With the economy in the shape it’s been in the past several years, we could all use money saving tips, couldn’t we?
But what if you want to get better prepared? It costs a lot of money, doesn’t it?
It doesn’t have to. Bernie Carr has written The Penny Pinching Prepper, which helps you save and survive by giving you practical guidance. Discover how to get prepared for a lot less money than you’d think.
Bernie is this week’s DestinySurvival Radio guest, and you won’t want to miss this one.
I didn’t try to discuss everything in her book during our visit because there would have been too much to cover. We touched on a few things you might say jumped out at me as I went through it. You’ll see other points of interest when you look it over for yourself.
Below I’ll combine several highlights of the book along with what we talked about.
The Penny Pinching Prepper in Person
Some guests are more cheery and enthusiastic than others. But that could be said about the people we meet on the street, couldn’t it? I guess I’m playing the role of Captain Obvious here.
Anyway, Bernie is one of the cheerful preppers. She conveys an attitude that says, “Nothing’s going to stop me. I’ll find a way to get it done.”
When you view Bernie’s site and read her book, you know she’s the real deal. What she does isn’t mere theory.
You’ll find her to be especially encouraging if you’re living in an urban environment. If she’s doing it, there’s hope for you, too.
In case you’re not familiar with Bernie, here’s a bit of background info.
Bernie Carr became fascinated with survival techniques and self-sufficiency as a child, hearing stories of her father’s adventures in the wilds of Southeast Asia as a land surveyor and avid outdoorsman. As an adult, she developed an interest in emergency preparedness and self-reliance, having survived the 1994 Northridge earthquake in California, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and the evacuation of her home during the 1993 Southern California wildfires. She relocated to Houston, Texas, in an effort to avoid more natural disasters only to arrive in time to encounter the fury of Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Bernie has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern California and has worked as a technical writer in various fields, such as personal finance, insurance,and health care. She is the creator of Apartment Prepper (ApartmentPrepper.com), a popular website about preparedness while living in small spaces. She has written two other books, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide and Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure.
Bernie resides in Texas with her family.
The Penny Pinching Prepper in Print
If you think prepping costs too much money, this book is for you.
If you’re on public assistance of some kind, or you know someone who is, Bernie has you in mind.
As odd as it may sound at first, Bernie says once you get started prepping, you can actually start saving money. By writing this book, her goal is to help you get your financial house in order by encouraging you to save money by doing DIY projects as well as learning new survival skills.
You’ll find numerous practical tips throughout The Penny Pinching Prepper. It’s easy to tell she practices what she preaches and passes along what she has learned. Most chapters are short, but each one is packed with tidbits you won’t want to miss.
This book is a terrific survey of a variety of preparedness topics. It’s great for new and inexperienced preppers.
If you’ve been at it for a while and have read several books on preparedness, you’ll see similarities in the information they present. But don’t shy away from this one because Bernie includes a number of gems from her own experience you may not have thought of.
The chapters cover…
- Raising Additional Funds for Emergency Supplies
- Shelter and Comfort
- First Aid
- Hygiene and Personal Care
- Safety and Defense
- When You’re on the Move
- Low Cost Survival and Preparedness Projects
- Making Your Own
Get Yourself Together
I asked her what advice she has for someone who’s not an organized person by nature. She says not to let that stop you. Just get started. And as you get going, it gets easier.
Whittle Down Wallet Worries
If you’re thinking of buying precious metals, Bernie has perspective on that in her book, too. My summary of the bottom line–have your other prepping ducks in a row first.
Keep it Cheap at Home
Need to know how to turn your hobbies into cash? How about part-time jobs you may not have thought of?
Let Water Wisdom Seep In
Bernie tells me she loves her Berkey, but if you don’t have the money for one, you can take advantage of her DYI instructions for making your own gravity flow filter.
Find out how to distill your water as well.
Foster Food Freedom
You’ve probably heard of canning meals in jars. But did you know you can make meals in a jar with dried foods?
Of course, as Bernie and others will tell you, store what you eat. That way you can eat what you’re used to without stress or appetite fatigue.
Do you know how long you can keep eggs, potatoes or onions? These are a few of the practical food related tidbits covered in the book.
If your power goes out for very long, you’ll likely lose food. You may not want to waste it, but don’t take chances getting sick. See the tips on food safety.
Keep Comfortable at Home
Practice Low Cost First Aid
Make Homemade Home Products
You can trust Bernie’s recipes because she has tried them herself, or she knows someone who has successfully done so.
If you’re not into making these items, then stock up. And then be ready to rotate them before their quality deteriorates as time slips by.
Put in Place The Rule of Three…Texters
Having three people in your texting or calling tree is an easy number of contacts to manage. Be sure to have a paper copy of information for those contacts.
Stay Safe and Secure
Bernie passes along good info on pepper spray and alternatives. Firearms are also touched on briefly.
Bernie encourages women to get a gun and firearms training. Be certain about it though. Could you actually shoot someone if it came to that?
Thankfully, in many situations, the presence of a firearm is enough intimidation to prevent trouble.
Realize Readiness on the Road
Get Into Low Cost DIY and Survival Skills
Beyond that–and this goes back to the need for being organized–are your important papers in order and accessible? Do you have important phone numbers written down and at the ready?
But there’s more.
Do you know how to shut off your utilities?
When is the last time you conducted a fire drill with your family?
Do you know CPR?
Have you taken any CERT courses?
Do you know more than one way to start a fire?
The last chapter focuses on ways you can be more self reliant, including making meals from scratch, baking your own bread, making your own yogurt, canning and dehydrating food, and gardening (even if only in a window).
But what if you’re someone who doesn’t know how to cook? Bernie says it’s never too late to learn.
In fact, she says cooking is a survival skill. That makes sense when you consider how so many of us have become reliant on convenience foods and eating out.
How about making your own soap? Could you sew or mend your own clothes?
Many of these tasks are a lost art today in our high tech, convenience-oriented world.
But at one time Bernie didn’t know how to do these things either. Her example shows there’s hope for you and me to acquire new skills for survival.
The Penny Pinching Prepper on the Podcast
Do that by listening to my conversation with her on DestinySurvival Radio for October 1, 2015. (Right click to download.) Then get your copy of The Penny Pinching Prepper by clicking on its title wherever you see it in this post. Why not buy it as a gift for someone you know who needs Bernie’s practical guidance?
Also, don’t forget to check out Bernie’s site at ApartmentPrepper.com for her down-to-earth articles.
If you have thoughts on what you’ve read here or heard on this week’s show, feel free to leave a comment below. What part of prepping seems too costly for you? Where do you need help on cutting corners without sacrificing your chances for survival?
On the other hand, if you have answers, share your wisdom with other preppers. They’ll be glad for any money saving tips you have to pass along.