Do you have health insurance? – Stacey
No. This choice/ decision of becoming less dependent on the system is not for everyone.
What is the best insulation to put in an attic? And by losing the dishwasher could we save alot more money on power etc? Talithia
Many years back (20 years ago) the city of Pasadena had a FREE! insulation program which we took advantage of. The insulation used was cellulose – made from recycled papers. There are many other sustainable and better insulation materials on the market and there are green building sites on the internet that can help you make an informed decision for your particular type house.
As for dishwasher. Well, that’s a good question. I made a point in one of my post to say that we have no dishwasher and we wash our dishes by hand; however, some readers commented that dishwashers actually saved energy and water. So it’s definitely debatable issue.
Your budget for staples seems a bit high considering the fact that you get most of your food from home. Out of curiosity, could I have an approximate breakdown? – Craig
Sure! The figures ($300-$400) were estimated for an entire month for 4+plus (ADULT) people. Here’s our most recent (WINTER) grocery and co-op bill. We grow our own produce with the exception of extra potatoes and onions to stretch some of our homegrown produce. A few noted exceptions: had several guests over for dinner on Fridays and ran out of time to make bread, catered party and baking for this month’s social gathering plus every week we also barter meals/groceries in exchange for work from part time volunteers. So, technically, we are feeding more than just our family. In addition, it is hard to breakdown these exceptions. Along with the co-op orders the supplies last several months or even a year.
Our goats in a few months will turn 2 years old – ready for breeding season next Fall. After pregnancy, will be able to give milk/cheese/yogurt. Keeping bees but no honey harvested yet.
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