Here it is! Ten tips to help you become more self-reliant. You can work on one or all ten.
- Become Debt Free. Your #1 obstacle to self-reliance is debt. When you have debt you have already allocated your future income and resources to paying off debt. To become more self-reliant today’s resources should be focused on paying for today’s and tomorrows goals, not yesterdays purchases.
- Grow a garden. If you don’t already garden then you are missing an area of your life where you can experience more self-reliance. Gardening can be tricky, but it can also be rewarding. If you attempt and fail, try again. I have learned that gardening takes practice and determination.
- Learn how to build and repair. Get comfortable with a hammer, pliers, and a screwdriver. The more comfortable you are building and repairing things the more self-reliant you can be. If you aren’t comfortable with these things then start with a small building project. You could build somethings as simple as a raised garden bed. The more you build the more comfortable you will be when it comes to doing repairs and building things for your home and garden.
- Learn some basic skills in sewing and hair cutting. This doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself, but learning some basic skills can relieve stress when you don’t have the means to get someone else to do it. Besides you might find you are good at it or that you really enjoy it.
- Learn how to can and preserve foods. If you aren’t dependent on buying all of your food off the store shelves you can have a little more flexibility with when and where you get your food. Plus you have more control over what goes into your food.
- Reduce/Reuse/Recycle. There are so many ways that these three practices can help you to become more self-reliant. Reduce what you use. Reuse and recycle everything you have as many times as you can. Turn scraps into compost, old clothes into blankets, be creative.
- Get to know the resources in your area. Learn where the thrift stores are and where you can find local farmers markets and swap meets. Get involved in a local church community. There are many resources , but you need to find them to use them.
- Use renewable resources. Use as many renewable resources as you can. Solar and wind power. Solar cooking. These are great ways to become more self-reliant. However I want to caution you not to incur a large debt acquiring these because then they will become a burden instead of a blessing.
- Learn how to cook. If you know how to cook then learn more. The more you know about cooking they more self-reliant you can become. Learn how to cook foods that are inexpensive and can be stored like dry beans. Also, learn how to prepare and eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
- Enjoy free entertainment. Discover things you can enjoy doing for entertainment that is free or inexpensive. Hikes, board and card games, reading, biking, camping, etc.
Being self-reliant isn’t about doing everything yourself, but it is about enjoying the freedom that comes from learning. When you know more you can do more (or less depending on your goals). Knowing how to do things gives you a sense of freedom and empowerment; knowledge that you can get by through the thick and the thin.
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