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Old 01-15-2013, 10:33 PM
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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
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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)
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$750 in safe, $100 in each truck in lock box...
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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
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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?
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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.

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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.
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you forgot home address
Home address can be derived from SSN.

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i always keep a few dollars and change in my truck, but i'm high on creativity and low on cash.
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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
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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.
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$1000 in 5 dollar bills and a carton of Marlburo cigs in a vacuum bag.

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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?
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Forget the cash, keep some gold and silver handy.
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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
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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.
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lol love the responses.....
No cash.....no value......screwed either way.....
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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?....
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Well, let me check my pocket. . .dime, penny, quarter, lintball, bolt off of something. . .
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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 .
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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.

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.
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A couple of large in small bills. Learned my lesson during Northridge.
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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.
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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.
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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”
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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.
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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!
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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.
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