Living Off The Land
While today’s economy seems to be doing quite well, geopolitical movements fluctuate without our ability, as citizens, to predict future trends. One thing that is predictable, though, is the imperfection of human beings. Since human beings are in authority, it is reasonable to assume there will always be aspects of government that aren’t in the best interests of the people it governs.
In order to escape being undermined by this human reality, what is necessary is self-sustenance at some level. While going totally off-grid may be too difficult for some, it is something that is worth considering. Additionally, the advent of modern technology makes it so that even on a very basic, $2,000-or-less monthly salary, you can do this.
There are several ways. First, you need to get all the way out of debt. There are moves you can take while you’re in debt, but for total individual sustainability, you need to be unencumbered as possible. Still, regardless of your current situation, you can start a garden and save money. Seeds are cheap, and ordering them for the right region represents a very successful means of reaping a harvest that will save you money.
Nuts, vegetables, and berries can provide you a diet which is totally nutritious—but it may take a few seasons for you to get the hang of it. You need to plant early in the year, husband your developing crop, harvest it at the right time, and learn how to preserve what you harvest over the winter.
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Once you learn how to husband the resources at your disposal in this way, then you can start looking at total grid independence. You can build a prefabricated home for between $16 and $40 per square foot depending on whether you build it yourself, and the kind of materials you secure. That means for between $16k and $40k you can build a 1,000 square foot living space.
One way to help save is to grow your own food and eat it. Another is to look into programs which provide food for the impoverished; like food stamps, or food banks. A third is to exploit social events which provide food for free, or other services.
Once you’ve got your prefabricated property planned out, you need to find the land to build it on. If you buy land a little out of the main “drag” of your current city, near a running body of water, and where wind turbines aren’t outlawed, then you can install wind, water, and solar energy which—when fully yielding—can produce 9.3 kWh of energy.
You can do this for $15k. If you couple that with internal insulation, decoration, and design, it’s not without the realm of possibility that you could accomplish the whole task for under $75k. Seven years of hard saving, and a year of hard building, can make this happen under a $2k a month budget. As a cherry on top, this is a pretty green way to go.
Once you’re grid independent, growing your own food, living off your own energy, and not beholden to any HOA, the only bill you’ll have is whatever internet solution you’ve derived and property taxes. Alternatively, you can take out a loan and do the same thing.
Today’s world is unpredictable, but there are steps you can take to solidify your living situation. Growing your own food is one of the wisest ones out there. Starting small makes sense! So take stock of your situation, and see what sustainable strategies are best for you.