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Dollar store prepping

Postby badmandant » Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:25 pm

I kinda short on money right now, but I still want to prep, so ive been considerng getting some stuff from the dollar store. I just not sure what stuff to focus on there, what would you get if you didnt have that much money and had to get supplies at a dollar store? I did find some cool little self heating things that you can use to cook food on, I havent picked up any of them though. So what do you think I should get, food, medical supplies, or is there something else that youve found at a dollar store that is a good prep?
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Re: Dollar store prepping

Postby XGoldX » Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:34 pm

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Re: Dollar store prepping

Postby Lostfalls » Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:45 pm

Oh how sad I missed that thread. But yes lots of good stuff there - word of warning though: try stuff out before you stock up on them. There have been a few things I have purchased at the dollar store that turned out to be CRAP. Like their band-aids. Sigh....I would never want to depend on those to keep me from infection. I bought a box and when they are all used up, I will never buy another box. If I have a cut - I will go through 3 or 4 a day just cause they fall off.

There have been a few other things but as long as you try them out first you should be fine. In general I really like stocking up on first aid supplies at dollar stores. Toothpaste, floss, lotion, shampoo, soap, nail clippers, reading glasses, super glue, matches, can openers, scissors, solar yard lights, glow sticks, all kinds of stuff really....
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Re: Dollar store prepping

Postby dogboy » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:54 pm

The best preps in life are free.... well, not necessarily *BEST*, but a lot of them. But don't forget the free stuff....

1) education and training are often free
2) used 2 liter bottles make great holders for water and for dried beans, rice, and pasta
3) a garden provides food in exchange for a little labor
4) foraging is another free source of food
5) drying foods lets you preserve windfall fruit

I'm sure that there are lots of other examples, but I already run the risk of hijacking the topic.

As to the dollar store, I made a "2012 Survival Kit" for an office Christmas gag gift exchange. I spent $20 and could have spent $40 without repeating any useful items.
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Re: Dollar store prepping

Postby ForwardPreppers » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:43 am

Don't forget your local Walmart for dried beans, rice, powdered milk, oatmeal and such. Those items have a long shelf life and are fairly inexpensive there. Try to remember not to stock up on just one thing. You will need a little of everything. Start with trying to get a 3 day supply of things you would need and then make it a weeks worth and so on. If you do it in baby steps it can be a little easier to manage. Sometimes it can and will get very frustrating.
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Re: Dollar store prepping

Postby GAP » Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:32 pm

If you have a Dollar Tree I would go there. Everything in the store is actually one dollar. I stay away from foods but here is a list of some of the things info pick up there:
http://www.preppingsurvival.weebly.com/ Scroll down posts there is a Good post on dollar store prepping
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