Prepping on a Budget: A Survival Guide for The Minimalist Prepper

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in prepping and homesteading topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Five days a week (Monday through Friday) I will get up at 6:00 o'clock, drink a cup of coffee, eat breakfast, pour another cup of coffee and then head to my home office where I will scour the internet for the most 10 recent and important news and happening from around the world and post those in a ten-point list with my thoughts and options. Hope you enjoy.

4 Responses

  1. JD says:

    I think this article is geared more for the amateur or younger person just getting into prepping. I’m sorry but in this day and age if you’re an adult and can’t afford to buy basic supplies, time to get a better job. Or learn a skill that gets you paid more than what you’re making now. I also think if money is tight, why are you buying so many water bottles? How many water bottles are you going to need? I’d say 3-4 tops. Get 2 stainless ones and 2 plastic Nalgene bottles. Take care of them and they will last you a lifetime. Dog bowls? Yes for my dog. For you, get a stainless mess kit. Take care of it and it will last a lifetime. I don’t worry about purposely buying extras of things specifically for barter. And about those schmucks using and breaking my stuff? That’s simple, they don’t use my stuff. I work with guys that ask me why do you always carry a knife with you? But they’re the first meatheads that ask me can I use your knife? At which point I respond with a prompt NO.
    Instead of buying cheap garbage Chinese made items, although not all Chinese made items are junk, two brands that immediately come to mind are Olight and holosun, save your money a little longer and get a better or quality version of what you want. Instead of buying 20,000 matches. Buy a dozen bic lighters or spend some time sharpening your skill at primitive fire making. Amateurs are always gear focused, guys who are pros or been around for a while focus more on skills.

  2. Frank says:

    Skills are fine, but when you need something and don’t have it, boasting that you’re more advanced won’t help you. It sounds good to say that one can improvise, but you can’t chop down a tree with knowledge, you need an axe. It’s not a contest, it’s about staying alive anyway you can.

    Nobody would argue that a choice has to or should be made between skills and gear, but both are elements of your planning. Sometimes for some of us we find more opportunities in one area than another. It’s easy to say, get a new job or earn a degree and climb the ladder to a bigger salary, but it isn’t always as easy for some. And being frugal doesn’t mean one is poor or lazy. It’s a solution and being practical to achieve a goal.

    I’ve always appreciated quality products, but sometimes we have to settle or make do or compromise so we can have the funds or money to get more, get better or acquire some training. And while you may be thinking of an individual, some of us are preparing families or groups. And not everyone is prepping from a master plan or has as much time to engage in preparedness activities

  3. Jesse Mathewson says:


    Water bottles – yep!

    My kids both have two steel single walled 28/32 ounce narrow bottles – they carry easier than standard canteens -however, we do have several spares plus filtration for each bottle-and person

    And several ways to start fire

    For each –

    Love your thinking sir!

  4. JD says:

    It’s not about boasting. You either are skilled or you aren’t. Yes if you live in a forest and don’t own a means of cutting down a tree, you are a fool, no matter how smart you are. What I meant about focusing on skills, is that just because you have stuff doesn’t mean you will be surviving anything. I see it all the time in the prepper world. I personally know people who own literally tons of gear, and 98% of it is still in the original box or wrapper. I know a guy that has probably close to 70,000 rounds of ammunition stockpiled. But yet haven’t fired any of his weapons in maybe 5-6 years! So tell me, what good is all that ammo if you can’t run your weapons efficiently? You know what will happen? Someone who he has bragged to about owning pallets of ammo will go to his place and take him out pretty quickly and just take his stuff. He is not an asset he is a liability. Even with all his gear. Most of which he doesn’t know how to use. That’s what I mean by skill. Knowing how to use the gear and equipment that you already own. Not going out and buying the latest and greatest gizmo because it was on the cover of American survival guide. Most of these guys are out of shape, obese sloths. They’re not preppers, they are wannabe preppers. Or as I call them poser preppers. Or hoarders. If they can’t even take the time and put forth the effort to stay in shape, I would not want them responsible for my family’s safety. Like pulling a guard shift. Because if they can’t do it now, when it is not a shtf situation, they’re certainly not gonna be able to pull it off when the time comes to have to perform. Skills are what makes a person an asset, not gear. Gear just makes those with skill that much more effective. I would rather have a guy in my group that has a 1000 rounds of ammo and can shoot to a high level, than the guy I know with 70,000 rounds of ammo and couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn from the inside!