I would be preaching the choir if I told you that it is wise to gather extra supplies that you can use for bartering in a post-collapse world. The issue for many, however, is that their budget allows no room for extras. Finding funds for long term personal preps, let alone daily needs can be an ongoing challenge.
Let’s face it. We all know that the middle class is disappearing. Food and health care costs are up and even those with comfortable nest eggs are finding that their funds are rotting, earning virtually no interest and suffering the ravages of inflation. So what are we to do?
The first rule of thumb is to acquire skills that can be bartered for goods. That is the smart thing to do regardless of your financial situation. Beyond that, there are a number of low cost items that you can accumulate over time, even if you are poor.
Backdoor Survival reader Elaine K. sent me her list of “poor man’s barter items”. It gave me so many ideas that I expanded the list to include even more items. Here it is: 101 low cost items to barter if the stuff hits the fan.
Poor Man’s Barter Items
- Garden tools
- Fly swatters
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- Rat & mouse poison
- Rodent traps
- Straight pins
- Safety pins
- Dry beans
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- Spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, sage, parsley etc.
- Cooking Oil
- Coffee filters
- Hand crank or manual can openers
- Canned food – any type
- Wooden, strike anywhere matches
- Old newspapers
- Wax for fire-starting
- Large cotton balls with soaked in petroleum jelly (also for starting fires)
- Bleach (or freshly made pool shock)
- Baby wipes (Note: these can be used to clean face, hands, arm pits, groin in case there is no water. If dried out, pour in a cup of water into container)
- Baking Soda
- Spirits: wine, whisky, beer, vodka, brandy
- Coloring books & crayons
- Scrap paper
- Ballpoint pens
- Copy paper
- Lined notebook paper
- Tooth paste
- Dental floss
- Hair brushes
- Disposable razors
- Nail clippers and files
- Feminine products
- Bars of soap
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