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Self-RelianceUrban Homesteading

Grow Your Own Food in the Heart of the City

Growing your own food once meant living in the country, owning acres of land, and plowing fields. Today, you can turn your driveway, backyard, or rooftop into an urban farm and enjoy home produce as part of your city life. Vegetable patches, beehives, chicken coops, and mini-barns for goats in a city setting are far

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Financial FreedomFinancial Independence

Five Ways to Make Money in the Gig Economy

If you’re no longer satisfied with climbing the corporate ladder, check out the side jobs and one-off projects that make up the gig economy. You can earn extra money in your spare time, and even scale up the number of your gigs to a full-time livelihood. According to Investopedia, the gig economy is defined as

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Self-Reliance

7 Ways To Keep Your Cell Phone Secure

When it comes to your personal data, cellphones are potentially a bigger and easier target than a personal computer for hackers. We use our smartphones for everything, including...

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Self-Reliance

4 Ways to Trick Yourself into Saving Money

Saving money doesn’t have to mean cutting back or learning to do more with less. Sometimes, all you need is a few techniques that encourage you to set aside cash for your future...

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Self-Reliance

Emerson, Thoreau, and Self-Reliance

In 1846, smack dab in the middle of his Walden experiment, Henry David Thoreau was thrown in jail. For years, he'd refused to pay a local poll tax. His argument against paying the tax was...

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Self-Reliance

Make a Career Change at 60 with a New Craft

Every morning, Alfred Rordame and his wife, Emily, wake up early and drive to one of the many canyons neighboring their Salt Lake City home – usually City Creek Canyon – and take a walk...

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Health and IndependenceHomesteadingSelf-Reliance

Ginseng: This Long-Term Investment Could be Growing in Your Garden

Blake Dillman is following in his grandfather's footsteps. As a small-scale Appalachian ginseng grower, he is growing a plant with a rich regional and family history. "My grandpa cultivated wild...

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Living Off The Grid

Build an Off-Grid Log Cabin for Debt-Free Living

Steve Hickman and his wife, DeLaura Padovan, live mortgage-free in an off-grid log cabin that Steve designed and built himself in King George, Virginia. "It's still not 'technically' finished," Steve admits...

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HomesteadingVideos

How the Right Soil and the Right Crop can Create an Easy Income

Blueberries are a high-yield, high-profit crop that you can easily grow and sell. But, as Tom Kerr points out, getting the soil right is the first step. When you opt to buy land and grow food...

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Health and IndependenceIndependence TechSelf-Reliance

How Your Home Energy Rating Could Save You Money

Summer's here and your utility bills are probably soaring along with the temperatures. But don't sweat it, because I've got some information that may help alleviate that perennial problem and give...

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DownsizingRightsizing

Is Renting Your Property the Best Option for You?

Not long ago, a question came in from one of your fellow subscribers. She was rightsizing her life, leaving behind a large house in a big city for a smaller, easier space and a simpler existence...

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Living Off The Grid

Net Metering: Take the Power Away from the Utility Companies

I've known Dave and Sierra Hollister since their adult kids were knee-high to a grasshopper. They made history in my home state of North Carolina...blazing a pioneering trail for...

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Health and IndependenceSelf-Reliance

How to Avoid Scams: Four Tips

If you’re a retiree or approaching retirement, chances are you’ll soon become a high-profile target for scammers. Scams tend to target older customers, who grew up in an age where...

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Digital CurrenciesFinancial Freedom

Should You Start Investing in Bitcoin?

In 2009, Kristoffer Koch bought 5,000 bitcoins. It cost him $26.60, and he forgot about them not long after. Four years later, he was a millionaire. Koch discovered the fledgling digital currency...

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Homesteading

5 Ways Renting Land Could Earn You Extra Income

Planning on settling down on a nice plot of land for your retirement? If you’re looking into purchasing a sizeable plot and setting up a homestead or farm you’ll have access to several...

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