When putting together your list of survival supplies, don’t forget to include some good old cash.
You often hear people going on and on about stockpiling gold and other precious metals, but for all practical purposes, I think cash will still be king during a SHTF situation; especially in the beginning. While I do think owning gold and precious metals are a good long-term strategy, having some extra cash in your bags is probably going to do more for you in an emergency situation.
and here’s why cash will still be king…..
1. Most emergencies are small-scale disasters. If you have to buy something during a natural disaster most cashiers are not going to take your gold!
2. Vending Machines – There are millions of vending machines scattered throughout the country. It may sound weird, but I’ve talked to a number of people who have vending machines routed out on their evacuation maps.
Having some smaller bills in your bug out bag can help you stock up on supplies as you go. It’s not the most nutritious food in the world, but in an emergency it’s still food. (yes if it was a really bad situation you could just bust open the machine, but do you really want to draw attention to yourself?)
3. Navy Seals – When going into hostile environments, the Seals always carry cash as part of their survival supplies. They do this because in most parts of the world cash is king. If they find themselves in a sticky situation, having cash can help them buy weapons, a ride out of town, or even pay of the locals for a temporary hiding place. You can apply these same principles to a SHTF situation, and see why cash is a good survival item to carry.
4. People are stupid! Even if the dollar collapses, most of the country is completely clueless and will still see it as having value. People are conditioned to perceive paper currencies as having value and in the beginning most people will still believe that it has value.