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I want to start buying commodities like gold, silver, oil, and foods. Can anyone point me in the right direction? thanks

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Set some immediate goals and meet them.

I'll just address the non-precious-metals, non-securities areas:

Take stock of what you have on hand and add to it. Do you have any water for in case the water supply is interrupted? You don't need to buy commercially bottled water. Tap water will work fine. Rinse out juice, tea, lemonade, or milk jugs with a little laundry bleach, rinse twice with fresh water and fill. Store in a dark area to discourage algae growth. Later you can get some five-gallon containers. I bought new 5-gallon plastic kerosene cans at Home Depot. (They are blue, which distinguishes them from my red gasoline cans.)

Add to your ready-to-eat non-perishable foods, things that you could open and eat without warming up or adding water to. Aim for a balanced diet. Basically this means canned foods. This you can do immediately. Don't keep all these supplies in the same place so you are less likely to lose all in case of theft or fire. Prepare a plastic tote full of foods, first aide supplies, and other essentials that you keep near your car where you can grab it and go at a moment's notice in case your locality becomes unsafe. Once you have a few months' supply you can invest in long-term storage foods.

If you have an out-building, begin keeping extra gasoline in it and a padlock on the door. Treat the gasoline with Sta-bil to extend its storage life and recycle it into your vehicle's gas tank on a yearly basis.

Do you have an outdoor grill or a camp stove? A multi-fuel camp stove that can burn gasoline would be good. Buy extra fuel for them. Keep it in your out-building if you have one. Imagine having to cook on them for a month or two -- or three, or...

There are other things you'll want in case of a grid-down situation. Flashlights and lots of batteries. Consider rechargeable batteries and one or more solar battery chargers.

If you are without heat in the winter could you stay warm enough? Make sure you have winter sleeping bags for you and your family or at least plenty of down comforters. Don't forget warm outdoor clothing and footwear.

Do you have one or more guns, plenty of ammo, and the training to use them effectively? Things could deteriorate rapidly. Three days without food, water, and utilities would absolutely guarantee trouble from some people in the community.

Whether it's a devastating economic collapse, a massive solar storm, or a zombie attack, the above rudimentary preparations will help you get by. A book that is very effective for propelling people (other family members?) into survival preparedness mode is William R. Forstchen's "One Second After".

Long-term preparedness includes raising your own food. If you do not have gardening skills, make friends with a gardener who can teach you. If you don't have enough land to garden, consider moving to someplace where you do, preferably someplace where most of your neighbors are gardeners too.

I think it is prudent to be prepared to leave not just your community but your country. This is part of my reason for buying property in Ecuador where I plan to move in a couple months. After three years I can apply for dual citizenship so I can have two passports. Once settled there I plan to buy land in a neighboring country where I can go if staying in Ecuador becomes untenable. (Nice thing about the equatorial tropics: plenty of water and year-round growing season, and at higher elevations, no tropical mosquito-borne diseases.)

I hope some of these suggestions are a help to you.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.


Try asking that question with the people at the forum on www.gold-eagle.com or on www.kitco.com

kitco is the very last place

kitco is the very last place I would ever go.