One thing that I think is important for prepper enthusiasts to keep in mind is that there are lots of other things that need to be stockpiled besides the commonly thought of essentials like food, water, and medical supplies.
It’s with this in mind that I’m writing this article today. We recently had a problem with one of our vehicles slowly leaking antifreeze and we can’t seem to figure out where it’s leaking from. Since we haven’t been able to get it fixed yet, we’re just adding antifreeze as it needs it. That is until we can afford to get it repaired.
Now, keep in mind that neither of us are mechanics so you’ll have to use your own best judgment if you choose to adopt the tip in this article. We use the 50/50 mixture of antifreeze in all of our vehicles. My understanding is that this is simply 50% antifreeze and 50% distilled water.
Since we have been adding antifreeze on a fairly regular basis, it dawned on me that this is probably a good item to store for emergency purposes. If things ever do go really bad, you might not be able to run down to your local auto parts store and purchase this product when you need it.
What Inspired this Change?
Well, for years anytime we needed to buy antifreeze for our vehicles, we would purchase the premixed gallon jugs. Since we are “savers”, we have several of these empty jugs in our garage. A while back, my husband happened to ask me what the difference in price was between the 100% concentrate and the 50/50 mix. His idea was that if both products were similar in price, it might make more sense to purchase the 100% concentrate bottles and dilute them ourselves with distilled water.
Here’s what I discovered when I did some price shopping:
- A major name brand charged $12.97 for both the concentrated and premixed bottles.
- A discount brand had it on sale for $8.97 for both varieties.
- One gallon of distilled water was priced $0.88.
How We Are Saving Money
After we discovered that the price for the premix was the same as the concentrate, we just started mixing our own to a 50/50 ratio. By mixing our own, it only costs us $6.93 a gallon for the premium brand and $4.93 a gallon for the discount brand. Now, I’m not the best at math but even I can see that we’re now only spending about half of what we used to spend.
Don’t Forget the Fine Print
As mentioned above, if you choose to use this tip, do so at your own risk. Talk to your mechanic or consult your vehicle’s owners manual to find out the precise ratio that you should be using in your vehicle. Also, my understanding is that you should not use regular tap water to dilute the mixture. I’ve always been told to only use distilled water when diluting.
We’ve adopted this practice and now we’re able to store twice as much antifreeze for half the price! That’s a win-win if you ask me!