Posted by Sponsored Post Posted on 24 June 2024

How to Be More Independent When You Can’t Just Live Off the Grid

Increasingly, governments and corporations are pressuring civilians to subscribe to systems that keep them dependent. We can speculate about the end goals of these machinations, but we don’t concretely understand all motivations in play.

In any case, independently minded individuals all over the world are looking for ways to separate themselves from these entrenched, ill-motivated systems that demand subservience and obedience. One solution is to live completely off the grid, taking yourself and your family to the middle of nowhere so you can sustain yourselves outside of the system. However, this isn’t practical or even possible for millions of people; the financial, practical, or logistical limitations are simply too great.

Fortunately, there are some strategies you can use to live more independently even when you can’t just live off the grid.

Invest in Real Estate

Investing in real estate is one of the best ways to protect your assets, build your wealth, and live more independently. If you pursue the path of conventional investment, you can convert your properties into rentals, allowing you to generate passive income which, while formally taxed and subject to government regulations, will at least entitle you to more financial freedom. At a large enough scale, it can help you live off a stream of passive income, which you can then use to sustain almost any kind of lifestyle you want.

Also, having access to more real estate means having more options for how to live your life. If you have a large property with a lot of land, you can develop it as you see fit.

Produce Your Own Food

Assuming you have the space to do it, you can also start producing your own food. This way, you’ll be self-sustaining, you’ll save money, and you’ll know exactly what you’re putting into your system. Depending on where you live and how much property you have, this could mean planting your own fruit and vegetable gardens, growing cash crops, or even raising livestock. Even if you don’t have the money, space, or skills for these things, you can grow at least some things inside your own house – including culinary mushrooms.

Make Independent Financial Arrangements

You can also try to live more independently by making more independent financial arrangements. In other words, that means operating under the table. Consider bartering with people for both goods and services, and creating your own, local microeconomies, insulated from the effects of regulations, central banking, and tax laws.

Collect Water Reliably

You’ll be able to live much more independently if you can collect your own water. Consider moving next to a stream or river so you always have a reliable source of potable water – or set up rain barrels on your property to collect it routinely.

Find Ways to Generate Energy

Similarly, you’ll want a way to generate electricity without necessarily connecting to the grid. Having a backup generator that runs on fuel like gasoline is a good start, but if you’re thinking long term, you’ll also want an option like solar energy generation.

Develop Useful Skills

Now is also a good time to start developing useful skills that could be valuable in the near future:

  •       Fire building. One of the first things you’ll need to do in any survival situation is build a fire. Make sure you’re able to do this even if you don’t have a lighter or matches handy.
  •       Foraging. Foraging isn’t exactly hard, but even a single mistaken species identification could cost you dearly. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with edible berries, mushrooms, and greens in your area.
  •       Self-defense. Self-defense and combat skills aren’t often necessary, but when they are, your life will depend on them. Consider undergoing firearms training and learning the basics of hand-to-hand combat.
  •       Hunting, fishing, and trapping. You should also be familiar with hunting, fishing, trapping, or all three, so you can find reliable sources of protein in the wild.
  •       First aid. Finally, make it a point to learn the basics of first aid. Even if your knowledge of medicine is limited, you should feel comfortable treating a wide range of common types of injuries.

Stockpile Goods

Whether you’re preparing for a simple, temporary weather emergency or a full-blown apocalyptic event, it’s important to have some reliable stockpiles of important items, such as:

  •       Water. Even if you have an external way to gather potable water, it’s a good idea to have a few days of distilled water on hand.
  •       Nonperishable food. You should also have nonperishable food stores. Canned goods and dry goods can sustain you for days, or even weeks without a sustainable food source.
  •       Ammunition. Many people also choose to stockpile ammunition, as this isn’t something you can easily create for yourself.
  •       First aid supplies and medicine. You’ll also want to stock up on some extra first aid supplies and medicine, as these will be limited in emergency situations. Keep extra prescription medications on hand for any family members who need them.
  •       Barterable items. Some people also become more independent by accumulating items that are easy to barter, like gold coins and other practically valuable commodities.

You don’t have to live completely off the grid to live more independently. These strategies can help you separate from the system and live in a way that’s more valuable and fulfilling to you.



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