Power Grid Down How To Prepare, Survive & Thrive After The Lights Go Out Chapter 4 Excerpt - Bartering
Bartering - Excerpt
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The power of the almighty dollar may be diminishing and the economy both nationally and internationally teetering, according to some financial experts. While cash may still be king, bartering has emerged as an equally dominant queen. To take full advantage of the increasingly popular bartering economy, you have to know both what to buy and where to look for the best deal.
Bartering is not only a skill we should perfect for after the power grid goes down or some other disaster strikes, but now when the world is still functioning normally. Every penny saved when garnering items on your preparedness needs list can be money well spent elsewhere.
Bartering deals often involve both tangible items and trades for services and skills training. Develop a bartering relationship with an individual who possesses a skill no one in your family has, or someone who can offer a service which will become increasingly important when living off the grid. Unless you are part of the most massive, intelligent, wealthy, and skilled family (or mutual assistance group) on the face of the Earth, there is always something new to learn. Bartering items or skills you do have with someone has mastered a task you may one day need to know how to do, is a win-win situation for both parties.
Bartering home-grown produce or farm fresh eggs for shooting lessons is just one example of a successful trade that enhances food storage and self-reliance skills.
Opportunities to swap unwanted items or share your skills exist both area locations and online. When meeting a stranger to broker a bartering deal, always choose a public venue during daylight hours and take at least one friend or relative with you for safety reasons.
Batteries and flashlights will likely be sought after items during both short-term and long-term disasters. Local and regional Amish flea markets which typically include livestock sales, and indoor tack flea markets often occur during winter months as well. Facebook pages and Craigslist postings exist for most events.
The livestock that provides you with meat and milk will require hay and straw to get through the winter. Simply ordering or selling bales with a phone call will no longer be possible in a power grid down situation. Make a plan in advance to sell, barter, or buy hay and straw to ensure the longevity of your livestock or to garner necessary items your family cannot produce on its own.