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Ways to live without money ? Taking into account of [...]

Chatteris, Cambridgeshire
via The Full Circle Project
Ways to live without money ? Taking into account of course minor start up costs might be incurred as some people we may initially need to trade with insist on bank notes.credits as the trade medium, so keeping monetary costs as low as possible....... Discuss.

I'll start ...

1. Learning an in-depth skill, like reclamation, maintenance and rebuilding, and applying these skills as much as possible in every day life..... Perhaps a teaching route more of a "real world" education as opposed to the classroom norm. Teaching new generations from young how to construct and maintain an entire house would be an invaluable skill set to have, and be able to pass on.

2. Gardening to grow your own food might require some initial notes/credits being exchanged for minor construction and materials, but learning how to save & store, & nurture to fruition a wide variety of fruit and vegetables is again an invaluable skill to have, and be able to teach.

3. Want as little as possible. Pretty self explanatory that one.... I'm not a fan of waste and as a collective we create far too much, everyone is so quick to throw things away and get something new just because it will cost less. Money again serving to destroy any motivation for anyone to learn the skill and value of repair/maintenance, which I guess takes my post "full circle" (pun very much intended lol) back to my first point. The importance of construct, repair, maintain, etc ......
Youve got some great ideas there Freeman. Ive been researching ways to save cash but also cut down on the amount of waste that gets thrown out of my house. Ive always collected jars and bottles as they can be reused for other things and so I wash them and put them aside. So far ive managed to store jars, bottles, plastic bottles, cardboard toilet rolls, milk cartons and newspapers- I plan to turn that into recycled paper. I keep my eyes peeled for bargains like hard rubbish that's left on the side of the road, you can pick up wood planks, nails and other building material. Ive also cleaned out my pantry with junkfood and replaced it with baking needs and food staples. Im also reducing my family's eating by saving vegetable stocks and freezing them, baking more rather than buying, its been really great to see where I can reduce waste and save money. The money we save on everything, we want that to build up so that we can use the money to buy a block of land and build our family sustaining home. I also want to make my own clothes and knit. Doing this type of thing motivates me, it inspires me to keep exploring more options to reduce waste, rely and trust myself.
Sunday 3 July 2016, 03:36:23
[deleted user]
Seems as though land acquisition is the one thing that will be hard to acquire without money input, or a lengthy court battle over living on a patch of green belt.... Land is certainly my plan too, makes far more sense to buy a huge garden with no house in the middle of nowhere for a cheaper price, than a massive house with a tiny garden in the concrete jungle for upwards of a quarter of a million, or a 3rd of your lives worth of labour paying it back for an inflated rate.

Textiles... thats a good skill to have and develop, again an area where people are all too quick to throw things away... I guess when it comes to clothes we deal largely with people who are modernly image concious... but starting somewhere has to be done and I am all too ready to promote repair for life longevity over the discard and replace attitude.

Water is a huge one..... money input may be needed for an initial build, but setting up a complete system to collect, filter and distribute, and then learning to maintain every aspect of your own built water system is a priceless skill and asset.... when acquiring land, water running through would be very beneficial.
Sunday 3 July 2016, 08:58:05
Rory L
Hi Freeman I managed to start working part time and therefore forced myself in to living with less money, but due to a family decision to move to Australia I am back to full time work. But it will be interesting to chat later at the meeting
Sunday 3 July 2016, 09:10:37
Yes Freeman, unfortunately its just not possible to set up home some where in the middle of the bush and call it home. I don't like the idea of using money because I know its worthless however I can't be too rigid in my thinking, so having said that, we will save what we can to get our house. Ive always wanted to live in a mud brick home, Ive even drawn plans up for the house including a double sided fireplace that serves two purposes- cooking and heating.

Yes, Textiles I believe is one of those old age skills that is sadly getting left behind and being replaced with faster technology. Sewing, mending holes, replacing buttons. I was taught these skills at school and I still use them to this day. My mother in law has agreed to teach me how to knit- Im looking forward to that, another important skill to have.

Yes, water is very important and by spending more for the materials and other costs for the start up- it pays for itself once installed and used regularly- which its water, so it will be used all the time.

Gardening I am interested in too, but not so much for flowers, although I will have them growing in my garden as I own a book that explains what all the flowers are really for. Flowers can be planted amongst vegetables and fruit, also herbs grow better with a companion growing next to them. Helping all of the earth dwellers like slugs, ants, snails etc. I don't see why I should exterminate them from my garden, they have much right to be there as me. I have many things written down in a book which consists of natural homemade products for daily life like bodycare/skincare, cooking, first aid, herb craft and gardening and cleaning. Its worth looking into things that you can make rather than spending money on toxic chemicals. Its fun to do plus you know exactly what gone in it.
Sunday 3 July 2016, 14:07:56
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