Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Prepping on a Budget - Affordable Items for Preppers - Emergency Water Storage

When you have limited funds to prep with, the only way to manage is by looking for specials that will save you money. The first thing you should look for is simple and affordable water storage. Water is something you can’t live without and is one of the first things needed if you experience an unexpected event. Unfortunately, the savings are often hidden and you may not realize there is a bargain right in front of you. Here’s a cheap and inexpensive way to have emergency water storage that is both portable and affordable.

The first thing you will need to get is a manual pump for one of those portable water bottles. These cost about $10 at your local Walmart.  They give you a hint on the outside of the package about discount savings without actually telling you. The discount happens to be a $5 coupon off your next purchase of a bottle of water. Using the coupon, the bottle of water (5 gallon size) which normally costs about $11.50 will now only cost you $6.50.

When you add your total cost, you will have only spent $16.50 for a manual pump and five gallons of emergency water storage. The pump also works even if you don’t have power. The water bottles also have a built in handle for portability. A five gallon bottle of water will weigh in excess of forty pounds but is still a manageable weight for most people. The five gallons should be enough water for two people for almost 72 hours.

To increase your emergency water storage, just purchase an additional bottle of water later when your budget permits. This type of setup is ideal for preppers who have limited space.

Emergency water storage that’s portable for less than $20...now that’s a bargain.

Staying above the emergency water storage line!



Will said...

This looks like something I'd be interested in - any idea about the storage life for the Primo water? Thanks for telling us about it.

riverwalker said...

To: Will

Bottled water can have an indefinite shelf live under ideal conditions. The shelf life of most bottled water products is about two years. Long term storage of bottled water can cause bad odors or an off taste if not stored properly.

Your bottled water should be stored in an unopened container at or below normal room temperature, away from direct sunlight and not be stored in the vicinity of any type of solvent or other type of chemical (including gasoline).

Thanks Will.


Will said...

Thanks for the information. I will check this Primo water out next time I am at Wal-Mart.

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

I've also seen collapsible ice chests on the market but do not know 1st hand of their capacity or long term strength. But it might be worth investigating - your water may have to be gleaned from sources you will have to hoof off. One of these, coupled with a liner of some sort may be worth its light weight.

And don't forget about SODIS - clear water bottles which are thin are worth storing as well.

Coupon To Survive said...

I'll have to keep an eye out for that coupon. We buy the 3 Liter bottles at Kroger during their Mega Sales for $0.49 each. Granted it is smaller bottles (takes 6 or 7 to equal your large 5 gallon bottle), the price is much better...I think it costs me about $3.43 for 5 gallons worth.

riverwalker said...

The initial cost of the large 5 gallon bottle is somewhat higher but you receive a discount ticket when you turn in an empty bottle. This can be applied to your next purchase of water that will further reduce your cost.


Anonymous said...

thanks for share...

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