If you're on a quest to reduce your day-to-day and long range costs, you'll want to have a look at our best tips for living on less.
Save some money by starting (or expanding) your backyard garden. It's amazing how much all that homegrown produce is worth. We recently estimated the total market value of all the produce grown by MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers each year. Our rough calculation was $1 billion!
SAXTON HOLT & ROS CREASY
Simple living is all about slowing down and enjoying life more. Another key is to learn strategies for self-reliant living, such as planting a vegetable garden or raising a few livestock animals to produce some of your own food.
PAT & CHUCK BLACKLEY
Why not raise backyard chickens and enjoy fresh eggs?
How much could you save by keeping a family milk cow? By breeding the cow each year and raising the calf for beef, you could net between $4,000 and $6,000 worth of milk and meat!
By using fuel-efficient driving techniques, John and Helen Taylor set a Guinness world record for mileage. On their 9,000 mile trip they averaged 58.82 mpg.
You can’t beat great-tasting homemade bread at 50 cents a loaf!
MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
Living on less doesn't automatically mean living in a small house, but this Arkansas couple decided it was a perfect fit for them. They're quite happy together in a 480-square-foot cabin.
PHOTO: KEVIN PIEPER
Contributing editor Steve Maxwell, and his wife Mary, built this stone and timber house by hand and without a mortgage!
Gary Reysa designed and built this solar heating system for his Montana home. It saves him the equivalent of 340 gallons of propane each year.
This house was designed to utilize a simple passive cooling technique. In the summer, the vines on the trellis provide welcome shade. In the winter, they die back and let in additional sunlight.