Alrighty so I built a "superbudget" kit to test out. This kit was built with free stuff, goodwill stuff and great deals I hunted for. Here's the overall shot. Let's break it down. First up is all the recycled stuff. Walmart bags for foraging, dryer lint for fire starting a billy-can stove, a foam sleeping pad and two water bottles. Next the "dollar or less" items total cost: $3 Next up is shelter. Total cost: $6 Next we have our knives. Total cost: $15 Next we have our haversack. Total cost: $3 Next is a medium weight L.L. Bean jacket Total cost: $5 The cordage is paracord but I swapped it to dollar tree jute twine(420 yards) so the total cost will be $3 on that and lastly an added but not neccessary item is the OZ trail flashlight I found in the middle of a mud pile in a spartan race. All prices were rounded up from their real amount to make it easier. Our grand total was $35. Is it perfect? No it absolutely is not. But is it enough to get you going? In my opinion yes.