Living a Self-Sufficient Lifestyle
Living a self sufficient lifestyle is about more than just growing your own food and canning it. It’s about a mindset and learning to live within your means.
It starts with recognizing what your family’s most common needs are and then working to meet those needs in as many ways as you can.
Embrace a Simple Lifestyle
Embracing simple living isn’t an easy task, but it can be done in small steps. It starts with decluttering your home and reducing the amount of possessions you own. It also involves learning how to cook and grow your own food. It can be easier to make these changes if you have the knowledge and resources to do so.
Another aspect of simple living is valuing quality over quantity. This means that you focus on owning fewer high-quality items rather than having many low-quality possessions. This also allows you to make your possessions last longer, which reduces waste and slows the consumption cycle further.
Get Your Family on Board
Being self sufficient is something that requires the whole family to come on board. If your spouse and kids don’t embrace frugal living, growing a garden, or going off the grid then you will have trouble achieving your goals of being more self sufficient.
Getting rid of debt is also a key part of becoming self sufficient. You will not be able to afford to live off the grid if you are still owing everyone and their brother money.
Families who are moving towards self sufficiency can apply to HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program, which allows them to set financial goals and work towards achieving them. This program also provides financial incentives for families who are working toward their goals.
Learn to Live Frugally
One of the most important things you can do to become more frugal is to create and stick to a budget. This will help you to prioritize necessary spending and minimize luxury spending.
Another great way to save money is by shopping for deals. This can be done by comparing prices online or at local stores. Make sure to also look at the ending number on price tags. This will tell you if the product is on sale or not.
It’s also a good idea to start investing any extra cash that you have. This will help you to build a nest egg and prepare for major financial milestones like retirement.
Learn to Grow Your Own Food
Growing your own food is one of the biggest steps you can take towards living a self sufficient lifestyle. Not only is it a great way to save money at the grocery store, but it also helps you connect with nature and live a more sustainable life.
If you are new to gardening, start by planting herbs. These are low maintenance and require little space. Once you’ve mastered those, move on to vegetables and fruit. Then, focus on growing enough of each crop to last you a year. This eliminates the need to buy groceries from stores that ship produce across the globe, which creates a lot of greenhouse gas emissions.
Learn to Live Off the Grid
Whether you’re looking to start small by learning how to live off the grid or fully commit to an off-grid lifestyle, it’s important to make sure that you have enough money saved up and eliminate unnecessary expenses before making the move. You also want to ensure that you have a source of potable water on hand for emergencies, such as a well, river, or lake.
Another way to save money is to learn to grow your own food or hunt and fish for your meals, which can be a great way to lower your grocery bills. You can also try to earn extra income through your hobbies, like cross-stitching, knitting, or even by selling homemade products.
Learn to Make Your Own Clothes
Sewing your own clothes is a great way to live more sustainably. It’s not only an affordable option, but it also allows you to customize your clothing to fit your personal style. You can even alter or refashion your own garments rather than making new ones, which is especially helpful during times of scarcity like the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s not as hard as you may think, and you don’t need to be a master seamstress. All you need is some time, a space to lay out your patterns and fabric, and a little bit of patience.
Learn to Make Your Own Food
Whether you live in a city apartment or on an acre of land, learning to be self sufficient can happen. It’s about changing your mindset, learning new skills & reducing your consumption.
This can be accomplished through things like growing a few choice vegetables, living frugally & canning your own food. All of this will help to reduce your need for a grocery store and teach you how to be self sufficient.
Getting self sufficient doesn’t mean that you need to live off the grid, never eat something that was not grown on your own and avoid all forms of consumerism. However, it is a good way to save money, be healthy and live with less stress.