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If you had five years to prepare for off-the-grid living and were currently renting a small apartment in town, what would you do in that time to be ready for "freedom"?
 

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This was me<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I spent a lot of time planning and daydreaming. Learning about how to keep chickens and goats and socializing with those who already do. Can you keep say a angora bunny in your apartment and pluck hairs and learn to weave? lol...I throw out that idea because that's what I want to do right now....still learning though--I'm not a "figure it out when I get there" type person.<br><br>
It'll be a long five years though if you're constantly thinking about the future. Make sure you live a lot in the moment too.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
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I started a similar thread a few years ago.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=716131&highlight=baby+steps" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ght=baby+steps</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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educate yourself.....<br><br>
if you dobn't know how to bake bread, learn now. If you don't know how to can, learn now.<br><br>
Get an old tredle sewing machine, learn how to use it, learn as much as you can about the topics you are interested in.<br><br>
Will you have electricity when you live off the grid? Start educating yourself on the lowest power pulling devices you still want to have (refrig, etc).<br><br>
Education is powerful, so take advantage of your time now to learn as much as you can.
 

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I don't know if this is or has been a part of your life, but if not, you might consider living off-grid for periods of time to experience day to day life. We're not off grid, but we're very rural, and I sometimes get the impression that people have a romanticized idea of what country life is like. It's absolutely, hands down, the best way of life for us, but it isn't easy, nor is it cheap! So, I guess I would suggest getting any down and dirty, hands on, off grid living experiences under your belt. I mean, raising chickens, canning, etc. are great, but the day to day stuff is so much greater than that.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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thank you, my friends! Especially for the dreamy book titles....I'd like to go off-grid, but with self-sustaining power....not going hard-core Amish here, but simple. We have simple life down pretty well, but working towards the day when we can downsize in terms of square footage some more (currently 350-ish, and it's a bit too big). But of course I am idealist about it and want to firm up some goals while I have the time to do it.
 

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Am I right in my thinking that if the property costs half of what our property costs here in town then DH (I'm a SAHM.) Won't have to work as much to get the bills paid?<br><br>
Has anyone ever rented out their home for the investment and then moved to some property to live off grid?
 

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We're still in an apartment but we're definately closer than five years. I came from a country home and I am dying to get out of the city. In three weeks we are returning to the midwest (where we can actually afford land and a house) from there it should take us a few months to find a place but we're moving in the right direction. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> I second the learning bit. Learn to sew, learn to bake, learn to can, learn to do your laundry in the tub. Set up a seasonal schedule for yourself... canning tomatoes in feburary doesn't make seasonal sense. I doubt we'll be entirely off grid, at least not for quite sometime but we do want to be self sufficient. Read about farming and country life... go to fairs, go to markets, go to auctions. Talk to people. Ask people if you can borrow a corner of their gardens or swap a few squash (there's always too much squash) for weeding. My neighbors let me figure out how to milk on one of their old cows...they had a great time laughing at me. Make sure you like the country. It would be a bummer to move out and find you can't stand the smell of fertilizer or the isolation. Baby calls more later.
 
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