Economic Survival–A Time Bank for Such a Time as This

Why consider a time bank?

In a time bank no money is exchanged. Members of a community support each other with the exchange of favors and services.

But it’s not quite barter. It provides a way to keep goods and services flowing while building relationships beyond the usual business transactions.

Below is a video about the Onion River Exchange Time Bank in Vermont. Watch it to get a better understanding of how a time bank works.



For a glance at economic survival on the local level after a collapse, get Rebuilding a Village, by Vance Lindstrom. It includes chapters on alternative currencies as well as rebuilding the marketplace and banking system.

Check out Brandon Smith’s site on community and market alternatives at


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.