Power Grid Down Chapter 4 Excerpt - Bartering

Chapter 4

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 in many parts of the world, 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 deals.

Bartering is a skill we should not wait to perfect until after the power grid goes down or some other disaster strikes. 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 who 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 in areas around your home 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.