Tips for Low-Cost Living


| 8/18/2008 1:42:34 PM


Blog Action Day 2010 is upon us, a day in which bloggers across the world write about a single issue to raise awareness and prompt widespread discussion. The subject is poverty, and we're planning to contribute a list of tips on how to live a rich life on a low budget. As part of the Mother Earth News community, we thought you'd have a "wealth" of ideas to contribute. Please share your wisdom by posting a comment below.  

Maurice Robson
6/4/2011 10:51:11 AM

The lowest cost habitation is a cardboard box, but for a few dollars more, buying a low cost boat and living aboard, is the answer. I bought my boat, a Watkins 27 foot sailboat on eBay - sight unseen. Cost: only $1,100. I now live in a lovely marina in Hampton, VA. I pay only $185 a month for berth fees, some electrical costs, and insurance. Total fixed monthly costs: ~$300 a month. The marina is located within an upscale gated community, with free tennis courts, a swimming pool, sauna, showers, etc. The marina is located within a salt marsh, with gulls, ducks, herons, egrets, ospreys, and the occasional bald eagle flying around. Can not be beat - at ANY price.


A McGuire
2/26/2011 12:33:28 AM

I love books, but they are very expensive. So when I find a book I want to read I open up my local library's website and request the book all from the comfort of my laptop. Our region has a program where they borrow from other library's and courier them to mine. When it comes in they call me. (I do this alot!) If I like the book I buy it from amazon.com --they never charge me sales tax and are always cheaper than anywhere else. I have experimented with laundry detergents and Tide is the ONLY one I will ever use. Others do not get stains out of our clothes and I can't afford to buy new ones all the time.


A McGuire
2/26/2011 12:27:20 AM

-Get out of debt, whatever it takes just do it, it's nuts to owe money to people -Grow your own food, your local extension office has lots of classes in the spring to help you learn, not to mention the valuable advice the internet offers -reuse breadbags and wash plastic bags and reuse (not if used with raw meat), I've been washing mine for months now and have only had to buy gallon ziplocs once -use your public library, oh my gosh how i love my library! they have all the magazines i used to subscribe to, for free! -cook from scratch, as close to the source as possible, not only is it healthier but it's cheaper -buy from a warehouse store, my Sam's Club is where I get most of my groceries -buy grass fed beef from family if possible, i refuse to eat that grain fed crap -shower less often, leave the house less often and combine errands -simplify your life and you won't want all that junk around anymore -choose quality over price, better quality lasts longer -when leaving the house always take a big reusable bottle of ice water with you in the car, you always get thirsty and it will keep you from spending $1.49 on one Pepsi -start your children out with simple toys and keep it as simple as possible so you don't have to keep 'upping the anty'...don't let them watch Dora so they won't be begging for Dora toys at Walmart -never get kids in the habit of getting something when you go shopping, bad idea!






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