commitment to living the
survivalist lifestyle includes living so far off the beaten path as
to make a daily commute to work impractical to say the least. And
so, in monetary terms, we have been living on just a few hundred
dollars a year. Someone, not understanding the essence of survivalism,
suggested recently that we ‚€œget a job.‚€� For their
sake, as well as anyone else out there who thinks that living a
survivalist life means transferring your suburban life to another
location, here is my job description and ‚€œpayment‚€�:
Collect firewood ‚€“ Much of
this is done by dragging fallen and standing dead pinion, cedar and
juniper trees, later to be cut into correct sizes for the wood cook
stove and the wood heating stove.
That replaces our gas bill.
Keep the storage batteries
full of water and check connections to the solar panels.
That replaces our electric
Do the laundry by the
‚€œArmstrong‚€� method. That is, wait until the rainwater barrels are full
enough to wash and rinse the clothes by hand.
More replacement of the
Tend the garden and
greenhouse. This is a 9 month a year job, and includes collecting
manure from the pastures, turning the soil, planting the seeds,
watering, removing bugs by hand, pulling weeds, staking plants,
pollinating as needed and harvesting.
This replaces our food bill.
Tend the animals. This
includes feeding the chickens, feeding the goats, feeding the cats and
dog, providing them all with water, collecting eggs, milking and
Also replaces our food bill.
Pumping water from the well to
the storage tank ‚€“ by hand.
This replaces our water bill.
We don't have phone service
available here, so one of my tasks is to not jump when the phone
This negates our phone bill.
Use herbal and natural
remedies for staying healthy.
This replaces our medical
Take time to enjoy the
stunning scenery, the warmth of the sun, read a book, have
conversations with loved ones, cook an exquisite dinner.
This replaces psychiatrist
In my spare time, I write books,
articles and podcasts, answer e-mailers' questions about living the
survivalist lifestyle ‚€“ and all before dark.
I may be without money, but I'm
without value. And I certainly don't need a job.