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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Off-Grid, Debt Free Homes, Free DIY Resources, Rent Free Living

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

“It is perfectly possible for a man to be out of prison and yet not free—to be under no physical constraint and yet be a psychological captive, compelled to think, feel and act as the representatives of the national state, or of some private interest within the nation wants him to think, feel and act. . . . To him the walls of his prison are invisible and he believes himself to be free.”—Aldous Huxley, A Brave New World Revisited


   Although government inflation stats always LIE…the cost of living in my neck of the woods is going through the roof. EVERYTHING IS expensive.  Eggs – doubled in price in a week; fuel prices jumped 25 cents a gallon…but the single largest increase which nearly gave me a stroke – our water bill jumped 1000%...not for usage but because we live 12 feet outside of the city and our rates are now based on consumption plus the value of your property!

 Of course, the city did not provide any advance notice...

I know many of us are getting damned sick and tired of it and I am starting to finally get serious about moving back to a civilized state - Arizona.


How To Build An Off-Grid Home … Debt-Free


The American dream of owning your own home is fading away for many these days. Hardworking families, even with frugality and sacrifice, can’t save enough for a down payment or secure an affordable mortgage.

So instead of the traditional American model of the past – where a family saves 10 or 20 percent of a home’s cost and buys a starter home – some people are looking for alternative ways to pay for the American dream.

One of these options is simply not borrowing money to buy a home. This may sound like fantasy – and often it is – but for those willing to make a long-term commitment and work hard, it can be feasible.

Before moving forward, let’s begin with a caveat. Local zoning ordinances and municipal regulations will prevent you from building a solid, off-the-grid home in many larger cities. So the caveat is that you’ll live in a rural area outside city limits that has fewer and/or looser building codes. [Even in some backwater 3rd world Podunk towns where I have my mini-farm the local gendarme are jerks who act more like petty politburo communists who don’t believe in publishing their outdated requirements anywhere]…

So to build a home you need at least five things. First:  the land for your homestead. Second: building materials and tools. Third: the labor and skills to construct a home. Fourth, you’ll need realistic expectations. Unless you just won the lottery, your home will be of modest size. Finally, patience is key. If your goal is a homestead without debt, you may have to gradually improve upon things as money becomes available.

The plan for building an off-the-grid home debt free relies on you saving enough money to purchase building materials and the tools needed to construct a home.


If you want an off-the-grid homestead without debt, land is the biggest challenge. Most people simply can’t pay for a lot of land upfront. However, there are some options.  Find them here:

9 Ways to Live Rent Free
How would you like to live rent free? Sounds inviting, doesn't it? According to the Department of Numbers, the median gross monthly rent paid in 2013 was $905; that calculates to nearly $11,000 annually and more if you live in an area where rents tend to be high, such as Santa Monica, California or Boulder, Colorado. But, if you do a little research, you can find creative ways to live for cheap or even for free. So what are some ways to live rent free? Read more.

Low Cost Home
Security Tactics

Sometimes the costs associated with home security can be daunting. When you buy a home security system, you're looking at a monthly monitoring fee, plus an installation fee, plus any equipment charges. Considering the financial commitment, buying a home security system may not be the right home security tactic for everyone. Although a home security system is a great asset for those who can afford it, there are lots of ways you can fortify your home without breaking the bank. Here are some cost-efficient strategies for making your home a safer place. Read more.


Build a Rain Water Collection System


Homeowners use a lot of water every year watering the lawn or garden, which means that a lot of water and money goes, as they say, down the drain. Installing a rainwater collection system at the end of your gutter downspouts controls excess surface water and buckets it for use on your lawn. Cut down on needless water use and save money by trying this natural resource-saving irrigation technique.





Home Hybrid Generator [combines wind & solar]

In an effort to provide more consistent energy generation than a “wind only” or “solar only” system, WindStream Technologies has developed a first-of-its-kind, fully integrated, “HYBRID” renewable energy product, The “SolarMill®.” The SolarMill® incorporates 3 vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) with P.V. technology within a compact footprint, creating the greatest energy density of any product on the market. The hybrid concept of the SolarMill® is unique, seamlessly integrating wind and solar energy generation in a single unit…


The parade of products being downsized continues. It is rare that a downsized product makes headlines, but this one did….


Besides dropping one-quarter of the contents, what is irksome here is the old and new containers are identical. Here is a side view with the old on the left and the new one the right:


Your Secrets are Safe – Share Wisely!


9 ways to live rent free
read more here



Tools, Apps and DIY ResourcesYou Can Put to Good Use


Do You Have Land to Share? is a free site that connects landowners with gardeners or farmers – you provide the free land and growers share some of their produce.


Books, Art, Video – the saucy, the odd, the retro, even the practical…


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1 comment:

DAR said...

Indeed, indeed - loaded with terrific resources. Wish more offered as much.