Self Sufficiency

Self Sufficiency: able to supply one’s own or its own needs without external assistance
-dictionary.com
 

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     Technology appears to make life easier but I think it is making us less self sufficient! We rely on Google, online accounts and Amazon, among others. We have services  at our fingertips to deliver cars, food and products right to our doorstep. Would we have spent cash  buying something in the store that we had to drive or walk to that we just purchased on Amazon Prime?
That being said, this girl is on a mission: to be more self-sufficient. In some ways, my husband and I already are, but there is a long way to go. Since we’ve been married, we’ve been trying our best to keep it up. I don’t like the discuss politics but this election has really freaked everyone out as well as the recent news about Wells Fargo. Many of us have forgotten what this country is about – FREEDOM. We are free to be independent. So why aren’t we? We are slaves to iPhones and retail companies (guilty here!) But how can we stop? Here’s what we’ve been up to.

1. Quit the Gym – Save $400/year

 

For a while, we liked the gym. But after a while, the wi-fi didn’t work, it became crowded and we weren’t too happy. We decided to workout at home. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money on equipment, so we purchased an inexpensive bike/elliptical machine and a few DVDs. The bike is in our living room so we have NO excuses but to ride it! I have learned from Jane Fonda (that’s right, the leg warmer Fonda) that you don’t need anything but yourself to workout! Also love Shaun T. I can believe for an hour that I am a great dancer while burning calories.

I get up at 6am for a quick workout and then long walk with the dog(weather permitting).
The work day is a lot more bearable when you can clear your head and breathe in some fresh air.

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2. Use the Library – Save $5000.00 
That number is no exaggeration!! Your local library is the #1 place to start. If you don’t utilize the library then you are in the dark and probably broke!!
If you can find one, check for a library return on investment calculator. It will BLOW YOUR MIND. Here is the ROI calculator for Rhode Island libraries. Try it!
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If you’re an avid reader, listener and pop culture junkie like me, you could (potentially) be spending LOTS of money!
Hardcover books cost $28, magazines are up to $5 a piece and audio books are VERY expensive.
If I bought a book & magazine once a week for a month I’d spend well over $100 a month.
Imagine 4 books and 4 magazines a month – over $400 a month!!

That is almost $5000.00 a year! YIKES!!!
Luckily I spend $0.00 at my library!

 

Here are a list of items & services we utilize on a daily/weekly/monthly basis:
  • books
  • ebooks
  • audio books (discs)
  • audio books (downloads)
  • magazines
  • movies (DVDs)
  • movies (streaming)
  • music cds
  • museum passes (discounted admission to museums)
  • e-reader use (at home or in-house)Check out your local library! You will be shocked what they have to offer!
3. Growing…growing…GROWN
My husband loves his garden. He loves the process of planting, watering and tending to his fruits and vegetables.  I like to eat them! What a team. This Spring & Summer my husband planted a variety of items – lettuce, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, peppers &  spaghetti squash. I absolutely LOVED how my shopping list was shorter and the grocery bill was a lot lower. Next year we will try and freeze the abundance so that come Fall & Winter we still buy less.  I don’t have an accurate number for how much we saved but it was awesome! Certainly worth the time.
4. Sewing
I have just begun sewing on my own. I took one class a few years ago where I learned to make a pillow and tote bag. While I learned some basic info I am still trying to teach myself now that I am on my own. I recently made curtains for the living room. I am amazed how expensive curtains are! I hope to someday sew more advanced home decor items and maybe even clothes!
Well that’s it for now – baby steps in the right direction!

 

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