Everybody knows that certain items will be far more valuable after a grid ending event. Stuff like gold, guns, and food are a given in any conversation on preparedness. Skills like hunting, reloading, and first aid would be indispensable, while skills accounting and day trading would be completely worthless. There are of course, other items that we may be overlooking. While things like gold and guns will be expensive in the future, they're already quite expensive now. Once you have those bases covered on your preparedness checklist, you can start thinking in terms of "What's really cheap now, but will definitely be more valuable when the SHTF? What's going to give me the greatest return on my money?" With that said, here's a few barter items you can buy right now, for a fraction of what they'll be worth when the grid goes down.