this whole prepping thing is very new to me and I’m pretty much learning as I go. But I’m learning oh so much! And although couponing is quite a bit of work, it really can pay off in the end. I certainly haven’t had any AMAZING, “Extreme Couponing” experiences yet, but I’ve been able to get some really good deals on the things that will come in handy in an end of the world situation. And the way I see it, if you can get all or most of these items for close to free—or at least not full price—you’re ahead of the game. I’m going to call this idea “couponing for preppers”—the ultimate prepping experience!
The things that we find useful to stock up on are:
- Canned foods
- Shampoos and conditioners
- Laundry detergent
- Dish soaps and hand soaps
- Body wash
- Toilet paper
- Household cleaners
- Other non-perishable items
- First-aid items, such as band-aids, gauze, pain killers, cold medicines, allergy medicines, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, etc.
- Feminine hygiene products
While not all of these items would be 100% necessary in a complete collapse of society, they could be really great items to have in a smaller societal collapse. No matter what, you’re always going to need food, water and shelter, and once you have those, you’ll want to start trying to live your life as normally as possible again. While shampoos and conditioners may not be a necessity, those are items that some people may be willing to trade for other goods. Same with the body washes, dish soaps, hand soaps and cereals. While cereal is perishable, it can be a good food to have around to eat before your non-perishables, as it lasts longer than the items in your fridge and freezer. And, who doesn’t love cereal?
I’ve asked quite a few people what one thing they would miss in an end of the world situation, and many of them said they would miss toilet paper. If it’s that important to people, I see no problem in stocking up on it when you can get it for a smokin’ deal (and a lot of times you can).
While household cleaners may not be the first priority on your TEOTWAWKI list, you need to remember that hygiene and cleanliness of your surroundings can mean life or death. Sure, food, water and shelter are really high on the scale of importance, but if you get a cut and your environment is so dirty that you can’t keep your cut clean, it can get infected. When that infection spreads to the rest of your body, your organs start shutting down, resulting in death. While not every case could be that extreme, having the ability to keep your environment a little cleaner with a stock pile of cleaning supplies could save your life or at least keep you functional. Cleaners could also become trade items.
The first aid items are a no brainer. In order to keep yourself safe and healthy, having a full, major trauma kit at all times is key. The nice part about it is that there are coupons for these items pretty frequently, and stocking up on those items when you can get them cheaper than retail is a fantastic idea.
Feminine hygiene products will be useful in an end of the world situation for multiple reasons. One reason to stock pile them is for their main use. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be comfortable giving up my current feminine hygiene routine. Additionally, feminine hygiene products are really great additions to your first aid kit. Think about it, they’re made for absorbing blood… Obviously, they would have other uses when a lot of blood is involved. The point here is, have some for personal use and have extras for first aid use.
My prepper husband mostly focuses on having the things that you NEED in a societal collapse, but I’m all about having the things that people are going to eventually WANT as well because trading goods could potentially be huge. If there is an economic collapse and money isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on anymore, no one will be purchasing items from the store. Instead, they’ll be bartering for goods like they used to in the old days. The way I see it, the more you have (that you can get for close to free with couponing), the better your living situation will be.
Stay tuned for my next article on couponing for preppers, which will actually go into the details of how to organize your coupons, how to organize your lists of purchases, how to find the best deals and more. Even better, sign up for the newsletter on the top left of this page, and never miss a post again! J I look forward to sharing my new insights with you! If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I’ll answer them as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading!