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    200 Items You Can Barter After The Collapse

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    200 Items You Can Barter After The Collapse

    Imagine a scenario where cash has become worthless. It could be hyperinflation, where it takes a wheelbarrow of cash to buy a loaf of bread. Or it could a devastating act of terrorism such as a bioweapon or an EMP that sets the country back 100 years. Whatever the cause, there could come a day when our money becomes useless.

    And it won't necessarily be a nationwide disaster that causes this to happen. In a local disaster such as a powerful hurricane or earthquake, the power will be out which means the banks will be closed. And if they don't reopen, there won't be enough cash to go around.

    In any of the above scenarios, people will be forced to barter with one another until power is restored or a suitable currency emerges. In case that ever happens, it's a good idea to have a wide assortment of barter items. That way if someone has something you need, you're more likely to already have something they need.

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    Precious Metals

    Although precious metals are a great thing to have as a part of your portfolio, they might not be ideal in a survival scenario. If the SHTF, most people are going to be more interested in things they can use than gold and silver.

    On the other hand, many people believe in the intrinsic value of precious metals. So in a survival situation, precious metals could emerge as a popular form of currency.

    This is why I recommend getting some metal, but don't put all your eggs in one basket. It's probably best to buy silver instead of gold because even small pieces of gold are too valuable to trade for any items you would want from your neighbors. Try a site like apmex.com where you can buy a roll of 20 American Silver Eagles.

    Alcohol and Tobacco

    Again, don't put all your eggs in one basket. In survival situations, nicotine addicts are going to become desperate and some of them will trade useful items just so they can smoke. And if times are tough, a lot of people will crave spirits so they can temporarily escape the reality of their situation.

    However, if things are really bad, your alcohol and tobacco might be useless. In a post-apocalyptic scenario where people are starving, even nicotine addicts and alcoholics will be more interested in food.

    I recommend storing a few cartons of cigarettes and several bottles of alcohol, but no more. And if you have a drinking problem or are an ex-smoker, please don't store any alcohol or tobacco. It might become too difficult to resist.

    Other Items

    The point of this article is that in most survival situations, people are going to want things they can use. If you want to store up items you can trade, they need to be useful and have a great space-to-value ratio.

    For example, people might want shovels, but they might also want lighters, and a pack of lighters takes up a lot less space than a shovel. Lighters are also very portable, a necessity when visiting your neighbors and making deals.

    Here's a list of fairly small items that could be great for bartering during a disaster:

    Allergy medicine
    Aloe
    Ammo
    Aluminum foil
    Animal traps
    Antacids
    Antibiotics
    Anti-histamines
    Antiseptics
    Apple cider vinegar
    Aspirin
    Baby food
    Baby formula
    Baby wipes
    Baking powder
    Baking soda
    Bandages
    Bandanas
    Bar soap
    Batteries
    Beans
    Belts
    Benadryl
    Bicycle parts
    Bleach
    Borax
    Buckets
    Bug spray
    Can openers
    Candles
    Canned food
    Canned shortening
    Canning jars/lids
    Chap stick
    Charcoal
    Chocolate
    Cleaning supplies
    Clorox wipes
    Clothes line/pins
    Coffee
    Coffee filters
    Coleman fuel
    Combs
    Condiments
    Condoms
    Cooking oil
    Corn starch
    Cotton balls
    Cough drops
    Crayons
    Crisco
    Cups
    Dental floss
    Diapers
    Dish soap
    Disposable gloves
    Disposable razors
    Dried soup mix
    Duct tape
    Feminine products
    Fire extinguishers
    Firesteels
    First aid kits
    Fishing gear
    Flashlights
    Flour

    Fly swatters
    Freeze-dried food
    Games
    Garden seeds
    Gatorade mix
    Gauze
    Glasses repair kit
    Gloves
    Guns
    Glow sticks
    Hairbrushes
    Hammers
    Hand warmers
    Hand sanitizer
    Hard candy
    Hatchets
    Honey
    Hydrogen peroxide
    Imodium A-D
    Iodine
    Jelly
    Jerky
    Kerosene
    Kleenex
    Knives
    Lamp oil
    Laundry detergent
    Lighter fluid
    Lighters
    Lotion
    Magnifying glasses
    Maps
    Masks
    Matches
    Measuring cups/spoons
    Milk, powdered
    Mousetraps
    Mouthwash
    MREs
    Multivitamins
    Mylar blankets
    Nail clippers
    Nails
    Needles/Thread
    Nuts and bolts
    Nylon rope
    Off spray
    OTC Meds
    Pantyhose
    Paper
    Paper plates
    Paper towels
    Paracord
    Paraffin wax
    Pasta
    Peanut butter
    Pencils
    Pens
    Pepper
    Pepper spray
    Pet food
    Plastic sheeting
    Plateware
    Playing cards
    Ponchos
    Popcorn

    Prescription drugs
    Q-tips
    Rat poison
    Razor blades
    Reading glasses
    Rechargeable batteries
    Rice
    Rope
    Rubber bands
    Rubbing alcohol
    Safety pins
    Saline solution
    Salt
    Saw
    Scissors
    Screwdrivers
    Screws
    Sea salt
    Sewing supplies
    Shampoo/conditioner
    Sharpening stones
    Shaving cream
    Shoelaces
    Slingshots
    Socks
    Solar battery charger
    Spaghetti sauce
    Spices
    Sponges
    Spray bottles
    Sugar
    Sun block
    Sunglasses
    Super glue
    Survival books
    Syrup
    Tampons
    Tape
    Tarps
    Tea
    Thermometers
    Toilet paper
    Tools
    Toothbrushes
    Toothpaste
    Trash bags
    Tuna fish (in oil)
    Tupperware
    Tweezers
    Twine
    Underwear
    Utensils
    Vaseline
    Vinegar
    Watches
    Water bottles
    Water filters
    Water purification tablets
    Wax paper
    WD-40
    Wicks
    Wire
    Yeast
    Zip ties
    Ziploc bags

    In a post-collapse world, the definition of wealth won't be having lots of money, but having lots of resources. Items we take for granted today could become the new currency tomorrow.

    Remember that this list is not definitive. The value of items could change based on circumstances, availability, and individual needs. Preparedness is key, but adaptability is crucial.

    Also remember that in a barter economy, currency isn't just about what you have, but what you can do with it. Therefore, along with stocking up on these items, it's just as important to learn how to use them efficiently.

    And, of course, always remember that the greatest asset you have is your knowledge.

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