A Free Falling Economy Makes Bartering Go Boom
February 20th, 2013
One thing is for sure, barteringÂ booms during tough economicalÂ times.Â Many situationsÂ could cause a person to barter for goods and services. Â It could be as simple as neighbors exchanging skills and servicesÂ to help each other out, or it could be due to economic turmoil, currency inflation, a bug out situation, or natural disaster.
It is safe to say that America is in a full fledgedÂ depressionary periodÂ and as the people are starting to feel the effects of the economic dead fall, they will look for alternate ways of obtaining products.Â We are in a bartering economy.Â In fact, many residents inÂ Massachusettes are turning toÂ barteringÂ goods and services in order to fight off the tight finances of this day and age.
Recently in an article inÂ USA Today, Craigslist postings in the bartering section have gone up 100% according to Craigslist spokesperson, Susan MacTavish Best.
Whatever the case may be, bartering for goods or services, in a SHTF scenario,Â will be more valuable than the paper dollar.Â People will need goods to keep them a float, and maintain their survival supplies, as well as to have simple, yet affordableÂ indulgences. Â Initially, inÂ a dire situation those that are unprepared will need survival supplies (food, clothing, shelter, clothing and protection).Â In an economic crisis, skills of knowing how to find food, fixing cars, gardening, making items such as animal pens, etc will be useful in a bartering situation.Â Having some extra of these items in yourÂ long termÂ storage could be used for bartering and trading:
- Baby Formula/Cloth DiapersÂ â€“ In a bad situation, Mama Bears will do just about anything to take care of their cubs
- SeedsÂ – I cannot stress how important having seeds is to survive.Â A true prepper is not only prepping for short term situations, but on long term situations and suppliesÂ to sustain a family for as long as possible.
- Micro Livestock –Â Â Livestock that are small,Â produceÂ and do not take much to room to thriveÂ such as chickens, ducks, pygmy goats and rabbits can provide food andÂ manure for farming.
- Weapons –Â In a bad situation having weapons to protect yourself, family and property is priority #1.Â Having extra weapons and accouterments that go along with weapons will be one of the top bartering items.Â Items such as: Knives, Hunting Knives (heavy bladed knives for hunting),Â Ammunition/Guns.Â When purchasing extra bullets and guns, stick with the most popular models.
- Mason JarsÂ – Preserving your garden foods, meat, etc will provide food during the cold, winter months.Â Many people, especially in the city no longer preserve their foods on their own.Â They will need canning jars.
- First Aid KitsÂ – In any article regarding bugging out, and preparing for a given emergency, a first aid kit full of supplies is always mentioned.Â These days, people are not prudent and do not prepare for the worst.Â First aid supplies, such as suturing needles, thread, saline solution, gauze andÂ celoxwill be in high demand.
- Vitamins â€“Â Keeping your self healthy and illness free is a top priority.Â If a person becomes vitamin deficient, ailments such as scurvy will become prevalent.
- ToolsÂ â€“ Simple hand tools are an essential on any supply list.Â Pick axes, hand saws, shovels,Â Â hammers, wrenches, and screw drivers.
- Fire Starting GearÂ â€“ Everyone wants a nice fire to cozy up to.Â Maintaining proper body heat is essential to our health as well as our mental health.Â So stock up on lighters, waterproof matches, flints, etc.
- Honey and SugarÂ â€“ This item is not a necessity, but it would be a popular item and would give a break from the mundane, bland meals.Â Honey can be used for medicinal uses such as alleviating diarrhea, andÂ can beÂ used asÂ a base for cough medicines.
- Silver and Gold Coins –Â Silver coins and 1964 US quarters, and small gold coins if the SHTF will be the best form of currency.Â Â Large silver and gold barsÂ may beÂ harder to barter with.Â Â Â Â Plan on silver and gold to be the only monetary currency available â€“ and stock up!
- Vegetable OilÂ – Use it for cooking and combine oil and herbs to make flavored oils.Â When you are finished with the oil, then the used oilÂ to make diesel fuel.Â Â Further,Â use Â the byproduct, glycerin to make soap.
- GasolineÂ â€“ People will need gas and lots of it to power their vehicles and farming equipment.Â In a bug out situation, do not have a lot on hand in the instance a mob or dangerous person tries to steal it from you.Â Carry multiple 5 gallon containers of it.Â The 1 ounce silver coins could be used to purchase 1 gallon of gas, etc.
- Fishing SuppliesÂ –Â Having alternative ways to catch food is always a good supply to have on hand.Â Fishing equipment is very lightweight andÂ the hooks, line and lures do not take up space in a bag.
- MedicinesÂ â€“ Many rely on store bought medicines and do not have the knowledge to make their own.Â If they can buy medicines to relieve ailments, they will.
- BootsÂ – I cannot stress the importance of having a good pair of boots.Â Military grade boots that have flexible soles and deep tread are the best type of shoes to have as far as walking/hiking in nature go.
- Coffee/TeasÂ â€“ This is one of those simple indulgences that many of us canâ€™t live without.
- LiquorÂ â€“ Some like to kick back and try and forget the hard times.Â Liquor can be made from almost anything: fruit, cactus, potatoes, rice,Â even honey.
- Cigarettes/TobaccoÂ â€“ Many cannot kick the habit of tobacco.Â This is another indulgent item that many will do just about anything to get.
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