I’m not judging our Commander in Chief, but it’s interesting to note that searches for “survival gear” and “doomsday bunkers” have spiked recently. Hmmm…
Anyway, if you’ve looked at prices online, you may have already realized that survival gear can actually be quite expensive.
For example, Bear Grylls Ultimate Kit is already expensive at $60, but you might be shocked to learn that some survival packs cost more than $10,000. But is the saying “you get what you pay for” really applicable to survival gear?
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with buying the most expensive gear if you have unlimited funds. The problem is when you assume that pricey equals the best. You want to go for the best value for your buck.
Here, we’ll show you how you can find cheap survival gear that works just as well as expensive ones.
Get Cheap Survival Gear By Setting A Budget
If you’re the type who gets overwhelmed when there are plenty of choices, you have to set a budget. Because with survival products, there are some items you can get for as low as $5.
Now that doesn’t mean going for the cheapest items available. Whether it’s a backpack, sleeping gear, flashlight, or lantern, etc., set a limit on how much you’re willing to pay for each item. And always check reviews even if you’re buying low-cost survival products from well-known brands.
Know When to Save or Splurge
As consumers, we always want to get the best deals. But there are some survival items that you don’t really want to scrimp on.
If immediate injury could happen if a piece of gear fails, you have to spend more for that item. You don’t want to take risks with climbing gear, for example. Knives, hatchets, and body armor plates should also be chosen with care.
Luckily, other items can be bought cheaply. These include backpacks, sleeping gear, flashlights, lanterns, portable stoves, and fishing gear. You can also spend less on emergency blankets, wearables, hydration packs, and fire starters.
Do Your Homework
When shopping for cheap survival gear, there are items you can buy online. But products such as tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, and water filters require close scrutiny to pass the best value test.
With tents and backpacks, you want to check for strength. Tents must also be lightweight.
For sleeping bags, don’t forget to inspect the padding. There should be enough and the stitching shouldn’t be shoddy.
As for water filters, don’t buy cheap if it’s not certified. They should also come with specifications as to what they can and cannot filter.
See What Gear You Can Get for Free
Have you heard about this one mom who was able to feed 30,000 people with extreme couponing? It’s not magic. You just really need to be resourceful and willing to spend some time and effort.
It’s the same with survival equipment. You can also get certain items for free. FreeSurvivalGear.org is a good resource for finding outdoor, tactical, and urban survival gear for less or for free.
Try your luck and you might just score some nifty survival products.
Getting Cheap Survival Gear is Possible
Good survival gear doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. You just have to follow certain tips such as setting a budget, researching product reviews, and knowing when to save and when to splurge.
You can even get survival gear for free. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look for it.
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