Been shopping today. It is one of these tasks that I either loath or enjoy. This was a mixture of both. I had to buy some stuff I didn’t want and some stuff I did. I also visited a new 99p store I hadn’t seen before and I quite enjoyed that because there was so much in there that I could add to my preps.
First of all there was a good variety of cheap tools. Nothing major but screwdrivers, pliers, cutters, a variety of screws, nuts and bolts and several other items meant a good start to a toolkit. They may be cheap but as previously mentioned they do have a role in our preps.
Next up was some medical equipment, bandages, splints, scissors, cotton buds and a couple of other basic items. Just the basics but again a good start to your stores.
Then there was the gardening stuff. Some smaller gardening tools, some basic equipment like pots, nets and what I thought was excellent value for money, small berry cuttings, red, white and black currant, gooseberry and raspberry canes were all lined up. All nice additions to your garden and garden kit.
I also found some bleach tablets. One tablet makes up 1L of bleach and there were about 15 tablets. That must be very useful fo making stronger stuff and it is much easier to store being only a fraction of the size. The downside though is it needs water but it isn’t like it needs to be fresh water and we get plenty of rain.
This doesn’t include all the other basic everyday stuff that is there ready to add to our preps; containers, twine, cooking foil, baking trays and lots of different foodstuffs for everyday usage.
I spend £40 in there and could easily have spent three times that. One thing is certain I’ll be going back when I have some more money.
Although the economy is in the pan it is possible for us to put aside some preps whilst still living day to day. It isn’t easy but it is possible.
I also visited Lidl and Aldi, both of these do specials every week and today there was a 1500W generator. Sadly, it was petrol and I am looking to stick to diesel where I can. However, there were some more tools in Aldi and I bought a few more screwdriver, spanner and screw sets. Lidl had a cheap soldering iron for £6 but I have a few of those already.
Of course all my shopping didn’t go towards my preps.
Keep a look out for bargains.