Learn the forgotten skills, our ancestors survived with out all the modern convinces that we have today so it can be done with a little knowledge and practice.
Cooking from scratch– (and no Hamburger helper is not considered from scratch ) learn to Make your own bread, pasta, cheese, Sauces, ect all those frozen meals had to made by someone.
Canning– Can your own food including you meat that way you are not dependant on freezer or the grocery store
Dehydrating Food– dry foods they will keep a very long time and are easy to transport.
Sewing– You may have to make your own clothes or at least be able to mend what you have.
Soap making-Make your own soap (bath, shampoo, laundry, and dish soap.)
How to Butcher your own meat – Beef, pigs, chickens, deer and rabbits
Repairs in your home-know how to make minor repairs to your home.
Spin your own yarn-make your own yarn for sweaters, rugs, and blankets.
Crocheting or knitting
Grow a Garden-Learn how to grow your own food Be sure to grow enough to can. Maybe even grow extra to sell or use as barter.
Forging-Know how to forage for things in the wild (Herbs, Berries, fruit ect.)
Herbal Remedies-know your local plant and herbs and how to use them for medical uses. You may not be able to get to a doctor or get over the counter meds.
Smoking your own meat– learn to smoke your meat (Bacon ham pork roast).
Make Cheese– We eat a lot of cheese can’t imagine not having any.
How to cook on a wood stove– If you have a wood stove learn to cook on it( We don’t have a wood cook stove but I do cook on my wood stove as I’m heating the house.
Candle Making- Be able to make your own candles out of bees wax, or plain wax, or melt down leftovers from old candles. Also learn hoe to make oil lamps from vegetable oil.
Basic Machnicing -Be able to work on your small engines so you don’t have to replace or pay some one to fix them for you.
Basic Electrical– Know how to change a switch or just some of the basic house hold repairs.
Wine and Beer Making-Great barter item
Hunting & fishing-Know how to hunt deer , rabbit, elk and what ever your area offers and be able to fish if you have a lake or river near by.
Cut Hair– Learn how to cut your kids hair. This I may have to barter out my girls refuse to let me cut there hair ( Thay saw what I did to there Dads when I tried to cut his hair haha)
What ever you do, do something. If you only do a few of these things at least you will be ahead of the game. This may give you a skill that you can use to barter with. I don’t know what is going to happen to our country I wish it would pick up and get back to normal but all the indicators are pointing in the other way. We don’t know what lies ahead and we cannot trust the main stream media. We have to be prepared to be able to take care of our selves and our families should the hard times hit. Don’t be caught unprepared.
If you have any other ideas that I didn’t mention please share them.