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.
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:
Gardening Tips for Simple Living In Hard Times:
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.
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.
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!
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:
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
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.