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Imagine the value of a small box of .22LR cartridges to someone with an old  rifle, but, no ammunition, and no way to protect himself or his family, or no way to put a meal on the table...

Imagine the value of a small bottle of chlorine bleach, or a a Polar Pure bottle to someone whose family is foraging for drinking water in puddles, ditches and streams...

Imagine the value of a small ferro rod, or a box of strike anywhere matches to someone who has been out of matches and lighter fuel for too long, and is now trying to start his cooking and heating fires with a fire bow he doesn’t really know how to use.

The dictionary defines Barter as; “The exchange of goods or services for other goods or services without, or in addition to money”. 

Silver and Gold coins will ultimately become the new, and universally accepted form of payment following the collapse of the Dollar, and the subsequent and immediate collapse of society as we know it, or any other man made, or natural disaster that may befall our Nation. But, until that new form of currency stabilizes, people will most probably be far more concerned with acquiring those necessities they always took for granted by whatever means are at hand, and that will be by bartering for and with, goods and services.

If you have something I need, I’m pretty much going to strive for a trade acceptable to both parties to get it. It’s that simple. (We’re not discussing the minority who will decide that with sufficient force, they can just take what they want. For they will be culled from the herd over time with extreme prejudice, and a finality that will dissuade their brethren from aspiring to a similar fate, by those who are not willing to submit). But, I digress...

A box of matches, a bar of soap, a few tea lights, a can of beans or sardines, a bottle of whiskey, a small first-aid kit, a pocket knife, a water purifier, a can opener, a box of tea bags, a handful of hard candy, a blanket, some fishing line and hooks, a bottle of clean water, a tin cup, tobacco, a packet of Ramen soup, a bottle of aspirin, a bag of dried beans, lentils or peas,  a box of dried pasta, a pound of rice, a bottle of multi-vitamins, an inexpensive pair of reading glasses, a jar of honey, a slingshot, a roll of toilet paper, a handful of sugar or salt, a jar of peanut butter, a can of Spam, a box of tampons, a hank of cordage, a pocket knife sharpener or stone, a few needles and a spool of thread, .22LR cartridges, 12 or 20 Gauge shotgun shells, axe heads, shovels, gardening tools, seeds, how-to books, silver coins. These are just a few of the many things we should be buying and putting aside when we find them at a good price. Things that can be given to family and friends, and used to barter with strangers. Things that can make a profound difference in someone’s life under circumstances we truly do not wish to, but must contemplate.

Ultimately, there will be goods, or services that YOU will need. When, and only when, you have put aside what you know you’ll need for you and yours, start putting aside the extras that will allow you to be in a position to acquire those things with real money (gold or silver), or by barter when the time comes... Chance favors the prepared.
 
Barter - What Goes Around, Comes Around...