I’m sure that most people think that the act of bartering only took place in the ” Old West ” days and is long gone. The fact is that Bartering in today’s time is alive and kicking! Bartering by definition is to “exchange (goods or services) for other goods or services without using money.” Wouldn’t you like to learn how to survive without money in emergency situations? We would all like to be able to acquire the things we want without paying for them, but you have to know several things before you can become successful at bartering. With the ever growing risk and potential of economic crashes, cyber threats, banking failures, and weather emergencies, bartering is a “must have ” skill to ensure you and your families survival during times of severe crisis situations.
HOW TO BARTER
Step # 1: You need to know what skills or items that you have that are desirable enough to others that they will trade you those for the services or items that you desire. In Emergency and Survival situations, the most desirable items will be food, water, protection such as guns and ammo, first aid, coffee, shelter, and forms of alternate currency like gold and silver.
Step # 2: Find people or groups that are looking for the goods or services that you can provide. This can be done by word of mouth, posting ads or flyers, and even listing your barter list to online communities. Put your offers out there and see what responses come back.
Step # 3: Once you have located a person or group that is in need of your goods or services, it’s time to barter. In most cases the barter, or trade, will be close to an equal value swap based on the value set by each party involved. The whole idea behind bartering is for both parties to acquire something they need in exchange for something that they can afford to give up. Negotiations will be finalized once both parties feel like a fair deal has been reached. For example, lets say that during an emergency situation you are really in need of water. You have no water but you have plenty of ammunition for a gun. Your best bet would be to find someone with water to spare but little ammunition to protect his emergency water supply. They will surely make a trade and both parties will be satisfied and have what they need to protect themselves and their family during hard times.
Bartering is an essential skill to know in case of emergency situations and survival scenarios. When crisis hits ( and there will be no warning ), you might not have access to the money in your bank accounts or access to the local grocer or hardware store. It’s important to have already prepared for such events in advance by accumulating emergency food and emergency supplies, in addition to items that others may find valuable in times of need. Also, remember to keep a stash of cash, gold, or silver coins and bars to act as money when systems are down. A little prep work will go a long way in surviving any emergency situation that you may find yourself in. While the rest of your community is in a state of panic, you’ll have the comfort and piece of mind that your family has the items and the skills it needs to survive.