Self-Sufficient Living
The state of not requiring any outside aid, support, or interaction, for survival. A type of personal or collective autonomy.  Examples in North America include voluntary simplicity, urban homesteading, and the back-to-the-land movement. 

Learn To Barter Wikipedia
Barter is a system of exchange by which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange such as money.[1] It is usually bilateral, but may be multilateral, and usually exists parallel to monetary systems in most developed countries, though to a very limited extent. Barter usually replaces money as the method of exchange in times of monetary crisis, such as when the currency may be either unstable (e.g., hyperinflation or deflationary spiral) or simply unavailable for conducting commerce.


Drying Clothes on the Clothesline 
Save money, cut carbon emissions, and extend the life of your clothing.
all with a few bucks’ worth of rope.

Line drying is back! True, electric clothes dryers aren’t going to disappear anytime soon. But, as you may find simply by strolling around your neighborhood on the next sunny Saturday, it seems like more people than ever are returning to the tried-and-true combination of sun, wind, and clothesline to dry their clothing and linens.

Hanging your laundry out to dry instead of firing up your dryer reduces your electric or gas bill, lowers carbon emissions, helps your clothing and linens last longer by eliminating some wear and tear on the fabric saving you more money in the long run.

Creates a great excuse to get outside, and gives your fabrics that natural, fresh outdoor smell (no need to use chemical fragrances that claim to mimic it). Even if you don’t hang every wash load, maybe you can just do bath towels, each time you do, you save yourself money and help protect the environment.    Click For How To

Solar Cooker
A solar cooker, or solar oven, is a device which uses the energy of direct sunlight to heat, cook or pasteurize food or drink. The vast majority of solar cookers presently in use are relatively cheap, low-tech devices. Because they use no fuel and cost nothing to operate, many nonprofit organizations are promoting their use worldwide in order to help reduce fuel costs (for low-income people) and air pollution, and to slow down the deforestation and desertification caused by gathering firewood for cooking. Solar cooking is a form of outdoor cooking and is often used in situations where minimal fuel consumption is important, or the danger of accidental fires is high.


Solar ovens can be used to prepare anything that can be made in a conventional oven or stove—from baked bread to steamed vegetables to roasted meat. Since solar ovens are placed outside, they do not contribute unwanted heat inside houses. Solar cookers use no fuel, which means that their users do not need to fetch or pay for firewood, gas, electricity, or other fuels. Solar cookers do not produce any smoke. Children cannot be burned by touching solar cookers. Unlike all fuel-based cooking arrangements, solar cookers are not fire hazards.

Solar Power

The Complete Idiot's Guide
to Self-Sufficient Living
How to be green, save green,
grow greens-even turn a thumb
green. Self-sufficient living can mean a healthier life, a way to protect the earth, or a way to save money. This guide helps readers find their perfect degree of self reliance in the areas of food, shelter, energy, clothing, and more. For both the urban
and rural dweller, it covers gardening, cooking from scratch, preserving food, raising livestock, keeping chickens, generating or supplementing energy, essential tools and equipment, foraging for wild foods, hunting, fishing, and trapping. Saving money in today's economy and self-sufficiency go hand-in-hand    
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