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Updated by Cameron Forester on Mar 15, 2018
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7 Philosophies for Modern Sustainable Living

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Grow Your Own!

Grow Your Own!

Do you have some dirt? Do you have a place to put some dirt - like a windowsill? Congratulations. You have yourself a simple way to supplement your diet with super cheap, nutritionally rich food! Even just keeping a small bed of herbs is a great way to improve your meals, and all you have to do is occasionally water them!

Find out how

See also: Wild food

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Get Online - Stay Online

Get Online - Stay Online

You may not realise it, but these days you absolutely depend on internet access for your survival! Building your own computer is one of the cheapest ways you can stay online -after comparing broadband quotes online of course. It's actually really easy to do! Once you have all the bits it's just a case of plugging everything into the right place, like an adult lego set you can browse Youtube on!

It's way cheaper to buy the parts online than to buy a pre-built machine -you can build a modest PC for the price of two years worth of TV licences - which you won't have to pay anymore!

Go fourth and enjoy never spending a penny on entertainment ever again.

Here's a list telling you exactly what you need depending on your price range.

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Google It

Google It

There's a reason that The Church of Google exists. Google can reliably direct you to the answers you need no matter what your problem is. You can use Google to become an expert in particle physics - or at the very least you can work out how to fix your washing machine.

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Repair It Before You Replace It

Repair It Before You Replace It

If you've been following the steps this far you're already online and using Google to solve your problems. You can now adopt a philosophy of trying to repair things before you replace them. You can apply this philosophy to everything; your car, your clothes, your appliances, your relationships - you can even fix your own brain!

It has never been easier to be self-sufficient!

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Never buy first hand. Never pay full price.

Never buy first hand. Never pay full price.

This is one of those philosophies that you can apply to your whole life.

  • By being canny with your supermarket timings (see above) you can shave up to 75% off your shopping bills!

  • If you're one of those people who keeps warm by wearing clothes your high-street charity shops (of which there are hundreds) are a great place to go for clothing which has already stood the test of time. Once you're in the habit of browsing your local charity shops you'll soon learn to love hunting the bargains and spotting discarded designer denims. Not only that, but you also get a warm fuzzy glow for helping a good cause! You don't even need to go outside to go charity shopping.

  • If it's furniture, a vehicle, or other goods you're looking for check your local Gumtree - be sure to check out their freebies section while you're there.

  • Also get on Freecycle.

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Learn a Trade

Learn a Trade

Find something difficult to learn that you enjoy doing, and offer to do it for people who need that service for money. While it makes sorting out your tax a nightmare , having at least one marketable skill also gives you a much needed second source of income for when your paycheck just doesn't quite stretch far enough.

You could get started here

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Live Humbly

Live Humbly

First off, stop drinking. No seriously stop. It's terrible for you, makes you depressed, ruins your mental health, and makes you poorer. If your friends insist on only meeting up in bars try ordering the tap water - if you're uncomfortable with this your friends probably suck.
You could try telling them you're driving, but that's a lie - you walked because it's cheaper and healthier, and walks in the crisp night air are one of the small free pleasures in life that you've learned to appreciate in your quest for greater self-reliance.

See Mindfulness for more