Our friend Kim writes with the question…
“My dad is giving us a belated Christmas gift of $100 and I would like to use it to purchase something for our family. My question is what would you or your readers purchase with an extra $100 or so? I can always add to our pantry stock but I was thinking more along the lines of purchasing an oil lamp, batteries, thermal undies, books, ammo, etc. I just know if I don’t have a set purchase plan, the money will be nickel and dimed until it’s gone! Any input would be greatly appreciated!”
Hi, Kim! Great question. Okay, so since I don’t know your exact situation and what you do have and don’t have, I’ll just list a few ideas in order of importance.
1. It sounds like you already have some food storage put away. That’s great! If you are pretty set in this area and are lacking in other preparedness means, definitely put the money elsewhere.
2. Do you have an emergency water backup in case you can’t access fresh water? A rain barrel? Do you have a water filter? If you don’t have one, I’d highly recommend that you order the parts to make a homemade water filter. It will cost just a little over $100 to make. No, it’s not a fun splurge, but your family’s lives may depend upon it one day! This would definitely be top priority on my list.
3. Do you have a good library of survival type books? Make sure you have literature covering topics such as organic gardening, herbal & natural healing, wild foraging, basic wilderness survival, first aid, making soap, amish style cookbooks, and canning books. If you are lacking in any of these areas, don’t take for granted that the internet will be available forever! Check out Paperbackswap.com, or Amazon’s used books to see if you can find any of these for a deeply discounted price.
4. Ammo. Definitely ammo. If you are set in the food and water department, and have a nice stash of resourceful reading materials, I’d highly recommend a good stockpile of ammunition.
5. Non-Electric Living Supplies. Do you have a canner? Wheat grinder? Canning jars and lids? I’d say get them before oil lamps and thermal undies. Have a good solar flashlight on hand until you do get some oil lamps and oil. Thermal undies and warm clothing are important, but not as practical for most of the year unless you live somewhere with very long cold spells.
6. If I were set in all preparedness areas, I would put the money toward seeds and edible plants. Garden produce, berry bushes, fruit trees, medicinal and culinary herbs… you can never have too many!
These are just my suggestions, of course. But Kim wants to hear from all of us! What would you do with it if you were blessed with an extra $100?