PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- Planning for a hurricane without breaking the bank. Tonight we're helping you be prepared for a storm while you're sticking to a budget.
You need to prepare for hurricane season. But don't have the extra cash to shell out. There are way to cut costs.
When it comes to your emergency kit, the least amount of supplies you'll need is 3 days worth of non-perishable food and water.
First, buy generic over name brand. This could save you big depending on how much you're going to buy.
And when it comes ot the water you need, buy by the gallon. Not the bottle. On average a case of 12 water bottles will cost you $3.79 at your local Publix. Instead of buying a case, buy two jugs of water for just 79 cents each. You'll get more water at nearly half the cost.
To cut costs on water and food supplies, you always have the option of shopping at discount grocery stores.
When it comes to planning for hurricane season, it's important to have the proper plans in place to protect your home. This means shutters. From basic aluminum accordion shutters, to electric roll down shutters, all will cost you quite a bit. But there are cheaper options out there.
At the habitat for humanity re-store you can get shutters for a fraction of the cost.
"We charge about $2 a foot. Depending on what their made of, that's our average price. It's about a third to a quarter of the price of a regular retail operation."
You're going to want to act quick to take advantage of these deals though.
"The sooner, the bigger the selection, the more time we have to spend with them, the closer it gets to season, and if anyone is yelling 'storm's coming,' it gets really busy."
And if you want to go a different route from shutters....
"Plywood can be effective if it's installed correctly."
While it's not rated for Florida or Miami-Dade hurricane code, it still gets the job done and will cost you less than other options.