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10 Amazing Winter Life Hacks (Video)
Here are 10 Amazing Winter Life Hacks to keep you warm and cozy, and even save some money on your bills! Time to heat things up...   Which one have you tried before? have you any ideas you would like to share with us? via Facebook...
10 Questions Every Prepper Should Ask BEFORE Going off the Grid
All bets are off when you venture outside the city limits… It is, after all, called the wild for a reason. And In the wild, you need to have a realistic conversation with yourself to assess whether or not you have the skills and resources to survive in your chosen wilderness refuge.  You...
10 Tips On How To Live A (Mostly) Moneyless Life
By Liselotte Roosen On request, here is a more detailed how-to guide on finding everything for free. But before we go into the details, the most important and fundamental rule concerning your attitude to life should be made clear first and foremost:  Be A Generous Person *You can't expect to g...
13 Pioneer Skills You Might Just Need One Day
July 24th in Utah they celebrate Pioneer Day.  Pioneer Day is a state holiday commemorating the arrival of the first band of Pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley on July 24th, 1847.  So in honor of those great pioneers of the past, here are thirteen skills that were daily tasks to th...
15 Ideas to Improve The Quality Of Life
Who says you can not become more self sufficient, it just takes to want to do it and slowly making small changes, learning new skills, saving money and having a plan. With the rising inflation and shortage of resources, regular and people living off the grid are looking for easy ways to be self-suff...
16 Things You Should Stop Doing To Have A More Productive Life
We have done things because of habits, because our parents did, because it's what we learned, but technology has changed some things for the better, and it could help all of us to forget some of the old ways... Manually Depositing a Paycheck — That is what direct deposit is for.  ...
19 Totally Ingenious Ways To Use Empty Food And Drink Containers
1. Make “Bottom of the Mustard Bottle” Vinaigrette Here’s is a great tip from cookbook author Dorie Greenspan: When there’s just a smidgen of mustard left in a jar, build your own vinaigrette in it. To make hers, Greenspan adds a tablespoon of vinegar (you can use white wine ...
199 Things You Can Compost
If you’ve ever wondered what kind of things you can compost, you’re not alone. We’ve compiled a room-by-room list of more than 200 compostable items. While we understand some of these items are best left to individual preference and might not be right for your compost pile or compo...
21 PREPPER ITEMS TO LOOK FOR AT A YARD SALE OR THRIFT STORE
The saying is true that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. We recently had a yard sale and it’s amazing to see how people take interest in other people’s discounted belongings. People are looking for a deal is the best way to summarize it. Preppers are much the same wa...
3 Ways To Start Your Off Grid Transition
Living off the grid is for some of us the ideal way of live, we picture ourselves up in the mountains, living in a small quaint cabin that is warm and cozy, lit by candle light for some and for others with a full solar power system or other. The reality is this, when the subject of off-grid living c...
37 RV Tips & Tricks That Will Make You A Happy Camper!
RV Camping is a great family experience. It gives you the ability to drive down the open road, see the sites, and spend time with the ones you love. Here are a few RV hacks that will make you a happier camper by making your trip easier. 1. Shoe Rack Bed Storage Beds are a great place for added...
5 Reasons You May Want a Ham Radio at Home
Amateur radio (also called ham radio) describes the use of radio frequency spectra for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation and emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to specify "a duly authorized person interested ...
6 Lies that Keep Our Homes and Lives Cluttered
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Rachel Jones of Nourishing Minimalism. Whenever we decide to embrace a major change in life, we are forced to evaluate our thoughts and beliefs. Major changes—whether chosen or unchosen—compel us to pay attention to what is happen...
60 Goats In Congressional Cemetary Used As Living Mowers Through The Shrubs
Watch below as 60 goats do their job and mow away.  Goats are an ecologically friendly and marvelous creature, and can devour poisonous edibles without harming themselves.  The cost is relatively cheap as in the goats make under $1.00 per hour for their time on the job, and they love worki...
An Ingenious Bicycle-Powered Treehouse Elevator Lifts a Rider 30 Feet in Seconds
We've all seen movies where an ambush from the trees comes down on top of the forest guests, but who would have thought a bicycle could make that all too easy!   Over the last few weeks Ethan Schlussler has been working on a beautifully designed 30-foot-high treehouse and quickly became tired...
BadAss Camping Hacks
If somebody asked us, “Are camping hacks worth the effort?” our answer would be a resounding YES! These camping tips and tricks will make your next journey into the outdoors even more exciting and fun. When the season calls for some time away from it all, no one else is more excited...
Clever Hiding Places To Stash Your Stuff
Having a place to hide your valuables at home is smart. Check out some of the solutions below, you might find great idea here. 1. Hidden Bathroom Tile Storage  dornob.com 2. Secret Wall Outlet Hiding Place  misdefenseproducts.com Cost: $10. 3. Entertainment Center Storage  indulgy...
Did You Know You Can Start A Fire With An 'AA' Battery?
This great idea is simple, and makes great use of things you should already have with you while camping or in the outdoors at night.  First of all, you'll almost always have a flashlight with you, and it has batteries, so you won't have to worry about forgetting to bring them.  Secondly, y...
DIY KITCHEN HERB GARDEN GIFT IDEA
I absolutely love having fresh herbs to cook with. Typically, I grown them in large containers outside and on the porch. It’s nice though to have a some smaller plants in the kitchen, the ones that get used a lot like basil, oregano and parsley to name a few. Do you have a Mother’s Day...
Easiest Way to Open A Whole Coconut With Tools Found In Your Home
This video is for those of you who avoid purchasing a whole coconut when you go to the store. I know you think that it must be hard, but you don't know how easy it it really is to open them. Here you will learn a few tips and tricks on how a coconut can be opened quickly and easi...
Finding Clay In Nature And How To Use It
Here Discovery Channel reviews how clay is found, processed, and made into products for use: This next fellow shows us how to discover and use clay in nature to make a water jug....
Foraging For Food In Nature; A Home Picked Salad and Tea
By Liselotte Roosen Wow, our earth is so amazing!  I went foraging for food in nature today with my mom. She knows a lot about plants. It was great to spend time with her in this way, and learning from her. I was learning all about different types of edible, non-edible plants and poisonous plan...
Fun Fantastic Invention: The Beard Bib To Air Tonight On Shark Tank
Just a few months ago, we shared this simple invention video to one of our pages:  "Amazing to see,"  and then back to our "Living off the Grid" page.  It went superviral, with over 6 million page views in a very short time, and was one of the most viral videos we have ever played on ...
Have You Ever Seen A Lending Locker? What A Fantastic Idea...
We stayed in a hotel last night, and I ran into this, and had to share it with you.  They have this really cool thing they call a lending locker.  Have a look: And I know it's a bit contrary to to the economics that says you have to sell everyone one of everything to help business grow, ...
Homesteading When You're Flat Broke
If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time you’ve probably picked up on the fact that my family is not rich. (Not monetarily, anyways.) We’re not even in the “middle class” category, financially speaking. To put it simply, we’re flat broke. Don’t...
How Anyone Can Be More Self Sufficient
Ways Anyone Can Be More Self Sufficient I firmly believe that being self sufficient is one of the most important things a person can do. We rely on someone else for almost everything in our lives...  We rely on the electric companies to keep our homes running. We rely on the propane companies t...
How Did They Move It? Super Human Moving Tips And Tricks Of The Old World
Having been in the piano moving business at one time, I know how important tips and tricks passed down through the generations have been.  In todays world, you can learn all those tips and tricks in a matter of a little time online watchin videos.  Watch these and learn a few cool tri...
How much does it cost to go Off-Grid and to live on the Land?
How much Money does it take to Go Off Grid?  There are 10 things that you need to consider when going off grid and living on the land. WATER 1. One of the most important items to find when preparing to go off grid is land with running water on it. Everything else can be brought in but water is ...
How To Light Your Home Off Grid
I’m beginning to prepare for when the darkness creeps in long before we’re ready for bed. Although we are currently running all of our overhead lights on solar, we still put non-electric backups in place. We only have about three days’ worth of energy stored in our battery bank&hel...
How To Train A Fish: The Way It Was Back Then
An Old time story teller, Robert Earl Woodard has published a book titled The Way It Was Back Then.  But more than just a story teller, he is the real mccoy.  He has a video that recently went viral that showed some of those old time skills.... and... I'll just let you see for yoursel...
How to: Tick Prevention and Treatment
Use a lint roller right after being in the woods or on a brush walk.. for humans & pets: This could be the most important thing that you see me post! Ticks are an getting worse every year, and these things are as lethal as a venomous snake in the wrong scenario! Please not only read it, but shar...
In U.S. Puerto Rico, There's No Federal Income Tax For Those Who Move There
Increasingly, Americans are ditching their passports for far off lands. In some cases, they are motivated by high taxes and America’s unique worldwide tax reporting, though that’s rarely the only issue. Yet lower taxes can be had a lot closer to home and with more security. And you don&r...
It's Easy To Eliminate Troublesome Ant Mounds With This Simple 99 cent Solution
Today’s post is short and easy, which is sometimes just what we all need! Did you know you can knock out an entire ant pile with just club soda? Yup, it’s true! When we first moved into our new house this spring, my kids were out playing in the driveway and they started to scream. I we...
Keep Pests Off Your Pets! Tips On What Plants To Grow That Repel Ticks And Fleas!
Why is it that just thinking about bloodsucking parasites make you squirm and recoil in terror? Are you scratching yourself right now just thinking about it? Though small and wingless, such bloodsucking insects, such as fleas, have the strength to jump quite a distance compared to its body size. Tic...
Looking to Quit Your Job & Live Off Grid? Here Are 21 Tips To Living The Dream
Have you wanted to live without the stresses of your current day to day life?  Do you have a dream to be your own boss?  Are you chained down by public utilities and so called modern conveniences of being attached to the grid?  Do you want to quit your 9-5 job?  To...
Maintaining Privacy In A Digital World
The tremendous appeal of the topic:  "Living off the Grid" comes with a number of sideline connotations.  In movies we watch Jason Bourne stay hidden from being found digitally by using a burner phone, not using credit cards, and staying off the "surveillance grid."  It is also often ...
Make Your Own Lumber With a Chainsaw Mill
All alone—without a tractor, horse, or sled—you can actually move 50-foot logs out of the deepest woods and get your building lumber for practically nothing but your labor. I made this discovery when I set out to build a three-story, passive solar home. One of the first things I did, o...
More Than 800 Goats To Mow The Lawn
Berkeley Labs utilize goats in order to keep their grasses short and reduce fire hazards. In this Video the goats are being herded to the tree ... over 800 of them! There are lots of "companies" out there that will bring you goats to mow your lawn.  I don't think this is a portable solution unl...
Open Lock with Soda Can (Video)
In this video you will learn How to open master double lock with a Coca Cola Can. In case of an emergency this is a great tip to know. Another skill mastered and don't forget to practice! via Youtube...
Outdoor Fly Problem; Old Method That Works To Reduce Flies
Flies are a real problem living here in the campo in Spain. Everyone complains that you can't eat outside in the Summer without the flies swarming your food. We thought that all the vegetation in the garden, when we first bought the house, was the problem, so we set about changing the garden, removi...
Save $4,000 per year by living on the road full time
This post is several years old, though it still largely stands true in its own right. Many people have written to me calling it all a bunch of BS. While their complaints have largely been that my numbers are wrong, etc., I have actually discovered–the more we’ve traveled (going on 7 year...
SIMPLE OFF-GRID PROJECTS TO REDUCE ENERGY AND WATER CONSUMPTION
You would be surprised how easy it is (and fun) to dramatically reduce or eliminate utility consumption and take yourself off-grid. With a little creativity and careful selection of parts and materials, these projects can be very inexpensive and extremely effective. You usually find what you ne...
Slash Your Grocery Bill With These Fantastic Ideas
As food prices continue to soar I think a lot of people are scrambling to be able to buy all the food their families need. I know I keep seeing in the news that so many are depending on food stamps just to feed themselves and their family. As the prices in the grocery stores keep climbing more and m...
Taking Better Care Of Our Water
Now that you're getting your power from the sun and wind, it's time to get yourself off the city water and sewer line. The great thing about water is that it's everywhere -- it runs beneath your feet as groundwater and falls from the sky as rain. You can tap into both of these resources in order to ...
Ten Things We Wish We’d Known Before We Went Off Grid
This one is lighthearted and encouraging, but it's also true. Nick Fouch and Esther Emery, hosts of the Fouch-o-matic Off Grid channel, moved off the grid in 2013 and since then their family of five lives in a 314 square foot yurt in the Boise foothills while building their off grid timber frame dr...
The Essential 7 Knots You Need To Know (Video)
Aside from tying shoes, a lot of people don't know, or need a refresher on tying knots. Knowing these knots will get you through most situations you will encounter, and they are the ones I use most often.The knots covered in this video are: Square Knot (Reef Knot) Clove Hitch (Builder's Hitch, Tied...
The Workout The World Forgot
The way that humankind has gotten exercise throughout history has been intervened with by a change in lifestyle.  Ever since the introduction of money, and the accumulation of wealth, the development of refrigeration, and the disconnection from the gathering of ones own food, people have just g...
They're Saying That Cheese Might Make Us Healthier Now! Let's Make Some Homemade Mozzarella!
A great new study is out that tells us the french have a very low percentage of heart disease, and that cheese may actually be good for you!  Well, I'm a chees-a-holic, and this is very good news to me!  So I was excited to find a bit of info out there about making your own Mozzarella...
Things To Do With Leftover Beer
Don't know what to do with beer leftover from last weeks barbecue party? If you have a surplus of beer here are some suggestions on how to take care of it (and ideas for creative consumption, if you need them!) so you, your family, and friends can enjoy it while it's still fresh. These tip...
Tips For Going Off Grid! Do What You Love & Stop Being a Debt Slave
So you’ve decided it is time to explore an alternative way of living? “Off-the-grid” refers to living in homes that are autonomous, meaning they do not rely on municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas, electrical power grid, or similar utility s...
Top Tips for Living Off The Grid
What does 'living off the grid' mean? To be a genuine off-gridder your home is not connected to electricity from the power grid and your home does not access a town or regional water supply. You are without access to community utilities including waste disposal. In the days before the invention of m...
Turning A Tree Into Lumber Using A Home-Made Alaskan Mill
This video demonstrates a technique for milling a redwood log into slabs of wood with a homemade Alaskan Mill. Filmed by Julie Joynt. Interviewer asks basic questions so that a person unfamiliar with milling techniques can learn how to mill slabs of wood with their chainsaw without spending money fo...
Turning Your Backyard Into A Fantastic Dreamland: 31 Ways!
1. Set up a movie theater. Directions here. 2. Plant a bunch of these giant allium flowers. binbin.net They’re also called truffula flowers, inspired by Dr. Seuss. 3. Build a super-simple tree house. apartmenttherapy.com Get the directions here. 4. Add a beer cooler to your patio table. d...
When You're Too Old And Tired To Till The Soil: Well That's One Way To Do It
An old Italian gentleman lived alone in New Jersey . He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament: Dear Vincent, I ...
Where Is The Best Place In The U.S. To Begin Your Homestead?
If you live in the U.S, and have had your Facebook page constantly barraged by beautiful scenery, tales of love, and visions of building a Homestead Off The Grid in the middle of the country, and living a life that's debt free, you wouldn't be alone.  In fact, this trend of back to nature, bein...
Women’s Self Defense Tips
It’s hard for women to stay safe in life. Women are not safe anywhere, on the road, school, hostels, work, or on the bus. It’s vital for women to know their safety measurements. They should know some tricks to avoid unwanted situations by learning self-defense tips, this way they can hel...
Would You Sell Your Hair For $3,000? This Girl Did!
The first time, I was twenty and going to school in Thailand when I made the promise to myself to sell my hair as soon as I moved back to America-whenever that was. I had been walking through the room and overheard one of the teachers from London talking about how one of her girlfriends back home ha...
Your All-Inclusive Checklist For Grilling Season
With grilling season upon us, having a properly equipped space and well-maintained grill makes grilling so much more fun! These tools, cleaning tasks and tips will help make grilling more convenient and fun this year.   Everyday Grill Maintenance Before cooking, preheat grill and use grill br...