I believe that working towards these three goals will change your life.
1. Food Independence (or at least working on it)
2. No Debt
3. Paid-For House
A MSB regular commenter (Lauren) mentioned these three points not too long ago and I felt compelled to post it separately for your consumption and comment.
I can tell you without a doubt that achieving these goals will free your soul from DEPENDENCE if you let it.
You have the opportunity to become truly liberated from a system that’s designed to hold you down.
Okay, maybe literal food independence is difficult at best. Perhaps it’s not 100% achievable for many. In fact it’s likely impossible for the typical working man or woman.
However there is a lot (a very lot) that you can do towards becoming less reliant upon ‘the grocery store’.
Note: It’s a great feeling to look at one’s own stocked shelves of home canned foods!
Vegetable gardens are the start of the process.
Food preservation techniques are best learned next.
You can take it to whatever level that you choose, within the constraints of where you live.
Tip: If you get the equipment and know how to ‘home can’ foods, then you will be able to take advantage of store Sales prices. Purchase in quantities sufficient to do a batch.
Example: Boneless chicken breast was on sale last week for $1.79 at our grocery store so we bought 16 pounds and canned a batch.
Related article: My Pressure Canned Chicken
This is huge. I mean really. For those who have pulled themselves out of debt know exactly what I mean. Becoming debt free is so very important towards self liberation.
Owing nothing puts YOU in the drivers seat, so to speak. No longer will a bank (or banks) weigh heavy on your shoulders.
Living BELOW your means is the simple solution. Resist the temptations to spend BEYOND your means. It’s really that easy. Eventually you will become debt free.
by Dave Ramsey:
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
This may sound impossible or completely daunting (paying off your home mortgage).
Paying off your house will take time, or a deliberate lifestyle change. But I’ve got to tell you that it will be one of the most amazing feelings in the world when you do.
There are a number of ways to approach this.
You can continue to pay your mortgage for 30 years, or you can do it quicker. Some people will commit to paying more on their mortgage to pay it off sooner. It will still take TIME, however when you look back on it, you’ll be glad that you did.
Here’s a thought: Downsize. Give up the ‘big house’ for a smaller one. We’re all programmed to believe that bigger is better. But is it worth paying 30 years for? You might consider selling and then purchasing smaller. Lesser. You might find a piece of land out in the country with a smaller, older house on it. Maybe, maybe not. It’s worth exploring though…
I can tell you that it’s worth the effort.
I have been able to achieve becoming debt free and a paid-for house (still working on the food independence part).
Years ago I chose to exit from a higher paying career and a life that was filled with it’s stereotypical stresses and issues. I downsized. Sold everything and moved to a part of the country where cost of living was much less. While I don’t have a big income anymore, I can say with certainty that I am so much happier. I eek out a small living from this blog and I am able to work on the homestead. If I still had debt I would not be able to do this and pay the bills.
While it’s not for everyone, a lifestyle change emphasizing the three points above will be exhilarating and liberating!