Written by John Ivanko, sustainablog
There should be no secrets among those who continue to prosper in mostly non-financial ways despite the challenging economic times. These people live (and perhaps work) following the laws of nature more than the “laws of supply and demand” of the increasingly dysfunctional “free” and global marketplace.
While not all frugality rules, this approach to living more sustainably does require some degree of curtailment, scaling down and living within our means. It means using credit cards less and relying on community members or family more. However, the result can be a rich life filled with health and well-being, friends and family, more time to do the things you love to do (imagine that!), a greater sense of purpose, and, my favorite, happiness.
Below are a few suggestions to get you started or continue your journey. Please add some of your own in the comments.
1. Grow at least some of your own food
In World War II, Americans called them “Victory Gardens.” Today, backyard gardens (or roof top and container gardens, if in the city) are one of the quickest ways to secure fresh, organic, healthy, nutrient-rich foods without having them airlifted or sent by ground from over 1,200 miles away. Savings are immediate. Forget about “investing” in the stock market. Invest in your own food; you’ll get an amazing return on your investment in a $1.39 packet of seeds within a matter of months. Nature tends to produce in abundance, not scarcity. Ever see an apple tree blooming in the spring, with hundreds and hundreds of blossoms?
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