Saving Money on Emergency Preparedness

More and more these days, I hear public service announcements about emergency preparedness. The message contains a warning to families to make sure they are prepared with at least a 3 day supply of food and water and a plan to evacuate and regroup after a disaster. It got me thinking about ways to save money on the food, medical and water supplies that will be handy in case of emergencies.

Mailbox Freebies

A free sample in the mail might be a lifesaver one day. You may have hesitated to submit your information to get a free miracle whip sample in the mail, but what about other items to throw in a first aid kit or backpack, such as:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Band-Aids
  • Water bottles
  • Maxi pads and tampons
  • Energy and granola bars

The list goes on and on. Keep your eye out for freebies that could be a great resource to you during an emergency. Respond sooner rather than later so that the offer doesn’t expire or the samples run out.

Free Drugstore Items

Drugstores offer freebies all the time. You can often get these by combining coupons or taking advantage of “bucks” or “register rewards” that you get after making the purchase. It amounts to walking out of the store with a free product, or making money in overages that you can apply to other items you buy. Some free items to look for that will help you with your plans for emergency preparedness include:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Floss
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Pain relief medication
  • Duct tape

Look for opportunities to get free trial size items, too. They are lighter to carry in your emergency backpacks than some of the items that come in standard sizes.

Don’t wait to get things free before you gather the supplies you need for emergency preparedness. Use those items as a way to supplement the basics. But make sure you do have basic necessities in place.

Image Credit: Danny de Bruyne

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