With the rising inflation and shortage of resources, people are looking for easy ways to be self-sufficient. In reality becoming independent is not as difficult as it sounds. You can find resources and ample opportunities to become self-reliant even in a desert. The technique is to use your resources, save some money and be more creative in your approach. To have an urban self-sufficient living, you need to be less dependent on the luxuries that are offered to you. Here, we have listed down 15 simple ways to be self-sufficient.
Growing your own food is the first step towards becoming self-sufficient. You will not only get yourself basic grocery for your kitchen but also you can sell your produce in the market and earn money. Here, we will discuss few of the things that you can grow at home.
1-Growing your vegetables and fruits:
It is easy to grow vegetables and fruits in your backyard. If you are short of space and do not have a garden, then you can grow them in pots, boxes and containers that can be placed in the balcony.
Herbs are not only used in food and tea but are a great source of home remedies. With your own homegrown herbs, you can have natural, homemade medicines. You can even make your own pesticides to manage a self-sustainable farm.
3-Growing edible flowers:
Everybody loves to enjoy appetizing salads, delicious ice creams and desserts but they can be heavy on your pocket. But you can make your own desserts by growing edible flowers at home.
Keeping Livestock is a great source of fresh, dairy products, meat, and fleece and fiber that can give you ample of opportunities to start your own business.
4-Raising Your Own Chicken:
You can have or raise your own farm of backyard chickens that can give you a steady produce of eggs. If you don’t have much space you can keep 3-4 hens as one hen can lay up to 5 eggs a week. Not only you will get fresh organic eggs but also a good produce of meat.
Have a self-sufficient farm living by raising your own goats and sheep. They are a great source of milk meat, fleece and fiber. Not only will you have dairy produce and meat but also wool and yarn.
6-Raising honey bees:
Have your own homemade honey by raising a bees in beehive at rooftops. You just need to seek permission from your local council and then you can have your own beehive farm.
One’s craft is always appreciated especially when s/he is best at it. Make a self-sufficient home living with your homestead products and run your own small, home-based business.
7-Making Homemade Jams and Jellies:
You have your own garden of fruits. Not only you can have them in salads and desserts but you can even make jams and jellies at home. Even if you don’t have ample supply of fruits for your homemade jam then you can buy seasonal fruits and use it to make preservative-free, healthy and cheap jam, jellies and marmalade.
8-Baking Bread at Home:
Get a sack of wheat flour and make your own bread at home. Not only, you can make a plain one but also add variety to it. Use dried fruit chunks, raisins and nuts to give flavor to your bread.
9-Making Your Own Yogurt and Cheese:
You can find lots of affordable commercial foodstuff but they are not always healthy as they contain additives and preservatives. But you can have fresh and healthy dairy products by making your yogurt and cheese at home. You can even add fruits to your yogurt just to add flavor to it.
10-Stitching Your Curtain:
It is always very expensive to revamp your home furnishing but if you are good at stitching, you can do it at home even. For starters, you can experiment making your own curtains as they do not require much effort and you can get done with just straight sewing.
11-Designing Patchwork Quilts:
No need to throw away your old clothes and other ragged pieces of clothes because you can make your own patchwork quilts. They are not only easy and cheap to make but also fashionable and much appreciated for their chic look.
12-Making Your Own Homemade Beauty Products:
Cosmetics and beauty kits are always heavy on pocket. They may even cause allergic reactions to sensitive skin as they contain highly reactive chemicals. Try making your own cosmetics and save yourself some money. Gram flour, yogurt, milk, and honey are few of the things that can help you make effective homemade beauty products.
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13-Making Your Own Solar Panel:
Day by day, electricity is becoming an expensive commodity. Due to higher bills, you tend you use lesser electrical appliances but why not produce your own electricity and enjoy it freely whenever you want. With solar panels, you can convert heat energy from Sun into electricity and you can even store it and use it at night.
14-Make Your Own Garden Furniture:
Every year you need to trim down your trees so that they can become healthy and fruitful next season but just don’t throw away the branches. You can cut them and make your own garden furniture.
15-Design Your Own Decoration Pieces:
With dried leaves, beads, and all other things that you consider as trash can be used for making home decoration material.
These are some ideas, the list is endless. You can come up with your own ideas to get financial independence to save cost of living.