Being successfully self-sufficient is an ideal that has been pursued for decades with more people than ever now trying conspicuous consumerism, AKA living with less.
It’s no secret that the cost of living is rising at an astonishing pace. Inflation is mainly to blame, and it can be difficult for many people whose wages don’t stretch to match the constant rise in price. It is for this reason that more of us than ever are choosing to be successfully self-sufficient. So what does this term mean? Self-sufficiency is all about relying on yourself alone to provide you with the means you need to live – be it food, energy, entertainment or a mixture of all three (plus a few more). How self-sufficient you can be, depends on a few different factors, such as where you live and how much time you have to devote to the cause. But if you ever wanted to get off the consumer wagon and live in a more sustainable way, here are some tips that can help you do just that.
How self-sufficient you can be, depends on a few different factors such as where you live and how much time you have to devote to the cause. But if you ever wanted to get off the consumer wagon and live in a more successfully self-sufficient way, then these tips will help you to do just that.
Be Successfully Self-Sufficient by Growing Your Own Food
This is the most obvious one, and something a lot of people do every day, to varying degrees. If you have enough space in your garden, consider growing your very own vegetable patch. Depending on the season, you should be able to grow things such as potatoes, carrots and leafy greens with relative ease, even if you have no previous cultivating experience. Fruits and more exotic vegetables such as peppers and chillis will need to be grown in a warmer environment, so if you want to expand into this kind of gardening, you may need to invest in a greenhouse. If growing anything outside is out of the question due to a lack of space, don’t worry – you can still grow some smaller plants, herbs and vegetables in pots on your windowsill.
Be Successfully Self-Sufficient by Using Less Power
There is no getting away from using power completely; we need it to live the kind of lives we have become accustomed to. But there are more fun ways to spend your hard-earned cash than on a huge electricity or water bill. Consider switching to a more renewable type of energy, such as solar panels, if this is something that would work in the area where you live. Or, if you only need power for some specific uses, get hold of some water cooled diesel generators. This way you can be more in control of the power you need and what you put back out into the world regarding pollution.
Be Successfully Self-Sufficient by Being Frugal
A huge part of the reason why we are so reliant on the consumer trade is that we are constantly swamped by the idea that we need to be buying more all the time. Try not to be sucked in by advertising campaigns and think about what items you need in and around your home. For example, do you need that fancy set of coat hooks that costs you $25 – or could you, in fact, make your own with some wiring or some old cutlery?
Regarding your clothing, consider shopping at more second-hand stores, as you can often find a style steal for a fraction of the original cost. Sustainable living doesn’t have to be amount moving to the wilderness to live entirely off the land – it can simply be making a few changes to your current lifestyle, for the better.
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