Circles of Trust: Creating Sustainable Community
The best thing I have used is fresh baked bread or cinnamon rolls. That will open almost any heart. Of course I live in Idaho and we still have that option. It's a bit different in some other areas. Extras from the garden or trying out new recipe. All kinds of ways to make contact. If they slam the door in your face you got your answer about them as well. Always best to know before SHTF rather than after.
I've also found that "saving money" idea rather than the Mad Max scenario works a lot better. LOL
I tend to be a very positive person. But if I don't get a bit of a smile and an bit of payback I know what that person is and what they believe. I'll come over and risk getting that door slammed in my face, because I want to know where you stand. I promise to treat you with all the same care and concern that you treated me. Karma can be a bitch sometimes.