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According to Wikipedia, self-sufficiency is:

Self-sustainability is a type of sustainable living in which nothing is consumed other than what the self-sufficient individuals produce.

When you grow your own food, generate your own energy, and work from a home office or farm for your livelihood, the so-called “costs of living” largely disappear. You become untethered to the work-earn-spend consumer economy and thrive, instead, in a more locally centered, self-sufficient economy in which monetary income is less essential for a rich life. Self-reliant living can take many forms. Transitioning to self-sufficient living requires research and planning. But have no fear: You can get started today, wherever you live and with whatever resources and skills you already have…

1. Be Frugal

Frugality is a great way to practice financial discipline. We can live below our means by foregoing luxuries like satellite TV and smartphone service. You’re already ahead of the game if you’re looking to save money. As I previously stated, living frugally has already begun to make you more self-reliant. Because self-reliance entails doing things on your own, which is virtually always less expensive in the long term.

2. Think Long-Term and Stay Put

Commit to a permanent location and develop a long-term vision. You will want to have a practical plan that you can achieve over a time period appropriate to your current stage of life. Taking on a project in your 50s that would require years to see through is not the same as doing so in your 20s. Be reasonable and honest with yourself regarding your abilities and project time frames.

3. Get Back to Basics

Deciding where to start your journey can feel overwhelming. Start by focusing on survival and sustenance. Six main spheres guide our approach to self-sufficient living: water, shelter, food, energy (including transportation), finances, and community (including entertainment). The spheres you decide to work on first will be based on your situation, passions, unique skills, and finances. We all have limitations to achieving total self-reliance, but you can strive to transform them into possibilities after you know your limits.

4. Create a Homestead

While land ownership isn’t required, it can serve as a solid foundation for cultivating self-sufficiency. Make a land-management strategy that is both practical and affordable. Your land should be a cash-generating asset that appreciates over time as a result of the activities you engage in. Renting farmland is an alternative if the lease agreement permits for the projects you need to reach your objectives.

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