Friday, November 13, 2015

Must-Haves for a Barter-Based Economy

In any extended long-term emergency, our currency-based economy may no longer function and may even become non-existent. If that happens, you’ll not only want to have everything you need to be self-sufficient, but you’ll want to consider keeping items for trade in a barter-based economy as well. You never know when you’ll need something you don’t have, and if you can trade for something they need, it’s win-win.

The following items could be essential to your survival in a barter-based economy:

Coffee
Coffee is the world’s second most valuable commodity traded today, behind crude oil. You can bet that coffee will be nearly as valuable in a barter-based economy, because of its widespread consumption and addictive properties. Coffee is a temporary mood-enhancer and increases alertness, which are both extremely valuable in an emergency situation.

Alcohol
While we don’t suggest drinking alcohol in an emergency situation, alcohol has many survival uses. With the right know-how, it can be made into medicine and can clean wounds. It can also be used to make a weapon or start fires if absolutely necessary.

Livestock or Game
In an emergency situation, many people will be without access to fresh food, especially meat. If you can raise or hunt your own protein, finding trading partners will be easy.

Fresh Produce, Seeds and Seedlings
Fruits and vegetables will be another commodity in short supply in an emergency situation. Your crops will be especially valuable if you are growing produce rich in nutrients like vitamin C that can prevent deadly diseases like scurvy.

Medicine and Vitamins
If you can find a supplier or an understanding doctor to obtain antibiotics or painkillers, these items can be extremely valuable in an emergency. Vitamins will also become valuable if fresh food becomes scarce.

Tools
Tools are a great barter item, especially if your trading partner also has a tool you need. You can swap and both contribute to each other’s self-reliance.

Special Skills and Homemade Items
If you know how to sew and make clothes, you fill a huge, necessary void that will be created if large-scale manufacturing ceases. Similarly, the ability to make soap is a crucial skill and item to have in a barter-based economy. But virtually any skill or homemade item can be used to barter if it is unique or very high in demand.


What are your favorite items to keep on hand for a barter-based economy? Let us know in the comments section below!

15 comments:

  1. Thank u for your wisdom...u ARE worthy of teaching us all😊thanks again...Jeff

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  2. Good quality sea salt that has the important minerals left in it such as Celtic sea salt and/or Himalayan pink salt. It has both culinary and medicinal uses.

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  3. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Ammunition. I would think common calibers would be useful for barter.

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  4. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Ammunition. I would think common calibers would be useful for barter.

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  5. Taking a guide from friends who went through the Communist takeovers in Europe. We call him Bella the mad Hungarian...lol. He told us the most important items were Koolaid (today it could be Tang, Gatorade powder, etc.); spices-paprika (their national spice), cinnamon, cumin,, dried onion & garlic; sugar 25# bags; honey 5 gal. tubs; regular table salt 50# bags; ammunition- .22 LR,30-06,.308,.223 Rem/5.56,30-30,.300 Mag., 7mm Mag, 9mm,.40,.45 acp,.38 spl.,12ga #4-OO buck, barter 10 at a time not by the box so small wax or sandwich bags are also on the list just a few he had.

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  8. شركه تنظيف منازل بالمدينه المنوره
    لديه القدرة على العمل فى جميع شتى مجالات التنظيف بالمدينة المنورة لذلك ننل ثقة عملاؤنا بكل مصداقية عاليه حتى نكسب احسن شركة تنظيف بالمدينة المنورة
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  10. Taking a guide from friends who went through the Communist takeovers in Europe. We call him Bella the mad Hungarian...lol. He told us the most important items were Koolaid (today it could be Tang, Gatorade powder, etc.); spices-paprika (their national spice), cinnamon, cumin,, dried onion & garlic; sugar 25# bags; honey 5 gal. tubs; regular table salt 50# bags; ammunition- .22 LR,30-06,.308,.223 Rem/5.56,30-30,.300 Mag., 7mm Mag, 9mm,.40,.45 acp,.38 spl.,12ga #4-OO buck, barter 10 at a time not by the box so small wax or sandwich bags are also on the list just a few he had.
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