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How To Become More Self-Sufficient Easily

Posted by Live Love Mom on March 25, 2020 at 6:00 AM
by: Stephanie McEndree



We can always be more self-sufficient, and we can always use these ways to live off of the land and rely on ourselves. Take some time to research to learn certain skills such as identifying plants to offer yourself a wider range of things you can use to your advantage. Here are simple ways you can become more self-sufficient without changing much or buying more things than you already have.

Forage. Simple weeds such as dandelions and clovers are actually edible. Gather these things from your own backyard, out in fields or forests. Be sure to wash them to make sure they are clean and safe to eat. You can even find some wild raspberries, blueberries or strawberries. Don't quote me on this, but I heard that as long as mushrooms don't grow from dead things such as tree stumps, they are edible. 

Plant seeds. For the fruit that you already have in your fridge, don't throw away the seeds. Save them and plant them in your garden. You can plant plum trees, peach trees, apple trees, orange trees, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, pomegranates, watermelon and more! You can have your own garden and orchard that you can pick during the summer and save you some grocery trips. 

Compost. This is the best way to offer some natural fertilizer to your garden, or even just your grass. Keep a container seperate and put your peels or rotten foods in this bin. It can also be outdoors where it dries in the sun.

Make hay. If you have livestock or even know some people who could use some hay, don't throw away the grass you cut. Dry it out and make hay with it. If you aren't sure how, you can always look up articles or videos about it to get it right.

Learn to sew. With tears happening, it's important to learn how to mend your clothes or sew on a button that fell off. This will save you money by not needing to buy new clothes as often. You can also learn to patch up holes to make clothes last longer.

Learn to knit or crochet. You can make lots of household items such as scarves, mittens, hats, scarves, blankets, washcloths, towels and more. All you need is a large ball of yarn and some needles and you can get to work. There are lots of youtube tutorials, or you can always join a class or a knitting club.

Use reusables. Whenever you have the choice between disposables and reusables, always go reusable. There are many ways you can go this route without having to spend money over and over again on disposables, and lesson your carbon footprint. You can use cloth diapers, cloth wipes, washcloths, cloth breastpads, cloth hand towels, hankerchiefs, cloth sanitary napkins, cloth makeup remover pads, cloth sponges and scrubbers, and even washcloths as toilet paper. You can also get a bidet instead of toilet paper to also increase your savings. 

Recycle. Don't throw away egg cartons, cereal boxes, papers or empty toilet paper rolls. Save them so your kids can make arts and crafts with them. If your kids aren't interested or you don't have any kids, you can donate them to local schools and daycare who will have use of them. It's also good for the environment. For things you can't reuse, you can bring glass bottles and soda cans to grocery stores and get coins for them in return. They even have such stations for used batteries. You can take it a step further and collect scrap metal and sell it to the junkyard, or even collect broken appliances and sell them to your town.

Set out rain barrels. You can use barrels, or even buckets if you don't have barrels, to collect rainwater. You can use rainwater for a variety of ways such as watering your plants, filling your pool, washing your pets, even washing dishes or your car. This cuts down on water usage and your power bill and saves the environment by using your natural resources.

Bake in your car. For those hot summer months, park your car in your driveway so you can heat up your car. You can bake some cookies on the dashboard, maybe even fry eggs or bake pies, muffins or cakes. Take advantage of the natural heat and cook without using any power or electricity.

Hand-wash your clothes. Now this may be more vigorous and inconvenient, but if you can and have time and want to stay fit or want to do something as a family, wash your clothes by hand. You can use collected rainwater and wash outside with a kiddie pool or just by the barrel. You can use the soapy water to dump later on harmful weeds such as the thorny ones so your kids don't get injured. You can also hang-dry your clothes, whether on the shower rod, around the house or even on a clothes line. If you don't want to do this with all of your clothes, that's fine. You can do small things such as washcloths and towels. Things that take up a lot of space in the dryer are better air-dried such as blankets, sheets and coats.

Make your own butter. You can take some whole milk or some cream, add some salt and put it in a container and shake it. Eventually, it will turn into butter. You won't have to spend any money getting it from the grocery store because you will have made it at home yourself. If you want to take this further, you can look up how to make your own cheese and yogurt.

Cut your own wood. God some dead trees or some branches with fungus on them? Prune your own trees or cut them down yourself. You can chop them up for firewood for your fireplace or for the fire pit. You can take advantage of the fire and cook some things over the fire such as marshmallows and weenies for the beginners.

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