18 Ways to Become Self Sufficient Right Where You Are

Are you interested in learning new ways of becoming self-sufficient right where you are?

Yes, you heard me correctly. You don’t need to move to a farm way out in the middle of nowhere (unless you really want to.)

Instead, you can learn a few new skills and start becoming self-sufficient in your current situation. I’m going to share with you a few ways to do exactly this.

Everyone may not be able to do everything on this list (or maybe you can), but hopefully you can find a solid place to start.

Here are ways to become self-sufficient in most settings:

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1. Grow, Baby, Grow

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Most people can grow some of their own food. Whether you live in a house with a small yard, in an apartment with a balcony, or on a farm, there is a way to grow some form of a crop.

You can practice in ground gardening, raised bed gardening, container gardening, hanging basket gardening, grow vegetables in your window boxes, or grow a vertical garden. Where there’s a will, there’s usually a way.

Begin looking for ways to grow even a few vegetables where you are now. Anything you grow is less you must buy.

2. Cheep, Cheep

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Raising livestock is a great way to become self-sufficient. I recommend starting with something easy, like chickens. You only need one hen per person in your household. They make an incredible meat and egg source.

If you have more room you could incorporate goats for meat or dairy, ducks for eggs and meat, bees for pollination and honey, pigs as a meat source, or even a cow.

This will all depend upon the amount of space you have and the level of commitment you’re bringing to the table. Either way, by raising some form of small (or large) livestock will help you to become more self-reliant.

3. Can It Up

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If you live in a small area where you don’t have a ton of room to grow large quantities of crops, don’t give up hope about preserving your own food.

Instead, buy produce in bulk from produce stands, wholesale produce companies, or even local groceries. If an item is on sale, buy a large quantity to preserve.

However you get your produce, prepare to preserve it via canning, dehydrating, or freezing. By putting away your own food each year, you’re reducing your reliance on grocery stores.

4. Don’t Toss It

Look around your home. Do you see many items that you use regularly that are disposable? Now, stop and think about how much money you’re literally tossing in the garbage.

Try to find new ways to have what you need in a way that is reusable. For instance, instead of using disposable napkins, use cloth napkins.

Instead of using disposable cups, use travel mugs. Start using dish towels instead of disposable paper towels. By finding reusable items, you’re depending upon the store less.

5. Composting

Composting is a great way to utilize items you would otherwise toss, while also fueling your garden. The idea is to keep a compost pail. Toss any scraps you have in the pail and toss the scraps into either your chicken yard or compost barrel.

The barrel will give the compost a place to break down over time. If you have chickens, they’ll scratch their way through the compost turning it into a quality product.

From there, you can plant with the compost or use it to fertilize your crops.

6. Save the Seeds

When plants are done producing, they’ll go to seed. This means they produce seeds or seed pods at the end of their life.

As this happens, you should collect the seeds and place them in a dehydrator. You can also place them in the sun to dry.

Once they’re dry, place them in a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer until you need them.

7. Making It Like Grandma

If you’re going to be self-sufficient, you must know how to cook. You should also know how to cook from scratch.

Why? Because you can’t grow convenience foods. It’s a good idea to be able to take basic ingredients and be able to make a meal.

Plus, cooking from scratch is usually less expensive. Knowing your way around the kitchen is important when trying to be self-sufficient.

8. Grocery Shop in the Wild

Do you enjoy spending time in the outdoors? Great! You can get outdoors more when trying to be more self-sufficient.

If you enjoy hunting or fishing, this can benefit you greatly. This is free meat that’s all-natural and raised in the wild.

Be sure to follow all laws in regards to having proper licensing and only hunting during the proper times of the year. However, you could end up with venison, fish, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, and more.

9. When It Falls, Catch It

Being self-sufficient includes having your own water source. Some people have a well or even a body of water on their property.

However, it’s a great idea to catch rainwater. It’s free and can be easily caught with a barrel and gutter system.

Rainwater is great for watering your plants or livestock.

10. The “Old Way” of Doing Things

Our ancestors knew so many things that unfortunately we’ve lost over time. Consider learning some of the “old” skills.

For instance, try to learn how to wash your clothes by hand, line drying your clothes, sewing, knitting, crocheting, or even how to butcher your own meat.

Why? Again, because the more you know how to do the less you must depend upon others for that skillset.

11. DIY

Doing it yourself is a way of life for those who are trying to be self-sufficient. Consider learning how to DIY more things.

You can learn to make your own soap, candles, and many of your kitchen staples. This can save you a lot of money and also know more about the products you’re using.

Carpentry is another handy skill when being self-sufficient. Tap into resources around you by acquiring a mentor or utilizing resources on the internet.

12. Money, Money, Money

We all know that our economy can be uncertain. One day jobs are booming, and the next people are unemployed.

Try to avoid riding this wave by starting your own side business and creating your own income. This way, if the bottom falls out of your day job, you still have your side gig to turn to.

This can be anything from building items to sell, selling produce, selling homemade crafts, blogging, or freelance writing.

13. Dig Out

Debt ties you down. It’s difficult to be self-sufficient when you owe people money. Therefore, try to ditch the debt.

This all starts by taking control of your finances. Create a solid budget, try to stick to it, and pay down debt as quickly as possible.

I know this is hard, but over time, hopefully you can lower your debt in an effort to be more self-sufficient.

14. The Simple Life

The simpler you live, the easier it is to be self-sufficient. When living simply, you want less. This equates to less maintenance in your life.

All of this equals less money spent and hopefully less debt to take on.

By living the simple life, it gets your mindset in “self-sufficient mode.” This makes the whole process easier on you.

15. Find a New Purpose

Don’t toss anything unless you know that you can’t repurpose it for something else. This is hard for me because I hate clutter.

However, sometimes you can create some pretty neat items from things you’d otherwise toss in the garbage.

This saves you money and also stops the amount of waste you have in your life. Get creative before throwing anything away.

16. Foraging

Foraging can be as simple as heading out in the woods, identifying plants, and bringing the edible items home to eat.

This costs you nothing to do, is healthy, and is making you more self-sufficient.

However, you can make it even easier by looking out in your front yard for dandelions. They have a ton of purposes and can be an easy item to forage for.

17. Render Fat

Whether you process your own meat, or you happen to see fat at your local butcher shop, it’s a great way to become more self-sufficient.

Lard has many health benefits and is great for many things.

Before you begin buying oil at the grocery store, consider stocking up on lard and rendering it yourself. It’s a super easy process that can save you a great deal of money.

18. Forbidden Fruit

Consider raising your own fruit. Strawberries can be grown in hanging baskets if you’re short on space. You can replace ornamental plants with fruit.

Instead of growing typical bushes, plant blueberry bushes. Instead of planting ornamental trees, consider planting a fruit tree.

There are even patio versions of some blueberry and blackberry bushes which allows them to be easily grown in a pot.

You now have 18 ways to become self-sufficient right where you are. Every idea may not work for everyone.

However, I hope that everyone can find something on this list to start their own unique journey to self-sufficiency.

Remember, you may not need self-sufficiency skills tomorrow, but if the time comes you need them, you’ll never regret taking the time to develop them.

Good luck to you all!