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Surviving on the cheap
Survival gear that's cheap - ten dollars and under!

Prepping on the cheap and loving it...
If you have just ten bucks to spend on preps, then we've got some suggestions on
inexpensive and life-saving survival gear. Mind you, this is a list of totally random
things for preppers that are under $10. Cheap they are, but you'll be loving them.
While they are cheap preps, they are quality survival tools anyone can afford.

Surviving on the Cheap

Cheap prep #1: Ultra light Camp Stove with Piezo Ignition.
More than 2627 outdoor enthusiasts love this amazing 5-star tiny camp stove with
Piezo ignition that can take gas, butane or propane. The Ultralight camp stove,
pictured left and below, is cheap prepping at its best. Not only does it fit in the palm
of your hand, and weighs just 3.9 ounces, but it has a surprising high-quality
construction.  It even has an adjustable flame. All you need to do is supply the gas

You will appreciate this totally inexpensive starter stove as the most important piece
of hiking equipment to own. Believe it or not, you can have it shipped to you for
under $6 and with included shipping.

Cheap prep #2: Aquamira Frontier Water filter.
Water is life. Stash the Aquamira Frontier Water Filter, pictured right, in your bugout
bag, your
get-home bag, your car, your purse, your pocket -- anywhere! You can buy
several because it's such a good deal. This emergency water filter system for hiking,
camping, and emergency situation or travelling is effective on protozoan cysts. It
removes great than 99.9% Cryptosporidium and Giardia.  This one system filters up
to 20 gal. (75L) of water. Priced at around $10 and under with available FREE
shipping, every budget can afford the Aquamira water filter.

Borrowing the "rule of three" concept, pair your Aquamira water filter with potable
water tablets and a metal cup so you have three ways of purifying your water.

Cheap prep #3: Wool Cap.
For the bugout bag, owning something wool is essential. Wool has the unique ability
to retain warmth, even when wet. The genuine issue wool by Rothco, pictured at the
bottom left hand of the page, is a around $7.32 and this includes the shipping. The
Rothco 8492 Black wool watch cap is the genuine US Navy issue cap. It is made in
the USA of 100% wool. It would make a quality addition to your
bugout clothing.

The fun cap pictured right, is not wool, and not a Rothco, but it has a headlamp on it
(and dirt cheap too). Keep  the warmth in your noggin with a cap, any kind, though
wool is best for the long term and the Rothco wool cap is a classic.

Cheap prep #4. Bucket lid opener.
Surely, you've already considered the importance of having multiple can openers on
hand with your food storage. That's almost a no-brainer. But few have given thought
to the bucket lid opener for their bulk freeze dried preps.

Prying open an emergency bucket will be much easier with the appropriate lid
opener. Don't find out before it's too late. Left, you'll find a bucket opener pictured in
red suitable to open a 5-gallon bucket, and it's easy to find in an emergency,
because it's red. It's around $6 and with free shipping. Problem solved!

Cheap prep #5: Coghlan's Folding Stove.
Another great cooking option is Coghlan's folding stove, pictured immediate left.
Ideal because it takes Coghlan's camp heat or any other type of canned fuel.
Additionally, you could use it over a small fire burning twigs, so you really don't even
need to bring any canned fuel! With an easy setup in seconds, it's a great little stove
that folds up to less than 1/2" thick. It's a well-made and sturdy product for under
$10 with shipping and closser to around $8.

Cheap prep #6: Oxy-sorb Oxygen Absorbers.
Oxy-Sorb oxygen absorbers are non-toxic and extend the shelf life of foods in proper
storage containers. Ideal for freeze dried, powered, or dehydrated foods. Absorbers
bring the oxygen level down reliably to. 01% or less. These Absorbers are perfect
when combined with one gallon (10"x14") Mylar Bags or a #10 can.  Use with gas
flushing/vacuum packaging to absorb virtually all oxygen and absorb any oxygen that
may permeate the package.

Benefits of using Oxygen Absorbers in a household storage program:.
  • Extends shelf life. Prevents growth of aerobic pathogens and spoilage
    organisms, including molds.
  • Eliminates the need for additives such as BHA, BHT, sulfur dioxide, sorbates,
  • Significantly improves keeping qualities of polyunsaturated fats and oils.
  • Helps retain fresh-roasted flavor of coffee and nuts.
  • Prevents oxidation of spice oleoresins present in spices themselves and in
    seasoned foods.
  • Prevents oxidation of vitamins A, C and E. Extends life of pharmaceuticals.
  • Inhibits mold in natural cheeses and other fermented dairy products.
  • Delays non-enzymatic browning of fruits and some vegetables. Inhibits
    oxidation and condensation of red pigment of most berries and sauces.

Learn more about oxygen absorbers.

Cheap prep #6: Chainmate pocket saw.
Sometimes available for under $10 the chainmate chain saw, pictured immediate left,
includes shipping at around $15. It's still a good deal and it's still the #1 best selling
pocket saw which is why the price went up a bit since we first published this article.
With its carbon steel teeth and extreme portability, this survival saw is an essential
tool for campers, hikers and preppers. The extensively field-tested carbon teeth cut
all types of wood and stay sharp, outperforming other saws when clearing trails or
gathering firewood. Made in the USA, built to last, this saw will never let you down.
Includes front-snap belt pouch.

Cheap prep #7: Metal gas shut-off wrench.
A gas shut-off wrench is a necessary tool to keep handy for dealing with gas leaks,
fire safety, and other disasters or emergencies. Preppers in earthquake territory
especially should have a gas shut-off wrench. Includes diagrams and emergency
instructions for shutting off your gas valve. Color may vary.

Cheap prep #8: Splinter Tweezers.
If you encounter splinters, debris, thorns, glass, metal, and other things embedded
in fingers, hands, feet and legs, you'll appreciate splinter tweezers. These stainless
steel tweezers are perfectly aligned, hand filed calibrated and sharp tips that close
evenly for smooth maneuvering around almost invisible splinters.

For splinters, clean the affected area with soap and water, dip the tweezers in
alcohol to sterilize, use needle points of tweezer to grab the splinter and back it out
gently. After particle is removed, disinfect area with
hydrogen peroxide. If dirt is
involved, consult doctor regarding tetanus. To remove ingrown hairs, wash area with
soap and water, dip tweezer in alcohol to disinfect, and use tip of tweezer to isolate
the ingrown hair. Tweeze hair out gently in the direction of hair growth.

Cheap prep #9: IOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets.
Got Nuke Pills? An important an inexpensive prep, particularly if you live near a
nuclear power plant are these iOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets (thyroid blocking for a
radiation emergency):

Iosat Potassium Iodide has been FDA approved since 1982. Stockpiling of potassium
iodide (KI) is highly recommended by health officials worldwide to prevent thyroid
cancer of those exposed to radioactive iodine following a nuclear reactor accident or
detonation of a nuclear weapon. Radioactive iodine can travel hundreds of miles
downwind, such as it did after the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters. The thyroid is
the only part of the body that absorbs and stores iodine. By taking FDA approved
potassium iodide prior to exposure of radioactive iodine, your thyroid will become
saturated with safe, stable iodine. This will prevent your thyroid's absorption of any
additional iodine (radioactive or not) long enough for the radioactive iodine inhaled
or ingested to be safely dispersed through the kidneys.

Cheap prep #10. Ammonia inhalants.
An Ammonia inhalant is used in cases of fainting or momentary loss of consciousness.
Astonishingly, preppers often overlook this essential! See the full range of refills for
your first aid kit, including burn creams and other noteworthy essentials.

Cheap prep #11: Gas siphon pump.
Siphoning gas is something every prepper should consider. Whether siphoning
gasoline from your vehicle for use in your generator during a power outage or from
helping you to get to your next destination, it's an important consideration. Liquid
transfer of gasoline or water is messy business, and a gas siphon pump provides an
easy solution. The gas, water and air siphon inflation pump with hose, pictured left,  
is about $10 and available with free shipping.

Cheap prep #12: Stormproof Match Kit with waterproof case.
The Stormproof Match Kit, pictured left in olive green, is a waterproof case that
includes 25 matches and 3 strikers. Unlike other "waterproof" or "windproof"
matches, UCO Stormproof Matches are easy to light, and will stay lit for up to 15
seconds, even after being submerged in water.  

Being able to reliably make a fire is vital for cooking, generating warmth, and in
survival situations, making signal fires. UCO Stormproof Matches are perfect for
camping, emergency kits, and should be part of every 10 Essentials check list. At
around $10 with shipping, this set of matches is worth every penny. Your survival
may one day depend upon it!

Cheap prep #13: Military can openers.
A five-pack of GI P-38 Can Openers costs around $3 and includes the shipping. Why
not add a few to your bugout bag or keychain. While there are methods you can
employ to open a can without a can opener, having this little device will relieve much
stress from an already stressful situation. It's a little peace of mind carried by U.S.
Military personnel. Make it part of your everyday carry.

Cheap prep #14: Survivor fixed blade knife.
The Survivor HK-106320 Series fixed blade outdoor knife features a 3-inch, 4-
millimeter stainless steel tanto blade with a 7-inch overall length. This full tang knife
is ideal for camping expeditions and survival training, and it comes with a magnesium
alloy fire starter that enables you to effortlessly start a fire in no time. It's hard to
believe this beauty is under $8 and can ship for free with Prime.

Cheap prep #15: Analog (Mercury-type: thermometer.
An electromagnetic pulse will render all digital thermometers useless! For around $5
you can secure temperature measurement with the glass analog, mercury-free
thermometer, pictured right. It's non toxic and mercury free, but works just like the
traditional shake down glass analog thermometer and is as accurate as the toxic
mercury thermometers.

Now that you found some great survival tools and preps that $10 and under, you
can afford a few more things. Try our
article on preps that are $5 and under.

Happy endings...
It is possible to find preps $10 and under. If you have ten bucks and some foresight,
you can buy preps that just may save your life.

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