Baby steps to self sufficiency

I highly doubt that anyone now could obtain total self sufficiency, but we can get close. This article has a "sit on the deck and chat" tone to it.


  • MaryRowe
    MaryRowe Posts: 736 ✭✭✭✭

    It's a nice article--good as a starting point for someone just beginning to think about self-reliance. It is also a good reminder to stop and take stock every once-in-a-while, check your plan, see if you're still on track, where you might improve or what you might add to the plan. It is so easy to get bogged down in the little stuff, get stuck in a rut, and lose sight of the bigger picture. An article like this is a good reminder to think about what we're doing and why, and how we might do it better. Thanks for posting.

  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,415 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This article makes me feel better about how long it is taking me to become more self sufficient. I keep feeling like I'm not making progress as fast as I would like. The road blocks and bumps can be really discouraging. I continually have to remind myself to start each new thing small.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • ltwickey
    ltwickey Posts: 369 ✭✭✭

    Good information in the article. Thank you for sharing. Makes me feel less alone out there!!

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Michelle D, @ltwickey It serves to remind me that I have a long way to go, but I am on the right track.

  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 2,019 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It is great to be reminded sometimes we are not alone in this journey. and while we might have a timetable we would like it to happen by, it reminds us that it will take time. It does not happen overnight. There is much to learn and much to do.

  • JodieDownUnder
    JodieDownUnder Posts: 1,482 admin

    @RustBeltCowgirl nice article. It was many years ago that the thought struck me about self sufficiency. It was almost impossible in my working life, especially the last 17 yrs. Running a small business, relying on electricity supply, buying goods, using fuel, not having time to grow food because everything else got in the way. I am now in a position to have reassessed my life. Luckily for me working hard earlier has set me up financially. When buying our retirement property there were lots of things to consider. We now live completely off grid, harvest our water, try to grow much of our food. Changed our diet to mainly plant based. Chose an area to live with comfortable climate conditions, therefore the need for warmth and cool greatly diminished. Only travel to town when necessary and do multiple jobs while we’re there. The next consideration will be wether to buy an electric car! It is satisfying trying to lessen the impact in this crazy world.