Here’s What I’ve Been Up to Lately

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You may have noticed I’ve really been laying low lately. I’ve taken a break from social media, I haven’t written quite as many articles as usual, and I’ve even skipped days posting – something I haven’t done in my almost 12 years running this website. It may seem like I’ve lost my motivation.

In fact, it’s been just the opposite.

When I got back from Europe, I needed to replenish some of my stores. I’d put a lot of things in storage but I also gave a great deal of food to family members and friends. I suffered from sticker shock the first time I went to the store – I could hardly believe how much the prices had gone up in the eight months I was away. There’s nothing that puts things in perspective like not going to an American store for 3/4 of a year and then going in with a plan to fill your short-term pantry!

It got me thinking about how discouraging it must be if you’re trying to get prepped and your budget is tightly fixed to go in and see all these sky-high prices and wonder how in the world you’re supposed to be getting ready for the Zombie Apocalypse at these prices. Heck, maybe it’d be easier to just let the zombies get you and join their ranks.

Of course, most of us don’t want to be zombies. So, I sat down and started writing. I wrote about all the things of learned and the things I’d want to know when trying to become better prepared with a teeny tiny budget. Heck, I was LIVING it!

So…here’s what I did.

I came up with this book: How to Prep When You’re Broke.

It’s jam-packed with information about figuring out what kind of money you have to spare – if any, personal stories, things you can do that don’t cost a dime, thrifty prepping strategies, and good old-fashioned encouragement.

Prepping costs money.

Everyone knows that, even the most staunch I’ll-Never-Be-A-Doomsday-Prepper-Why-Don’t-You-Live-A-Little co-worker you might have.

So, in this economy, under these conditions, how are you supposed to get prepared for the Next Big Catastrophe? Is it even possible?

Absolutely, it is.

And I know this for a fact from personal experience.

Being broke is nothing new for me. In fact, it was being broke that started me down the preparedness path almost thirty years ago. I did this while flat broke for a long, long time, and it changed my life. Not only was I ready for emergencies, but I also found that my financial situation improved. Being prepared makes sense and affects your life positively in so many different ways.

The number one factor people mention when asking questions on my website is money. They’re wondering how they can afford to do all these things that sound so extravagant when they’re just getting by. They want to know if it’s even possible to prep in the world we’re living in today.

They want to know if they can do it, even though they’re broke.

You can.

And in How to Prep When You’re Broke, I’m going to show you how.

What’s in the book?

This book is a thorough overview of how to get past the mindset of, “I can’t afford it.” Here are the chapters:

  • Budgeting When You’re Broke
  • The First Prep: Your Emergency Fund
  • What Emergencies Are Most Likely for YOU?
  • Preparedness Begins in Your Head
  • A List of Lists
  • The Preps You Already Have
  • Spend More Time Doing and Less Time Buying
  • Prepping When You Don’t Have a Dime to Spare
  • Water, Water, Everywhere
  • You Need Extra Food, Dude
  • All Around the House
  • Prepping for Your Health
  • Prepping for Emergencies and Disasters
  • Off-Grid Climate Control
  • Battling Doom Fatigue and Burnout

How to Prep When You’re Broke is jam-packed with all my best low-budget advice and information!

Who’s this book for?

This book is for anyone who wants to prep but is struggling with putting the money together to do it. It’s all about getting the most bang for your buck and learning HOW to survive, not just BUYING your way to survival. It does break things down to the simplest parts for those who are new to prepping, but anybody who wants to spend more time doing and less time buying will benefit from How to Prep When You’re Broke.

If you really want to be prepared for the next pandemic, the next natural disaster, or even the next unexpected expense, but you aren’t sure if you can afford it, this book is for you. Written with love, encouragement, and a lot of personal experience, I put my heart into it, and I hope it makes the whole thing seem more approachable for you.


For the next few days, just in time for Labor Day Weekend and the first of the month, you can name your price for this book. If times are tough, you can get it for as low as $2. If you can’t even swing that, please get in touch with us at hello @ (no spaces), and we’ll make sure you get a copy. If you’re in a better position, you can put in some extra money when buying your book and sponsor it for a fellow prepper. There’s no obligation – the choice is yours.

I’ll be offering the book in PDF format for a limited time, and we really truly want your feedback. If you think it’s missing something important, please drop me a line at the email address above so that I can add it before I turn it into a physical book. I really want to make this the most thorough guide to budget-friendly prepping out there, and I need your help to do it.

Please support The OP and grab your copy today. Your purchases help keep the website going in these difficult days of “disinformation czars” and defunding efforts.

Grab your PDF copy here and pay what you can:

Thank you so much, and I hope you find this super-helpful no matter where you are in your prepping journey.

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • It is not just at the grocery store either (i.e. sticker shock).
    We do not do it very often but we will get the craving for Chinese take out. We have a old menu from the carry out place in town, probably 3-4 years old. A few weeks ago, we got the craving and ordered out. They use the menu as a ordering sheet circling what we ordered and attach it to the bag. It also lists the new pricing.
    What was $11.95 is now $15.95 and I would say a good 1/3 less in portion.
    Yesterday, we had to drive to a major city. As it was a good hour or so away, we had lunch there.
    The restaurant we went to was NOT a chain and from what I could see of the kitchen, they made most of the food in house. It was excellent.
    And it was close to $100 for two people for lunch.
    In a recent article in Bloomberg news,
    “Among households using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s boosted pandemic benefits, 42% skipped meals in August and 55% ate less because they couldn’t afford food, more than double last year’s share, according to a Wednesday report from Propel Inc., a benefits software developer.”
    Bidenflation is really hurting many people. We see it everyday at the grocery store and at the pump.
    “After adjusting for inflation, retail gasoline prices going into this Labor Day weekend are 4% lower than the prices ahead of Labor Day 2022, but on a nominal basis they are the highest since 2012.”

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