I was reading an article on surviving and in the comment section a disagreement erupted. One of the posters kept saying: So true or false? Will you trade away some of your stuff for a few coins of gold? If disaster happens, depending on the scale of things, will you sell some medical supplies? A bucket of rice? If recovery does not look like it will be happening in a year, would you sell some fuel for a gold coin? I have heard people say that they store gold and silver because that will be the monetary system when and if SHTF, but did not barter first take place with goods? I have heard people say, you cannot eat gold so why put some away. So should one be buying an extra years’ worth of food vs. buying gold?