Being a prepper, survivalist, self reliant or whatever handle you wish to use is a big decision-both in time and money. For many it's a complete lifestyle change. For most of us we have a finite amount of cash resources. How best to get the most for your Money? We all are bargain hunters, but in what areas do you compromise, or do you at all? We should remember that today's "that'll be good enough" bargain may well have lives depending on it in the future. In what areas is it safe to cheat a little to stretch those hard earned prep dollars? I am a firm believer in the "buy once, cry once" mentality however, I'm not above "cheating" if I can. We very seldom shop at big chain grocery stores any more, getting much more for our food dollar by taking the time to shop around at smaller places and at bulk stores. If one checks the labels, a lot of generic meds are the exact same thing, and in many cases cost much less. The same holds true for many medical items. How about your reference books? Sometimes we have to buy new, but looking for good used ones online or at a used bookstore is well worth the effort. I once picked up half a set of the Foxfire series for a couple bucks apiece at an out of the way bookstore. One area I don't cut corners on is firearms. I know they are expensive, but what's your child's life worth?? I believe you should get the very best you can. That Jennings .380 is likely to fail just when you really need it most. How about insuring you and yours have pure drinking water? That pitcher with the screw in filter that's in many of our fridges is great for now, but what happens when the city water supply is contaminated, or you need to filter water out of a stream or lake? That big Birkey is now well worth that high price tag.. What are some of your thoughts?