Buying gold and guns of course! Nothing says long life like soft shiny metals, and haggling always seems to go better when you have a gun in your hand.
Ok, actually, I'm learning a little about local flora (who knew dandylions were so valuable? Also I've got a good line on matsutake, thanks to marrying into a Japanese-American family), thinking about fresh water collection, and ways to keep warm in the winter. I have a small stockpile of seeds I'm practicing "farming" (poorly) with...my potatoes and carrots, along with my fishin gear, are my current best bet for surviving potentially thin resource availability.
So, in a nutshell, my financial protection has little to do with money directly. "Mottai nai," and self-sufficiency are my rules of thumb since I see no way of regulating my finances in a way that doesn't put me in someone else's pocket. I have some stocks and whatnot, but since their value seem to be so heavily based on the fears and whims of the masses (ad the fabulously wealthy) I don't put much...er...stock, in them. I do like what little I understand of IRAs though.
Guns may have some practical value, but the gold thing, I dont get.
When I lived in Austin, I was hella poor broke-assed no money living on love and illicit drugs. Great good fun, for the most part, but not sustainable. I learned about 20 ways to rock the dandelions. They are some of the most delicious and nutritious food around.
As an older, wiser, more responsible adult, I kept the yard food and added a decent little veggie garden. I was way too high in Austin to grow anything. Up here, I still get the dandelions, but also have a huge patch of miner's lettuce coming up in the yard even now.
If we're talking zombie apocalypse fiscal cliff stuff, I'd like to remind the compound's admissions panel that I know how to grow grains, extract oil from them, and turn the grain into ethanol, as well as turning the extracted oil into biodiesel. Ethanol and biodiesel are pretty damn useful things, in the zombie apocalypse compound.