There are plenty of gear options out there for folks on a budget. To be prepared does not mean that you have to be rich. But it takes time to look for deals and you have to be patient to find store sales. Several places that are great for finding budget gear are the big box stores like Wal-Mart, Meijer and Target. I have been fortunate to find quality backpacks, cook sets and water bottles and many big retailers and half the cost you would spend at REI or online retailers. I am firm believer in “you get what you pay for” but sometimes you just need good enough or money is tight and you have no choice.
The backpack in the photo above is a Fieldline Tactical backpack that I found on sale for $20. The quality is decent and fits my needs as a low cost get home bag (bug out). I wanted something that would not break the bank and if I happen to get stolen out of my vehicle I would not cry much.
Keep your eyes open and you to will find great deals on gear to fit your prepper needs.