That said, I am going to pull about 500.00 dollars cash out and set it aside to replenish my emergency fund. Ideally, I want 1,000.00 dollars cash in the fund, but a little at a time.
I am also considering buying some silver rounds. Silver hit 30.00 dollars an oz. today. Just a couple days ago it was 28.00 dollars and change. I fear it is going to continue to escalate. I cannot afford much, but am going to make an investment plan in physical silver coins, where I buy a few every time I get paid. Junk silver to me is out of the question. The average person does not know what a 1964 quarter or silver dollar is worth, and they still look like a quarter or silver dollar. I believe that because of that because they look like a typical quarter or half dollar, people will continue to treat them as such, no matter what they are worth. I have been looking at the silver rounds from Silver & Gold Shop, as they were recommended to me by Jack Spirko, over at The Survival Podcast in a brief email correspondence a couple weeks ago.
However, silver coins that are an ounce each, look unique, feel unique, and sound unique. You know they are not typical currency and can be treated as a barter item (in my opinion) of something worth much more. Hell, if they economy stays out of the dumper, I will have made an investment in something that seems to have an escalating price tag, so it can’t be that bad an investment.
I have also been thinking a lot about barter lately, as briefly mentioned above… I think I am also going to start investing in the extra bottle of vodka, bourbon, and other bottles of liquor for barter as well. I have always believed that if the SHTF, the economy was in the tanker, and my truck broke down, that in hard times a bottle of vodka might just be the right barter item over silver, gold, to get the problem repaired if it was not too awful. Liquor is one of those “want” items that someone will do whatever it takes to get if they want it bad enough. Besides a bottle of vodka has properties other than human consumption. It can be used to clean wounds, cook with, depending on the alcohol content, be used to start fire, etc.
I still have not had the time to sit down and chat with my buddy the financial advisor, either, as mentioned in this post.
Good thoughts on the silver, especially the ‘junk silver’. I think people in-the-know will recognize it for what it is, but the average person will probably get pissed @ you if you offer a few ‘quarters’ for some food or something!
Silver is still fairly affordable compared to gold too!
I wonder what other commodities would be worthy of barter? I like the vodka idea, but I would stop at a few bottles I think.
I’m reminded of a friend who stocked up on toilet paper for Y2K for bartering and his own use. (It took him 3 years to go through his stock!!!) That’s a lot of TP!
i disagree on junk silver. that is exactly what i am storing up on (along with .22lr and .223). even if sheeple dont know about pre 65 silver.… when the SHTF it will be common knowledge quite quickly via the TV and radio etc.
Bill, you may be right. Honestly, I am not sure I am making some of the right decisions myself. I figure it this way, I could be making a HUGE mistake by choosing something that is clearly identifiable as different. Maybe there is merit in a good mix of both…
Still wouldn’t waste time or money with anything “junk” or ’90% coins’. The difference in price isn’t that much yet everyone knows what a silver Eagle is. You can get silver a bit cheaper if you buy 1oz ingots instead (you pay a bit extra for coinage).
I did see a kind of ingot that was scored on the back into 4 sections, each marked as 1/4 oz. Supposedly it was easy to break the pieces off for smaller exchange. Don’t know how well that would be however for barter. Would be better with gold I think.
As for bartering ammo — I’ve read that a lot on many sites. Probably has some truth IF things got that bad. But I have concerns about giving someone ammo. You just don’t know where it’s going to end up. Maybe the same person you trade with turns around and now has fresh ammo to use against you! :-O
ps- Regarding cash and bank access, also keep in mind what would happen if some emergency was declared and the gov seized control of the net. Many people (myself included) rely heavily on accessing our banks and other accounts via websites. If the net is locked down that makes it even harder to get cash, pay bills, transfer funds etc.
Good point, again, MasterPo. Thanks! 90% of my bill paying happens online. Even my paycheck get’s EFT processed, which brings up another issue altogether.
EFT transfers usually go by way of the ACH — Automated Clearing House — system which is totally different from the net.
Either way, by check or ACH, if the banks are closed nothing is going to work anyway.
Exactly my point…