I have done the same........And you are correct on bartering items<quoted text>
I agree. I have long been accumulating gold, silver, ammo, food, and bartering items for just such a day.
The people that once laughed and said I was over reacting, now have the oh shit look on their faces while I rest easy.
A great one that is cheap is disposable lighters from china. They are pennies each if you buy bulk. They last forever and a lighter would be worth more than a meal.