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Saturday, March 24, 2012

16 High Value Items You Should Stockpile for Bartering

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.      16 High Value items to stockpile for barter

2.      What kind of couponer are you?

3.      10 Stupid online business ideas that made someone rich

4.      A diamond may be forever, but marriage isn’t…

5.      Why there are no jobs

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. - Margaret Atwood

A diamond may be forever, but love and marriage sure isn’t. ..Unusual biz idea

With an estimated 50 percent of all marriages ending in divorce, a new Web site, "I Do, Now I Don't" is looking to capitalize on this more cynical side of diamonds.

Founder and CEO Joshua Opperman came up with the idea after his fiancée abruptly called it quits.

He explains:

"A few months into our engagement, I came home from a tough day at work only to find that my apartment was completely empty. All of her stuff was gone, and all that was left was the engagement ring lying on my table."


Rather than hopefully saving it for another woman, he went on an epic quest to "toss the ring back into the fiery chasm from whence it came." (OK, perhaps not, but I couldn't resist a Lord of the Rings reference.) Actually, he went back to the jeweler where he'd bought it three months earlier, but found he could only get 32 percent of its original cost.

What's a jilted guy to do? Turn his pain into profit, naturally.

Opperman created "I Do, Now I Don't" to help others unload their bitter reminders and offer a good deal to those who still believe in love. It's like eBay for the "take this ring and shove it" set. Engagement rings are posted, bid on and then sold to the highest bidder. Only rings with GIA, AGS or EGL grading reports are accepted for auction and the site pockets 5 percent of the final sale.

To keep potatoes from budding,
place an apple in the bag with the potatoes

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

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10 Totally Stupid Online Business Ideas That Made Someone Rich

How to get rich the smart way? Looking for internet business ideas? Read what some creative people did:

1000000 pixels, charge a dollar per pixel – that’s perhaps the dumbest idea for online business anyone could have possible come up with. Still, Alex Tew, a 21-year-old who came up with the idea, is now a millionaire.

Hire another person to think of a cool domain name for you? No way people would pay for this. Actually, naming domain names for others turned out a thriving business, especially, when you make the entire process risk free. PickyDomains currently has a waiting list of people who want to PAY the service to come up with a snappy memorable domain name. PickyDomains is expected to hit six figures this year

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Surviving the Coming Collapse…for many, the collapse is already here.

In the event of a collapse the dollar will become nearly worthless and the unemployment rate will likely be 25% or higher. There are ways to protect yourself and your family if these predictions do come true. Gold and silver holds its' value regardless of what happens with the stock market or inflation. Currently silver is the best value, as it has not risen as much as gold over the past few years…here are some other considerations for you to ponder.

 16 "Sh*t Hit The Fan" Barter Items to Stockpile

Every good survivalist has a stockpile of things he or she recognizes their family may need to survive a natural or man-made disaster. However, many people forget the value of maintaining a barter store as well.

If things hit the fan, particularly in an economic collapse where the dollar is nearly worthless, a number of non-monetary goods will be more valuable than a fistful of dollar bills.

It's also important to recognize that we can't possibly store enough of every item to account for every scenario for an indefinite period of time. However, what we can do is have some items on hand to barter with neighbors to plug gaps in our preparations.

Imagine a neighbor with a large garden and some chickens trading a half dozen eggs and some squash for a box of ammo, or a small bottle of Vodka.

Consider stocking up on the following items, even if you have no plans to use them yourself, for their potential barter value.

16 Things to Stockpile with High Barter Value

Cigarettes. I hate smoking, and can't stand being around anyone that smokes. Having said that, I recognize that in a SHTF situation many others will be cut off from their access to cigarettes, so there is plenty of barter potential.

Soap. Bars of soap, and even those little cleaning napkins/wipes that you get at the BBQ restaurants could be very valuable in a SHTF scenario. Ever see "The Book of Eli?"

Bullets. Obviously, it's a good idea to have a decent store of ammo representing all calibers of the weapons you own. However, it is also a good idea to store extra ammo in common calibers (9mm, .22, .38, 12-guage shells, etc.) as a potential barter. After all, a gun without ammo is just an inaccurate throwing object.

Alcohol. Alcohol could serve a variety of purposes in a SHTF situation. It is valuable as a potential bartering commodity, and it also has medicinal uses. Did you know Vodka is a great home remedy to counteract the reaction to poison ivy?

MREs. More portable and easier to barter than larger 5-gallon buckets, or even #10 cans of dried foods, MREs are great to have on hand for bartering. Keep a variety of flavors and different kinds of foods because you could be holding something that could complete a meal for a hungry person

Silver Coins. Keep in mind this doesn't necessarily mean only silver dollars with a full ounce of silver, but even older, less expensive coins with a high silver component (the 1964 Kennedy half-dollar, for example).

Detergent. Don't think people are interested in bartering detergent? Check out the story about the recent rash of detergent thefts across the country. Apparently, Tide detergent on the black market is now referred to as "liquid gold." Interesting.

Water bottles. To someone in bad need of water, a water bottle could be worth its weight in gold. Remember the rule of threes: you can live three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks without food. Store accordingly.

Matches and lighters. A box of matches is relatively inexpensive, but for someone needing to build a fire a pack of matches or a lighter could be very valuable. Be sure these are stored safely, and if they are not waterproof make them so by storing in a watertight container.

Sugar. My grandfather used to tell stories of things that were in limited supply in the Great Depression. Sugar was something he often mentioned. Imagine how easily you could win over a sweet-tooth with the promise of a bag of sugar in exchange for something you are short on.

Toilet paper. This one is rather self-explanatory, isn't it? Sure, there are substitutes for Charmin, but who wants to keep using leaves when paper feels so much better.

Water Filters/Purifiers. Water purification drops and filters could mean the difference in offering family members treated water or potentially harmful, bacteria-infested water. Who'd be willing to trade for that?

Bleach. May be used to disinfect water, or keep living quarters and soiled clothing sanitized.

Batteries. Can be used to power up flashlights, radios, and other electronic devices.

Candles. Emergency candles would be a great barter item for those in need of providing some light to their living quarters without electricity.

What other items would you add to your barter store?

SOURCE:  Whiskey and Gunpowder Newsletter

Don't throw out all that leftover wine.
Freeze into ice cubes for future use
in casseroles and sauces.

The Nanny State Updates…

More UnConstitutional acts from the Obama White House

From Brandon Tuberville on

"In a stunning move, on March 16, 2012, Barack Obama signed an Executive Order stating that the President and his specifically designated Secretaries now have the authority to commandeer all domestic U.S. resources including food and water. The EO also states that the President and his Secretaries have the authority to seize all transportation, energy, and infrastructure inside the United States as well as forcibly induct/draft American citizens into the military. The EO also contains a vague reference in regards to harnessing American citizens to fulfill "labor requirements" for the purposes of national defense.

"Not only that, but the authority claimed inside the EO does not only apply to National Emergencies and times of war. It also applies in peacetime.

"The National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order exploits the "authority" granted to the President in the Defense Production Act of 1950 in order to assert that virtually every means of human survival is now available for confiscation and control by the President via his and his Secretaries' whim.

"The unconstitutionality of the overwhelming majority of Executive Orders is well established, as well as the illegality of denying citizens their basic Constitutional and human rights, even in the event of a legitimate national emergency. Likewise, it should also be pointed out that, like Obama's recentLibyan adventure and the foregone conclusion of a Syrian intervention, there is no mention of Congress beyond a minor role of keeping the allegedly co-equal branch of government informed on contextually meaningless developments."

Rubber bands slipped around the ends of bed boards will help prevent them from slipping out.

The Parting Thought – Jobless ‘recovery’ continues

Why there are no jobs - you can thank government

Our politicians have made it so complicated and so expensive to hire someone that many small businesses try to avoid hiring as much as possible…When our politicians keep piling on the taxes and the regulations and the paperwork which creates a tremendous incentive not to hire workers.

Michael Fleischer, the President of Bogen Communications, once wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal entitled "Why I'm Not Hiring". The following is how Paul Hollrah of Family Security Matters summarized the nightmarish taxes that are imposed on his company when Fleischer hires a new worker....

According to Fleischer, Sally grosses $59,000 a year, which shrinks to less than $44,000 after taxes and other payroll deductions. The $15,311 deducted from Sally’s gross pay is comprised of New Jersey state income tax: $1,893; Social Security taxes: $3,661; state unemployment insurance: $126; disability insurance: $149; Medicare insurance: $856; federal withholding tax: $6,250; and her share of medical and dental insurance: $2,376. Roughly 25.9 percent of Sally’s income is siphoned off by Washington and Trenton before she receives her paychecks.

But then there are the additional costs of employing Sally. In addition to her gross salary, her employer must pay the lion’s share of her healthcare insurance premiums: $9,561; life and other insurance premiums: $153; federal unemployment insurance: $56; disability insurance: $149; worker’s comp insurance: $300; New Jersey state unemployment insurance: $505; Medicare insurance: $856; and the employer’s share of Social Security taxes: $3,661.

Over and above her gross salary, Bogen Communications must pay an additional $15,241 in benefits and state and federal taxes, bringing the total cost of employing Sally to approximately $74,241 per year. Sally gets to keep $43,689, or just 58.8% of that total.

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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