In a post collapse world we could be living in a barter economy, where having a stock-pile of barter items would be essential. Currency may have little value, while the value of certain things like sawing needles and matches for example, could increase dramatically.
Put back what you will need for your own survival first, then and only after ensuring that you have enough survival supplies such as food, water, water filters, first-aid, fuel, weapons and ammunition etc, to meet your own needs should you worry about stocking up on trade items.
Develop your survival skills and knowledge. Your skills and knowledge may be your biggest asset when it comes to trade during an economic collapse or societal breakdown. Medical skills are the first to come to mind. Doctors, EMT’S, nurses and other medically trained individuals will be in high demand. Other related skills include: dentists, herbalists, and veterinarians.
The ability to build shelters, garden, set up and run a distillery, hunting and trapping, collecting and purifying water, gun repair, reloading, blacksmith, butcher, baker and candle stick maker. Any skill filling a need for a number of people would be an asset and a valuable trade commodity.
Having useful skills maybe the best barter item you could ever have, and it is a renewable resource!
Gold and Silver
There are a lot of financial advisers and survival authors that suggest putting back gold and silver to use as barter items after an economic collapse, and I agree, just don’t go overboard here. It’s important to get your other life saving preps in order first, before worrying about investing in gold, or silver.
Get out of debt. The first thing that you want to get paid off is you property and home. Having five to ten acres of paid-off property, where you can raise a garden, chickens, rabbits, goats and bees is the most important survival prep that you can make.
Gold and silver are a good hedge against the property tax, because gold and silver hold their value fairly well, it would be an easy matter to sell enough of either to pay the property tax or even pay it directly to the county with the metals in some cases.
Some think ammunition would be a great barter item after the crash. If you can keep from being shot with your own wares then robbed, then ammunition would be a great trade item. The thing is people are selfish and could decide it would be more productive for them just to shoot you and take what you have.
Robbery and murder are common place during normal times; one can only imagine how bad it would become in the days after a major social break down. If you decide to put away ammunition for barter purposes, my advice is to put back .22 rimfire rounds and trade only with people you know and trust.
Hand tools such as saws, hammers, drills, knives, ax heads and handles, shovels, garden hoes and other tools will be in great demand after a collapse, the problem becomes the financing. Tools cost money; even the cheaper quality items will set you back a hefty amount if you try laying back a significant quality. Pawn shops are a good place to look for deals on hand tools.
Whiskey and Cigarettes
Whiskey and Cigarettes would become very valuable items if the normal supply were suddenly stopped. You would have little trouble trading these items for just about anything needed. Just don’t get busted by the BATF, don’t think for a moment that the government will go away just because of an economic or or other long-term disaster, no way. The powers that set on the throne will only strengthen its grip on the population, becoming more suppressive to stay in control.
What do You Suggest
What barter items have you put back for a barter economy? What would you add to my list? What are your suggestions and ideas on how to barter after an economic collapse? Let us know in the comments below…