How to Start Living Self-Sufficiently?

Written by Naomi Meza


Posted on November 17 2023

You will encounter many experts claiming there is no right or wrong way to live as long as you are not hurting anyone.

But living self-sufficiently is one of the more refined ways to go through life.

It ensures you live a life that is independent of external factors like pandemics, food shortages, power outages and more.


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What is Self-Sufficiency?

Aerial view of home garden beds

A self-sufficient lifestyle entails living off the grid and using knowledge to maintain your unique survival system.

It means you focus your money and resources on your family and self-sufficient lifestyle while avoiding debt.

Tips on How to Become More Self-Sufficient

Here are a few tips to start and maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle.

a) Grow Your Own Food

Homegrown lettuce in wicker basket

Planting your vegetable garden is not only a productive way to spend your time, but it is also a great way to lead a self-sufficient lifestyle.

Not to mention the rewarding feeling you get when you finally cook up a meal using home-grown food.


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b) Compost Scraps

Compost scraps in raised garden bed

Composting scraps is a great way to produce your own manure for your garden.

It also helps keep the environment clean.

You can compost anything from coffee grounds, paper tea bags, and even eggshells.


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c) Learn to Take Cuttings

Cuttings in small vases

Cuttings are an easy way to plant a new tree.

All you have to do is cut a section of a stem, remove any bottom leaves, and place one end in the soil.

d) Save Seeds for Sustainable Lifestyle

Person planting seeds in soil

Saving seeds is a great way to maintain a high-quality crop yield that is free from unwanted chemicals.


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e) Sustainable Water Management

Collecting rain water in blue water barrel

When living a self-sufficient lifestyle, you will not get water delivered to you, so you need to know how much water you are using and how you can recycle and reuse it.

f) Learn Basic Household Maintenance

Man repairing pipes in wall

A self-sufficient person does not call the painter, plumper, or electrician whenever something does not work in the homestead.

You will need to learn how to do basic maintenance like fixing pipes and putting up bulbs.


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g) Eat Seasonally

Seasonal produce on a table

You may not realize it, but different plants, fruits, and vegetables grow through different seasons.

Capitalizing on the plants and veggies in season will minimize food wastage.

The best part about eating what is in season is these foods are often in high supply and, therefore, cost less.

h) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Person reducing, reusing and recycling

To keep your home running efficiently, you will need to employ the reduce, reuse, and recycle principles.

Reusing items like plastics and paper will save you money and keep your environment clean.

You can recycle and reuse food scraps and other items so you make maximum use and cut costs.


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k) Financial Self-Sufficiency


Your finances dictate the health of other aspects of your life.

Staying debt-free is the best and only way to be financially self-sufficient.

Living a credit-free life can be hard, but it is entirely doable.

One Step Closer to Self Sufficiency 


Living a self-sufficient lifestyle can be a steep learning curve, but the trick is to keep learning continuously.


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Start small so you do not get overwhelmed, and embrace the new lifestyle.

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