Love and Preparedness

Budget-Friendly Tips for Newlyweds Creating Their First Home

PREPAREDNESS

Michelle Lofton

6/24/20234 min read

As a mother, I have always tried to prepare my daughter, Lauren, for life's uncertainties. From teaching her how to cook to making sure she had a first aid kit in her car, I wanted her to be ready for whatever life throws her way. Last week, Lauren got married and moved into her first home with her husband, McKenzie. While I've been prepping for most of her life, I wouldn't necessarily call her a prepper unless a stockpile of Bath and Bodyworks shower gels and lotions is considered prepping!

As newlyweds starting out on a budget, it can be challenging to figure out what to prioritize when it comes to prepping. Here are some tips on how to prep without breaking the bank and what essentials newlyweds should have in their first home.

The first step in prepping on a budget is to create a plan. What emergencies are most likely to occur in your area? Are you in an area prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, or wildfires? What are your basic needs? How much money do you have to spend? Once you've answered these questions, you can prioritize what to prep for and what items you need.

Water is the most essential item you need in an emergency. It's recommended to have at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, so for the newly married couple, that’s a minimum of six gallons of water. In addition, it's important to stock up on non-perishable food items such as canned goods, dried fruit, and nuts. These items have a long shelf life and can be stored easily in a pantry or closet. Having a supply of food and water is especially important if you live in an area prone to power outages or if you're unable to leave your home due to a natural disaster.

Accidents can happen at any time, so it's important to have a first aid kit on hand. You can purchase pre-made kits or create your own. Make sure to include items such as band-aids, gauze, and antiseptic wipes. It's also a good idea to have a supply of over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, and allergy medicine.

If the power goes out, it's important to have a reliable source of lighting. Candles can be dangerous and are not recommended. Instead, consider investing in flashlights or lanterns. LED flashlights are affordable, durable, and last longer than traditional flashlights. Make sure to have extra batteries on hand for your flashlights, and consider purchasing a battery-operated lantern for more widespread lighting.

During a power outage, you’ll also want a way to cook food. A propane or charcoal grill is a great option, but if you don't have space for that, a camping stove or even a fondue pot can work. It's important to have a fuel source for your cooking device such as propane or charcoal. If you're using a camping stove, make sure you have a supply of fuel canisters.

While a stockpile of shower gels and lotions may not necessarily be considered prepping, having basic hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toilet paper is crucial in an emergency. Make sure you have a supply of these items on hand, and don't forget to include items such as feminine hygiene products and diapers if you have a baby.

In addition to these essentials, there are a few other items that may be useful to have on hand. A battery-powered or hand-cranked radio can be a great source of information during a power outage or natural disaster. A supply of batteries is also important to have on hand for flashlights, radios, and other devices. A generator can be a more expensive investment, but if you live in an area with frequent power outages, it may be worth considering.

Prepping on a budget doesn't have to be overwhelming. By creating a plan, prioritizing your needs, and investing in essential items, you can be better prepared for emergencies without breaking the bank. It's also important to remember that prepping is an ongoing process, and you don't have to do it all at once. Start with the basics and add to your supplies over time as your budget allows.

Another way to save money on prepping is to look for deals and discounts. Shop sales and clearance sections, and don't be afraid to buy in bulk when it makes sense. You can also look for second-hand items such as camping gear or cooking equipment on websites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.

Remember, prepping on a budget is an ongoing process that requires patience and persistence. Start by identifying the most important items you need and gradually build your stockpile over time. Look for discounts, buy in bulk when it makes sense, and consider purchasing second-hand items to save money. By being strategic in your purchases, you can build a solid foundation of emergency supplies without breaking the bank.

As newlyweds starting out in your first home, it's important to take these steps to ensure your safety and well-being in case of an emergency. Discuss your plan with your partner, make sure you're both on the same page and practice your emergency procedures together. Having the necessary supplies and knowing what to do in an emergency can give you peace of mind and help you feel more secure in your new home. By taking these steps, you can be better prepared for emergencies and be ready for whatever challenges life throws your way.