The Art of Barter A guest post by Chris [This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest - First Prize winner will receive a gift certificate for $170 worth of Winchester Ammo. Second Prize winner will receive 3 dozen Tattler Reusable Canning Lids . Third Prize winner will receive a LifeStraw.] For as long as humans have been in existence, a form of trade called bartering has been used successfully in just about every society. Bartering in modern times is a skill; those who are trading are always looking to get the better deal. Another example: Is a brand new car really worth twenty-eight thousand dollars? If survival times come and we’re to barter, how do we place value upon items since we aren’t using fiat money valuation (Fiat money is money that has value only because of government regulation or law., Wikipedia)? In survival situations, bartering items will be-for the most part and specifically at the beginning-based upon the needs of the parties involved. Bartering Safety I love the Wolf Pack.
Barter Goods Below is a list of barter goods considered by experts in the survival preparedness world to be vital for a barter currency in a post-long-term disaster world. Remember, as valuable as goods are, skills will also be very valuable; learn to barber, make soap, about herbal medicine, etc. Look around your home for items that you would be lost without if you could no longer make a quick trip to the corner store to buy more. Those items should then be added to your barter goods list. While it is not necessary to have everything on this list, there may be a few items that you are able to get at a really good price and be able to store for future barter. In fact, if room is at a premium, why not pick up a storage tote and then start saving your barter goods in there. Survival Skills Inventory The main purpose of any inventory is to keep track of what you have and what you need. Knowing these two things can help you plan for or correct any items that may be lacking in your inventory. While most people have and keep a fairly good account of their survival gear, firearms, ammunition, and food and water supplies, they often fail to assess their survival skills. Skills can be an important asset in any survival situation. The ability to do improvised or expedient repairs to your home in the event of catastrophic damage from a storm is just one example of where your skills can help you restore order and normalcy to your life after such an event. Many types of injuries can be treated by learning basic first aid. Any failure of the infrastructure of your community can be equally dangerous to your survival. Basic mechanical skills should also be included in your list. Proper skills in the safe use of your firearms are also another priority. Don’t forget cooking skills! Riverwalker
The Most Frequently Overlooked Long-Term Survival Items by Robert Wayne Atkins The Most Frequently Overlooked Items for Long-Term Hard Times Survival Copyright © December 1, 2008 by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E. All Rights Reserved. One of the suggestions that is frequently mentioned on a variety of internet forums is to purchase "trade or barter items" before the hard times begin. Some of the typical "trade and barter items" that are recommended are salt, first aid supplies, toilet tissue, and 22LR ammunition. In my opinion a better strategy would be to simply invest your money in the things you know you will need. With these thoughts in mind the following list of items may be things that you may not have previously considered but which would probably be very useful during a hard times tragedy event. The following list does not include the obvious survival necessities such as food, heirloom vegetable seeds, water filters, medical and first aid supplies, and self-defense weapons. List of Frequently Overlooked Items Click on www.grandpappy.info for Robert's Home Page.
Barter/Trade Items in a Survival Scenario | URBAN SURVIVAL SITE Imagine a worst-case scenario. It could be hyperinflation—it takes a wheelbarrow of cash to buy a loaf of bread and you no longer have enough money to buy even a small item or piece of food. It could be a nuclear war, a devastating act of terrorism, an EMP attack—banks are shut down, cash is unavailable. Even in more temporary disasters such as an earthquake or a hurricane, cash could become rare or worthless if people are more interested in food and supplies. How do you prepare for this? Precious Metals Although PMs are a great thing to have as a part of your portfolio in order to protect your wealth, they might not be ideal in a survival scenario. Alcohol and Tobacco Again, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Other Items The point of this article is that in most survival situations, people are going to want things they can use.
Barter items for post teotwawki - SHTF Survival Forum If SHTF tomorrow, 12 months later, what items would you have that you could use for barter? Is bartering even in your plans, have you even thought about it? The other day I was walking through wal-mart and was thinking about low cost, good quality trade items. There is a difference in good quality, medium quality and poor quality barter items. Here are some examples of barter/trade items: Gold and silver only have value when someone values money. Solar panels, seeds, first aid supplies are a good quality trade items. Clothing might have an “ok” trade value. Hand tools might be a medium quality trade item. Computers and other electronics would be a poor quality item – without electricity, what good are electronics. When you start talking about matches, seeds, flashlights, batteries,,,,,, some of those are disposable items – you use them once and then its gone. I dont think food has very much of a trade value – unless the other person is starving. Matches, they burn once, and its gone.
Top Post-Collapse Barter Items and Trade Skills by Brandon Smith by Brandon Smith Alt-Market.com The concept of private barter and alternative economies has been so far removed from our daily existence here in America that the very idea of participating in commerce without the use of dollars or without the inclusion of corporate chains seems almost outlandish to many people. However, the fact remains that up until very recently (perhaps the last three to four decades) barter and independent trade was commonplace in this country. Without it, many families could not have survived. Whether we like it or not, such economic methods will be making a return very soon, especially in the face of a plunging dollar, inflating wholesale prices, erratic investment markets, and unsustainable national debts. This means that each and every one of us will not only be driven to form barter networks outside the designated confines of the mainstream, we will have to become active producers within those networks. Top Priority Goods Fresh Produce: Ever heard of scurvy?
How to Save Your Seeds I think the practice of saving seeds is due for a revival. Seed saving is rewarding in so many ways. It’s very easy. If you find yourself smitten by it, there are ways you can get more expert about it. However, even a little seed saving is an empowering and powerful thing to do. Basics What you basically do when you save seeds is this: you go to the seeds when they are ready and get them; you make sure they’re really dry, and then you store them. It’s as simple as that but … Getting good seeds at the right time involves knowing the usual life cycle of a plant and whether a seed will stay true. You can gather them in different ways such as plucking, rubbing, shaking or grabbing. Making sure seeds are dry enough means having a good drying space for them. Storing seeds well involves having appropriate labels and containers for them. Plant Types and Specifics Plants are annual, biennial or perennial. ~Annual plants (such as lettuce and tomatoes) flower and mature seed in the same year. Lettuce Whew.
Gardening in a drought Guest post by Mark M. NOTE: This may be something to print out and store in your SurvivalMom Binder for future reference. image by International Center for Tropical Agriculture I have lived in many countries over the years, and have always had a vegetable garden. Not just for cost, as many of the countries I have lived in have had what we considered dirt cheap food, but for the quality. Nothing compares to the taste of veggies fresh from the garden. Recently, some friends told me about the bad drought in Texas. Kenya and Botswana. So how do they manage that? The technique involves three separate things, all of which are easily made by anyone with the ability to use a shovel, hammer or a trowel. Raised beds When we rented our home in Botswana, in the yard behind the house was a series of concrete troughs, roughly 4 foot wide, 2 foot deep and 15 foot long, running north to south. Shade netting Every 3 feet in the troughs was a hole, just the right size to take a ¾ inch PVC pipe. Thread watering