Y’all like that song, Price Tag? It’s a goody. Well, it’s not true. Kind of. This week’s emergency kit focus is going to be on the need to add money to your emergency kits….which means we can’t say it’s NOT about the money, money, money (although it’s still fun to sing).
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Ideally, you can put a bunch of cash away immediately, but realistically, probably not. So, let’s focus on putting a little away each week, or each month. Ya got an extra $5 at the end of the week? Throw it in there. You DON’T have any extra dough lying around? Find a way to budget it in, if possible. How can you do that? There are a lot of simple ideas:
- Skip 1 takeout, or latte, or fast food meal for the week.
- Drink water from your tap instead of milk, juice, or soda (assuming it’s safe, of course!)
- Combine your errands to save on gas…or simply don’t go out and save.
- Don’t rent/stream any paid movies this weekend. Use your library for movies, or find something else to do.
- Eat leftovers at least one night this week for dinner. It’s one meal you won’t have to pay to make!
- Spend a little extra free time on Swagbucks, earning points to redeem for cash.
I like to store mine in an old prescription bottle, just to keep it waterproof.
A piece of advice I received from my grandfather was to keep small bills in your emergency kits. If there is no power available in an emergency and you’re needing to purchase something, stores may not have access to a lot of change, so that is definitely something to think about as you add to your kit.
Let’s go find some cash and add money to your emergency kits!
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