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In the list of topics that fall under the survivalist umbrella, bartering might not hold the top slot but is surely in the top 10.

The basic concept runs like this: In the event that our current forms of currency are suddenly worthless due to an economic collapse or some other long-term disaster, We may want to have on hand a small stockpile of goods we can use to trade for other things we need.

Sure, we’re survivalists, so we should be well stocked with food, water and such. But we’re also human, and thus, we aren’t perfect. We might not have stored enough of this or that. Perhaps we even completely forgot about something that turns out to be critically needed.

What we’ll have available for trading tends to fall into two different categories: stuff and skills. “Stuff” refers to the physical, tangible items we can stockpile in advance of a collapse. “Skills” are the jobs we could perform in exchange for goods or services. Each category has pros and cons, and a savvy trader will have invested in both.

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