The Top 10 Ways to Be Self-Sufficient, Wherever You Are

I want to be self-reliant, but I have no land. There’s no way to do urban homesteading


I get it…you hear the voice of self-sufficiency calling you, but for whatever reason, you’re not able or willing to secure acreage.

What can you do?

You do whatever you can, wherever you are to become more self-sufficient.

It’s true that most modern homesteaders would like to have their piece of land in rural paradise, the fact is that most people will stay in the cities or densely packed suburbs. While it’s not possible to be truly self-sufficient in that environment, total self-sufficiency is a myth, anyway. We all need to depend on others to some extent. After all, you’re not going to perform your own heart surgery or produce the parts necessary to create solar panels.

I think the biggest problem most people have with embracing self-reliance is one of mindset. They think, “I’m stuck in the city with no land, so there’s nothing I can do.”

Society’s Five Stages of Economic Collapse

Society as we know it will break down and collapse in a five stage process outlined here. While it can be accelerated by certain events like war, a natural disaster, pandemic, terrorist attack, or even an impending asteroid impact, history has shown that economic collapse will essentially happen in this five stage process. To survive the collapse, it is important to read and interpret the signs and understand what assets are important to the current situation so you can be prepared for the worst thereby allowing you to survive intact and with as little damage as possible.

5 stages economic collapse

Dispelling the Canned Food Expiration Date Myth

If you’re like most people you have at least some canned goods on your shelf–maybe you have even taken up canning your own food. Either way, canned goods are a common “staple” for many reasons. However, do you really know the truth about canned food shelf life?

canned food myth

Many consumers seem to have a deep trust of those magical “dates” on canned foods. I’d like to dispel some myths about that right now.

10 Rules to Self-Sufficient Living

In the years following America’s near economic collapse (Great Recession of 2007-2009), many folks found themselves wondering if far worse times lie ahead. Indeed, an astonishing number of websites, TV shows, books, podcasts and websites (including this one) emerged that focus on preparedness and self-sufficiency.

great depression

From zombies to Alaskan homesteaders, the sites and shows are enduring and proving to be very popular. That wouldn’t be the case without a gnawing feeling on the part of the general public that our country may be headed down a troubling path. The polarizing choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump seems to have done nothing to calm these fears.

Even if the doomsday people are correct in their claims that the dollar is about to collapse, the government is about to collapse or an EMP is imminent, it doesn’t mean that times have to be tough for you.

A common misconception is that times in The Great Depression, 80 years ago, were tough for everyone. They weren’t.

The Very Real Threat of a Coronal Mass Ejection

Let’s be honest…many of the “doomsday” ideas that we hear thrown out regarding the imminent demise of our way of life seem a little…well…outlandish. I mean, okay, so maybe polar shifts are possible and little old North Korea is going to take down the American power grid with an EMP attack, but…really?

coronal mass ejection

That hint of doubt that you no doubt hear in my words grows into a loud laughter of skepticism among those who do not share my preparedness mindset.  They dismiss those ideas and countless others as not likely to happen. Yet, there are many potential events that could very reasonably occur without ANY notice, and each of them would cause an immediate end of the world as we know it. One such event is a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME).

What is modern homesteading?

Welcome to the age of digital homesteading

Question: What do you visualize when you hear the phrase homesteading, self-sufficient or self-reliance? I’m willing to bet that many of you visualize a natural setting. Perhaps a loving family working hard together. Something between Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons, for those of you old enough to know those television shows. We often picture a family living off the land, tending to crops and animals while being…well…self-sufficient.

modern homesteading

Some of you may even picture the rustic family from DirecTV’s “The Settlers” commercial. After all, even their agency seems to view homesteaders that way.

When we think of homesteading and living self-sufficiently, many positive notions come to mind. Being close to nature, family members working the garden together, the feeling of independence and freedom. Birds serenading as we sip our morning coffee. A family snuggling next to a wood stove as the snow falls.

But, as the DirecTV ad suggests, many people frown on the notion of homesteading. They relegate homesteaders alongside cavemen and imagine a life of poverty, excruciating work, isolation and sacrifice. Even suffering.