Saving money to move off the grid? If so, you’re probably looking for ways to cut costs and in every area of your life so you’ll be ready to purchase that cabin in the woods, or off grid homestead you’ve been dreaming about. A healthy savings account is important because you never know what repairs or investment you’ll need to make in your new off grid home.
Although you may already be couponing or buying things on sale, there are a whole lot of things you can do that not only help you save money.
The truth is, saving money to move off the grid does more than just build your savings account. It also gives you a chance to build your self reliancy skills. It forces you to strategize, plan, and think creatively.
Learning a new DIY skill such as sewing, knitting, or even woodworking. DIY skills help you save money and become more self sufficient, but they also give you marketable skills to help you make money once you move.
66 Things To Do When You’re Saving Money to Move Off The Grid
- Stop buying paper towels
- Use knitted or crocheted dishcloths
- Cut down old towels to make more cleaning cloths/dishcloths
- Use a menstrual cup instead of paper feminine hygiene products
- Replace cleaning products with vinegar and baking soda
- Bake homemade bread and muffins from scratch – buy your yeast in bulk on Amazon (and freeze it in sandwich bags to keep fresh for up to a year.
- Save leftover rice, pasta, cooked vegetables, and meats to make homemade soup
- Buy fruit and veggies in season when cheap and then freeze or preserve
- Only give handmade gifts
- Use powdered milk instead of regular milk in baking
- Plan your meals weekly to shop the specials
- Make double batches of dinner and freeze the second batch for fast dinners
- Eat leftovers for lunch
- Eat rice and beans (many great rice and beans recipes online)
- Use just one vehicle – sell the second one
- Walk to work and/or school
- Combine errands to limit gas consumption
- Brown bag your lunch
- Turn your thermostat down in the house in the winter
- Stop using central air or turn thermostat up in the house in the summer
- Cut your cable or satellite bill
- Bundle your internet and smartphone services
- Stop wearing pantyhose and nail polish
- Cut and color your own hair
- Save seeds from your store-bought vegetables and try to grow your own
- Grow your own vegetables in a garden
- Grow your own herbs indoors
- Learn to forage for edible greens, berries and mushrooms
- Dry your clothes on a outdoor clothesline or indoor clothes rack
- Learn to sew on a button, fix rips and patch clothes to avoid buying new ones
- Use a cold water wash only
- Use cloth diapers
- Breastfeed your babies!
- Make your own baby food
- Barter or trade
- Use Amazon prime with free shipping to shop sales
- Reduce your family’s meat consumption if you can’t/won’t hunt. Beans, legumes, and eggs are cheap and nutritious
- Stop buying sandwich bags and saran wrap
- Use a power bar and shut it off at night to reduce phantom power usage
- Downsize to a smaller home
- Choose free or cheap entertainment
- Borrow books and DVDs from the library
- Join a toy lending library
- Learn to darn your socks!
- Cut down little worn adult clothes to fit kids
- Use hand-me-downs from older kids, family and friends
- Save your soap scraps in a mesh/onion bag to use them up
- Don’t buy packaged cereal. Eat oatmeal instead – not the instant packets either
- Brew your own coffee at home and take it to work in a travel mug
- Stop buying lunchmeat (remember the leftovers from tip #13?)
- Eat more soups and stews to stretch meat
- Comparison shop for house and car insurance
- Take advantage of any alumni/profession group rates/discounts on insurance
- Review your bank account charges – look for free online accounts
- Consolidate any credit card bills to one low rate account to cut interest costs
- Get rid of interest charges by paying off any kind of debt
- Call to see if you can renegotiate your internet/cell phone contract charges – especially when your service provider’s competitors are advertising promotions
- Buy good quality second hand clothes from a thrift shop, garage sale, or local Facebook swap group.
- Install CFLs or LED lightbulbs where possible
- Drink tap water instead of bottled water (filter it if needed)
- Stop buying juice and pop
- Turn down the thermostat indoors in the winter and either avoid using central air in the summer or turn the temperature up two degrees to save on electricity bills
- Redeem credit card reward points for grocery gift cards and save the cash you would have spent this week at the supermarket
- cancel your gym membership and your yoga studio membership
Saving money to move off the grid can give you a taste of what your future life will be like. It gives you the opportunity to live that old saying – “use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without.”
How are you saving money to move off the grid or pursue your homesteading dreams? Let us know in the comments below.
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