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What would the best thing be to do during a time when the dollar might be valued at less than toilet paper? It seems like people would go back to the barter system, whats the best thing to get to barter with people during a crisis?

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Ammunition in common calibers (9mm, .45, 7.62X39, 5.56 Nato, etc) ;)

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Ammo and weapons are best kept to yourself, not traded away. You don't want them used on you later.

Personal hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, tampons, etc.), common OTC medicines, fish hooks, batteries, tobacco products, and alcohol all make good bartering items.

Look around your house at items in each room and ask yourself what you would miss most if it weren't there and you couldn't get more.

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What would the best thing be to do during a time when the dollar might be valued at less than toilet paper? It seems like people would go back to the barter system, whats the best thing to get to barter with people during a crisis?
Food, ammo, guns, medical supplies, gold & silver, food (did I say that already?) blue jeans, boots, get the idea


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I believe that one's own skills are a definite asset that can be used for barter.. for instance, if you can repair something that someone else needs for survival, its worth money in the bank. I fix lots of stuff that people can no longer get fixed locally, and I'm always willing to trade my time for food, or other services (such as dental, eyeglasses, etc), or cash. But you need to put a real value on your time - it is worth a lot to the right person, perhaps someone who is also short of cash.

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Some of what I'm acquiring for barter

Scales to get agreed upon weights of items
commercial scale (±500#)
commercial scale (±100#)
commercial scale (±10#)
commercial scale (±16oz)

1.0 oz gold coins
0.1 oz gold coins
40 count rolls silver quarters
50 count rolls silver dimes
blank barter slips

200ml bottles 190 proof Everclear
smokeless tobacco
2 oz boxes tobacco
booklets cigarette papers
smoking pipes
small boxes matches
butane lighter fuel
Zippo lighter fuel
lighter flints
lighter wicks
disposable lighters
straight razors w/strop, soap, & cup
shaving soap

playing cards

lengths candle/oil lamp wick
Coleman lantern mantles

2 oz jars instant coffee
16 count boxes teabags
2 oz jars bouillon cubes
tubs add-water-only drink mix

1 pound boxes sugar
2 oz boxes salt
2 oz cans pepper
5 oz cans milk
4 oz cans cocoa
2 oz bars chocolate candy
8 oz bags hard candy (individually wrapped)

4 oz cans Vienna sausage/potted meat
12 oz cans roast beef
7 oz cans Spam (or 12oz)(or Treet)
6 oz cans tuna
10 oz cans soup (heavy on the meat types)

16 oz bags rice
16 oz bags beans

aspirin pain killer
acetaminophen pain killer
OTC reading glasses
OTC UVA/UVB resistant sunglasses
Cheap wide-brimmed straw hats

small boxes tampons/sanitary napkins
reusable sanitary napkins

reusable cotton diapers
diaper pins

clothes pins

wooden pencils/ink pens
small note books
legal pads

50 count bottles water purification tablets

6”-12” candles
boxes strike anywhere kitchen matches

rolls toilet paper
bars soap
hair combs/brushes
disposable razors
boxes baking soda

packets safety pins
packets of sewing needles
spools of thread

rat traps
fly swatters

jersey gloves
cotton/leather work gloves
insulated gloves

tubes silicone sealant
tubes Shoe Goo/Goop
tubes JB Weld
duct tape
mechanic’s wire
electrical tape
friction tape
rubber tape
sheet plastic
divided buckets with a variety of nails, screws, bolts, nuts, and washers
sealed cans of welding rods (6011 and/or 7018 1/8”)
variety of brazing rods
cans of brazing flux

regular canning lids
wide mouth canning lids
P-38/P-51 can openers

1-b propane cylinders
10-lb bags charcoal briquettes

solar 12-volt battery chargers
solar AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt battery charger
rechargeable batteries 20 each AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt

#10 cans heirloom seeds

500-round bricks .22 LR RF cartridges
5-round boxes .410/20 GA shells
single units M6 Scout/Savage 24/Remington SPR-94 O/U .22 RF/.410 or 20 gauge combos

Here are a few skills I think would have barter/trade potential

Alternative energy specialist
Ammunition re-loader
Appliance repairman
Basket maker
Bathhouse/shower room operator
Bicycle Repairman
Biodiesel maker
Blackpowder maker
Brew master
Brick maker
Bullet caster
Butcher/meat processor
Candle maker
Candy maker
Cartridge maker
Charcoal burner
Cheese maker
Chimney sweep
Cobbler/shoe maker
Cooper (barrel maker)
Distiller, drinking alcohol
Distiller, fuel alcohol
Dog trainer
Dye maker
Electronics tech
Farm hand
Firewood purveyor
Food canner/processor
Furniture maker
Gatherer (wild plants, useful rocks and minerals)
Glass maker
Gunpowder maker
Gunsmith/gun maker
Heavy equipment operator
Horse trainer/wrangler
Ice purveyor/harvester/maker
Ink maker
Karaoke operator
Knife maker
Knife sharpener
Laundress/laundry room operator
Leather worker
Lumber maker
Massage therapist
Metal worker
Milk maid
Milk processor
Mulcher/composter/manure collector
Net maker
Optician (eyeglass maker)
Paper maker
Peace Officer
Pedi-cab driver
Pest control specialist
Pottery maker
Primitive building specialist
Radio Operator
Ranch hand
Rope/cordage maker
Sail maker
Sailor (Boatswain)
Salt maker
Salvage specialist
Security guard
Shake/shingle maker
Sheep sheerer
Shipwright/boat builder
Skill At Arms instructor
Small engine mechanic
Soap maker
Spice purveyor
Stonemason/brick layer
Sugar maker
Tire repairman
Tool & die maker
Toy & game maker
Truck driver
Watch/clock repairman/maker
Well driller
Wood gas equipment maker

Here are some examples of Tradesman’s Tools that could be stockpiled and either used and the product/service bartered, or their USE bartered out. One wouldn’t barter away the tools that bring in the food.

±500# scale
±100# scale
±10# scale
±16oz scale

Tailor/Seamstress tools
Sewing machine
Sewing basket (needles, thimbles, thread, measuring tape,
seam ripper, scissors, shears, marking chalk, straight edge, pins,
neck magnifying glass, etc.)
bolts of cloth, patterns, spare needles, pins, chalk, thread, buttons,
zippers, snaps, etc)
Treadle type sewing machine (Janome 712T)
weaving looms
>1,000 watt generator

Food processing tools
Grain grinders, solar dehydrators, butchering tools, manual meat slicer, manual meat grinder, sausage stuffer, stuffing tubes, jerky shooter, water purifier

barbers tools
scissors, combs, hair brushes, dusting brush, broom, dust pan, chair,
neck apron, razor, shaving cup, shaving soap, towels

ammunition reloader’s tools
Dillion progressive tool w/primary caliber dies
RCBS press with common caliber dies
Bullet casting equipment
black powder making tools & screens

laundry tools
Staber washing machine
laundry soap
clothes lines w/poles, stakes & clothes pins
water heater (kettle w/tripod)
water tank
12v pump & battery
drain line
James washer w/wringer
2+ washtubs
>1,000 watt generator

entertainment tools
band instruments
projection TV
TV projector
Lap-top computer
DVD disk player
VHS tape player
Karaoke machine w/cd-g’s
Lighting system
Sound system
>1,500 watt generator
Battery bank, solar panels, and inverter
protective bullet resistant face for TV’s if used
Classic books for storyteller to read

home canning equipment & supplies
firewood cutting tools
knife/edged tool sharpening tools
printer’s/newspaper publisher’s tools
butcher/meat cutter’s tools
meat processors tools (sausage, etc.)
tanner’s tools
milk processors tools (cheese, etc.)
baker’s tools & supplies
bath house/shower room tools
candle maker’s tools & supplies
gardener’s tools
mechanic’s tools
machinist’s tools - Smithy Granite 1340 Industrial Max metalworking all-in-one machine
woodworker’s tools - Shopsmith Mark V woodworking all-in-one machine
blacksmith’s tools - Oxygen accumulator, acetylene generator
plumber’s tools
lumber making tools - portable sawmill
electrician’s tools
carpenter’s tools
roofer’s tools
stonemason’s tools
primitive building tools
cobbler/shoe maker’s tools
soap maker’s tools
brewer/wine maker’s tools
distillery tools
miller’s tools
spinner & weaver’s tools (looms)
teaching tools and supplies K-12
smelter/foundry/metal worker’s tools
sheep sheering tools
papermaking tools
rope, cordage, and net making tools
millwright’s tools
farm tools (prepare, sow, cultivate, harvest)
biodiesel equipment & supplies
wood gas generator equipment & supplies
charcoal making tools
black powder making tools
paper making tools
reference/do-it-yourself library (books/magazines/CD-ROMs/DVDs)(never let the media out of your control)

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Where does one start ! ! ! ? ? ? ?

I reckon that if (or most likely in my opinion that should be WHEN) tings all turn to custard, man can do nothing if he's is hungry for more than a week. What we should be planning is to have knowledge of how do do things that can ensure survival. The other fella who is not being very nice to me can take every thing away from me except what skills or knowledge is in my brain. Thats only taken if there is a bullet parked within it.
Learn how to feed on minimal resources of limited natural materials. Anything else is going to need craftyness, skill in catching, gathering, preserving it, storing it, cooking it and catching up with a replacement for next time.
Putting at stash of tucker(food) somewhere sound good but you'll need more than one in just one location. The food stash should include some other items likely to have more easierly lost of if its Chinese made, broken. eg knife, trace & hooks, plastic sheet, nylon cord.
Remember satellites are pretty nosy things and cell phones are giving your location as well. It may seem to be over the top but evry call on cell ph or land line is monitored as is this computer written message. Computers are doing it all and interpreters are employed to read what the computer pulls up if it is not in English. I kid you not! This is knowledge, NOT belief.
If your able to make a fair sized stash of tucker, if it's dried, it will less likely ruin (unless it gets wet of course).
It will weigh less to carry, it will be less in size for storage space. Unless your in desert of course, cause then it's best to get out of there cause of the lack of the obvious.
Practice storing sumit in a hole somewhere. Go back in a few months and see what could have been done better. Like lighting a fire, practice brings knowledge and especailly confidence. A super important factor!

Have fun FUN FUN. Learn and store that knowledge in the grey matter so you can pass it on to da kids and their wee brats when they get to think that maybe the ol' man & his gal might have an inkling of sumit that might just be worth knowing about.

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What would the best thing be to do during a time when the dollar might be valued at less than toilet paper? It seems like people would go back to the barter system, whats the best thing to get to barter with people during a crisis?
Well even tho most people think of gold as the number one thing,I would say silver.If it gets so bad(which I think it will)that we will have to barter for goods,silver will be alot better then gold,and this is why.silver is more easily divided then gold.I'd say get $1000 face value in silver dimes.Because its better to barter 10 dimes instead of one silver doller.Because just think if you have to buy something that costs $1.50 face value of silver.They seller might have change,but they might not.Its better to be safe,then sorry.

The other thing to invest in,is common caliber ammo.Mostly .223,.308,30/06,.270,9mm,.40 s&w,.45,12 gauge and .22lr. If you could afford it,I'd say 5000 rounds of each.I know this sounds expensive,but everyday the dollar is getting weaker.

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I have a .22 riffal and .22 9 shot revolver. Right now I have 1525 Lr rounds. I have been thinking about getting a shot gun, but with my arthris I don,t want something that will leave me in aggany for days after I shot it. What would you suggest. 410 maybe?:confused:

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If you can produce it or have huge stores of it, you will quickly become rich. However you will also become the target of those who will just take what they want so a way to protect your stores comes in a very close second. ;) :D

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This subject comes up pretty often and mostly the same folks say the same thing every time, I'm no exception. Having said that...

While I will say I wish I had bought some PM's back 5 to 10 years ago I didn't, and to do so today is kinda like pissing on a forest fire, a one oz gold coine is what?? 1200.00 ? for that amount of money you can look around and get an AR 15 and a thousand rounds of ammo...or 2 AK's and close to 2000 rnds of ammo... or..a lot of LTS food , you can do a great deal with $1200.00 .. to me $1200.00 is a pretty good bit of mad money, to some it's a weekend of fun.

PM's are a great hedge against bad times, but PM's can drop in value by 50% almost over night, you will never ever see an AR or AK drop 50 %... a case of 22 LR ammo is 5500 rounds about $130.00 to $140.00 Ruger 10-22 rifles are around $200.00 so how many can you buy after you buy 10 K of ammo for them...

They will never be worth less then you paid..ever.

Now if some of you have several thousands of dollars in the bank, hell yes buy some PM's, but for the everyday working stiff there are much better things to spend your $$$ on...

for the cost of 10 OZ's of gold you can buy some rural property for a retreat..

Just not for me... I have other plans and needs

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The value of an AK all depends on where you live. You can pick up a fully automatic AK-47 built in the 1950's for $150 in Somalia right now. An RPG and grenades will run you $200. All because the country is flooded with them. If the US were flooded with them, they'd probably be dirt cheap too.

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My microwave just quit working and I can attest that, as long as electricity is still running, people will be wanting them. I bought a replacement and a spare.
I haven't had a microwave for over 20 years now and got rid of my TV 10 years ago. I have not missed having the microwave or watching TV.

I feel (and some will disagree) that prepping is slowly changing your lifestyle from one that you rely on technology and the "grid" of supplies and you start to rely on yourself and your skills.

I do understand that some technology is required to survive in today's world, but, the more that we personally limit that requirement, the better off we all are.

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I can agree with NaeKid on that in a small way , yet I have this Computer needle in my vein and I don't wanna go cold turkey.. I could live without TV but I see no reason to avoid the microwave , there I have to ask why????

To Allen_Idaho , yes your right, but by the same token a human life in those places has even less value... lets keep focused on the good ol US of A...

I'm not saying those of you who own PM's are mistaken, I was answering the OP's question in my way... to me there are things much more valuable then PM's.. of course in a fire fight your PM's will be made of Brass, lead, in a sense I have a lot of PM's !!! :D
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