For the past several weeks, I have been encouraging my readers to consider everything thoroughly before jumping into this self-sufficiency lifestyle. This week, one reader wrote to me and said “stop all the over thinking and get to the nuts and bolts of it already”. Continue reading
Judging from the email I receive, a lot of people jump into this lifestyle as a last resort or as a result of some severe economic down turn in their lives. I understand that thought process, but this lifestyle is NOT cheap. Far from it from actually. If you are considering this lifestyle for these reasons, I strongly urge you to reconsider. Continue reading
I think anyone who knows me, knows I value frugality. I don’t spend money on things I don’t need and I rarely succumb to impulse buys. I keep a very close watch on every penny we spend. But I do buy quality whenever I buy anything.
In this week’s email from my readers, a man from Tennessee wrote to me looking for information about where to find the cheapest tools. As I pondered his question, I recalled two events in my life and shared them with him. I would like to share them with you here as well. Continue reading
I love when I receive email from my readers and I do receive a lot of it. Last week I received an email from a man who read a couple of my articles. He had read the one about how hard it was to find good reliable help out here in the sticks and the latest one about starting with a portable building for a house cabin. He asked a pretty good question, “What if I just don’t have the skills to do the building and construction you talk about?”
I realize not everyone has been trained or even exposed to such things, but for me this is what I find the most exciting about the lifestyle. The constant learning and trial and error at skills I may not have is what keeps this lifestyle interesting for me. While I have had some training and plenty of practice in building construction, I don’t have all the answers to every problem we face out here. Continue reading