An elderly man lives down the road from me pulled into my driveway earlier today... He asked me if I had a Billie Goat.. I answered yes in fear thinking Oh My did Jack get out??? But no there was no problem, he has a doe that needs to be bred and he wanted to know what I would charge for my Jack's services.
Now I had never given the thought of pimping out my Jack before so I had no idea... I didn't want to ask for too much... I did however remember that this man sells fire wood on occasion so I told him "How about you bring me however much wood you think would be a fair trade and you can borrow him" He said that sounded fine to him, I showed him my Jack and we talked a bit... Then he headed on back home.
A few minutes later he was back with about a half a rick of nice seasoned wood... He put it out by the barn and I helped him load up Jack into his truck. Now my Jack is over at his house "visiting" for a few days... He promised me he would take "real good care of him" and we shook hands. He will bring Jack back when the deed is done. And that is how a "Country Contract" is done... A promise and a handshake... I can see Jack when I drive by his house so I know also that Jack is just fine as can be!!!
I got something I needed in the form of some firewood and he got what he needed in the form of a sire to freshen his Nanny goat... So when you are thinking of things that you can use as money should our economy crash do not forget about services to trade. Whether it be your knowledge of how to brew beer or the services of an animal. Barter is truly a wonderful thing and has been around a millennium longer than currency.