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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What will be traded AS money after our economy collapses

Check your pockets right now. Chances are, you might have some funny colored paper with dead peoples faces on it, and maybe some jingly pieces of semi-precious metal. Do you know what those will be worth after the collapse of society? Nothing. So in this new world, with a barter economy, you’re going to need some things worth trading; and no, your grandmother’s jewelry won’t do the trick. After the collapse, gold and silver become just shiny, soft metals, so pawn that now and buy something that could be useful. What will become the new currency?


•AMMUNITION: Humorist Mark Twain once said, “The human race only has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” Well, a close second is a gun. A firearm is only useful when loaded. Ammunition will become incredibly rare, highly desired and expensive. Those who have weapons will need ammunition to stay in control; those with ammunition can control them. Just imagine you meet up with a commune of people, by trading a box of shotgun shells, you’ve not only gained respect and admiration, you’ve ensured survival of the group and now can probably join up (remember there’s something to be said for safety in numbers). Just be careful who you give bullets to… probably not wise to give them to someone who will turn around and use them on you.

•GASOLINE: Remember the Smokers, controlled by a one-eyed Dennis Hopper, in Waterworld? Well the only reason that the Smokers had control was because of their rich supply of oil inside a wrecked Exxon Valdez. Gasoline means combustion engines, machinery, heat and light from lanterns. Those who are left out there will covet anything that provide heat or make their motors run .

•CIGARETTES: Once Salem-Winston and Phillip Morris go down, there are going to be a lot of post-apocalyptians with a major case of the nic-fits. A pack of smokes may just save your life.

•SPICES: Not too far back in our history, spices were worth their weight and more in gold. Egyptians were buried with their spices. Roman soldiers used to be paid in salt. Trust me, once you’ve eaten nothing but moldy apples and bone marrow for a month, something along the lines of pepper, paprika, or even tarragon is going to blow your mind. My money is on this one becoming a dominant currency; so when the excrement hits the air conditioning, I’m raiding the Penzey’s with my bolt-cutters.

•ANTIBIOTICS: Infection and disease are going to be the big killers after society collapses. As bacteria grow increasingly resistant and proper hygiene becomes harder to maintain, a handful of penicillin or sulfamethoxazole is going to be a great advantage over the person munching Flinstone Vitamins.

•SEEDS: being able to grow something might be a luxury in the new world order, but I’m sure there will be those who hide away, wanting to create some pastoral sense of peace. Give them your pumpkin seeds in exchange for rock-climbing equipment… and you win.

•KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS: The most valuable items you have to trade are your abilities. Being able to fix small motors, start fires, navigate using the stars, or even knowing how to create and use simple machines will give you an edge. So what if you were an English or history major? As esoteric as these fields may be, you still have something useful to contribute… hopefully. If your skils include setting up meetings in Outlook or cutting coupons, it’s time to get a new hobby.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Things to do this month - January

___ 1) Write a dozen goals that you will complete this year, one for each month.


___ 2) Begin a daily exercise program, even if you only walk around the block.

___ 3) Sign up for a course (local college or online) that will increase your work skills.

___ 4) Get or renew, if needed, your concealed carry permit if this is legal in your state.

___ 5) Review all of your bills and look for ways to decrease or eliminate them.

___ 6) Start a savings account and add to it every day.

___ 7) Schedule a complete medical, dental, hearing and vision check up.

___ 8) Change all of your online passwords.

___ 9) Put $200 cash in your wallet and only use it in case of emergency.

___ 10) Plan your spring/summer/fall garden and order seeds.

___ 11) Participate in a regular shooting program (IPSC, skeet, etc.).

___ 12) Update your resume.

___ 13) Get or renew your passport.

___ 14) Get organized with a PDA or calendar system.

___ 15) Spend a few hours in a public place observing people.

___ 16) Work your emergency food supplies into your regular pantry and restock.

___ 17) Take a winter camping or backpacking trip.

___ 18) Practice various ways to escape from your home in an emergency.

___ 19) Thoroughly clean your house then donate/garage sale the stuff you don’t need.

___ 20) Plan your summer vacation; preferably where you will learn additional survival skills.

___ 21) Make appointments for spring services (chimney clean, furnace tune up, etc.).

___ 22) Make your home safer—fix loose stairs or handrails, put a non-skid surface on tubs, etc.

___ 23) Make sure your smoke detectors, CO2 detectors and fire extinguisher all work.

___ 24) Review your home preparedness library and add a few more useful books.

___ 25) Make a plan to increase your income by 25% this year.

___ 26) Watch the latest action thriller and list at least five real-world tips you learn.

___ 27) Make $100 today. Consider Ebay, a garage sale, selling your skills, etc.

___ 28) Write up your communications plan info and give a copy to each family member.

___ 29) Start your home cash stash with a $100 in $1 bills and $500 in $20s.

___ 30) Step out of your element and go somewhere you would not normally frequent.

___ 31) Review the contents of your Bug Out Bag and re-supply/replenish if necessary.

Fight the Government back...make money on the side

Last year I posted on how to suppliment ones income...here are some more resources:

Alternative Income Resources:


52 Ways to Make Extra Money at Prime Time Money

My Sources Of Alternative Income And How I Make Them Work For Me at My Two Dollars

Multiple Income Streams: 10 Ways to Earn Extra Income at The Dough Roller

Everyman’s Guide to $30 / Month in Passive Income at Four Pillars

How to Make Your Income More Passive at Frugal Dad

5 Ways To Make Some Extra Money at Bible Money Matters

Spend less than you earn – the wrong way to think at Brip Blap

A Guide to Making Passive Income at Freelance Switch

20+ Free Passive Income Resources at Life Optimizer

Passive Income: How to Earn More and Work Less at About.com

8 Ways To Earn Passive Income Online at iSiteBuild.com

Five Ways to Create Passive Income With Little or No Money at Genius Types

Automate Your Income to Simplify Your Life at Zen Habits

Passive Income is the Key to Freedom and Retirement at All Financial Matters

11 Great Ways to Earn More Money at Free Money Finance

Defining Alternative Income at Lazy Man and Money

Ten Ways to Translate Your Passion Into Additional Income at The Simple Dollar

50+ Resources to Legitimately Raise Your Income at My Super-Charged Life

40 Ways to Make Money on the Internet at Dumb Little Man

102 Ways To Generate Extra Cash at Savings Advice

Please forgive me if some of the links do not work...I have a tendency to fat finger the keys on my laptop.

DAMN PROUD TO BE CALLED A SURVIVALIST

He who fails to prepare for the night, fails to prepare for the dawn.

I am a survivalist and by nature a survivalist is an OPTIMIST. I do not have one pessimistic bone in my body. If what I just said sounds odd to you then you are not yet a survivalist and you do not understand the modern survivalist at all. It has been very difficult to communicate to the public and the mass communications media, the concept of an optimistic, hopeful Survivalist.

A fireman is a fireman, not because he believes everything will burn, but because he believes much can be saved. Doctors don't believe in death, they believe in life, and a survivalist is not a survivalist because he believes everything must be destroyed and everyone must die, he believes that life and freedom can be saved, if people of good will are prepared. A fireman does not start fires, a doctor does not make disease and a survivalist does not make disaster.

Crime, disease, war, revolution, fire, flood, periodic financial collapse and famine are the results of nature and the nature of man and unfortunately are not within the power of anyone on this earth to prevent.

We all know that the sun will set each day, leaving us in darkness and we all know that warm summers give way to cold winters and that we can do nothing to keep the sun from setting or the cold winds from coming, does this make us pessimistic? I think not! So then why is the survivalist called a pessimist when he makes ready to face events that are just as much part of history and nature as the sunset and changing of the seasons?

Another misconception is that survivalists are predicting world disaster.

On the contrary, we seem to be the OPTIMISTIC MINORITY that is predicting world survival. We are hard pressed to find any well recommended historians, economists, political scientists, sociologists or military strategists that can come up with a scenario that gives even a fifty-fifty chance of avoiding a large scale catastrophe, yet we survivalist dare to be OPTIMISTIC about the future. We survivalists do not need to predict the probability of disaster anymore than we need to predict the sun setting.

Those who criticize survivalists are like men who refuse to look at a calendar, in the hope that through self-imposed ignorance they can keep from aging another year.

"You survivalists will be disappointed if we don't have a world cataclysm", here is another accusation that is pure B.S. and I could not think of a milder phrase to describe it. We survivalists have loved ones we don't want to see hurt or killed, we have homes we don't want to see destroyed, and we are not fools to think that just because we are survivalists a world cataclysm would be fun for us or the we would not experience danger, loss, hunger, injury, cold or even despair and death.

We have spent time and money to improve our chances for survival and recovery from disaster, but we would have a great celebration if some day we could be assured that we had wasted our time. No, we will not be disappointed if there is no disaster to survive, anymore than the Red Cross is disappointed when there are no floods and storms or the man who buys an insurance policy is disappointed when his house fails to burn down.

It may be said that the survivalist would much prefer the pleasant (but unlikely) surprise of being wrong to the (probable) deadly rude awakening that the non-survivalist will face if he is wrong.

So, you see the survivalist cannot lose because his survival preparations will be of value regardless of what the future has in store. In time of crisis, those who have not prepared to turn to each other will turn on each other.

It is most regrettable indeed, that many people consider survivalists as a threat and regard them with suspicion and even hostility. This attitude is logically indefensible and is rooted in the non-survivalists own sense of fear and guilt. Subconsciously, the non-survivalist may hate the survivalist for reminding him of how fragile his lifestyle is. Now, let's get the facts turned around right. THE MOST DANGEROUS PEOPLE IN AMERICA TODAY ARE THE NON-Survivalists. Every person who has not made provisions for surviving without food, water, fuel and other essential needs from the outside is a mortal danger to his neighbors.

What will a man do when he and his family are freezing, hungry, thirsty, sick and starving? He may ask or beg his neighbors for help, but when they have no extra fuel, food, water or medicine to give, will he just go back home to die with his wife and kids? What do you think? We survivalists who stock up on food and other supplies, now do a favor to society because what we now buy is replaced on the shelves so there will be that much more available in an emergency. We survivalists won't be looting and killing for food. We won't be a burden on the medical facilities or a danger to the police. Since we will be able to turn to each other, we will not need to turn on anyone and we may be able to help at least some.

Survival preparation should be regarded as a social obligation, one that every individual owes to his family and community and his nation. The Non-survivalist is simply a poor and irresponsible citizen.

So the reality is, that survivalists are optimistic, self-reliant individuals, who cannot help but see the imperative of preparing for the worst possible events, while hoping sincerely, that they won't happen. Today's survivalist is an asset to his community and to the world and should be proud to be called SURVIVALIST.

Tips for the Garden

Epsom salts -- This is the perfect additive for tomato plants. It helps keep the plant blooming and the fruit firm. Use 1/4 cup per tomato plant per season

Pesticides: -- chemical, organic and home made Southern gardeners beware. If the system fails and farmers can't get their usual amount of pest control you might end up with an epidemic proportion of pests for a few years. Have something on hand. I don't like to use it either but it is better than starving. Check with local growers to see which pests are in your area. The local Ag department can help also. Organic and home made pesticides work wonders and are safer and cheaper. See list of home made pesticides at the end of this report.

Plastic -- A layer of plastic can extend your growing season and will make any spot under plastic a zone warmer. You need to get the good plastic. Have the local greenhouse get you a greenhouse film with UV inhibitors in it. The UV inhibitors will keep the plastic good for 4 to 5 years. If you have the lumber yard get your plastic, it will more than likely not have UV inhibitors and will last only 1 year. Pay more and get the good stuff.

Burlap -- I use burlap to cover the plants when we first bring them out of the house and to the garden. I leave it over the plants for 7 to 10 days until they are hardened off and can handle the wind and sun. Local craft stores have burlap by the yard, it is fairly inexpensive.

Alcohol Isopropyl -- Alcohol is a great pesticide and cleaner. Use for aphids, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly control. Mix ½ cup Isopropyl alcohol (70%) with 1 cup water and spray on leaves and pests. Alcohol can burn the leaves of certain plants. African Violets and apple trees are sensitive to alcohol sprays. Test a few leaves on your plant before you spray the whole plant.

Salt -- Common table salt can be used for an herbicide, to kill unwanted weeds. Mix 1/4 cup salt with a quart of boiling water and pour over weeds. Don't use this where you are going to grow plants, the salt content of the soil can get to high. Also you can pickle the weeds. Use 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 t salt and 1 quart of water. Mist onto weeds in the heat of the day.

Cardboard -- Earwigs like dark, tight places to hide in during the day. Lay some corrugated cardboard out in the garden where you have had earwig damage. The earwigs will climb into the cardboard to hide during the day. Collect the cardboard and burn it.

Wire - this can be used to make tomato cages and other supports in the garden.

Twine -- This can be used to tie up your plants, or keep the dog out. Tomato cages most tomato plants need some kind of support to keep the fruit off of the ground.

Blankets/ row cover -- In cold climates it is important to be able to cover the plants when that last late frost come by in the spring or an early frost in the fall. Plastic is a good cover as long as it doesn't touch the plants. Fabric is better. Your local nursery will have row covers and frost blankets made for the garden. The one that we sell at our nursery is called N-Sulate and it is made by DeWitt.

Shade cloth -- This can be used to keep the bugs off of your plants in the summer. Get the type with the least amount of shade. They come in 25%, 33% or 50% shade. The higher the % the more shade it makes. Local nurseries can get shade cloth for you.

Tires -- I use old tires hold heat in around the plants in the spring. It also stops some of the wind and you can put a board over the top of them at night if it is still freezing.

Rain barrel -- If the only water you get for the garden is from rain you will want a barrel at each corner of the house.

Wood -- Use this to make temporary covers for the plants at night. Also can be used to create shade for the plants when they are first set out. nails For building supports and to feed iron deficient plants.

Ammonia -- used for pest control.

Newspapers -- Newspapers are great for mulch in the garden and for making paper pots for your squash transplants.

Mouse traps -- To keep down rodent populations and to keep the cat from digging in the garden. Set traps out where you don't want the cat or dog.

Here are some home made recipes that use house hold items to control the garden pests, and some other great garden tips.

Bees or Wasps in the House -- Spray the insect with hair spray. The spray will stiffen their wings and they will plummet to their death.

Black Flies or Gnats -- Water soil with a mix of 1 teaspoon of ammonia and 1 quart of water. Do this every 3 days for 3 weeks.

Alcohol Sprays -- Use for aphids, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly control. Mix ½ cup Isopropyl alcohol (70%) with 1 cup water and spray on leaves and pests. Alcohol can burn the leaves of certain plants. African Violets and Apple trees are sensitive to alcohol sprays. Test a few leaves on your plant before you spray the whole plant.

Caterpillar Deterrent Citrus Spray -- Caterpillars don't like the taste of citrus, it's bitter chemicals run the caterpillars off. To make a citrus spray, grind up the rinds and seeds of any citrus fruit. Soak overnight in 2 cups of water. Strain out the pulp; add 2 t liquid soap to mix. Spray on plants.

Garlic Oil Spray -- Use for control over aphids, cabbage loopers, earwigs, June bugs, leafhoppers, squash bugs, and whiteflies. Mince 1 bulb garlic , soak in 2 t mineral oil for 24 hours, mix 1 pint of water with 1 T liquid soap , add garlic mix to water and soap , Mix thoroughly . Strain out garlic and place into a jar for storage . Use 1 to 2 T garlic oil mix to 2 cups water. Spray plants covering all leaf surfaces.