...continuing my previous post on where to find prepping supplies:
Food for long term storage: restaurant supply chains, bulk food, and carefully selected sale items.
pictures here, sorry. For stocking up on rice, beans, flour, sugar,
spices and the like, you just can't been the restaurant supply stores.
25 and 50lb sacks of all these things exist for much less that the 5 or
10 lb grocery store buys. In addition, if you have friends or do
dehydrating, canning, etc, they also carry large bags and boxes of
potatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, meats, and other things. Some of the
items, I noticed, aren't priced better than normal sale costs, but a 50
lb bag of red potatoes for $5.78 is hard to pass up. Keep harvest
seasons in mind for the best prices.
Books (fiction, non-fiction, classics, knowledge base): used book stores and second hand stores.
love used book stores. Larger towns always have a couple of good ones,
don't they? In addition to book stores, second hand shops usually have
at least a small bookcase full of random tomes. Prepper fiction is hot
right now, so the newer novels are hard to find, but the older ones (Lucifer's Hammer, Alas Babylon, etc)
I have seen go by multiple times. The best buys I have come across
from used book stores have been garden guides, cooking, outdoors and
woodworking. The best buys from general second hand stores have been
medical and drug guides, car repair manuals (don't you buy one when you
buy a "new to you" car?), and other random books that strike me as
interesting. I have found that second hand stores usually have
"paperbacks for 25 cent" signs whereas used book stores usually sell as a
set fraction of the original cost (50% around here). I have more
guides and how-to manuals that I will ever read, but for 25 cents to 2
dollars depending upon the book, I am happy to have the knowledge base
to refer to if I ever do need them.
Books (internet): As a
side note to books, I mention the internet. I don't just mean Amazon.
If you know how to search, there are tens of thousands of books
available for free as .pdf downloads; everything from old cooking methods, ship building, animal care and husbandry, to older, classic fiction. Google has a huge library of free
"out of copyright" books online or you can use the Google search engine
by typing in the title or subject then filetype:pdf . This will
return .pdf documents and will shorten your time spent searching
immensely. Download it onto a flash drive for safe keeping, print off
the pertinent parts, or read what you need and let it go. In addition
to books, I have found pretty much any instruction manual I have ever
needed this way; everything from a slide rule to rototiller to pressure
canner. If you are looking for it, someone has probably posted it. I
should probably mention about being sure the pdf isn't a
copyright violation before you download and distribute it to friends.
a list with you of things you think you need or would like to have. I
know I constantly walk into a place trying to remember the list of stuff
I am keeping an eye out for. If you regularly eye prepping supplies
you get a feel for the going price. Then you know when you see
something for a really good deal. That's the time to go for it.
useful, low-tech items are good to stock for barter in case of
TEOTWAWKI. They are also useful in regular daily living. If you
have a supply of nails, screws, nuts/bolts/washers, tools or misc
construction pieces that you can loan or give to a neighbor, you are
establishing some useful good will.
-Haunting local second hand
stores and pawn shops gets you to know some useful local people... if
you talk to them. If they are selling tools for $2, you know they paid
less for them. Where do they get their stock- auctions, estate
auctions, consignment? If you talk to them and/or occasionally offer to
help with something you are getting to know some good, hardworking
people. If, after a while, you let them know what you are looking for,
I'd bet they can give some good ideas on where to find stuff or will
give you a heads up on an upcoming sale or auction they know about. If
they do consignment, they will probably be willing to take some items in
that you are asking about, even if they wouldn't normally stock that
-If you don't need "pretty" and are willing to put in some effort, you can get
items for next to nothing. $6 for 3 cast iron pans because one needed
elbow grease. A 20-something dollar wrench for $3 because it needed
Do you have any other places were you have found a good deal on prepping items?