Simple Living In Hard Times - 4 Practical Tips

Simple living in hard times... If you are running a household, how do you make sure the impact of a disaster, recession, or other difficult circumstances, will not be too much to bear for yourself and your family?

Below are four practical and simple living tips that you may find useful during these tough situations. With a little conscious effort and discipline, you can turn these simple steps into a 'good-habit'  that will soon become... a beneficial lifestyle change.

1. Raise Your Own Animals - Grow Your Own Food

Simple Living - Learn To Cook Your Own Food

If you have been relying on the grocery store for your daily meals, it may be time (if you have the property and space) to consider...
raising your own chickens for eggs, other animals for meat and milk, and also growing your own food garden.

Take advantage of raising your own animals, and harvesting your own produce, this will help you avoid having to buy and rely on so much from a store.

There are many benefits to raising animals and growing a vegetable garden. Here are just a few:

  • Become more self-sufficient.
  • Eat healthy organically grown food.
  • Health benefits from the exercise.
  • Save fuel - not driving to purchase the food.
  • Save money on the rising costs of meat, eggs, and produce.

Gardening Tips for Simple Living In Hard Times:

Simple Living Gardening

If you do not have any yard space, you can grow vegetables and herbs in pots, which is also known as container gardening.

Mint, sage, rosemary, basil and thyme are great herbs for container gardening. If you do not have a lot of time, opt at least, for some low maintenance vegetables. Examples of low maintenance vegetables include garlic, onions, turnips, cabbage, leeks and kale.

If you have a bigger backyard, think about growing your own fruits in addition to vegetables and herbs. This will require a longer time span since fruit trees can take at least two years to yield crops.

You can also try gaining a wider variety of home grown produce, through trading your harvest with your neighbor's harvest of fruits, vegetables and herbs.

2. Make Your Own Meals

Bake Your Own Breads

A major step towards simple living in hard times is... cooking homemade meals. Fast food restaurants can be very tempting but if you have the skills, (or not - since you can learn to cook) then why not try cooking, and baking your own bread, cookies, and snacks, it's usually healthier for you too.

Learning to make other foods, such as homemade yogurt, is easy to do and one of my personal favorites.

Aside from saving money, baking and cooking your own foods can also be a fun way to relieve stress, and has numerous health benefits over store-bought prepared, or fast foods.

If you think your skills are too limited, the Internet offers millions of simple recipes that anyone, even kids can make. Also, making your own coffee at home instead of driving and spending extra money at coffee houses, can really make a large difference towards your food budget.

Cut-Out The Fast Food
Make Your Own Lunches

This 'meal-tip', is probably the hardest habit to break, but can be one of the most rewarding... start preparing your own lunches... for work (and for your kids), instead of eating fast food meals.

This is a big money saver, and can be a great health and weight-loss benefit too!

3. Improve Your Grocery Shopping Habits

Prevent yourself from giving into impulse buying. With the right shopping attitude, you can reduce unnecessary cost. You can do this by following a few practical shopping tips:

Be Smart Buying Groceries
  • Create a list of items to buy before going to the supermarket.
  • Do not go grocery shopping when you are hungry. (Yes, hunger causes you to buy items you do not need).
  • Buying all the items you need in one shopping trip can avoid using extra and unnecessary gas, and also gets rid of the temptation to buy more than you planned.
  • Also, while loading your cart, check again which items you can do without. Many of the items you picked up, you will find you do not really need.

4. Cut Back on Non-Essentials

You may like soda or quick-snacks, but ask yourself, if you really need them. Cut back on the non-essentials.

You do not necessarily have to stop drinking soda or eating snacks, but do try calculating how much you can save without consuming many of these non-essential items as often as you used to.

You will see that it's probably enough to allow other necessary purchases, that you would not have been able to afford otherwise.

I think the key to practical and simple living in hard times is, being honest with yourself and realize exactly what things really are the important ones... focus mostly on those that are your necessary needs and not your wants.

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