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delta9
01-13-2013, 11:11 AM
After an earthquake the power is likely to be out making use of credit cards/ATM impossible. We have enough food and water supplies but I'm thinking some emergency cash would also be good to have on hand.

How much is a reasonable amount to have on hand as part of an emergency kit?

Tincon
01-13-2013, 11:14 AM
Also please post your SSN and gunsafe combo.

Lives_In_Fresno
01-13-2013, 11:21 AM
After an earthquake the power is likely to be out making use of credit cards/ATM impossible. We have enough food and water supplies but I'm thinking some emergency cash would also be good to have on hand.

How much is a reasonable amount to have on hand as part of an emergency kit?

Just as your food needs will differ based on the number of people you are feeding, your cash needs will be different based on what you think you'll need that you don't already have.

It will vary depending on the length of the disaster, which you won't know until it's over.

Keep in mind that in an earthquake scenario, you can leave the affected region and use atm's that work. So, perhaps the cash you need depends on how far you might need to travel to leave the region.

tcd511
01-13-2013, 1:12 PM
Just as your food needs will differ based on the number of people you are feeding, your cash needs will be different based on what you think you'll need that you don't already have.

It will vary depending on the length of the disaster, which you won't know until it's over.

Keep in mind that in an earthquake scenario, you can leave the affected region and use atm's that work. So, perhaps the cash you need depends on how far you might need to travel to leave the region.

Well put. I never thought of the distance i might have to go.

railgunner
01-13-2013, 1:18 PM
Ive got a dollar in my wallet I have carried for 22 years

drdarrin@sbcglobal.net
01-13-2013, 1:32 PM
This is one of those questions only you can answer.
Let us know what you come up with.
And your address!

Omil
01-13-2013, 1:53 PM
I liked the reponses above..lol!

Rider1k
01-13-2013, 2:02 PM
Also please post your SSN and gunsafe combo.

LOL! THIS! I think most have some put away. As for me I will not say. I may or may not keep cash on hand. I do have lead waiting for anyone who wants to find out

Gabriel80
01-13-2013, 4:58 PM
$40 but it's all in nickels. hahahha

winnre
01-13-2013, 5:06 PM
100 Cruzieros.

delta9
01-13-2013, 5:14 PM
Well I live in San Francisco - hopefully $500 in $1, $5, and $10 bills will be sufficient

cdtx2001
01-13-2013, 5:17 PM
How much do I keep on hand? Well, that's easy, it's:

$1,000,000!!!!!!!!!

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/silverbullettfto/dr_evil_one_million_dollars.jpg

tacksman
01-13-2013, 5:43 PM
isn't ammo just as good as cash?

Rickrock1
01-13-2013, 6:15 PM
What do you need money for when you know how to live off of the land.

knucklehead
01-13-2013, 6:22 PM
I usually cash in 20 bucks and get the dollar coins. Then throw those in my change jar. You don't see bills. So you just keep adding to it.

Marinos
01-13-2013, 6:35 PM
In emergencies I burn all of my food, cash, and ammo to deter looters. I live next to the LAPD too. ;)

TheChief
01-13-2013, 6:45 PM
Plenty of 10's and 20's and number of 50's and 100's

johnny1290
01-13-2013, 10:39 PM
I keep about a grand in 20s.

my gun safe combo is 1776. Come and take it! :)

Saym14
01-13-2013, 11:02 PM
Also please post your SSN and gunsafe combo.

you forgot home address

maxwellca21
01-13-2013, 11:06 PM
Also please post your SSN and gunsafe combo.

This is one of those questions only you can answer.
Let us know what you come up with.
And your address!

I always want to be the first to response to this kind of threat lol.

maxwellca21
01-13-2013, 11:09 PM
Also please post your SSN and gunsafe combo.

This is one of those questions only you can answer.
Let us know what you come up with.
And your address!

I always want to be the first to response to this kind of threat lol.

Saym14
01-13-2013, 11:10 PM
Also please post your SSN and gunsafe combo.

you forgot home address

Saym14
01-13-2013, 11:10 PM
Also please post your SSN and gunsafe combo.

you forgot home address

Saym14
01-13-2013, 11:10 PM
Also please post your SSN and gunsafe combo.

you forgot home address

Saym14
01-13-2013, 11:11 PM
Also please post your SSN and gunsafe combo.

you forgot home address

Decoligny
01-14-2013, 7:59 AM
I have three gold crowns on my teeth, and I always carry a pair of pliers.

Californio
01-14-2013, 8:45 AM
1 trillion dollar coins, backed by the full faith and credit of the US Treasury.

jfifer
01-14-2013, 8:46 AM
Best threas ahahah i laughed out loud i my kitchen alone ahahahah

paul0660
01-14-2013, 8:54 AM
It really depends on whether we see a shoe sale while bugging out.

http://hiphophoney.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/alg_monopoly-money.jpg

Seriously, I don't think keeping $400 at hand is a bad idea. Bribes, good deals, etc. It happens.

bohoki
01-14-2013, 9:11 AM
i normally keep like a grand in 20s in my sock drawer but this sundy it dipped below 500 thanks to the cow palace

SMOKEYMOUNTAIN
01-14-2013, 1:25 PM
The safe combination is the G-CODE

:cool:

three dogs
01-14-2013, 1:32 PM
$20 in my pocket and a half a tank of gas. I've never had it so good.

xrMike
01-14-2013, 1:41 PM
Well I live in San Francisco - hopefully $500 in $1, $5, and $10 bills will be sufficientWhatever that $500 won't buy, you should be able to barter for, with your body, up there in San Francisco. :D:grouphug: :mnl:

waxer
01-14-2013, 1:58 PM
I have plenty of WIC vouchers and an EBT card I'm going to use to barter with!!!

johnny1290
01-15-2013, 1:04 AM
Listening to william cooper...he siad to have something immediately recognizeable as valuable and that you're able to barter with in small enough amounts so that you don't spend $2000 in gold for a loaf of bread.

I buy silver dimes, personally.

Picasso2
01-15-2013, 8:12 AM
Besides what's in the wallet,
and in addition to any seperate stash of cash I may be accumulating for a possible gun related purchase,
I keep 100 $1 bills, 40 $5 bills, and 20 $10 bills in a cookie jar at all times.

In the scenario you describe, I figure that amount of cash in small bills can get me thru a week or ten days without an ATM.
If I never use it, I can sell those antique bills for big money one day....

paul0660
01-15-2013, 8:14 AM
Listening to william cooper...he siad to have something immediately recognizeable as valuable and that you're able to barter with in small enough amounts so that you don't spend $2000 in gold for a loaf of bread.

I buy silver dimes, personally.

Good idea. How much do they go for?

Gabriel80
01-15-2013, 8:15 AM
Listening to william cooper...he siad to have something immediately recognizeable as valuable and that you're able to barter with in small enough amounts so that you don't spend $2000 in gold for a loaf of bread.

I buy silver dimes, personally.

nowadays $2000 in gold is only a little more than an ounce! Ha. If you're going to use gold might as well get 1/2 gram coins.

NotEnufGarage
01-15-2013, 3:58 PM
Also please post your SSN and gunsafe combo.

you forgot home address

and what time you'll be gone this weekend.

kaligaran
01-15-2013, 7:38 PM
Always good to keep enough on hand to fill your tank (from E to F) at an inflated rate and a couple of nights in a mid-priced hotel.
Regional stuff like an earthquake might force you to pay more than usual for a hotel/gas so adding some padding will cover you in those situations.

Hopefully all here never let their tank drop below half full anyway.

sdblu
01-15-2013, 9:33 PM
I try to keep about $200 on hand for a just in case.
Problem is I keep dipping into the emergency fund so its a little short :)

PBRStreetgang
01-15-2013, 9:55 PM
Always good to keep enough on hand to fill your tank (from E to F) at an inflated rate and a couple of nights in a mid-priced hotel.
Regional stuff like an earthquake might force you to pay more than usual for a hotel/gas so adding some padding will cover you in those situations.

Hopefully all here never let their tank drop below half full anyway.


Exactly what I do, (based on my bug out location, and all alternate routes of course)

cudakidd
01-16-2013, 6:52 AM
$750 in safe, $100 in each truck in lock box...

sfbay
01-16-2013, 10:29 AM
I'm too broke to have extra cash

calif 15-22
01-16-2013, 11:10 AM
On a more serious note . . . I did a little calculation and came up with $3,000.

Food for month = $1,500 (all in $10s and $20s)
Gas for 2 cars = $500
Loans for family/freinds = $500
Misc = $500

Oh and it's in my safe. Combo is 12345. But you better get in and out quick as I have another $5,000 in small demonimations of .223 and 9mm throughout the house :cool:

Shad
01-17-2013, 11:24 AM
What do you need money for when you know how to live off of the land.

Because there's not enough land to go around?

Darklord73
01-17-2013, 12:52 PM
0.0.0

ExAcHog
01-17-2013, 1:36 PM
ZERO....I'm married!

Jeepers
01-17-2013, 1:59 PM
http://www.instablogsimages.com/images/2007/10/28/no-name-pub-wall_48.jpg

:cheers2:

Manolito
01-17-2013, 2:01 PM
What would be better to have half a lamb butchered and salt cured or $500.00 in cash. I am going to barter food for what ever you have. Chickens will go for a premium if they are hens because they supply eggs. Roasting chickens are three gallons of gasolline etc. Quail will be 1 gallon if diesel for every 6 quail. I keep 4K of wheat berries for animal feed and flour for bread.

You get the idea.

Darklord73
01-17-2013, 2:05 PM
0.0.0

johnny1290
01-18-2013, 12:04 PM
I actually keep around a grand in cash at home, around a grand in silver dimes pre65, and maybe $100 in my bob in my car.

steadyrock
01-18-2013, 12:10 PM
you forgot home address

Home address can be derived from SSN.

noob. :cool:

bsg
01-22-2013, 12:35 PM
i always keep a few dollars and change in my truck, but i'm high on creativity and low on cash.

1 SIG fan
01-23-2013, 7:43 AM
About 10k in small unmarked bills.... But lost it all in a boating accident...

Now just have a stack of IOUs. Not sure that'll get me very far

Davidwhitewolf
01-30-2013, 5:08 PM
As a kid I remember Schwarzenegger on Johnny Carson's show and Carson asked Arnold to pull out a bill from his wallet for the magic trick Carson was doing. Arnold pulled out a $100 which at the time seemed to me like a tremendous amount of money to carry around, but Arnold said something about always having a few of those in his wallet for emergencies. That stuck with me and I try to emulate it. I'd rather have cash on me after an earthquake than sitting in a safe at home when I may be across the Bay from it.

I will admit that it's difficult not to dip into that stash from time to time.

chris
01-30-2013, 5:35 PM
ZERO....I'm married!

LOL.

John J
02-16-2013, 2:46 PM
$1000 in 5 dollar bills and a carton of Marlburo cigs in a vacuum bag.

After an earthquake the power is likely to be out making use of credit cards/ATM impossible. We have enough food and water supplies but I'm thinking some emergency cash would also be good to have on hand.

How much is a reasonable amount to have on hand as part of an emergency kit?

L0ne wolf
03-02-2013, 7:50 PM
Forget the cash, keep some gold and silver handy.

Bakersfield_Grizzly
03-02-2013, 8:14 PM
I think most CalGunners have heavily invested in precious metals. Small denominations of 45 40 12 and 556 but with the interest rates the way they are, it does not hurt keeping cash in your wallet, car and safe rather than getting 0.6% interest rate at Bank of Amerika

Tripeaks69
03-03-2013, 1:36 AM
$100,000 in $1 bill


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xrMike
03-03-2013, 10:29 AM
I wish:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/xrMike/guns/Benjamins.jpg

fivebyfive
03-03-2013, 10:44 AM
Two scenarios...1) temporary disruption of undetermined length or 2) total "Holy Crap".
In a temp disruption, you may not be able to get out for whatever reason. Stores may or may not have power. If they don't they'll open and sell what they have with quantity limits and cash only, no change...happened in Santa Cruz/Felton in '89. Small bills and a lot of them work well. If gas stations have no power, they'll lock the pumps and tanks.
In #2, $$ maybe good for awhile, but after a time sustainable food stuffs and abilities will be worth more. If nothing is open for business except your neighbor, money is useless.
For disaster response on DMAT, we carry $400.

Big bug
03-04-2013, 6:19 PM
lol love the responses.....
No cash.....no value......screwed either way.....

binthere55
03-05-2013, 12:48 AM
HAHAHAHAHa....good stuff!........Cash is always KING.....stash away $100 to $200 a month and you'll be in good shape in no time. I'll sell some of my cash if anybody's interested?....

1sicklx
03-05-2013, 5:35 AM
1000$

Come and get it!!!

sniper5
03-05-2013, 5:44 AM
Well, let me check my pocket. . .dime, penny, quarter, lintball, bolt off of something. . .

f100rat
03-05-2013, 5:55 AM
A full penny jar.

Atlantaboi2012
03-05-2013, 6:05 AM
The truth of the matter is you can have $100, 000 in cash but if its a REAL emergency it wont do you a bit of good. Are you gonna be able to buy gas any quicker with thousands of people needng it too? No. Find water any faster with it? No. If the ship is sinking, your money is worthless to someone trying to survive. If anything youll just find yourself being robbed of it .

mt4design
03-05-2013, 7:10 AM
I try to keep about $200 on hand for a just in case.
Problem is I keep dipping into the emergency fund so its a little short :)

Exactly my problem. :facepalm:

I do have some 9mm, .22 lr, and .12 gauge bird shot set aside that could be worth way more than gold after seeing what happened recently to prices and availability.

Timberwolf
03-05-2013, 7:14 AM
A couple of large in small bills. Learned my lesson during Northridge.

mt4design
03-05-2013, 7:18 AM
A couple of large in small bills. Learned my lesson during Northridge.

I would love to hear about what life was like after Northridge as a reminder.

Having grown up here in So Cal, that was the only quake I've been in where I thought I could die and I am at least 40 miles south of the epicenter.

But, I remember hearing stories about the lack of access to banking and cash, atms down, etc.

yelohamr
03-05-2013, 7:43 AM
One dollar coins in $25 rolls. 10 rolls don't take up much space.

ElDub1950
03-05-2013, 8:06 AM
Well put. I never thought of the distance i might have to go.

Yeah, this is the key, but depends of course on the size/type of 'disaster'.

You might quickly get far enough that gas stations will have power and can pump gas, but they may not have communications for the ATM/Credit card processing and only accept cash.

paul0660
03-05-2013, 8:15 AM
Small bills, a small pile of them.

delta9
03-05-2013, 8:30 AM
The truth of the matter is you can have $100, 000 in cash but if its a REAL emergency it wont do you a bit of good. Are you gonna be able to buy gas any quicker with thousands of people needng it too? No. Find water any faster with it? No. If the ship is sinking, your money is worthless to someone trying to survive. If anything youll just find yourself being robbed of it .


Having cash can come in handy when in a situation where you need skills you simply don’t have. “Here is several hundred bucks would please take this bullet out of my leg Doctor?” or the more likely: “Here’s $500 to replace my fuel pump in the next hour”

paul0660
03-05-2013, 8:32 AM
“Here is several hundred bucks would please take this bullet out of my leg Doctor?” or the more likely: “Here’s $500 to replace my fuel pump in the next hour”

Be sure to get a receipt.

speedrrracer
03-05-2013, 9:01 AM
The truth of the matter is you can have $100, 000 in cash but if its a REAL emergency it wont do you a bit of good. Are you gonna be able to buy gas any quicker with thousands of people needng it too? No. Find water any faster with it? No. If the ship is sinking, your money is worthless to someone trying to survive. If anything youll just find yourself being robbed of it .

Lol, first you say it's worthless then you say it'll get stolen. No one steals that which is worthless. Make up your mind.

Truth is, 99.999% of the people will take a fair bit of time to overcome the ingrained belief that money has value. Even in a TEOTWAWKI scenario, certain people will cling to the belief that the world will recover, the govt will come and make everything OK, etc, etc. Those people will therefore accept money as a medium of exchange.

In a SHTF situation, that belief will be even stronger, since the likelihood of the currency recovering (or never suffering devaluation in the first place, depending on the specific SHTF scenario) will be that much higher, so money will still be accepted by an even larger %age of people.

If there's a line of people waiting for gas, and you wave thousands of dollars under the nose of the guy next in line in exchange for his place, there's a good chance an average person will jump at the cash. If not, him, you won't have to go far back in line before someone will take your money.

Sure, in a time-is-life scenario (bullets are whizzing by, ship is sinking, etc) commercial instincts will take a backseat to survival instincts, but that doesn't mean cash isn't an excellent prep.

BLC
03-05-2013, 9:28 AM
The truth of the matter is you can have $100, 000 in cash but if its a REAL emergency it wont do you a bit of good. Are you gonna be able to buy gas any quicker with thousands of people needng it too? No. Find water any faster with it? No. If the ship is sinking, your money is worthless to someone trying to survive. If anything youll just find yourself being robbed of it .


I lived in Detroit in 2003 when the grid crashed and everything went black for about 5 days, give or take a day, I dont remember exactly. Something like 55,000,000 million in the U.S. and Canada were without power, many without water as well. I would call that a REAL emergency.

I abandoned my own house to go make sure loved ones were safe. Traffic was so gridlocked when it happened I had to split lanes and ride my motorcycle on the sidewalk for 15 miles to get to where I had to be. People were freaked out. When I had a chance and the girlfriend calmed down a couple days later, I siphoned gas from the neighbors lawn mower (cant run gas stations with no power) to be able to go back and check on my stuff and grab a few things.

Just about everything had to close down, anything that served food were ordered to. The few places that could and had balls enough to stay open, and that was only briefly, could take CASH only. It took me half that first day to find somebody that would let me overpay for a pack of smokes and cold cup of coffee.

After a couple days people had generators going and you could finally find ice but you had to look for it. Liquor stores, donut shops, and other little Mom and Pop businesses started coming back to life, but could still only take CASH.

It doesnt have to be TEOTWAWKI to qualify as an emergency, a few bucks can come in handy. Small bills, I REALLY overpaid for those smokes and coffee!

FourLoko
03-05-2013, 9:48 AM
I use my credit card for just about everything so my method was to hit the ATM on payday every two weeks for a set amount of cash. Rarely in that two week period did I spend all of that amount. The remainder turned into "stash cash" and it added up pretty quick.

paul0660
03-05-2013, 9:53 AM
overpay for a pack of smokes and cold cup of coffee.


hehe

Tripper
03-05-2013, 10:00 AM
Just as your food needs will differ based on the number of people you are feeding, your cash needs will be different based on what you think you'll need that you don't already have.

It will vary depending on the length of the disaster, which you won't know until it's over.

Keep in mind that in an earthquake scenario, you can leave the affected region and use atm's that work. So, perhaps the cash you need depends on how far you might need to travel to leave the region.

Just to elaborate on that a bit

The 89 quake left my area powerless for no less than 3 days, some parts about a week. Correct, some stores opened by operating on cash only, and that was to the nearest dollar as I recall, some stores would not give change.
Also, it's a bit difficult to 'leave the affected region in the 89' quake, because the region was quite large, and of course you need gas, which you could not get, there were no gas deliveries to stations and most ran out by the end of day one. So leaving the affected region sometimes may not be an option

What you might need is also dependent upon what/how you prep, do you have a week of food and essentials stored already, some people do, some don't, and of course some have lots more, those that have nothing extra in the cubbards will need more cash for even a 3 day outage where someone that has 3 weeks stored goods might need only a little cash for a weeks outage

BLC
03-05-2013, 10:05 AM
hehe

And you have no idea how happy I was at that point to do it! :)

kaligaran
03-05-2013, 10:16 AM
BLC thanks for the story.

An emergency is real or perceived.
It doesn't take long to see everything break down, at least on a local/regional level. We're really not talking TEOTWAWKI here.

I find it interesting when people say cash will be useless in an emergency. Those of you that do, did you not watch the news during Sandy/Katrina when everything was in short supply and cash only?
Sure, you ideally have supplies at home and gas in your tank (if you're prepared) but Murphy's Law is always a nightmare. It will be the one day your tank is at 1/4 full or your house is leveled by the earthquake.

Whether you think cash is going to be useless in a disaster or not, does it matter?
Wouldn't you rather have it and not need it than the reverse? Isn't that the whole concept to preparing?

Decoligny
03-05-2013, 2:16 PM
Just to elaborate on that a bit

The 89 quake left my area powerless for no less than 3 days, some parts about a week. Correct, some stores opened by operating on cash only, and that was to the nearest dollar as I recall, some stores would not give change.
Also, it's a bit difficult to 'leave the affected region in the 89' quake, because the region was quite large, and of course you need gas, which you could not get, there were no gas deliveries to stations and most ran out by the end of day one. So leaving the affected region sometimes may not be an option

What you might need is also dependent upon what/how you prep, do you have a week of food and essentials stored already, some people do, some don't, and of course some have lots more, those that have nothing extra in the cubbards will need more cash for even a 3 day outage where someone that has 3 weeks stored goods might need only a little cash for a weeks outage

This is why it is called "prepping". You are either prepared, or not.

I always have at least 20 gallons of gas in my garage that I rotate on a regular basis so it is never too old. I also make it a habit to keep all my vehicles at no less than 1/2 tank.

Bugging out should not be reliant upon you having cash to pay for gas. What if there is no electricity for them to be able to pump the gas?

Atlantaboi2012
03-05-2013, 2:35 PM
Lol, first you say it's worthless then you say it'll get stolen. No one steals that which is worthless. Make up your mind.

Truth is, 99.999% of the people will take a fair bit of time to overcome the ingrained belief that money has value. Even in a TEOTWAWKI scenario, certain people will cling to the belief that the world will recover, the govt will come and make everything OK, etc, etc. Those people will therefore accept money as a medium of exchange.

In a SHTF situation, that belief will be even stronger, since the likelihood of the currency recovering (or never suffering devaluation in the first place, depending on the specific SHTF scenario) will be that much higher, so money will still be accepted by an even larger %age of people.

If there's a line of people waiting for gas, and you wave thousands of dollars under the nose of the guy next in line in exchange for his place, there's a good chance an average person will jump at the cash. If not, him, you won't have to go far back in line before someone will take your money.

Sure, in a time-is-life scenario (bullets are whizzing by, ship is sinking, etc) commercial instincts will take a backseat to survival instincts, but that doesn't mean cash isn't an excellent prep.


Yeah, and what tv action movie show have you been watching? Katrina..I was there and not to mention other 3rd world hell holes where people will kill you over $5. Your obviously someone who has never experienced chaos, death, and despair. Ok, so you have money on your person and you wave it about like an idiot. Some hoodlum puts a gun to your head and ''takes" it just like I said. Why? Because it was there for the taking.What imaginary movie world did you get all that from? Your view of reality is a warped one if you really think money will save you when it will ultimately be the death of you.

johnny1290
03-07-2013, 1:35 AM
There are few situations that $10,000 in cash, a passport, and a bottle of water won't get you out of.

Thanks to Ferfal for that.

orchard
03-07-2013, 4:18 PM
Need enough cash to make do for a week minimum. Too long in the hurricane zone, cash talks. Rooms become available at motels if it's cash on the counter. You may end up having to buystuff, or get repairs, where ATMs are down. And if you need to add to your ammo stash!

Cato
03-07-2013, 6:28 PM
I have a little. However, I doubt cash is going to help you much. In fact it seems like whenever there is any problem, credit cards are more readily accepted. In the case of credit cards, merchants don't have to open their tills, you can just swipe a card. I've been able to avoid long lines at stores when their "system" goes down and I can go into a fast lane that takes only credit cards.
Now if "the grid" goes down, I don't know how much green paper is going to buy you. Now you fellows in rural areas, perhaps there's a lone gas station willing to sell you gas for cash; I don't know.
I can get through a few days without cash or credit cards. If there's no restoration of law and order and rescue after a few days, then something SERIOUS has happened and paper money will be worthless anyway.

Rider1k
03-08-2013, 2:29 PM
What's cash?

Sunday
03-17-2013, 7:44 PM
Eleventy bazillion dollars!

gixxnrocket
03-18-2013, 12:14 AM
ehem.. pesos anyone?

five.five-six
03-18-2013, 12:33 AM
I keep nunya


Nunya business



Do keep a few bucks in quarters, not all vending machines take dollars and there are pay pones some places for when the cell system is down.

Yaki
03-19-2013, 8:57 AM
:King:Also please post your SSN and gunsafe combo.

bigcalidave
03-19-2013, 9:19 AM
Yeah, post it all up in here. Nobody on the internet can find out where you live...

crazy
03-19-2013, 9:22 AM
Also please post your SSN and gunsafe combo.

Don't forget your address and where you keep the hideakey.

mt4design
03-19-2013, 9:29 AM
I'm starting to think hard about keeping less cash and more tangible goods like toilet paper.

People may be wiping with their dollar bills soon and trading for toilet paper because it's worth more.

s4alex
03-19-2013, 9:43 AM
For anyone that wants it, I will give out my home address and safe combo, along with all the ammo.

I will even be so nice as to etch out the combo and address on the bullets and send it your way.. high speed.. I can only send 10 bullets at a time though since we are in california and no one has high capacity assault bullet clips.

OceanDreamer
03-19-2013, 9:45 AM
I'm starting to think hard about keeping less cash and more tangible goods like toilet paper.

People may be wiping with their dollar bills soon and trading for toilet paper because it's worth more.


LOL :), but true....

I lived through the 89 quake as well, and I happened to be in downtown San Francisco when it hit.

No way out of the city, everything was closed, if it hadnt been for the vending machines in my moms office (I was there with her shopping that day) and the managers of a large hotel down the street we would have been pretty hungry be the time we were able to get out....

Cash was pretty much worthless in the first 24 hours anyway, but we could have traded the battery operated radio, and guns that my mom & step dad kept in their office, for a whole lot.........

sunaj
03-19-2013, 9:47 AM
Said the spider to the fly:toetap05:

polo.45
03-19-2013, 9:51 AM
None...

mt4design
03-19-2013, 10:21 AM
LOL :), but true....

I lived through the 89 quake as well, and I happened to be in downtown San Francisco when it hit.

No way out of the city, everything was closed, if it hadnt been for the vending machines in my moms office (I was there with her shopping that day) and the managers of a large hotel down the street we would have been pretty hungry be the time we were able to get out....

Cash was pretty much worthless in the first 24 hours anyway, but we could have traded the battery operated radio, and guns that my mom & step dad kept in their office, for a whole lot.........

Yeah, I remember hearing stories about that.

It was true after the Northridge quake too.

Right now, I'm trying to keep up with the stuff going down in Cyprus and it is looking more and more dire.

Seriously, it may be a good idea to make a trip to an ATM soon just to pull out a little bit and have on hand. The systemic unraveling going on in the EUROZONE isn't at all comforting and it's just starting so at least we have a heads up.

Toilet paper, ammo, tangibles, may be a good place to stash some "wealth".

rexbo47
03-19-2013, 12:28 PM
I keep about a grand in 20s.

my gun safe combo is 1776. Come and take it! :)

Mine is C-O-L-T.

I keep $500 in small bills.

I'm thinking of adding some US Silver coins as a supplement.

winnre
03-19-2013, 12:45 PM
I keep a small sachet of Taco Bell Mild and Hot Sauce packets.

I also have assorted toothpicks individually wrapped from various restaurants.

My next investment will be in the lighter colored M&Ms.

johnny1290
03-23-2013, 2:53 AM
After Cyprus, I bumped up my cash reserve in the safe. I'll never keep any real amount of money in a bank again. Tangible, and locked in my safe, assets from here on out.

BigPimping
03-29-2013, 7:19 PM
isn't ammo just as good as cash?

That is why we horde.

Carnivore
03-31-2013, 1:09 AM
Took a few months but 5k in ones...yep ones but don't worry I don't keep it all in one place so no need of breaking it and get it all. Have it in some Geo cashes, and relatives houses. No need of keeping all your cash in your house, what if it burns down then you are SOL. One G cash and you could loose it all to a lucky find...I am a pretty fart stinker....Smart thinker sorry.

johnny1290
03-31-2013, 1:32 AM
Mine is C-O-L-T.

I keep $500 in small bills.

I'm thinking of adding some US Silver coins as a supplement.

I keep over a grand or so in silver dimes. I need to add to it. The good thing about the silver is that since I can't readily spend it, I forget about it. I need to buy more! :D

I'm just trying to keep flexible with this stuff, trying to have bills of various denominations and whatnot. Nobody will be making change :)

edit: geocaches....hmmm....sounds like a good excuse to get a handheld gps! thanks! :D

North Bay Guy
03-31-2013, 1:44 AM
500.00 one dollar bills and 200.00 in coins. Seriously! And a few thousand 9mm, .223, .22lr, .45acp and .40. A few 1000 of each that is oh and a ton of food prep too.

SMOKEYMOUNTAIN
04-01-2013, 1:05 PM
I have 2 stacks of two dollar bills ($400), 1 stack of one dollar bills ($100), 10 boxes of nickels ($1,000), and about $25 face value in copper pennies.

So $1,525.00 in legal tender. This is excluding what I have in my wallet, PM's, and guns, ammo, food, and water.

SMOKEYMOUNTAIN
04-01-2013, 1:07 PM
Come and get it! Front door's open. :D

Bill_Smith_2013
10-23-2014, 1:40 AM
It depends on what you are preparing for. A friend of mine says he has enough silver coins for expenses for two to three years. I keep about $ 400.00 cash, coins, and duplicate credit cards in my car. In some expensive areas of the country that would not be enough. If have to leave home and power is out in a large area, you would need enough money for a hotel, food and gas for a week or so. If super major disaster three years of silver may not be enough.

SonofWWIIDI
10-23-2014, 2:08 AM
Cash? :rofl2:

Right now I'd have trouble finding two nickels to rub together.

I do keep two rolls of quarters wrapped in tape. One for each fist.
:slap:
:boxing_smiley:

cudakidd
10-23-2014, 7:28 AM
$100 in assorted bills in each vehicle (secured in lock boxes) $500.00 in Gun Safe...

cxr
10-23-2014, 11:47 AM
Lesson to all... if you hide money in the house somewhere and not in a safe. make sure your effin spouse is reminded every few months where the money is so she doesnt throw out the item the cash is hidden in.

im outta five fricken K ... because my wife took it upon herself said i would never wear this item of clothing again and threw it away because she forgot a year ago i told her i hid cash there :(

ConcealedKalifornia
10-23-2014, 11:52 AM
I always carry spare cash on me. I also have a few separate emergency funds through out my house and my car haha.

A full SHTF moment is always at the back of my mind, but I prepare for "everyday" emergencies as well. In my wallet I have enough money to get me back to my car (aka enough to buy some water or food, or hopefully deter a robber). In my car I have enough money to get me home (two tanks of gas worth, plus a little extra for food/water, toll bridges) then in my house I have enough for whatever I might need. Plus my general savings in my bank account, but that's obviously not SHTF money.

As for specific ammounts. I would go with 100 bucks in 10s / 20s on you 24/7 for "emergencies" (card gets declined, power outtage ect...) maybe 100/200 in a hidden spot in your car. (gas ect... maybe a few quarters too for parking meters) then enough money in your house to get you food water ect from your neighbors if something happens.

As usual, also invest in precious metals and useful supplies as well.

Sunday
10-23-2014, 12:02 PM
Eleventy bazillion dollars.

bsg
10-23-2014, 4:49 PM
nada.

71MUSTY
10-23-2014, 4:55 PM
IDK, Usually have about $200 in my pocket. A large jar of quarters, few old coin collections and 10000 rounds

Maltese Falcon
10-23-2014, 5:04 PM
Anytime I get an extra crispy new bill either from the ATM or in change, I stash it away.

Always carry $300 in Grants on me.

.

Wicked Pete
10-23-2014, 5:08 PM
I have to hide it from my ole lady. The steering wheel on my Mercedes has a little button you can pop out, it's now full of money. The license is U812.

sfbay
10-23-2014, 5:39 PM
Besides the prep stuff at home,I make sure my gas tank is always full...


just in case.

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Steve_In_29
10-24-2014, 12:26 AM
I actually keep around a grand in cash at home, around a grand in silver dimes pre65, and maybe $100 in my bob in my car.
The problem with silver dimes (or other coins) is that to anyone besides another prepper or a coin/metals dealer they look like they are worth....10cents.

Your average store or gas station isn't going to take them for their silver content.

Spec
10-24-2014, 8:10 AM
The problem with silver dimes (or other coins) is that to anyone besides another prepper or a coin/metals dealer they look like they are worth....10cents.

Your average store or gas station isn't going to take them for their silver content.

I would agree with this if you are in or close to the city, however I was traveling up north and stopped for food and gas. the sign behind the counter had a conversion rate for silver. It was way up north in Northern California.

On a side note...make friends with your local 7-11 or gas station attendant...Mine saves Pre-64 coins for me and I pay him 1/2 the silver value plus the coin...

beenie
10-24-2014, 8:28 AM
I have just over $500 in quarters in an ammo can and an equal amount in small bills. I have a large coffee can of pennies and a carafe of dimes. Surprisingly only a mug of nickels. None of this was out of preparing, usually just emptying my pockets and the kids sorting them in their respective containers.

noozeyeguy
10-24-2014, 9:11 AM
I keep an ample supply in several denominations... 7.62x39, 5.56x45, .30-06, .45, 9mm... :D

cockedandglocked
10-24-2014, 11:04 AM
Surprisingly only a mug of nickels

Not surprising at all. How often do you get more than 1 nickel as change when you buy something? And you only get even one nickel 40% of the time. (when your change is 6-9 cents, 15-19 cents, 30-34 cents, 40-44 cents, 55-59 cents, 65-69 cents, 80-84 cents, or 90-94 cents).

So nickels should be the least common change returned during a transaction, followed by dimes (you'd usually only get 2 at most), quarters (3 at most), then pennies (4 at most).

sdkevin
10-24-2014, 12:07 PM
im outta five fricken K ... because my wife took it upon herself said i would never wear this item of clothing again and threw it away because she forgot a year ago i told her i hid cash there
That's whatcha get - you know women think they get to control your wardrobe.. and she did it behind your back.

hehehe.. At $5k, shes even banned from the couch.

team5150
10-24-2014, 12:21 PM
I use my credit card for just about everything so my method was to hit the ATM on payday every two weeks for a set amount of cash. Rarely in that two week period did I spend all of that amount. The remainder turned into "stash cash" and it added up pretty quick.

I did that too for years. Never thought about how much I had stashed away until years later I counted it - $ 42,000. I bought a new Vette with the money.

Steve_In_29
10-24-2014, 3:46 PM
I would agree with this if you are in or close to the city, however I was traveling up north and stopped for food and gas. the sign behind the counter had a conversion rate for silver. It was way up north in Northern California.

On a side note...make friends with your local 7-11 or gas station attendant...Mine saves Pre-64 coins for me and I pay him 1/2 the silver value plus the coin...
So in all your travels you have found a single place that will accept silver and it was most likely owned by a prepper type. So like I said it is hardly something to count on for people trying to meet day to day needs after an event. Or for a person trying to buy food/fuel while bugging out.

The problem is that since silver and gold have moved out of the mainstream for financial transactions, the likelihood of running into a 7/11 (or any other type of store) where the clerk will even recognize the item is real, let alone what it might be worth is slim to none. Especially given the tiny amount of actual gold required to equal the cash used in an average transaction.

Telling the clerk, "trust me that little sliver of shiny stuff is worth $100" isn't going to cut it.

Tripper
10-24-2014, 3:48 PM
I use my credit card for just about everything so my method was to hit the ATM on payday every two weeks for a set amount of cash. Rarely in that two week period did I spend all of that amount. The remainder turned into "stash cash" and it added up pretty quick.

I did that too for years. Never thought about how much I had stashed away until years later I counted it - $ 42,000. I bought a new Vette with the money.

Reminds me;
When my aunt got married, her husband made good money, they started off with her simply direct deposit her check, never touched the account, he retired now, and from her bank account alone they are millionaires, she made pretty good salary too as a collections agent, between 50 and 100k, for almost 20 years. They've been doing nothing but a long vacation for about 3 years now, a couple of Okies

croc4
10-24-2014, 5:18 PM
At the end of each day, whatever $1 bills I have I place on the dresser, every six months I stash the pile and start another. Having $1 bills is better for emergency situations because if the person you are buying from doesn't have change then what? $20 loaf a bread or whatever.

Then after a year or so I take the bills to the bank, and buy a firearm with them, then start the $1 bill collection all over again. I also toss my change into a jar and cash them in also. in 9 days will be picking up another CW9 that I purchased with my proceeds ;-)


croc4

cockedandglocked
10-24-2014, 6:46 PM
During a long-term emergency, I think cash is pretty much useless, and so is silver, gold, etc. What value does gold have when everyone's top priority is finding food and staying alive? "Sure, I'll trade you my last week of rations for a hunk of metal". So I think a higher priority is saving up goods that will hold value in any situation - ammo (as others mentioned), spare food, seeds, gas, etc.

That said, cash (but not gold, silver, etc) is certainly useful for short-term emergencies, and I would think $5k would be plenty... if you need any more than that, the situation has become serious enough that no amount of money would help you.