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    TwanSauce
    Participant

    Hey everyone

    I’m going to keep this short and sweet for the sake of anyone who may read this. My name is Anthony and i live in the Grand Rapids Area in the state of Michigan. i am 23 years old and i am starting the beginning stages of planning my future of living off the grid. When i say i am “in the beginning stages” i literally mean the very beginning. Right now i am to the point where i have decided that this is the path i eventually want to take with my life. I understand the deep connection between heart and mind, and have realized my heart is leading me to a life outside the fucked up boundaries most Americans have come to accept as truth. to me they are lies.

    unfortunately i am still apart of the system, but it is only a temporary thing. I wish to slowly separate myself.  it is only temporary. I am saving my money to buy a piece of property and build my own home.

    I know i have the ability to live this lifestyle, but seek the wisdom of others who might have some words of wisdom. I know this is going to be a long process, but if I do not start the forward motion of this process now, i may never get a chance to get the ball rolling.

    Thank you and please message me or respond to this post.

    #49551

    WrethaOffGrid
    Keymaster

    Hi TwanSauce, going off grid is a process, the more you can plan ahead (and do ahead) the smoother everything SHOULD go, there are no guarantees, I have written quite a lot on the subject, I did a quick search and here are the ones that jump out at me as the most helpful for your situation, hope something here helps you.

    http://www.www.off-grid.net/2013/08/25/how-to-go-off-grid-with-little-money/
    http://www.www.off-grid.net/2013/11/18/steps-save-money/
    http://www.www.off-grid.net/tag/prepping-on-a-budget/
    http://www.www.off-grid.net/2013/11/10/no-man-is-an-island/
    http://www.www.off-grid.net/2013/09/15/are-you-a-jack-or-jill-of-all-trades/
    http://www.www.off-grid.net/2013/07/28/verbal-camouflage/

    There is a little bit of everything here, from how to go off grid on the cheap, how to save money for getting yourself where you want to be, and a very important thing-how to keep yourself safe while doing it.

    Wretha

    #49552

    TwanSauce
    Participant

    Thank you, WrethaOffGrid! I know it is a process, and that is why i’m starting this right now. These links are an exceptional help, and a great way to get the metaphorical ball rolling. Anything else that you might come up with: please let me know! i need all the wisdom that i can get from people that know way more than I do to help build a knowledge base strong enough to make my dream a reality. We all make our own reality. We are creators of our own experience, but help from those with the know-how is an priceless recourse!

     

    Thank you for taking the time to respond to this post!

    #49553

    WrethaOffGrid
    Keymaster

    You are very welcome, another thing to remember, getting off grid isn’t merely a destination either, it’s a lifestyle, one that can be very satisfying, I love it and couldn’t imagine living any other way…. my hubby and I did everything on the cheap, it takes hard work, perseverance, you may have to decide between wants and needs to get there, but if it’s what you really want to do, let nothing come between you and your dream.

    Wretha

    #49555

    beast
    Participant

    if ya need any hands-on training for simple-life things, let me know,im not that far from you

    #49559

    Avamum
    Participant

    Hey there,

    As someone who moved off the grid without any preparation whatsoever about a year ago, there are A LOT of things I wish I’d done to better prepare myself.  Mostly research.  Choosing the right location, what to look for in terms of land, water sourcing, viability of solar or wind, heating/cooling sources…so much to figure out.

    Also, depending on where you plan to live, you’ll have to figure out an income source.  While we try to be as self-sufficient as possible, my husband works in town about a half hour drive away, and I work from home.  You can certainly live on very little if you plan it well, but it’s a good idea to try to get an income stream generated before you start. WrethaOffGrid has provided some really good resources up above.

    Good luck to you!

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