We’re in the midst of December. Once all the Christmas festivities have died down, you might start thinking of your New Year’s resolutions.
It’s common to set goals such as saving more money, losing weight, and being more eco-friendly. But one overarching goal which can help achieve all of this is becoming more self-sufficient.
In basic terms, being self-sufficient means developing the needs to look after yourself. You can save much more money and time by learning to do things without any help.
It can make a significant change in your life, and it starts with a few easy steps. Here are some things to try.
Grow Your Own Food
You might not have a whole farm to create your own produce, but your garden is all you need to be more self-sufficient.
You can grow fruit, vegetable, herbs, and other edible products yourself. It’ll give you a range of healthy and free eating options!
You could start with a patch of soil or a planter in your back garden. But to grow more, you might want to find greenhouses for sale.
They’re fantastic for growing all kinds of plants year-round and make an interesting addition to any garden.
There are guides online for growing food in your garden. Learn how to do it and enjoy your delicious organic cooking ingredients!
Be More Energy-Efficient
Energy-efficiency helps both you and the environment. Some adjustments around the home can help you save a lot of money on your electric bill.
You can also find ways to generate your own power. A lot of energy providers will help you install solar panels to fill some of your energy needs.
One small installation cost can save you a lot throughout the year- especially during the Summer!
Another goal you might want to take on is to rely less on technology. Modern electronics can be a big distraction, so using them less can help you get more in touch with nature.
What’s more, you’ll be able to look after yourself if you’re faced with a power cut or go out camping!
Learn skills like cooking without electricity and cut out the TV for some reading or a walk with nature.
Cut Down On Car Rides
Another small change that can save you big money is relying less on your car. After all, who wants to deal with traffic jams and annoying drivers?
Instead of driving to work in the morning, consider cycling. You’ll save a truckload of money on petrol costs- plus you don’t have to worry about damaging your vehicle. You’ll also get more exercise and be much more relaxed when you reach work.
Taking walks more is also beneficial. It can clear your mind and get you more in touch with nature.
Learn D.I.Y. Skills
Are you sick of having to call for help whenever you need something changed or fixed in your house? To be more self-sufficient, pick up some D.I.Y. skills.
There are plenty of online tutorials and YouTube videos which can teach you how to deal with home maintenance.
Not only can you keep your home in good shape, but you can also learn to redecorate on a budget.
Overall, having D.I.Y. skills will make it cheap and easy to look after your living space.
What tips do you have for becoming more self sufficient?
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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