In this edition of Survival Sunday Roundup, I can’t encourage folks enough to download, print, and implement Alpha Strategy. It’s not too late to start. Every tangible item you purchase now will only increase in value due to the Fed’s addiction to printing faith-based green backs. Here’s a sample of how to start.
Doing the stuff,
Tangible investments … that lick your hand
Exclusive: Patrice Lewis explains strategy
for weathering expected collapse of dollar
Published: 03/26/2011 at 12:00 AM
This past week my husband and I had a wild hot date. It consisted of driving three hours north to a remote farm and buying a 5-month-old Jersey heifer, then driving three hours home again. Oooh yeah.
A Jersey is a cattle breed that gives rich, creamy milk. A heifer is a young unbred cow. A date is something my husband and I rarely experience.
The reason we bought this little girl is because our older Jersey is down to two out of four working quarters on her udder, and we’re not getting nearly as much milk as we’d like. We thought buying a young, healthy animal was a worthwhile investment.
Investment, you ask? Why would we “invest” in a heifer rather than stocks or treasuries?
It’s because we feel stocks and treasuries are worthless, and money isn’t far behind. But a heifer grows. Bred to our bull, she will give us calves we can breed, sell, or eat. She will produce abundant milk from which I can make butter and cheese and yogurt. She will have a productive life of about 15 years.
Not a bad investment after all.
And this is the tactic my husband and I have decided to take from now on. During the rare times we have surplus money, we are not putting it in the bank. We are buying tangibles such as heifers or building materials or fencing or canning jars or storable food or fruit trees.
Shifting to Tangibles in an Age of Inflation
I’m often asked by my consulting clients why I put so much emphasis investing in tangibles rather than in traditional investments that are denominated in United States dollars. The problem with dollar-denominated investments is that they are vulnerable to inflation of the currency unit itself. The U.S. governments over-spending and deep indebtedness is bound to catch up with it someday. And when it does, inflation and economic ruin will be the result.
But there is protection from inflation. If the majority of you assets are in tangibles and they are in your immediate possession, then you will be insulated from the searing heat of mass inflation. And, in the event a total collapse of the dollar, many tangibles can be used in lieu of cash, for barter transactions.
Which tangibles? I recommend buying farm land, common caliber ammunition, guns, hand tools, good quality knives, silver bullion coins, and gold bullion coins.
To spell this out in greater detail, I recommend:
Cash is Out, Bartering is King
Few of us are completely self-sufficient. There are always going to be a few things that we cannot make for ourselves. If your personal preps are in order, consider investing your prep dollars in a new way: purchase barter items!
A lot of things that are inexpensive now will be invaluable later. As the economy collapses even further, people will be focused on survival and the barter system will reignite. Barter items will be far better than cash – you can’t eat a dollar!
What kind of items will be worth their weight in gold? Check out this list for a few suggestions:
Top Post-Collapse Barter Items And Trade Skills
The concept of private barter and alternative economies has been so far removed from our daily existence here in America that the very idea of participating in commerce without the use of dollars or without the inclusion of corporate chains seems almost outlandish to many people. However, the fact remains that up until very recently (perhaps the last three to four decades) barter and independent trade was commonplace in this country. Without it, many families could not have survived.
Pillaging is NOT Preparedness
Posted August 7, 2012 by Bprep4
I have often heard people respond to preparedness with the comment that they are going to pillage preppers stores.
Mad Max (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Let me elaborate a little more on this topic.
I understand this macho comment is a very narrow view of what is going to really happen if the SHTF as we know it and we really find ourselves in a Mad Max society.
I am sure I am not the only one who has heard this one. Trusted friends who say they are just going to rob and kill people who have set up a back up. This statement has me really looking at the reasoning behind this attitude.