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Dollar CrashAhhh, yes . . . bartering. I learned about it when I was attended Edison Middle School back in the 70’s. It was an exercise in “old-time” civilization. I remember it very well.  My classmates and I had a lot of fun trading amongst ourselves.  But I could have never imagined that lesson in school, teaching me about “history” would be a reality some 40 years later! It well might be the currency we must use in 2013 and beyond. If there is a financial collapse, do you have renewable goods or services that you can use to attain the things you will need but can no longer afford?  What would you do with $10 in your pocket and milk cost $50 a gallon, gasoline is $75?   Essentially, your money is worthless. There have been many currencies throughout history that was completely worthless.  Let’s look at some things I see as high value trading possessions or skills.  Let’s examine some skills or renewable goods you might need to help feed and care for your family.

But first, let’s get a clear definition of what bartering is.  According to Wikipedia, here is bartering broken down.

Barter is a system of exchange by which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money.[1] It is usually bilateral, but may be multilateral, and usually exists parallel to monetary systems in most developed countries, though to a very limited extent. Barter usually replaces money as the method of exchange in times of monetary crisis, such as when the currency may be either unstable (e.g., hyperinflation or deflationary spiral) or simply unavailable for conducting commerce.

There is a bit of irony here, too.  If our society brakes down and “We The People” are forced to barter for goods and services, WE ARE empty-pockets-isolated-on-white-background-STILL OBLIGATED TO PAY TAXES!!!  The IRS requires barter exchanges to be reported as per the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982. Barter exchanges are considered taxable revenue by the IRS and must be reported on a 1099-B form. According to the IRS, “The fair market value of goods and services exchanged must be included in the income of both parties.  I found that tidbit to be quite offensive.  But what else would I really expect our government to do.  It seems to me that congress and the federal government has never seen a tax they did not want to pass.

So let’s pretend that we wake up tomorrow and the market completely plummets.  What are the most viable skills you can possess?

This according to shtfplan.com  blog:

Barter ExchangeTop Priority Skills

Provided below is a brief list of skills which have served people well in various economic downturns, and will do the same for you in this country. Keep in mind that almost any skill that other people cannot do well has potential for trade, but some skills are more sought after than others. In my research, it is those people who are able to produce their own goods as well as effectively repair existing goods that have the greatest potential for survival in a barter market.Next, are those people who have specific abilities that are difficult to learn and who have the knack for teaching those abilities to others. If you do not have any of these skills, or perhaps only one, then it would be wise to begin learning at least one more now. Keep in mind that competition will very much exist in a barter economy, so knowing as many skills as possible increases your chances of success.

Mechanic, Engine Repair



Firearms Repair, Ammo Reloading


Architect, Home Reinforcement

Agriculture, Farming Expertise, Seed Saving, Animal Care

Bee Keeping

Doctor, Medical Assistant


Well Construction, Water Table Expertise

Engineer, Community Planning, Manufacturing, Electrical

Firearms Proficiency, Security, Self Defense Planning

Martial Arts Training

Wild Foods Expert



Sewing, Textiles

Soap Making, Candle Making, Hygiene Products

Small Appliance Repair

Electronics Repair

HAM Radio Expert

Homeschooling, Tutoring

Again, there are definitely many more trades of value that could be learned. This list is only to help you on your way to self sufficiency and entrepreneurship in an Alternative Market.Unfortunately, too many Americans have absolutely no skills worth bartering in a post collapse world.

By possessing at least a few of these skills, you will be in a much better place than any Wall Street Executive-type.  Having food to use in exchanges cannot be overemphasized.  Everyone will need food, not everyone knows how to grow it.

My advise to you is to hone the skills you may have now, before “it” hits the fan.  And work toward learning new skills that can help you even more.  Bob Dylan’s song, “The Times They Are A-Changin” rings so true.  I play it often on my iPod.  We are there.  The U.S. is bankrupt.  They just haven’t announced it yet.



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Hurricane Sandy

Satellite view of Hurricane Sandy

This “Super-Storm” Sandy really does have the whole country on alert.  It’s such a wide swatch of country along the east coast of the U.S..  Many of us probably know someone who may be effected by it.  My son and his family are in Brooklyn, so I am worried sick.  But I also know there are 100’s of thousands of people just like them who have no preparations for this kind of emergency.  Hearing about this storm over the past week and grabbing some food and water will NOT prepare them for what is to come.  And the aftermath reports will be too familiar.  Trees will be down.  There will be extensive damage to homes.  The roads will be washed away and broken up making many of them impassable.  Buildings and businesses will be destroyed and power lines will be down throughout several states.  State, county and local municipalities will be overwhelmed and utility companies will have to rely on the generosity of those workers from states not affected by the storm to come into their communities to help restore power, but it will still take weeks and even months in some areas to restore power to homes and businesses.  Commerce will be gravely affected.  After Sandy passes, people will rush out to buy generators, fresh water and food.  But the store shelves will be bare within hours.  There is even a possibility riots and violence will ensue.   People become desperate when they are trying to feed and protect their families.

Then folks will turn to the American Red Cross and private companies who will come in with generous donations of food, water and even equipment to wash and dry clothes if necessary.  Could it result in something as bad as Katrina? Let’s pray it does not!  The FEMA camps turned out to be death traps where there were robberies, rapes and even murders!  People were forced into confinement and were not allowed to leave.  They were unlawfully detained.   Why would we think it would or could not happen again?   Just Google the Executive Orders on Martial Law POTUS has signed into law since 2009.  It could, and just might happen if the damage is bad enough and people don’t have a home to go back to.

I am a prepper.  It is a lifestyle. It is what I do and how I live every day of my life.  It is what I am passionate about and what I try so hard to convince friends and readers to do for themselves.  Knowing you can care for, protect and feed your family while weather, power outages and other catastrophes bring communities to their knees is a piece of mind like none other.  Please, use this event as a wake up call to get your preparations in order and always have your plans, supplies and equipment ready for any emergency, expected or unexpected.  After all, there was ample warning of Sandy.  What if it were something that gave no warning at all?  Ask yourself this.  How well would you and your family survive such an event?

Even though my family lives on the west coast, far from Sandy’s reach, I still was compelled to focus on my own preps.  Mr. PrepperPenny  topped off the gas cans and propane tanks.  We hooked up the propane to our BBQ and made sure everything was in good working order.  We fired up the generator and I went through my supply of candles, flashlights and batteries and put fresh batteries in my containers.  I put some diapers in to accommodate my granddaughters needs, added instant milk and put more freeze-dried meals together.  We have more to do.  We have to update our plan to meet up with my son and his wife in case of an earthquake (which we are subjected to) and need to pack larger clothes for our grandchildren because they have outgrown the warm clothes I packed for them last season.  A woman’s work is never done.  And a prepper woman’s work is even more demanding.

Sandy is the perfect wakeup call to start or expand your emergency planning.  If you are not at risk of being in her path, count your blessings.  But you just may not be so lucky next time.  The next disaster very well may hit your own community.  Do you feel secure in knowing you are prepared?


Additional Written Resources:

Red Cross Resources:

Donate To Sandy Relief, please click here.

To start your emergency plan, please click here.

More Resources:

To customize and purchase an emergency kit, please follow this link.  Emergency Kit Planner


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Sandy is a storm getting ready to bear down on the east coast.  They are talking about it being the single most devastating storm in history.  This is being called an “perfect” storm that has no historical comparison.  A $1 billion cost!  This will be devastating if these predictions are even half right.  I am a prepper.  I’m not a paranoid lunatic.  I prepare for conditions and situations that could interrupt the food supply, power grid, and in general, our normal life.  A storm of this magnitude will certainly do that for millions of people.

My home is stocked up on foods that I’ve canned myself.  I have a comfortable supply of freeze-dried foods, emergency lighting, alternative heating and cooking sources, and alternative power supplies.  Even though I am on the west coast and very far from Sandy, I keep supplies like this in my home because we have storms and we have been snowed in where we could not get to the store and were out of power for weeks at a time.  For us, storms that cause power outages and bring commerce to a halt does not effect us.

At the very least, as winter approaches – regardless what part of the country you live in – PLEASE prepare yourself with a 72-hour supply of food and water.  Be sure to have one gallon of water per person, per day and high protein foods for each person for three days.

Store at least a three-day supply of no-perishable food. Choose foods that require no refrigeration, cooking, or preparation and are compact and lightweight. If food must be cooked, include a can of sterno.

Food suggestions:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
  • Staples-sugar, salt, pepper
  • High energy foods-peanut butter, jelly, crackers, nuts, health food bars, trail mix.
  • Comfort stress foods-cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals.
  • Vitamins
  • Container
  • Store the supplies in an easy-to-carry object such as a large, covered trash container, camping backpack, or a duffel bag.
Be sure to have fresh batteries and flashlights, candles and lighter/matches, blankets and activities like coloring books and crayons for small children.  And having a solar radio, like this Red Cross Solar radio that can charge a cell phone can be a lifeline in helping you understand what is happening in your local area when news is critical, but hard to get.If you have not begun preparing your home and family for an emergency, please follow this link to the American Red Cross.  It’s a good start.

Finally, if you are interested in emergency supplies and would like to see what is on the market, please follow this link.  There are many great products in my online store [here].

I AM a consultant for Shelf Reliance.  This is because I am passionate about preparedness and want to help others to prepare their homes and families for the unexpected.  If I can help you plan an individualized kit, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Ever since I began and launched my blog, I have been trying – emphasis on the word, TRYING – to put together articles about what are the best and most complete supply caches you should maintain in your home and vehicles. I did an article on Bug Out Bags (BOBs), but there is just so much more.

I’m constantly learning and posting things I learn to share with you. To truly become self-reliant and prepared for economic collapse, natural disasters, or other emergencies, the amount of preparedness is so varied and vast that I cannot possibly address and post all elements at once. But I just came across an excellent article which will serve me well and I feel will do the same for you, too. I wish I could credit the original author, but it is unknown.

As you may or may not know, I am a consultant for Shelf Reliance/Thrive Food.  We are a preparedness company and I can help you make your plan to get your family protected. Just let me know how I can help. Of course, you can visit my store at by clicking [here] or click any of the links I provide throughout the article.


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This is an excellent article using peroxide for so many things. As a prepper, I have this stored. But having read how many practical uses it has and the cost effectiveness over other products, I guarantee you that I will be storing even more!

Dr Akilah - Celestial Healing Wellness Center

by Andrea Harper and Dr Akilah El

Hydrogen peroxide is the only germicidal agent composed only of water and oxygen. Like ozone, it kills disease organisms by oxidation! Hydrogen peroxide is considered the worlds safest all natural effective sanitizer. It kills microorganisms by oxidizing them, which can be best described as a controlled burning process. When hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic material it breaks down into oxygen and water. Review

Whiten Clothes – An Alternative to Beach
Add a cup of Peroxide to white clothes in your laundry to whiten them. Peroxide is great to get rid of blood stains on clothes and carpets. If there is blood on clothing, just pour directly on the spot, let it sit for about a minute, then rub and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

Your body makes hydrogen peroxide to fight infection which must be present for our immune system to…

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