If there were to ever be a catastrophic event that turned our entire world upside down, things would be way different. Our way of life would be completely shaken up. Store shelves would sit empty. Those who do have a plethora of goods that they are willing to part with are not going to need cash. Cash will be meaningless in a society where there are no banks, no lines of credit or even a way to resupply the shelves. It will be all about bartering. You will use what you have on hand to trade with somebody else for something you need.
When you are prepping for survival, you need to store some things with the intent of using them for bartering. The following list includes some of the goods you will want to store in order to get the food, water or other supplies your family runs short on. You can also use your bartering items to pay for services like medical attention or help splitting wood.
2-Alcohol-Stock up on the cheap stuff, when it is all that is left, people will be desperate to get their hands on it. It can also be used medicinally.
3-Tobacco-Yes, people should quit, but the cravings are strong enough people will be willing to part with their food to get a pack.
4-Sugar-Lots of people focus on freeze-dried foods and basics and forget all about the sugar. Borrowing a cup of sugar is going to take on a whole new meaning in a post-catastrophe world.
5-Heirloom seeds-Growing food is going to be the only way to replenish one’s food supply. For those who didn’t plan ahead, they are going to need seeds to get started.
6-Personal hygiene items-Toilet paper, toothpaste and spare toothbrushes are going to be in high demand. People who didn’t prepare are going to be willing to part with things in order to get what they need for personal hygiene.
7-Spices, salt and pepper-These items are so incredibly inexpensive, it just makes sense to stockpile them to use for bartering. A lot of people, who stock up on food, forget about the little things like seasonings to make the food taste better.
Stocking up on these goods today, is better than hiding money under your mattress. Money won’t mean much in a world that has completely fallen apart. The wealthy will be those who have what it takes to survive and thrive. It doesn’t matter how much money a person has if there is nothing to spend it on!