Local or Alternative Currency in a Community for Higher Economic Sustainability

by suburban August 21, 2012 Economy

On the ride home from my boss’s office on Monday evening this week, I was thinking about the economy, and the ramifications of economic collapse.  I thought about how it would effect where I live in NJ today, and I thought about how it might effect my home town, a small town in rural Pennsylvania. […]

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Book Review: Surviving the Economic Collapse

by Prepperjim November 9, 2011 Barter

I recently heard of a man called Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre from Jack Spirko over at The Survival Podcast. Ferfal is from Argentina and has lived through their economic crash from December 2001 until today. He wrote a booked about his experience called Surviving The Economic Collapse. He also has a blog called The Modern Survivalist. I […]

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100 Items a Prepper Must Have for Survival and Barter

by suburban October 7, 2011 Barter

I was cleaning off the hard drive of my notebook computer, and found a list that I copied and pasted to Microsoft Word a few years ago.  I don’t know where I picked it up, but thought I would share it with everyone… Updated: 3/16/2014:  I am adding links to the products so you do […]

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Who Will Help me Eat My Bread?

by ST October 4, 2011 Barter

There is an old children’s story about someone who asks “Who will help me make my bread?” No one helps. No one helps plant the wheat, harvest the wheat, mill the wheat, make the dough, or bake it. But at the end when it is asked who will help eat the bread everyone comes running […]

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Promises To Keep : Your New Post-SHFT Credit Card

by ST September 27, 2011 Barter

There is no honor among thieves. But, thankfully, most people aren’t thieves. Even in a SHTF scenario, with some exception (e.g. Katrina), most people do behave well. For the most part. Living in or near a big city it can be hard to understand that a persons’ word still holds value for a large number […]

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Bartertown, U.S.A.

by ST May 3, 2011 Barter

Barter – To trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money. (Source: Source location: Random House, inc.) Much has been written about the use of barter in a post SHTF/TEOTWAWKI. event. Even in “merely” a post-financial collapse/SHTF event barter is presumed to be the norm for conducting common transactions, especially […]

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Bartering, Your Urban and Suburban Currency Post SHTF

by suburban December 20, 2010 Barter

I cannot deny it.  I have not bartered or traded anything in about 20 years.  The last thing I bartered was wen I was in business for myself, and my customer was an outdoor outfittter type of retail establishment and I bartered a Solstace Jacket, Eureka four man tent, and a new sleeping bag for […]

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Replenishing the Reserve Fund, and Silver

by suburban December 7, 2010 Barter

Well, as it turns out, I have been able to save a little bit of cash recently.  A few dollars back in savings, paid off a credit card (two to go), and can think about replenishing my reserve cash fund.  Recently I wrote about having a reserve fund in my post, Apartment Prepping, the Real […]

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