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Monday, January 17, 2022

Surviving an Economic Collapse — Barter Items to Have on Hand for the Collapse of the Dollar



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Surviving an Economic Collapse — Barter Items to Have on Hand for the Collapse of the Dollar


Today’s Democratic Party has refused to recognize how its own spending policies have contributed to the problem of inflation-despite stupid assurances from Biden that it’s ‘transitory’ – it’s not.

"Over the past two years, median income fell 3% while the cost of living rose nearly 7%..."

According to an article on  titled: "Amid rising prices, American families fall deeper in debt - U.S. households are spending more on housing, food, gas, transportation and medical care and falling deeper into the red."

We’re convinced that a dramatic and negative change in our economy will happen very soon. Quantitative easing, over-inflated home and student loans, and a stock market built on nothing but hopes and dreams are certain to bring a collapse of the U.S. economy.

We’ve watched inflation continue to climb, seen the stock market repeatedly crash, and stood by as the housing bubble decimated our economy. Those in government and other positions of power made the decisions that led to these problems, and they continue to do so, bringing us closer to economic collapse every day.

Left-wing Bankers, stock brokers, and other financial types won’t be of much use when our economy collapses. Sales people, especially those who market luxuries, won’t have many opportunities when prospects don’t even have enough money to put food on the table. And employees in industries that depend on discretionary income, such as restaurants, spas, and gyms will suffer massive layoffs as people tighten their belts.

Become more independent in an underground economy

There has been a rise in the underground economy thanks to a dysfunctional, non-productive, debt-saddled government.  The softer the economy, the harder your assets should become AND it should include Pre-1965 ‘junk silver’ US coins including silver rounds as they are readily recognized and easily used in exchanges.

·         [A roll of pennies is equal to 2.5 grams times 50 in a roll, which comes to 125 grams or 4.41 ounces. A roll of dimes is 2.27 grams times 50, which comes to 113.5 grams or 4 ounces. A roll of quarters is 5.67 grams times 40, which comes to 226.8 grams or 8 ounces Nickels minted in the United States between 1942 and 1945 are made of 35% silver. … Normally all other nickels are composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel. Due to the pressing need for industrial metals like nickel during World War II, five-cent coins were actually made from 35% pure silver during the duration of the war.]


The only way to survive an economic collapse is to prepare beforehand with a plan consisting of two simultaneous phases.

Phase one is to stock up on barter items, weapons to defend your family, and a supply of food, water and medical supplies.

Phase two is to develop skills that others need that will allow you to support your own family, such as:


Engine repair. (Automotive and/or small engines used in power tools like chainsaws.)

Traditional or folk medicine.

Hunting and/or fishing.

Raising food sources. (Gardening, livestock, bee keeping, etc.)

Self-defense, security, or combat skills.

Sewing and/or shoe repair.

Soap making.

There are literally hundreds, maybe even thousands of options. Most are not glamorous, but all are necessary. You just have to think about what will be needed when the economic system we’re accustomed to falls apart. Think about the skills and knowledge that your grandparents, great grandparents, or even people in today’s poor countries need to survive. You will need to acquire the same skills and knowledge to survive and economic collapse.

The value of the U.S. Dollar is falling faster than Felix Baumgartner; you can see clear proof of this in, among other things, the price of gold. While gold prices had remained fairly steady for more than 200 years, they’ve been climbing much more rapidly since the mid-70s, and in 2010, they shot through the roof. In 1950, you could have bought an ounce of gold for a mere $40; today, that same ounce of gold would cost a staggaring $1,734. It’s not that that value of gold rose; it’s simply that the value of the dollar dropped. Dramatically.

A time will soon come when our paper money becomes useless for commerce. When that day arrives, you damn sure had better have something people want, or you may be forced to resort to unsavory means to provide for our family.

I’m not going to suggest stocking up on gold; that ship has sailed, and financially, it’s probably out of reach for most people anyway. No, today, we’re going to talk about a few everyday items that are cheap and abundant today, but won’t be in the near future. These are items you’ll be able to barter for all sorts of goodies you may want when the proverbial SHTF.


With a virtually unlimited shelf life and widespread demand, this is an easy choice. While any type of alcohol will be valuable to others, liquor, will give you the most bang for your buck because of its many uses. Of course, there is the obvious; getting drunk to temporarily forget about the shitty condition of our once great nation, but it also makes a great, albeit painful, antiseptic, cleaning agent, antifreeze for your car, cooking or heating fuel, a solution for mixing medicines, and even as a topical solution to cool fever patients.


Does it seem absolutely ridiculous that we used to spend about 15 cents for a cup of coffee, but today, no one feels stupid about standing in line for 10 minutes to buy a $5 cup of coffee? How would you like to be the only person in town with enough extra coffee use it for barter?


Do the math; with a little over half a million police in America, and over 360 million citizens, most of us will be on our own when it comes to defending our families. This doesn’t even take into account the number of police who will, understandably, leave their post to protect their own family if anarchy sweeps the country. You can’t go wrong when it comes to stockpiling ammunition; you can obviously use it for self-defense, but it makes one hell of a valuable resource to people who haven’t prepared.


DIY resources

When the economy breaks down, the ability to replace things that break down will be greatly diminished. This is where resources that enable people to do so will come in handy. Hand tools, duct tape, glue, string, screws, and such; basically anything you might need to fix something.

Survival books

The vast majority of people will have made no preparations before things begin to fall apart. We see this every time a hurricane is headed for landfall and within hours, grocery store shelves are stripped bare. One can acquire necessities in most scenarios, whether through barter, manipulation, or by force, however, one cannot simply acquire the knowledge needed for long-term survival.


Short of joining forces with someone who already has the knowledge, a person has two options; learn by trial and error (a steep and deadly learning curve), or crack open a book. I recommend having a few extra copies of: How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It, Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook, and Primitive Skills and Crafts on hand.



An internet search will turn up several barter sites [including your local site] such as:


·         For centuries, it has been key to our sustainability, and in the event of an economic collapse, or other potential catastrophe, bartering will likely return in full force. That is why considering bartering and trade when you are creating your stockpile now could help you prepare for what we already know is coming.

The Top 50 Items To Barter With In Case Of Disast


Moving on: A small town can be a haven during a depression
Because — paradoxically — as much as survival is about independence, it’s also about dependence, and being dependable — about having and being good friends and good neighbors.


Food Storage Practices That Reduce Food Waste can help you get the most out of the money you spend at the store.

Another area that's been rough this winter is the cost of heating. So here are some ways to reducing your winter heating bills.

A Buying Guide For the Farmers Market

Whether you’re hoping to eat healthier or support local farms and small businesses, this guide to shopping the farmers market can help you save. [We recently located a local farmer who sells meat package bundles]

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Baking soda might seem like it is just a humble baking ingredient, but this inexpensive item has plenty of survival uses, as well.

Unopened baking soda has an official shelf life of about 2 years, but it could last much longer if stored well. Generally, baking soda does not ‘go bad’ but it can lose its effectiveness over time. However, even when it it isn’t as effective for baking, it can still be used for many other purposes.

The long shelf life of baking soda, its low price point, and variety of uses makes it a great item to stock up on for survival purposes. But what exactly can you use it for? Keep reading for 50 survival uses for baking soda...

50 Survival Uses for Baking Soda

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Last month I started investing in digital currencies. But I’m worried that these are easy to hack. Or that they can be stolen if the electrical grid went down. Is it safe to invest in digital currencies?


-From Calvin R.


Answer: There is no question there are more risks when investing in digital currencies compared to traditional investments.


The biggest risk with digital currencies in hacking. Buying and selling digital currency is pretty easy, but storing the currency is where a lot of folks get hacked.


Also, as digital currencies become more popular there will likely be government regulations. This will increase as more people use digital currencies. Remember that digital currencies are still very new technology.


Bottom line, there’s lots of risk and you have to have the stomach for it




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Hal said...

Impressive amount of good info; we'll need it as Democrats continue butchering our nation.

Martin said...

I enjoy a good trade; however, too many are not accustomed to this practice.

Marie said...

As your header indicates-SELF RELIANCE is a must; a trait Demo-rats are trying to get rid of [just look at the ignorant stooges schools produce].

Ron said...

Outstanding-useful, practical

Poul said...

Democrat agenda is being imposed on working Americans and families face skyrocketing prices from rampant inflation, a surge in violent crime levels in our communities, scarcity of basic goods like food and gasoline, and chaos overseas.