Cash $$$

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by 7point62, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Just sayin...a stash of greenbacks the bug-out bag.

    I'm thinking a SHTF scenario is more likely to be limited, that is, non-apocalyptic--at least at first--and cash may still open doors. If you look at disasters you can see how mercenary some people become, the price-gouging that goes on, people selling water for $5 a gallon, that kind of stuff.

    And as long as there is the least possibility of order being restored at some future point, you can't just take what you want at gunpoint.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    I agree... I actually posted something similar a while back about this not usually addressed in everyone's BOB.

    My scenario is actually just an internet breakdown where no credit card or ATM services are available (for whatever reason).
     

  3. CA357

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    Cash may or may not be valid currency if SHTF. Keep some cash handy in smaller denominations, nothing larger than a twenty. Also keep some silver/gold coins and scrap gold/silver if you can.

    However, this may not be practical for everyone. For example, we are on a very tight budget and although we'll be cutting our expenses significantly when we move, we will likely never have much of a cash reserve.

    We have some ammunition which may be good trading fodder. (ballistic wampum, re: Jeff Cooper) We've also stocked up a lot of supplies and some of those may be good trade goods. That's the best we can do and even though it feels somewhat inadequate to me, we're probably ahead of 80-90% of the population.

    God willing, we'll make do.
     
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  4. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    @ CA357

    Like you, we are also tight budget wise but we do what we can to prepare slowly. Having a few $5 and $10 stashed doesn't hurt any (they don't do much good in the bank anyway). In most SHTF scenario...dollar will remain viable. In worst cases, I also have a "little" stash of silver. ;)
     
  5. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    I'll hold on to the ammo, it'll help bring down the price of that gallon of water :D
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Good point. ;)
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Which do you think would be better trading fodder/currency, a Tokarev pistol with one of those cheap cases of surplus ammo or the $350~ it would cost to aquire said firearm & ammo?

    I agree on the need for some cash in case of a short-term SHTF situation like a hurricane or natural disaster.
     
  8. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    That is hard decision! Problem with currency is if it is a financial meltdown (I mean, when currency is not worth the paper it is printed on).

    Use other source of barter goods, i.e. toilet paper, bleach, etc. I would barter older gun/ammo and food/water as a last ditch.
     
  9. CA357

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    'Gello, don't you mean that $1,000. Tokarev? Hard times my friend, hard times.
     
  10. Immortal4419

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    I dont think having cash on hand is ever a bad thing. Could It loose value in a SHTF scenario? possibly, so dont just have a bag with thousands of dollars and hope to make it. But having it cant be bad, just dont rely on it. Until it loses its value it can be a good backup for gas, car problems, bailing a friend out :D haha. I typically have $500 in a secret compartment in my truck and I put $100 in the handle of my new ESEE Hest. Not so much for SHTF but just in case.
     
  11. NitroxAZ

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    Some cash would be good for a natural disaster type SHTF.

    For all other SHTF situations the best items would be common caliber ammunition, bleach for water purification, food basics (rice/beans/etc.), tools and the like. Simple basic barter items that people will need as it will be back to basics.