Bartering for Survival
Bartering for survival could eventually mean the difference for being comfortable and healthy during the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it (TEOTWAWKI) scenario. While some people are stocking up on precious metals, in most situations where you need a good or a service, the people who have something you need may not be able to make change for a gold coin. Thus having something of value to exchange for something else of value without the exchange of money will be what constitutes survival bartering.
Even today on sites like Craigslist, more and more people are bartering what they have for what they need. Stories are told about people who have bartered their way up from something small like a cellphone to motorcycles, cars and even houses. Barter is a skill that you might consider developing now, and that starts with recognizing what barter is and what you have that might be of value to others.
What is Bartering?
Bartering means trading goods or services without exchanging money. If you are bartering for survival, money will be
meaningless, so you will need to place value on your items in terms of what you need and how much the other person needs your item.
Learning to barter will be a good skill to have and you can practice by haggling over prices and quantities at a flea market.
You will need to be good at making compromises, judging an item’s value by eye and have a clear idea of what you want out of a
What to Barter
When bartering for survival, you will need an idea of what items will be popular, and what skills will be in demand. In “stuff” hits the fan or SHTF situations, items that are manufactured such as soap and toilet paper, matches and batteries will be much in demand, as will ammunition and medicine. In terms of skills, having a skill or ability that someone else does not have will be important. Anything that can be done manually will be vital such as building, farming or cooking.
Stocking Up on Barter Goods
When you are putting together your survival kit, you will need to think about packing spare objects that you will use
for bartering for survival. These need to be objects that you will use if you’ve gone a while without meeting someone, but also need
to be universally useful to someone in the same situation as you.
A Sample Shopping List
You can use almost any item when bartering for survival, but you should make up your shopping list such as:
Look around your home for items without which you would be lost if you could no longer make a quick trip to the corner store to buy more. Those items should then be added to your bartering for survival shopping list. While it is not necessary to have everything on this list, you should be able to get at least a few items at a really, good price and have room to store them.
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