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Should You Plan to Barter in a Collapsed Economy?

prepper barteringIf our economy ever does collapse and the dollars we’ve saved become worthless, one thing is for sure, a system of bartering will emerge, along with a black market. As you stock up on food and other goods, you may have had the thought, “This would be good for bartering.” Prepper bartering is a very popular topic on most prepper forums and blogs. But is it something worth planning and prepping for?

The weaknesses of barter

Most people think barter is merely “I’ll trade you this for that.” In a pure, simple sense that is so. However, where the rubber meets the road, where theory smacks hard into the face of reality, it isn’t nearly that simple and easy.…

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The Truth About Precious Metals for Survivalists

precious metalsA friend sent me this article on Precious Metals and I thought you might find it interesting.

There are a few common misconceptions associated with precious metals and how they may not be helpful to a preparedness plan for either a SHTF scenario or potential economic collapse.

  1. If I can’t eat it, drink it, or use it to defend myself, I don’t need it.
  1. I’ll just get stuck buying some worthless coins and never get anything out of them.

Although these are some generally popular perspectives, they are completely misguided and incorrect.

So how can precious metals be useful for survivalists when the economy collapses?…

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Storing Salt and Sugar for Preserving Food

storing salt and sugarSomething that is often forgotten in people’s preps is salt and sugar. Now, the reaction of most people when I tell them to store salt and sugar, is that these are not important items. Some even make the statement that for health reasons you should not store them. I am as health conscious as most people and try to avoid things that are bad for me. However eating sugar and salt is a better option that starvation, which can occur if you are unable to preserve your foods.

My wife and I have spent quite a bit of time learning different ways to preserve foods.…

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Bartering After TEOTWAWKI, Is It a Good Idea?

barteringPersonally, I intend to do some bartering, if things fall apart.  Now what you trade and how you go about it is a bit complicated.  First there is two things that I would be very careful about who I bartered with, ammunition and alcohol.  Now I know that many people have stored extra ammo with the idea that it will be good trading stock.  I believe that there will be a demand for many different types of rounds, particularly 22 and 12 gauge birdshot for hunting.


Don’t be this guy

When you trade ammo, you want to be sure that it is not going to be used on you. …

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Perppers Should Know How and What To Barter


In a situation in which currencies have lost their value, regardless of how well you have stocked up, eventually you will need some item or skill that you do not possess.  So how do you get it, do you beg or depend on the kindness of strangers.  I hope not and that you have stocked up well and have a network of family or friends with whom you can barter.

While I believe in operational secrecy, there is always safety in numbers and working together.  Now that doesn’t mean that I am going to invite people over and show them what I have stored. …

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