Living The Simple Life For a Dollar a Day

A map for those wanting to live the simple life. Includes where and how to live, lost-cost food, how to earn a living, an extremely affordable weekly food plan and more.


| January/February 1970



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The fresh air and clean water of the country improve both health and worldly outlook.


By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS illustrators

Two fearful explosions, coming as a complete surprise to a bewildered world, changed the course of the world and the lives of everyone in it — including your life —  and heralded the beginning of the Atomic Age. Civilization as we know it was doomed when the echoes of those atomic bomb blasts in Japan died away. What next?

The world asked that question. It is still asking it. Of what use to build magnificent, costly cities, if they can be wiped out in a jiffy? Of what use to struggle and strive to build up a fortune, if in the flash of an eyelid everything —  including life itself — can be wiped out?

We are now at that uncertain stage in life. We are confused. We are afraid. We are bewildered. We cringe. We don't know what to do next. We are afraid we may not only lose our possessions but we are afraid for our lives.

It has been said so often that it has become an axiom and even a proverb, that some good comes out of every bad. Another axiom is to the effect that every weapon carries with it its own defense. And if you will couple these two proverbial expressions, do a little thinking to get your ideas straight, you will have the answer to survival in an atomic age. Let a good life come to you from this bad omen for civilization, and use the only weapon against the atomic bomb that has ever been devised.

The good life? It is unquestionably the simple life —  and more and more each day Americans are turning to it, in one form or another, grateful that there is an escape from the complexities and problems of modern city living. And the defense against the atomic bomb? It is one simple but inexorable thing —  space. For, don't you see, if you are not near enough where an atomic bomb may explode to be harmed by it, in your life it is harmless.

Therefore if you find a better life in the simple life, far enough away from the crowded cities to be uninteresting to the men who launch atomic attacks, you can survive. More so, you can find a new measure of satisfaction in living by getting back to the simple form of living.





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