Self Sufficiency – The Basics Explained

Self-sufficient describes a person who is able to provide for themselves without dependence on others.

Self-sufficient describes a person who is able to provide for themselves without dependence on others. Self-sufficiency is a lifestyle that is becoming more common. It can be achieved in many areas of your life, including food, healthcare and finance. Even if you aren’t completely self-sufficient you may choose to take steps towards it by growing some fruit and vegetables, using alternative medicines and/or making money from home.

In the past, most people grew at least some of their own food and made their own clothes or traded with someone else who did so in exchange for other services they could provide. This was necessary because there were not shops where everything could be bought nor was there enough money to buy those things even if they were available. With today’s improved infrastructure and economy it is possible to make all purchases of goods and services very easily in most parts of the world. However, this also means that we are becoming overly dependent on these items (and the supply chains which bring them to us) as well as on jobs which pay our wages which we then use to buy these goods and services with.

Self sufficiency can be applied to many different circumstances.

Living self sufficient is not always easy. It takes a lot of thought and effort on the part of both you and your family to live in a self sufficient manner. If you don’t want to learn about it, that’s fine, but at least have the courtesy to leave me out of some of your decisions. Do your research and make sure you’re making good decisions before you go ahead with them.

  • There are many different aspects to self sufficiency that I will be explaining in this brief so I hope everyone keeps an open mind about everything I say.

Someone living self sufficiently may choose to do so by choice, or they may face financial difficulties that force them into a self sufficient way of life.

Self sufficiency can be a choice or a necessity. Some people choose to live this way of life as it may be a reaction against the modern world. They may take a more simplistic approach in order to reduce their environmental impact and become more environmentally friendly. Other people however, are forced into self sufficiency as it becomes the last option for them. This may be due to financial difficulties or wanting to escape from society.

Some people choose self sufficient living as it allows them to live off the grid, often being located in remote areas so they can have their own space and attempt to step away from the rest of society. Other reasons include having the ability to grow all of your own food by becoming self sufficient so you have control over what you eat and making sure everything is organic and free from harmful chemicals that can be found in many other foods you buy at the grocery store today.

People who are forced into self sufficiency do not necessarily want to live this way but for many reasons, don’t have any other option available. This means that they need low cost ways of getting by without having all the luxuries that other families may enjoy such as television or internet access etc… They usually need shelter too which could also mean living on land owned by others who allow them permission only if they work there full time such as farms etc…

You can find out how we went about moving onto land owned by others, buying our own house with no electricity on an island in Scotland here: Living Off Grid

Living off the grid is one form of self sufficient living.

Living off the grid is one form of self sufficient living.

Living off the grid means you are not connected to the public electricity grid and produce your own power, perhaps using solar or wind power. You may also have your own water supply and grow vegetables or raise animals in order to be self sufficient with food. You may also heat your home with wood from trees on your land. Alternatively, a composting toilet might be used instead of a more conventional septic system that requires regular pumping and maintenance.

Self sufficient living is not necessarily cheaper than other forms of modern living.

A healthy attitude towards cost control can certainly help you to save money in a big way, but it is not the mainstay of self sufficiency. There are many expenses involved in self sufficient living that have nothing to do with saving money. The raising of animals requires a significant investment in fencing, housing and feed. Gardening requires a substantial amount of time, energy and resources. Most self sufficient people will also invest in alternative energy sources such as solar panels or wind generators and these types of technologies come with a price tag which is often not cheap.

Self sufficient living is about taking control over your life so that you have more independence from the dictates of a modern society that does not always have your best interests at heart. It is about lowering your environmental impact so that you are making less demand on an earth which has finite resources.

It is about providing for your family’s needs through your own actions rather than relying on others to care for them as you might if they were attacked by illness or disease, or if they had an accident and needed medical attention. Self sufficient living may make financial sense over the long term, but it is not necessarily cheaper than other forms of modern living in the short term

The benefits of self sufficient living go far beyond saving money.

Self sufficiency can help you become more self-reliant and less dependent on society, government and the environment. You will be better equipped to deal with crises and emergencies in a practical way. You will be able to make your own choices about how you live, to use your life energy the way that you want to and not how someone else wants you to.

A self sufficient lifestyle allows you flexibility, freedom from debt and from financial worries. It creates security for you and your family; knowing that even if there was a disaster or emergency in your area that meant no one could buy food for weeks, or even months at a time, your family would still have enough food.

Self sufficient living requires time and energy.

You need to be able to allocate time and energy to maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle. If you don’t have enough time or energy, you will burn out and everything will go wrong. The vegetable garden will get weedy, the compost pile will become rancid. You may run out of fuel for heating your home in the winter because you didn’t collect enough wood or other fuels before it got cold.

Having said this, if you are prepared to put in the effort and do not mind working hard, then self-sufficiency can be a very rewarding experience both financially and spiritually.

A self sufficient lifestyle has many benefits, but it isn’t right for everyone.

>A self sufficient lifestyle has many benefits, but it isn’t right for everyone. A self sufficient lifestyle is best suited to those people who have a desire to be in control of their own lives and property without the need for outside influence. It can also be rewarding to build your own home, grow your own food and create your own power from renewable resources. However, you shouldn’t feel pressured into making these changes if you don’t want or need them!

The good news for most people is that there are many aspects of life which can be made more sustainable than they currently are. If you live in an apartment or house with limited space then it may not be practical to start growing vegetables on your balcony or roof terrace – but there are other steps you can take towards living more sustainably such as recycling waste products (e.g., paper instead of plastic bags) and limiting energy usage by turning off lights when they aren’t needed etcetera