Some people manage to find freedom by giving up modern-day luxuries, some by getting rid of their cars, others by moving into a small studio apartment. Whatever the case, many people have shown that there is a way to live on very little money in order to achieve financial freedom. So if you’re wondering how to live on nothing, here’s how you do it.
How to Live on Nothing
What you may first need to acknowledge is that if you want to live on nothing without becoming homeless or resorting to crime, you will most certainly need your family’s help.
But if you don’t want to turn to friends or family to live on nothing, you should give these ideas a try.
1. Get Rid of Your Car
Your car is costing you a fortune.
Between car payments, gas, insurance, and maintenance, you are most likely spending hundreds of dollars a month.
Even if your car is paid off, as mine is, you still have plenty of expenses every month.
So, ditch the car.
There’s no getting around it if you want to live on nothing.
2. Find a Free Living Alternative
If you are living with your parents and you don’t want to live in their house, ask them if they have a garage or shed so that you have somewhere to sleep.
Living in a tent is always an option as well.
Find a nice place in the woods and pitch your tent and your housing costs go down to zero.
You might want to read up on survival skills before you try this.
Other possible free living options include:
- House sitting
- Being a caretaker for an apartment building
- Being a groundskeeper and living in the guest house
- Living on a boat
- Sleeping on a friend’s sofa
3. Get Your Food at a Food Bank
Most cities have food banks. Check Google for any in your area.
You should keep in mind that most food banks have rigid rules regarding who may receive free foods.
They often need proof that your income is zero or close to it.
I know that my small town has a food bank. It is open every Wednesday. You have to make under $17,000 per year to qualify, but they don’t ask for any documentation.
You just show up and get free food.
4. Start Your Own Garden
If you are living in a place that has some ground, then consider starting your own garden. Seeds cost almost nothing and you can grow all your own veggies.
You can even sell the extras to make some money if you’d like.
A nice garden can help you eat well for months out of the year for no money.
5. Become a Minimalist
Become a minimalist by eliminating every material possession that you don’t need and try to live without comfort or luxury.
Simplify your life by cleaning out the clutter in your house; throw away all the stuff you don’t want or use anymore and sell it if possible.
Declutter your kitchen cupboards and refrigerator as well.
Get rid of all the clothes that are not currently being worn or which are worn just a few times over the year, such as summer dresses, holiday dresses, and any other items that are rarely worn.
Getting rid of old clothes can be somewhat difficult if you have never done it before.
However, the more you do it the easier it will become.
Getting rid of old clothes that are still in good condition is also a great way to give back to the public.
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6. Downsize Your Living Space
Downsize your living space at home by examining what you own and what it could be used for or thrown away after one use.
It will also be necessary to eliminate unnecessary stuff from your house that is filling your space, such as old furniture and appliances.
In other words, get rid of the clutter and junk. We all have a lot more than we really need.
If you haven’t used it in the past six months, you don’t need it.
The less you have the smaller space you need to live.
7. Make Your Own Clothes
Chances are if you are living on nothing then you don’t have a job. This means you’ll have a lot of time on your hands.
Learn how to sew so you can make your own clothes.
You can find fabric anywhere. People throw out all sorts of things, even new items.
Take what you find and turn them into clothing or other items you might need around the house.
There are thousands of people who live with very little money and manage to have an enjoyable lifestyle.
The best way to do it is to get out of debt and live a minimal lifestyle.
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To Sum it All Up:
Living on nothing isn’t easy and chances are it won’t be comfortable. If you plan on trying it, you should have goals in mind like saving money or paying off debt. This will help you stick with it. Just look for creative ways to get by without spending any money such as living in a tent, growing your own food, and even making your own clothes.