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Ways to Be More Self-Sufficient

By Katie Schultz

July 1, 2015 - 11:58 AM

Many people are choosing to live a more self-sustainable lifestyle. Few are extremist, living "off the grid". However, most just want to incorporate some of the self-sustaining lifestyle choices.

Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a prime example of being self-sustaining. Organic fruits and vegetables are healthier and also don't require a big garden to grow. They can be grown in any type of container, like pots or boxes, and be put on a window sill or patio. Growing your own food saves money at the grocery store.

Along with fruits and vegetables, growing herbs is good for drinks, home remedies, and homemade pesticides for gardening.

If able, having livestock is a great opportunity as well. Raising chickens provides a steady supply of eggs and meat. Cows produce milk and provide meat as well. Goats and sheep provide milk, meat and even fleece and wool. Of course, not everyone has the means to raise livestock, however, supporting local farms is just as good.

Another way to save money while more self-sustainable is to make food like bread, jams, yogurt, and cheese at home.

Solar panels are used to harness the sun's energy to run electricity in an Eco-friendly manner. Solar power panels are costly upfront, but in the long run, they save money through tax credits from federal and state government (this varies by state), and reduced energy costs. Costs of panels depends on the size each consumer needs in order to collect enough solar energy to power their building, and whether the consumer will be on or off the grid. If considering solar panels, make sure to research the incentives in your area.

For women who wear makeup, making homemade makeup is a good way to avoid the chemicals that are in makeup products. It is also better if you have sensitive skin. Makeup can be made with basic products such as honey, coconut oil, and cocoa powder.

There are lots of ways to be self-sufficient and some involve long term commitment and planning. Whether making small or big changes, make sure to do the proper research.
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