101 cheap Barter Items to Have

I would be preaching the choir if I told you that it is wise to gather extra supplies that you can use for bartering in a post-collapse world.  The issue for many, however, is that their budget allows no room for extras.  Finding funds for long term personal preps, let alone daily needs can be an ongoing challenge.

Let’s face it. We all know that the middle class is disappearing.  Food and health care costs are up and even those with comfortable nest eggs are finding that their funds are rotting, earning virtually no interest and suffering the ravages of inflation. So what are we to do?

The first rule of thumb is to acquire skills that can be bartered for goods. That is the smart thing to do regardless of your financial situation. Beyond that, there are a number of low cost items that you can accumulate over time, even if you are poor.

Poor Man’s Barter Items

Garden tools
Fly swatters
Insect spray
Rat & mouse poison
Rodent traps
Straight pins
Safety pins
Dry beans
Spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, sage, parsley etc.
Cooking Oil
Coffee filters
Hand crank or manual can openers
Canned food – any type
Wooden, strike anywhere matches
Old newspapers
Wax for fire-starting
Large cotton balls with soaked in petroleum jelly (also for starting fires)
Bleach (or freshly made pool shock)
Baby wipes (Note: these can be used to clean face, hands, arm pits, groin in case there is no water. If dried out, pour in a cup of water into container)
Baking Soda
Spirits: wine, whisky, beer, vodka, brandy
Coloring books & crayons
Scrap paper
Ballpoint pens
Copy paper
Lined notebook paper
Tooth paste
Dental floss
Hair brushes
Disposable razors
Nail clippers and files
Feminine products
Bars of soap
Toilet paper
Hair pins
Cigarette lighters
Tobacco seeds
Aluminum foil
Plastic sheeting
Socks – all sizes & colors
Shoe laces
Reading glasses
Garbage bags (can’t have too many)
Dust pans
Clothes pins
Clothes lines
Garbage cans
Dryer Lint (to use as firestarter)
Rope of any type
Hard candy
Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and aspirin
Essential oils
Cough syrup
Eye drops
Band aids
Lip balm or chapstick
Nails, nuts, bolts, & screws
Heirloom garden seeds
Fresh garden produce and herbs
Herb plants
Hand garden tools
Two cycle oil
Automotive oil and air filters
Paperback books
Plastic tarps
Duct tape
Fels naphtha bar soap
Washing/laundry soda
Home made laundry detergent
Garden compost
Garden fertilizer
Plastic tubs & containers
Petroleum jelly (Vaseline)

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