Five Reasons to be Self Sufficient

  1. DEPENDING ON YOURSELF: You can rely on yourself and your own abilities to support you and your family. Being able to grow your own food, tend to your own livestock, and make simple repairs, makes you better suited to care for yourself in an ever changing world.
  2. HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT: Living a sustainable lifestyle will allow you to reduce your need to use and buy food and goods that may have been produced in an unsustainable manner. Self sufficiency allows you to reduce your carbon footprint to help support our planet for years to come.
  3. DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: With global climate change, it is important that we work to save the Earth. Being self sufficient allows you to be able to support yourself and your family in the event of a disaster that could limit our ability to shop for food and supplies. This also goes for the chances of a government crisis leading to shut downs, war, or worse.
  4. ECONOMICS: The global population is growing, and all these people are relying more and more on limited resources. As resources lessen, being self sufficient will allow you to continue to be able to support yourself and your family no matter what comes. You will also have to worry less about increasing food and good costs.
  5. SAVE MONEY: Implementing cost cutting measures such as growing your own food, raising livestock, using energy efficient materials (ie. lightbulbs, solar power), composting, using rain barrels, and much more can help reduce your yearly budget and save you money!

Ways to be more Self Sufficient:

  • Grow your own fruits and vegetables
  • Cook meals at home
  • Buy local and organic
  • Preserve food (ie. canning)
  • Grow livestock (ie. chickens, goats, and rabbits)
  • Walk or bike
  • Forage for foods
  • Make your own cleaning products
  • Make and mend your clothing instead of buying new
  • Buy second hand instead of buying new
  • DIY home improvements and repairs
  • Make your own personal hygiene products
  • Use paper bags or useable cloth bags
  • Compost
  • Recycle and reuse
  • Rain collections in rain barrels

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