Friday, November 1, 2013

Glow Sticks, Sales & Prepping On The Cheap

One of the things that I hear when I speak to others about preparedness is that is costs too much money. While going into how much it will really cost you later if TSHTF is beyond the scope of this post, I would like to bring up a point that people often overlook. That point is that you can usually find some of the items that you need for prepping on sale if you know when to look.

Case in point, today I made it a point that while going to Wal-Mart with my wife that I would check on glow sticks.

Today is the day after Halloween and those sticks go for about $1.00 each. While that's not enough to break the bank, getting them on sale would be a great thing :)

We went looking through the Halloween merchandise and all of it was marked 50% off. I found the glow sticks and they were not marked, so off I went to find a price scanner. Two aisles later, I confirmed that the glow sticks were included as a part of the sale for forty-eight cents each!.

Some may argue the point of needing glow sticks in an emergency situation. People have said that they don't produce enough light, etc. While that may be true, that does not mean that one light source fits all situations. A 1,000,000 candle watt light is too much to be used to work on a vehicle. It's also the wrong light for reading maps at night, if one is looking to maintain Operations Security (OPSEC)

If you have children, you know the importance of what feeling secure means to them (and to you). A forty-eight cent glow stick may be just the thing to calm a child's nerves or fears as it acts as a little slice of security. This is especially evident during a nighttime power outage.

Glow sticks are just one example of some of the items that can be gotten at a good price. The key is to have the items that you are looking for/those that you need on a list. Try to notice when products go on sale and when.

Another key is to try to think outside of the box. For those into prepping, Halloween sales also cover "makeup" that one could use as camo paint for their face. Why spend $8.00 for a camo compacts when you can get $1.00 tubes of face paint half-price?

I hope that this helps!

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