How to Barter

When you are caught in a disaster, either natural or economical, supplies can be in short demand. Bartering is a great skill to have to be able to trade your unique goods and services in order to help you and your family during an emergency.

Imagine that the economy collapsed. You’d be able to barter for food and other supplies instead of using currency.

Or better yet, money is really tight in a lot of homes right now! Imagine being able to barter with your neighbors to trade goods and services for items that your family needs right now!

How to Barter
If you’ve never bartered, here are some steps to get you started:

How to Barter FoodFigure out what you want. In an emergency situation, assess your needs. What things do you need and what things do you want?

Figure out what you can give. Think about what things you would sell if you had a garage sale tomorrow? Is any of it valuable? What skills or hobbies do you have that you can teach someone? What chores do you enjoy doing?

Identify a trading partner. Try to find someone that you know is in need of one of the skills or goods that you have. If you can’t readily find someone, make a list of those you know that might need a skill or good that you have.

Negotiate and ask. Come with an idea of what you want. For example, “I would like to exchange my first born child for your flock of geese.” Don’t go to the trade without an idea of what you want.

Tips to bartering like a professional
We’ve collected a few tips that you can use while bartering. Let us know your bartering techniques too. What do you find helpful in a bartering situation. Comment below!
Assess a dollar value. Try and research the price of the item that you’d like to barter. That might give you a better idea of other items that you can barter for. Remember though that many times a value depends on the person’s needs, wants and preferences.

Set a time frame. Come into an agreement with your trading partner when the services will be exchanged. If there is a deadline, you need to decide that. If the good or service is on an ongoing basis, consider meeting again to re-evaluate and make sure everyone is still OK with the deal.

Taxes with bartering. Some bartering items require that you report the transaction on your tax return. Obviously, you won’t have to report things like mowing your neighbors lawn in exchange for his homemade beef jerky. However, a barter between two businesses is considered taxable income and should be reported.

Get it in writing. If at all possible, get the deal in writing so that you and your trading partner are in agreeance. This will come in handy too if someone tries to alter the agreement later down the road.

Triangular bartering. Bartering doesn’t always have to be between two individuals. If you have three people who all want each other’s goods or services, you can still strike a deal. You can mow a person’s lawn, in exchange they will give eggs to a neighbor and the neighbor will give you milk from their cow.

Be skeptical if you need to be. If someone is trying to trade an item that you’re not as familiar with, don’t feel bad asking questions. It’s not wrong to ask questions about the item or to ask more details about the person’s skill set.

Your tips and ideas
What tips do you  have to become a professional barterer? Comment below and spread the wealth!


47 thoughts on “How to Barter”

  • millenniumfly

    And try not to go into a bartering situation really needing something because it will show and you will give up more than you should have!

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  • Alex Kinnison

    Good general tips. One thing I'd like to add, that many of my friends seem to miss, is have things that people want during a CRISIS, not things people want now.
    I have friends who've hoarded, for example, silver, have it buried on their property. Can you eat silver? Will silver fix a headache? Nope. Barter goods are immediate. Stock simple medicines (aspirin really is a miracle drug), luxuries (I have a lot of wine). Your barter goods need to be valuable in a total breakdown, not in the context of todays' world.
    Wine. Spices. Ammunition. Long shelf life medicine. Paper books. Tools. These are the things that you will be able to trade for what you need. Double or triple your own requirements for these items to be the person that people go to for a trade.
    A single bottle of wine will fetch you a deer haunch that you can live off of for a week.
    --alx

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  • Alex Klein

    Good Stuff.

    Consider building your barter goals into your food and resource stockpiling.

    We all know that dollars will be worthless after a "bad storm". Think about things you can't do without. Odds are that other families will feel similarly and then you'll have whet they need, when they need it.

    Beyond that, you'll begin the crisis with "more of what you need" in the first place. Every barter exposes you to risk. Personal Peril, impersonal profit at the hands of others, etc. Think about things that you KNOW will be valuable, and then insure they have a special place in your larder. By doing this now, week to week, when the hard times come, you'll already be prepared.
    Semper Fi.

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  • John Ciulla

    In this uncertain world it's wise to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
    Accumulating every day food items and other necessities is prudent.
    Bartering for supplies may be in the cards but with the current easy money policies going on all over the world, it's only a matter of time until that 'money' in our pockets won't be worth the paper it's printed on.
    Then it would be wise to have some silver and gold on hand which historically have been able to preserve the wealth of those fortunate enough to have some.

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  • Roger Morrison
    Roger Morrison June 18, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I am a carpenter by trade just starting to build up a gun collection. The guy down the street Jimmy is a licensed gun dealer.In conversation with Jimmy I find that he needs his front door replaced with a reinforced one. Jimmy has the door but doesn't have the knowledge to put it in, but I do. I have the know how and tools to do the job and tell Jimmy that I normally get $450 to do such a job. What I suggest to Jimmy is that I install the door in exchange for 1,000 round of ammo I know goes for about $400. What about the $50 on my part? I bartering with Jimmy, this is a give and take deal were Jimmy is getting what he wants and I have what I want... AMMO. A DEAL HAS BEEN MADE!

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  • Nancy

    Barter "with goods in hand". You can't trust people who say they will bring something to you later for something of yours today. Ten months later, you will still be waiting, and listening to their excuses, why they can't live up to their part of the barter. Lesson learned.

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  • Branon

    I've had a lot of luck (and fun) bartering on Craigslist over the years. I traded a 96 Ford F150 for a 99 Yamaha VStar... which I traded for a 98 Dodge 1500... which I traded for a 2003 Chevy S10 - each time using the item until I tired of it and then trading up without having to take cash out of pocket because the other party wanted my item more than I wanted theirs. While Craigslist may not be up and running (or accessible) in the event of a meltdown, it's currently a great resource. I post all of my 'for sale' items in the barter section and regularly get some interesting offers. In fact, I'm trading some collectible gemstones from a shipwreck tomorrow for a beautifully maintained sailboat. Don't be afraid to ask people if they'll trade you - just make sure the trade is agreeable to all parties. Ask questions, do research, and certainly look a gift horse in the mouth. Be smart and cautious and don't be afraid to be creative, and have fun with it!

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  • Sine

    Alex memtioned ammo for barter. If you are the one with the ammo know with whom you are bartering and make sure you trust that person. Do you really want that stranger coming back to take more stuff using the ammo you gave him?

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  • Crystal

    Great tips! Bartering is also better for the environment... less sent to the landfill!

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  • Jeannie

    When money isn't worth what it is written on and you have food items, ammo, toiletries, meds you need to think about money replacement. Yes, gold and silver are good if you can afford to purchase them. What I stocked up on are semi-precious and precious gems. Emeralds, citrine, amethyst. Every little bit helps.

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  • Carissa Sharpe
    Carissa Sharpe July 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I am glad so many Americans are now starting to understand the NEED for preparedness of any type of emergency situation. However, the majority wouldn't be able to survive for more than a few days because they maintain the "denial mindset". This amazes me considering how many natural disasters our country is now experiencing on a regular basis. Whether a disaster is created by Mother Nature or is Man-made, I believe it is imperative to be as conscientious as you can be and take this very seriously. The weather will continue to get worse, causing more damage and power outages, forest fires and floods, hurricanes & tornados, draught and blight. Our World reflects the negligence and damage we humans have sown and sadly, it seems there is no political will to do anything about it. Additionally, with the worldwide economic crisis we have been experiencing, this too will continue to worsen and make our everyday lives that much more susceptible to conflict and trauma. I am NOT a pessimist, so please don't think that! I am simply well studied in what is happening and can only base my assumptions on our past history. Human beings have yet to learn the important lessons that history has tried to teach us. It is our greatest flaw as a species and because of this, some kind of socio-economic breakdown is inevitable unless major changes take place soon. Unfortunately, there are very powerful people and entities that seem driven to create this outcome, regardless the conseques. As someone commented before: "Hope for the best, but PLAN for the worst". Whether we experience Natural Disasters or Manmade ones, it is in everyone's best interest to be prepared.

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  • lilly

    I always had good experiences with bartering. I am a member of barterquest.com and I trade for goods, services and real estate. It depends on you, how far you will trade for what you can get. Remember the story about the guy, who traded from a red paperclip to a house... It's a true story and you can be the next one!

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  • Reid

    I am putting up a stock of Cheap Whiskey, Rum and Vodka . And am looking into putting up some Tobacco seeds. If I can find a way to store it I may even put back some prepared tobacco. Tobacco and whiskey were trade staples on the frontier . And I believe will become very valuable again in hard times. Also coffee in small vacuum packed cans . OTC meds such as Aspirin , Tylenol and other pain relievers will be in short supply and valuable.

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  • joanne

    Major magazine I believe the economist now admits the idea of global warming is not panning out. yes droughts hurricanes etc but this is not new or caused by manmade just normal cycles.read this today and not the only group just saying this. that said, still need to prepare for natural disasters and economic crisis.I have small amts of all above hoping to get more I also have stockpiled food oils and fats thinking this may be valuable.

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  • Ann

    Whether it's a natural disaster, or loss of employment...being prepared will be your salvation. Just a quick thought: if you are stock piling alcohol & tobacco, do not to forget to stock up on the goods you will actually need. Others will not always have anything you want.

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  • Cheryl O.

    I am with "milleniumfly", whom was close to the top of the posts. You cannot continue "OPSEC", aka "Operational Security" if others, ANY others know that you have enough of any item in surplus to trade it away!!! Asking for BIG trouble. Try to have enough and sustainably so you won't HAVE to trade. Get a LOT of salt, sugar, leavenings, etc, and anything else you can't produce on your own. Not a couple boxes, but several hundred pounds. Look at and write down EVERY SINGLE THING you eat, drink, or use in 1 week. Multiply that by 52, and that's what one person of your group will need for a year. Then move out from there. DO NOT TRUST ANYONE!!!! Even friends and neighbors will turn on you if they have hungry kids, etc. Bartering is an absolute LAST RESORT.

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  • Stargazer

    I feel a barter activity exposes one to more danger than the activity is worth. Self reliance based on training and planning are the actions I depend on for my family survival.
    Others need not know what I have and I can "do without" everything but Faith, Food and Water. Your most potent survival equipment is between your ears.
    I do not plan to profit from disaster at the expense of others.
    Yours in Liberty,
    Stargazer
    Oath Keeper

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  • Ladybug

    Good points, Stargazer! Also, I've read all the comments and notice something missing. PAPER PRODUCTS!! Water in short supply is not helpful in doing laundry. Paper towels, napkins, paper plates & cups & bowls, tissues, and TOILET PAPER!! Who wants to go without toilet paper!! Not me!! If you could afford to stockpile lots of it, it could be used for barter, too. Back in the "old days" people would sit in the outhouse and crinkle up pages of an old Sears catalog to wipe. If I have a choice, I'll take the TP. However, old catalogs/magazines are great entertainment for young kids, or starting fires, etc. If there is no power, there are no TVs or computers and batteries only last a short time. Stock up on games, puzzles, playing cards, etc. They would be great for barter, as well. You can't store too much water! Sit down and think about what you would need if there was no power behind that wall outlet or water gushing out when you turn that faucet on. Another thing to stock up on are batteries of all sizes. Great for personal use and barter. Try to think of your home as a “country store” and what you would find there. For the novice who wants to be prepared, I would be happy to share the info that I have. Just email me at ladybug42@wichitaonline.net. As was said above: Plan for the worst, but hope (and pray) for the best! People who deny that the worst could happen now, won’t live to survive then.
    Also, Yours in Liberty (& FREEDOM!!)

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  • Debbra W

    I live in a small mountain resort town which will be forgotten come a large disaster. Our neighbors around here in the forest already have a farmer's type market where things are bartered and even sold for currency. That's what you do. Establish a table and "sell" what you have. Don't forget that relief organizations may seek and seize for the greater good all your stored foodstuffs. Just remember that your Mum taught you to share, and help others. After you have prepared yourself and family then act as the Savior said we must and all will be well with you.

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  • mrs julie ann neary
    mrs julie ann neary April 2, 2013 at 12:08 am

    try making sure you own them first is important

    and any exchange of items for older needs agreeing
    otherwise it is illegal conversion
    dont do it with other peoples property without their consent

    and detail in writing isnt a bad judge and idea


    but bear in mind forgetful heads come back to things later and dont know how they lost something...especialy after flood and wartimes


    and may think you have their item and in fact you just bought the thing yourself too somewhere and
    actually cant necessarily prove it..tax man says in the uk 6 years of archived records


    BUT dont have a family history of chasing people for evryitem of so called deceipt
    sometimes things were very difficult to deal with and they hardly survived either
    but aany doing time and time over for doing it wrong in someones eyes actually may have done the time for the same thing twice or more over just because they wanted you to let them get on with their lives...and they may stroke deficitly forget the time as well as any supposed crim and remind themselves of it later

    or they are memebers of the same family doing likewise.

    flooded to 20 feet...never mind fathoms says not much was saved

    supposed deaths sometimes werent mind and people recovered somewhere from comatose states
    these people forgot and some of you were not upto giving back what had been bartered or sold


    continueing on with that thought

    if you gained inferitance by way of goods obtained that you did give back dont expect that person to buy you a replacement any day
    when they really die there may be no inheritance at all
    they may just have been broke and the item broken and never replaced.

    be thank ful for the living and any standard a benefit or income give you but its tighter year by year
    i will off load it here...cos the younger generation need to live without fear !

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  • Woody

    From the LA Times- "40% of all workers in Los Angeles County (Los Angeles County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal aliens working without a green card."

    - and these folks are CODDLED and CATERED to. Ergo, I think it's a safe bet that when it comes to barter, we'd be better off omitting the "taxes" part.

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  • Jason

    All I can say is don't show your whole supply to anyone. Even if you are with a group of prepper or tight family friends. Until disaster hits and becomes a need for someone. I showed my supplies to an ex close friend. I had extra medicine and they came back and took all of the medicine for the wrong reasons. Plus some TP and cans of soup. I would never barter from home unless the person already knows where you live. If this is an aftermath scenario you really shouldn't barter till 3 months after SHTF. Pool resources with community. Setup different areas you would barter from so you can rotate so less likely to be ambushed.

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  • Northwoods Cheryl
    Northwoods Cheryl February 15, 2014 at 1:54 am

    I am not comfortable at ALL with bartering. You are setting yourself up to be targeted as someone who "has stuff". People will do ANYTHING, including kill you, to get what they need or want. You need to cover all your bases adequately so you have no need to get more of anything!! This requires a LOT of PLANNING. I am co-owner of one of the largest survival groups on yahoo. It doesn't mean I think I know everything, but I DO have a huge base of members who discuss these things at length. Some of which run the big survival seminars and others are published authors. Please, oh PLEASE prepare yourself so you won't need to barter!! That's a disaster in itself.

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  • NC

    I agree to Northwoods Cheryl comment above as people change during crisis times and normally stoic, well behaved people can turn in an instant if they feel threatened or are in desperate need of something especially something they know you have. I have been proud to show off my pantry in the past because I think I have planned and stored well but the first thing people say is " I'm coming here if something happens" which was not what I was going for. I merely was trying to get people to think in the future and store stuff for themselves. I would share my pantry items if need be but educating people is the best way to share.

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  • Maddy

    I have to agree with Northwoods Cheryl. Preparing requires a certain amount of secrecy if you wish to remain safe. Bartering could put a target on your back. Jason learned this lesson the hard way. It is best to not show your supplies to anyone outside of your immediate family... and I would think twice about even letting the kids know about what steps you are taking in your preparations since one thing that ALL kids do is talk. They talk and blab their family secrets to anyone and everyone who will listen.

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  • Kadagan

    Please read the following and consider it carefully:

    34 States have made “profiteering” illegal. The typical standard is a 15% increase in cost over what it would have been before the disaster/emergency/situation. So take this as an example:

    You and I both have a bottle of vodka we each purchased for $20. There is in our area. Someone we don’t know comes to my door pleading for alchohol, any alcohol and says he’ll offer me a ½ ounce of gold as payment. But I remember stories about what happened in places like New Jersey and Louisiana, and Calafornia, and Georga. I know better than to sell this guy my vodka, after all – I don’t know how long my family will be without access to medical care, and that I better keep this as an antiseptic. But I’m not stupid, I’m not going to tell the guy I have what he’s jonesing for. I tell him “sorry I don’t have any” and send him on his way.

    The guy goes next door to your house and I watch him through my window, ready to come to your aid or put a bullet in the guy if things get out of hand. You made the trade, why wouldn’t you right? ½ ounce of gold is worth about $700 dollars and you think that you’ll be able to get out of the other side of this disaster intact without your vodka. You could use that gold to buy medicine or food if this thing drags on.

    Fast forward two months later when this guy thinks he got shafted on the price and wants “his” gold back. Police come to your door and put some nice new bracelets on your wrist – you then watch as they ransack your house and begin hauling your preps all the while calling you “hoarder,” “profiteer,” and “monster.”

    What? Wait? You didn’t know it was illegal to made that trade? Ignorance of the law is no excuse. That’s right… you broke the law. A “gross” violation of the law in fact.

    34 States have outlawed what they call “profiteering” which typically means exchanging a good or service for 15% more than it would have been exchanged for before the disaster/event. The dollar value of the ½ ounce of gold is approximately $700. That is 3,500% more than what that bottle of vodka was worth ($20) before the disaster. 3,500% is more than the 15% maximum allowed by law.

    So what happens? People will suffer because preppers “in the know” will not provide them the things they need. People will die… I know it sounds dramatic but it’s a reality. So called “profiteering laws” kill people in need, and put uninformed people like us in jail.

    I know some of you will want to be the hero and save the day by giving your preps away or selling them at pre-disaster prices. But you don’t know if another disaster will immediately follow the one you are in, and you risk yourself and your family joining the fate of those you would save. Plus once people know you prepped they wont just quietly go home and watch their loved ones starve/die, they will come back seeking the food/supplies they have been taught they are “entitled to.”

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  • Kadagan

    The website cut out a sentence surrounded by less than and greater than symbols in my above post. The second sentence of the third paragraph should read:

    "There is a **insert your natural disaster here** in our area.

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  • Dave

    We don't tell anyone about our preps. If the time comes for bartering, we won't be doing any until a couple of months after the event. We hope that things will have settled down somewhat during that time.

    As for charity to others, these others didn't sacrifice anything to help us put the food, water, and supplies aside for later. They didn't put up our buckets of sugar and salt. They didn't purchase extra batteries for our flashlights. Why should we take food from our table to give to people too lazy or stupid to take care of themselves?

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  • Northwoods Cheryl
    Northwoods Cheryl February 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Thank you to all who have shown the common sense to realize others WILL take your things from you or worse.. if you let ANYONE know what you have. There are those who say they will set up a big pot of soup on a table out on the sidewalk and "share with all who have need". Well that's a pretty rose-colored-glasses outlook. Also VERY naive! A few weeks later, after your place was plundered for all you have, you will wish the heck you had kept QUIET. Also, don't plan to cook outside on a grill! Cooking smells are the BIGGEST advertisment of all! If the grid goes down, how do you plan to safely cook your meals indoors without carbon monoxiding yourself to death. PLAN NOW. STORE NOW!!!

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  • Northwoods Cheryl
    Northwoods Cheryl February 17, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Me, again, if you can all stand one more comment. This one is about the "Laws against profiteering". If we get to the point where people are needing to barter for things, ALL LAWS will be out the window!! No one will be thinking or caring about things such as price gouging. ALL will be totally concerned with survival. Period.

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  • Kadagan

    @Cheryl

    Yeah... until it's over. That's when the law comes knocking (kicking) on your door.

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  • Northwoods Cheryl
    Northwoods Cheryl February 19, 2014 at 4:32 am

    They have to find me. They better have good boots and gear and be prepared to hike the entire northwoods of the Michigan UP. For one small group of people? Not so sure. And, I don't give up that easy either.

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  • Jason

    Honestly law enforcement is not going to care if you barter unless it's contraband. Proving an exchange between two individuals is very hard and to say you overcharged would be very hard to prove. It more then likely will only be resolved in civil court. If it can. Profiteering is more for stores. Like when Sandy came and places got in trouble for raising prices on water and batteries. Right now wood pellets and salt are in high demand but they can't drastically raise the prices. No one cares if I trade homemade jam for cucumbers. Side not I find it funny people called us nuts for stockpiling because they said their are a million stores around not everyone will be sold out. Now they are going nuts looking for wood pellets. Funny that all this crazy weather over the past years are making people preppers now and most don't even realize it. FAILURE to PREPARE IS PREPARING FOR FAILURE.

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  • Jason

    I believe that what Cheryl and many others are saying they will barter when it is the normal way to trade goods. Like if we are living in a world like TV show revolution. Like doomsday happened and things are not going to back to the way it was.

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  • Northwoods Cheryl
    Northwoods Cheryl February 21, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Jason, well said. That's pretty much where I stand on bartering. I won't until some sense of "normalcy" is returned. I doubt money will be in use, but things of value such as salt or bandages may be.. I do think there will be a big decrease in the population by that time. By whatever means.. fighting, lack of needed medicines, lack of food or ability and knowledge of how to get any, etc. Those who survive the "big whatever" will form some kind of local system. That's what I believe anyway.

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  • kris

    can opener and matches

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  • Frank

    Lots of opinions and deep thinking, but as far as appearing to be trading unfairly, it isn't exactly price gouging, but since it might be seen that way by "law enforcement" or complaining, disgruntled citizens, I have a solution. Stock up on notebooks and record transactions so that if you trade a chicken for a Rolex watch, you can write down that you are offering to provide other products or services as credit and have the other person agree in writing that they honored/agreed to the trade. Of course fancy crap isn't as valuable so I would request labor in exchange for food or whatever. Work out as fair a deal as possible, but I agree, tell nobody what you have and appear to have little. If you grow into the local trader and have friends to protect you then you may spark an active bartering community. Better to be humble and even appear needy, but also decent and kind as possible to others. And forget about this hip anti-clutter movement. I say get as much useful stuff as you can now. When the poop hits the fan you'll feel better prepared and not like a hoarder or extreme collector.

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  • CT

    I concur with Frank "...tell nobody what you have and appear to have little".
    But to take it even further-- if/when various agencies show up to dole out supplies we should also show up and for our allotment. We need to appear to be in the same boat as others. Don't get me wrong-- it is not out of greed--but rather to keep up appearances. Perhaps some of these items can quietly given to someone you know is in dire need or be traded for some help you need with something--clean up efforts etc.

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  • Kathleen

    I have already had a taste of the future after the shtf. I met another so called prepper a couple of years ago. At that time I mentioned I had a rifle I wanted to sell. He was going down my street and saw me a couple of months ago and stoped to inquire if the rifle was still for sale. I told him yes and again mentioned the price. He came back later to look at the gun and asked me if I would take 1/2 and he would do work for the rest. He asked what needed to be done and I told him the work I wanted done. He used that information to get information on what my security was, how it worked and the items I had in my home. He came right out and asked me where I had my other guns hidden. I just looked at him and realized he only wanted information on how to take everything I had. Before he left he came right out and said he was coming back with his friend and blast out my sliding glass doors to gain access. I felt like a complete idiot, but have made changes since then. Do not trust anyone. It does not matter who they are. This guy said he was an Army veteran (an MP) and gained my confidance since I am also a veteran.

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  • Northwoods Cheryl
    Northwoods Cheryl April 16, 2015 at 12:05 am

    As things have become even MORE tense and "iffy" out there, I stand on all my previous comments. I am not bartering with anyone unless absolutely necessary. NEVER bring a person to your place if you must barter, but rather meet them in a public area. Problem is, if all communications are down, as they very well may be, it would be pretty hard to find this or that person who may have what you need. I am fortunate that I live way out in the boonies, so to speak. I feel pretty bad for those of you who would be stuck in metro areas. The best way to keep your things safe from marauders is to not have them all in one place. Easier in the country than city, for sure. I have found it easy to bury food grade 5 gallon buckets with a Gamma Seal lid, in predetermined places. In town, a neighbor or someone would certainly see you do that. If you CAN bury some items, have a variety of things in each container. Coast Guard emergency high-cal food blocks come to mind, along with things like rope, wire, matches, a small cooking vessel, a few space blankets, aspirin, water purifier tabs, a small knife, and if you can swing it a small pistol and some ammo in at least 1 bucket. Then bury them but not so deep that you can't get the lid freed from soil in event that the ground is frozen when you need the stuff. Another thing would be to have a few small multi-purpose tools. One of the best ever is a Farmer's Fencing Pliers. It has a hammer head on it, and the staple puller end could be a great emergency weapon if needed. Just a few additional thoughts there.

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  • David: San Antonio
    David: San Antonio April 16, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Just remember...in a SHTF situation...a dollar value won't mean much. People will be bartering for what they need/want. Dollar value, per se, won't mean much.

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  • Scott

    Kadagan above has the right of it. Cheryl and others that share that view will be "gone," at most, after the second or third wave.

    The article is about bartering "during" an emergency not 2 years after one has past. Wake up please people. I want you to live so that my children can have a future.

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  • Northwoods Cheryl
    Northwoods Cheryl April 18, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Scott, with all due respect, how many people have even 2 weeks' worth of needed items let alone several months. What would you suggest people do, even in the short go? Do you not think there are LOTS of folks out there with not even an extra 2 days of food? How about all those more interested in fancy sneakers, gold jewelry, or keeping up with their particular addiction? What will they do for food? Are you prepared to guard your supply if they come looking? It's all in one's perspective. I stand by my beliefs for both the short and long term. I sincerely doubt I and others like myself will be "gone" after 2nd and 3rd waves. I am completely self sustainable here. Are YOU, where YOU are at? Hmmm

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  • Northwoods Cheryl
    Northwoods Cheryl April 19, 2015 at 4:38 am

    My entire point was that I am prepped so that I WON'T have to barter, if there comes an emergency. I can stay right at home, and not have to cross paths with anyone else.

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  • Scott

    Well Cheryl. It has been my experience that those prone to emotional outbursts and/or emotional reactions are left holding the short end of the stick when reality makes its entrance.

    People will starve Cheryl. People will riot, loot, raid, pillage, rape, betray, murder, etc. in a persistent emergency. Chance is always a factor.

    Your response above that "They have to find me. They better have good boots and gear and be prepared to hike the entire northwoods of the Michigan UP" assumes alot.

    When society does return to normal assuming it isn't a post apocalyptic era there will be those wanting to punish those they feel are responsible for needless death due to "selfishness."

    For example: Those on the titanic who got in the boat and took off could have fit more on their boats but they also knew there is a risk in hanging around to load more as when people panic boats become swamped and everyone ends up in the water (dead). Afterwards tho some of those people were persecuted for their smarts and survival instincts. What is smart in the moment becomes a criminal decision later.

    Still don't believe? Research the aftermath of the Croatian civil war in the late 90's. The things you critique are a reality.

    Bartering from a strong stance IS illegal in most places or becomes illegal after the fact. I'm not saying it is right or correct. I'm saying it's reality.

    PS: gold wont be worth chit except to those who have an excessive amount of preps. You can't eat it, drink it, use it to keep you warm, purify your food, or cure diseases with it. Gold is garbage and those planning to use it as currency are fools IMO. The ultimate currencies are food and violence. - read about this one word: Koku

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