Survival Scout Tips — barter

Celebrate Our Veterans with 3 Lessons from Past Wars

This Veterans Day, study up on soldier survival lessons, and honor our servicemen and women throughout history. 

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Surviving Venezuela: Lessons from a Country in Crisis

Most of Venezuela went without power for about a week. Learn more about what ordinary citizens there did to survive, and learn how to prepare for a similar disaster here in the U.S. 

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6 Surprising Life-Saving Uses for Alcohol during a Crisis

During times of crisis, you won’t want to be without certain essential items, such as a water purification system, flashlights, and an emergency food supply. And alcohol. We're completely serious, and if you bear with us, we will explain why.

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6 Prepper Barter Lessons from History

Barter lessons will prepare any family or individual to survive and thrive during times of crisis. After all, what would you do without access to a credit card or an ATM? Here are 6 barter tips to get you started.

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10 Survival Lessons from the Great Depression

As we’ve seen with the 2008 great recession and the stock market ups and downs the past few weeks, our society will never be immune to negative economic outcomes. Whether it be a stock market crash or a foreign attack on our banking systems, there are a variety of potential situations that could negatively impact our financial well-being as individuals and as a country.  Fortunately, there’s a lot we can learn about preparation for economic worst-case scenarios simply by looking at the recent past--the Great Depression for example.  The Great Depression started when the stock market crashed in 1929 and...

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Top 15 Preparedness Items That Disappear When Disasters Strike

When there’s a disaster, many popular items sell out and become unavailable. Here are 15 preparedness items that tend to disappear rapidly and would be great for barter.

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Need Not, Want Not - The Top 5 Items to Hoard in Bulk

If you're a regular reader of our weekly Survival Scouts, you know that we always preach building a preparedness plan around the necessities of life. That means food and water filtration. Above all, these are the #1 items to have and hoard - and where most of your investment in preparedness should go. However, once you've started to secure those basics, it's a good idea to store some other key items - in bulk, if possible. Today, we're going to explore five of my favorite kinds of items to store in bulk. These will help you build your personal preparedness,...

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4 Strategies for Sustaining Your Food Supply

Today, I wanted to address something that's very important to the preparedness lifestyle. It's also something that anyone preparing on a budget - and that's pretty much all of us - needs to hear. Making a major commitment to preparedness is a vital, first step. A 3 to-6-month food storage plan makes you more prepared than most Americans. But how do you ensure that your commitment will sustain you through all kinds of emergencies? There are a number of strategies that will help you get the most out of your food storage plan - and your preparedness budget as well....

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Must-Haves for a Barter-Based Economy

Must-Haves for a Barter-Based Economy In any extended long-term emergency, our currency-based economy may no longer function and may even become non-existent. If that happens, you'll not only want to have everything you need to be self-sufficient, but you'll want to consider keeping items for trade in a barter-based economy as well. You never know when you'll need something you don't have, so you need to be prepared to trade for it. The following items could be essential to your survival in a barter-based economy: Coffee Coffee is the world's second most valuable commodity traded today, behind crude oil. You...

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