I’m not sure if I am the type of person who could give up my convenient life to live off of the grid but many people do.
When I read about 34-year-old Abe Connally who quit his full-time job to move his family of four to the middle of the desert in Southwest Texas to live off of the grid I felt a bit of a jolt go through my body.
He closed the door on 40 hours of working a week to enjoy the 5-10 hours he works now to live a simple rural life.
Imagine what you would do with an extra 30 hours per week. The family lives off of a budget of $800 a month which covers everything from groceries to feed for the animals. Quite impressive.
I certainly know I could do all sorts of things including hobbies of mine that seem to be put on the back burner because there is no time left in my day.
It makes me wonder if we work ourselves into the ground for nothing and over-think living without giving much thought to the obvious living off of the grid. I know many of us are looking at ways to improve the way we conserve energy but it’s on a small percentage for us compared to what some families like the Connally family does.
Living off of the grid
What does living off of the grid mean?
If you don’t know what living off of the grid is exactly it simply means using the earths natural resources such as sun and wind to generate electricity and heat. Anyone who lives off of the grid knows that solar power is the golden ticket to making it through day in and day out. Sounds simple but planning is key to this lifestyle and lots of it.
The family went as far to purchase a plot of land to grow their own vegetables and have many fruit trees. They also have bees that give them plenty of honey and when I read it I instantly thought of my friend Karen over at Lil Suburban Homestead who shares her families passion for sustainable living.
You can find Karen with her bees, canning and growing a garden and so much more with her entire family. I instantly became friends with her online as bloggers because her lifestyle intrigued me to the point where I’ve learned so much from her.
The Connally family also collects rain water in these huge tanks which they made as its scarce living in the desert and filter it for personal use. I’m sure many of you say that sounds like a great plan but putting this life into motion did and continues to keep this family busy.
I envy these people who are able to just walk away from what they know is relatively secure income to live life on their own terms.
Living off of the grid meant that Abe and his wife had to build their own home, in fact they built two which took them years and is ongoing but they are raising their kids through the entire process. It makes me wonder how these children will differ from those that are raised in the city with all of the conveniences we are so used to.
Granted, they haven’t given it all up you can see video games and internet are part of their life because they blog at Vela Creations which at the time of writing this is down because of heavy traffic from the Yahoo article.
That only tells me that many people are interested in learning more about grid living and this family who washes and dries clothes the old-fashioned way as only part of their money-saving life-style.
My wake up call
Every morning I get up at the crack of silly and the first thing I do is turn on the lights and plug-in the kettle to put my morning brew on. From there on goes the computer to read my morning Yahoo news to see what crazy stuff is happening in this world and sip away while watching the weather network on the television.
I could easily see me heading out to the farm to feed the animals like the Connally family does with their rabbits, chickens, pigs etc. but it certainly would be a lifestyle change that would have to be embraced full-force.
Yes, our house is lit up but for only a short period in the morning but that’s by choice although I keep in mind time of use regulations so we aren’t paying out the nose. It’s been about 2 years now since I tested almost all of the appliances in our house to see how much energy they were drawing to figure out the costs to use the appliances.
The amount of money is a bit shocking depending on the appliance but in reality we will continue to plug-in because we’ve become accustomed to using these appliances.
I’m not sure If I’d be ready to give up the life I live right now to live off of the grid but I will continue to do my part to use less, hang dry laundry, recycle, combat waste, grow a garden and conserve energy when I can. If I was forced to live off of the grid then I’d certainly do whatever I needed to survive.
Could you give up your city life and career to live off of the grid?
Every day Food Bloggers from around the world pass by my other love the Free Recipe Depot Facebook page to share a daily recipe which I share with my fans.
This weeks Top Recipe comes from a blog called “Bunny’s Warm Oven”. Now Bunny’s recipes are no stranger to Canadian Budget Binder as she creates some of the most tantalizing treats I’ve ever seen like this one today. You will need to grab a brew just to be able to savour every bite of this baked beauty.
It was a tough call to pick a top recipe this week but Bunny’s “Easy Pineapple Cake with Cheesecake Frosting” did it for me. Not only did I love it but the fans on The Free Recipe Depot loved it as well. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us Bunny..
Weekly CBB Posts
If you missed any CBB posts from the week here is the list of posts you can catch up on reading!
- What type of bank should you stash your cash in?
- Prepare your budget for the renovation money monster
- The grocery game challenge Jan 13-19, 2014 #3:Supermarket abouse that costs money
- How to stop the debt explosion before it stops you
- Creamy Chicken Pot Pie
Every week I share a few of the best personal finance blog posts that I read over the past week with all of you so please enjoy my top picks.
- My Top ten Super Bowl Recipes – Square Pennies
- 5 things you shouldn’t do to pay off debt- The Frugal Farmer
- Why taking time off can increase your income- Money Rebound
- The second-hand stigma- Suburban Finance
- Finding hidden money in the monthly budget- Plunged in Debt
- How much can you contribute to an RRSP?- The Brighter Life
- When to write down the car value- Planting our Pennies
Well, that’s a wrap for this Friday’s grab a brew #55 so happy budgeting and I’ll see you here again next week when I do it all over again.
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