Ok. Scenerio #1 you're already in. It's everyday urban/suburban/rural life in your city or town or school. Only catch (positive catch) is that you have $5,000 to buy whatever modern survival items you like. Survival does not have to include merely the bare necessitys but also your favorite music, speakers, a laptop, an egyptian cotton towel, a poster of Shakira, a coffee table in the shape of a yin-yang, whatever. What would you like to own for life (as in for the long haul) to increase your quality of life. Note : I know you want to invest the money for your retirement but for the sake of the scenerio just imagine you had to spend it now. Scenerio #2 is quite different. Scenerio #2 starts with a major disaster and/or catastrophe that may last as little as one month or as long as indefinitely. The electricity, water supply, cell towers and radio towers (it's hypothetical) are all down. The good news for you is that your physic friends told you about the disaster pending and you were prepared. In this situation you also have $5,000 (to spend beforehand). In both scenerios lets assume you have your own room and/or small apartment in which to stoy your home entertainment center and/or water barrels.