Prepping on $20 a Paycheck – Part 1 of 24

Posted: January 1, 2013 in $20 Prepping, Prepping, Sale Prices, Urban Survival, Water
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Article submitted by Brian S. Kiefat @ The Ready Center

First of all, congratulations on surviving 2012!  Turns out the end of the world wasn’t so bad after all!  In celebration of surviving the world’s great demise, The Ready Center will begin a new series of articles entitled “Prepping on $20 a Paycheck”.  It is our hope that these articles will better prepare you for life after 2012.

Since most of us get paid twice a month, we will be publishing a new article twice a month for the rest of the year.  On the 1st and the 15th of every month we will discuss what item(s) you should purchase and add to (or begin) your preparedness kit.  This kit will be assembled over the course of one year and will get you pointed in the right direction when it comes to the safety of your family.  If you want to spend more or have to spend less, that’s okay.  Prepare at the pace your budget allows and modify recommendations to the uniqueness of your family.  The point of this is to show how painless and easy it is to begin your emergency preparations.  And at only $20 a paycheck, this can fit anyones budget.  So now is the time for you to start.  I personally dare you to step up and take this challenge seriously.  Make it a New Year Resolution if you have to.  You’re worth the challenge, and so are you loved ones.

The Ready Center Water

For part 1 of “Prepping on $20 a Paycheck” we are suggesting you focus on the most basic of needs.  Water.  Of all the $20 investments you’re going to make, this one will take the most space when it comes to storage.  This paycheck, we recommend that you buy bottled water.  We currently recommend cases of .5 liter bottles over the larger 1 gallon or 2.5 gallon jugs for 3 very good reasons: 1)  they are already partitioned in an ideal serving size  2)  cases stack on top of each other saving floor space, and  3)  they don’t seem to spring leaks like some of the larger jugs do.

Recently I saw a case of .5 liter bottles on sale at my local Target store and my local Fred Meyer grocery store for $2.99.  If they’re still on sale at your local Target, buy up $20 worth.  If they’re not, my local Wal-Mart also has cases of water available for $3.49, which is an okay deal compared to some of the ridiculous  water prices you can find out there.  Regardless of where you get your 5 to 6 cases of water, the point of this is that you go out and get the water!  And if you find that you have a buck or two laying around after you buy your cases water, take those few extra bucks and use it to purchase one more bottle of water out of the cooler on your way out.  Set it aside for now, I promise that in the very near future you’ll have a place to put that solo bottle of water.

Reading about buying emergency water won’t help you WTSHTF.  However, getting off your rear end and purchasing emergency water will.  Find a corner in your garage or storage closet, stack them there, and pretend they don’t exist.  They’re not there for yard parties or for stocking the fridge.  They are there for emergencies only.  When the power goes out and your local water plant can’t run, or the electronic cash registers won’t work at your local grocery store, you’ll be one of the very few who has a water reserve for you and your family.  And that is a beautiful thing.

Now go out and buy some water and we’ll see you for part 2 of “Prepping on $20 a Paycheck” on the 15th.

Happy Prepping,

The Ready Center


The Ready Center Water Filtration Bottle





  1. B-Radical says:

    Got my water. Thought I’d feel like a loon buying that much water at one time, but no one seemed to notice or even care the slightest bit. It’s now neatly stacked on the bench in my garage. For doing something so small, I kind of feel pumped about getting started. I’m looking forward to the rest of these articles as long as they are this easy.

  2. DTM says:

    good place to start! thanks

  3. landontroop says:

    Considering the current situation and nature of events, we live in an age which an ounce of prevention saves a ton of trouble. A $20.00 bill can go a long way it preventing a very distressful situation.

  4. troop28927 says:

    Thank you for your artical. I remember going to the store with my father as a kid. He would always pick up a oil filter, a qt of oil, or some other auto supply and say it was easier to eat the horse one bite at a time.

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