Cabin's thread on silver leads me to ask if anyone has found an inflation proof investment? I want to invest in something that can be traded for other necessities if there is rampant inflation or the entire economy goes under. I really do feel that there will be rampent inflation due to the fed's proclivity to print money and spend it, increasing the money supply and lowering the value of each individual dollar. Also the only way out of the bind the gov is in over social security and the national debt is to have massive inflation. Land seems to be the one thing you have to have to survive a really bad economy or TEOTWAWKI. If you can raise your own produce and critters on it and feed yourself, you can live very cheaply. I own 5 acres free and clear with an old mobile home and a garage on it. My taxes are $260 a year. The electric bill is about $40 a month. The propane stove is about $15 a month. Heat is free wood from my land and around the area. There is no water bill, sewer bill, or garbage bill. The taxes are the one thing I worry about. If the gov is going down the tubes it will raise property taxes. You may not be able to pay them if you are relying on SS or savings for your income. I would like to invest in an inflation proof item that I could sell in the future to pay the taxes. If the entire economy goes in the toilet then there will not be any property taxes to worry about. Silver or gold could be an investment that you could sell after massive inflation and pay the inflated property taxes. I do worry that the price of silver and gold is already inflated and you could lose a big part of your investment. If the end of the world happens, then I don't think silver or gold will have much barter value. I would not trade food or other useful things for a bar of metal. Some people have touted ammunition as a good thing to stock up on. This would work well if the gov doesn't outlaw guns and/or lead bullets. They do keep trying to outlaw these. Chain saw blades won't spoil but they may become obsolete. Canning jars would work but the take up so much room. Seeds do become less viable over time, Does anybody have nominations for items to buy and save against inflation for barter or to sell to pay taxes?