In an ideal world, we’d never have to worry about where our basic living resources were coming from. We’d have infinite water reserves, sustainable energy for everything, and food prices that never fluctuated according to supply and demand. Sadly, we don’t live in an ideal world! Because the future of our natural resources is so uncertain these days, more and more people are taking steps to become more self-sufficient. If you want to do this too, here are a few simple changes to consider.
Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies
This is one of the easiest, and in my opinion most satisfying ways to get closer to total self-sufficiency. Considering what they charge for various cleaning products these days, switching over to DIY solutions can save you a small fortune in a short space of time. Get yourself some baking soda, vinegar, castile soap, isopropyl and pine cleaner, and you won’t have to buy another cleaning product for a long time. These ingredients, in different combinations for different needs, will allow you to clean pretty much everything in your home exceptionally cheaply, and give you a little more peace of mind knowing that your impact on the planet is kept to a minimum.
Grow Your Own Food
Though you may not have all that much experience with gardening, starting and tending to your own vegetable garden is a fantastic way to become more self-sufficient. I know we’re in winter, but a little research, trial and error will get your growing project off to a great start. You may want to look at some affordable greenhouses if you can’t wait to get started! Growing vegetables is very popular these days, so you’ll have no problem finding tutorials, guides and books to help you online. Aside from that, you’ll probably have at least one friend or neighbour who knows more about gardening than you, and will be happy to show you some tricks. You may not be crazy about the whole idea now, but raising, cooking and eating your own food is extremely satisfying.
Start and Maintain an Emergency Fund
Okay, if you were totally self-sufficient you’d exist outside of the exchange rate, and never have to work another day in your life. While there are people around like that, you have internet access, so it’s probably not the most practical thing to pursue! Emergencies happen, and when life throws you a nasty surprise it can be extremely hard to cope if you’re living paycheque to paycheque. Whether it’s car troubles, home repairs, or anything else that we can’t see coming, I’m sure you’d rather have the funds to hand rather than have to dig yourself into debt! Set yourself a realistic quota for building an emergency fund, and stick to it. Even if you’re only putting £20 a month away, you’ll still have a handy cash cushion the next time chance pulls the rug out from under you!
Becoming totally self-sufficient takes a lot of work. However, making these little changes will be great for setting yourself in the right direction.