One of the most common (and perhaps demoralizing) misconceptions about converting to a more self-sufficient lifestyle is that it has to happen immediately.
There are plenty of voices out there who will tell you that shit is going to hit the fan tomorrow, and you need to be prepared to hunker down and go off the grid tomorrow. While it is certainly possible that a world changing disaster could happen tomorrow like a nuclear war, or the collapse of the US Dollar, but more than likely it won’t.
Generally, the more likely threats are short term crisis’ like a natural disaster such as a hurricane, flood, earthquake, wildfire, and the power outages that result from said disaster.
I’ve spoken numerous times in this blog about how I think the most important things to focus on are the vitals such as reliable shelter, a clean water source, a source of food (or food storage) and a renewable cooking/heating source.
While most of us would like to immediately have 100 acres of woods that they can develop and live off grid right now, that’s just not feasible for most normal people to obtain on a whim. It takes time and money to get things into action, and you must have patience. Note that this is not me telling you to “do nothing”, you need to have a goal laid out, and be constantly making steps towards achieving that goal.
There is no shame working a regular day job to save up the money to properly and comfortably set up off-grid. You don’t have to quit your job and move away from civilization immediately. Use the time it takes to save up the money you will need, and research information you will need to help aid he transition. Practice skills that will benefit you off-grid, and start implementing some of those skills into your daily routine.
Gradually make changes to your lifestyle which cut expenses out of your budget, and eventually you will find yourself less and less reliant on your paycheck.
Examples of ways to cut expenses you say? They vary for everybody, but to name a few of my own off the top of my head:
– Helpless coffee addict? Brew that shit at home. It costs $1.50 or more every day for a cup at a convenience store OR you can pay $5 and get a big container that could potentially last a whole month.
– Drink water. Yeah, that’s probably a hard one for most of you. I used to be just like everybody else and drink soda all the time (2 liters of Mountain Dew every day). If you drink a whole 2 liter a day you might be spending $1-$2 per day and (possibly more if you are buying smaller bottles or cans). I explained in a previous post how you can buy a high quality water-filter with payments that can provide clean water for only a few cents per gallon.
– If you must smoke cigarettes, roll your own. I quit smoking over 5 years ago but before I did, I rolled my own cigarettes to save money. A pack a day could cost you $7 or more, but if you roll your own you can pay roughly $1 per pack.
These aren’t necessarily homesteading skills, but they are changes that you can make to your life RIGHT NOW that will help you save a considerable amount of money, which can be used to pay for bigger things like land, housing, solar panel configurations, etc.