Lets face it being a prepper is expensive, but why does it have to be? With coupons and the dollar store there is no reason that being a prepper has to be expensive.
Coupons have been around for decades. Every Sunday paper and many daily prints provide coupon inserts printed by manufacturers and even store issued coupons. So why if they are so easily found do many preppers not use them more often to stock up and save money? This is a question I often asked especially as I realized the importance of coupons.
I collect coupons now from a multitude of sources and use them to save hundreds of dollars a month. One way that I do this is to look at ads for local dollar stores such as Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree. Now you might ask why would anyone look to cheap dollar stores to find items needed for prepping? The answer is quite simple…….TO SAVE MONEY! That’s right saving money with coupons at the local dollar store can be a preppers best friend to building a huge stash of food, cleaning supplies, first aid products and much more.
Don’t let the container sizes of many dollar store name brand products fool you. Yes they’re often smaller then the ones found at your local Kroger’s, Walmart or Safeway, but this is an advantage when trying to save money with coupons. How can that be an advantage to a prepper? You know you’re asking it and I am going to tell you how.
Many of dollar stores will ask manufacturers to reduce the size of their packages to meet the price points that they want to offer their customers. Consumers view the price of a product as the major reason for buying it. They consider the price of a product before they look at the size of the product. They often do not even compare the size of the package to its traditional store counterpart even when the price per ounce at the traditional store is often much less.
So again you are asking how can this save me money and help build up my prepping supplies? The answer lies with the lower price they offer. Consider if a product you are looking for is offered at Safeway or Krogers for $1.75, but your local dollar store has it for $1.25. Now according to what I stated earlier the product is in a smaller package giving it a lower price point…right? That is right. So how is that good if the package is smaller?
Well lets take into account a manufacturers coupon of $1.00. Many manufacturers often print large face amount coupons to spur sales and as a means of low cost advertising. Most coupons as they know go unused, but many eyes see their name. OK lets get down to business. Your coupon that you have found for the item in question is a savings of $1.00. This means that the item you are going to buy from the dollar store will cost you only a quarter. Compare that to $.75 at your local grocery. Even given that the grocery store version is larger the dollar store version is still the better deal. The reason….it is virtually free and you can afford to buy 10, 20 or 50 of them.
Lets say you are lucky and find 10 coupons for Clorox bleach and there is only a 4 oz difference in size you would save a lot of money. Your 10 Clorox bleach containers would cost you only $2.50 versus $7.50 at the local grocery. The local dollar store is full of such savings. You just have to do a little math and research to figure out if the savings are worth your time, but the time you spend can be well worth it to your pocket book and of course your prepping plans.