Using The Off Season To Stockpile Survival Gear
Kevin Felts 12.10.18
A question to the reader: How many people reading this are thinking about future projects? For the sake of discussion, let’s throw a number of six months or even a year from now?
For the most part, people think about the here and now. If people do plan ahead, they may think about a few weeks out, or a month. This means we may pass up some good deals during the off season.
So, what is an “off season?” It is the time of year when people do not do certain activities. For example, most people are not going to plant corn or tomatoes in the middle of winter. Cold and freezing rain outside, and someone may not go fishing.
The good news, some companies run sales on items during the off season. For example, lures and fishing gear may be discounted during the winter months. On a personal note, I have been stockpiling discounted lures through Ebay. A certain item may not sell, so the seller relist it at a lower price. Rather than waiting for the weather to warm up to buy fishing gear, maybe keep track of prices during the winter.
Another example is outlet stores reducing seed packets. Over the years, I have preached to buy farm supply items from local mom and pop stores. However, when outlet stores mark their seed packets down to 25 cents, the deal is too good to pass up.
During the winter of 2017-2018, a local Dollar Store marked their seed packets down to 25 and 35 cents each. They had several boxes of seeds which had not been sold during the spring and summer. I probably spent 30 minutes sorting through the packets and separating flowers from stuff like tomatoes, peas, beans, and peppers.
In the end, I walked out of the Dollar Store with two shopping bags full of seed packets, and spent less than $20. The packets were sorted by type, such as spices, beans, peas, greens…, then sealed in freezer bags.
Towards the end of hunting season, various big box outlet stores may run sales on their inventory of cold weather gear. When my children were little, I would buy them gloves for next hunting season when the local stores marketed their cold weather clothing down.
On Ebay there is a way to save searches, so you get an email when certain types of gear are listed. You can also follow certain sellers. Almost daily I get emails from Ebay about lures, knives, certain sellers, and when items are relisted at a lower price.
Rather than waiting until certain seasons to stockpile survival gear, maybe do some shopping during the off season.