The Cost Of Being Self Sufficient | Is It Worth It?
The Cost Of Being Self Sufficient | Is It Worth It? byfor Modern Survival Blog
It’s expensive, monetarily. At least initially. It consumes your time, and requires physical energy commitment.
Being self sufficient. It’s the holy grail among some with the preparedness mindset, right?
For some, yes. Many others simply pursue an extent of being self sufficient. The most basic of which may be growing a garden, however large or small.
As many of you know, I’ve been building a chicken coop and attached run for 7 chickens, which today are 7 weeks old. They’re ready to leave the brooder and move in to their new home. Their home might finally be ready enough for them later today or tomorrow. (Gotta get my butt back out there right after this post!)
During the process of building their palace, I’ve thought about the money it took to get this done. As well as the ongoing costs of maintaining the small flock, and feeding them. Let me put it this way. You migh get depressed to realize the ultimate cost per dozen eggs output compared to the money input!
Before anyone jumps in and remarks how one could build a coop & run from old pallets, etc., yes, I know. There are ways to do it cheaper. But in the end, the egg production from your chickens will cost way more than the eggs you can buy at the grocery store.
But that’s not why we did it! Of course big agriculture can mass produce product and get it to your grocery store cheaper than you could do yourself (typically). However the reason we might do it our selves is not necessarily to save money. It’s to be more self sufficient. Plus, Mrs.J wanted chickens. So now there’s chickens…
It can be expensive to be self sufficient
There’s really no way you can beat the price of most foods in the grocery store. Or, there’s no way you can beat the cost of electricity coming into your home from the utility company compared to a alternative energy system. (just two random examples).
It costs money to set up a decent garden. Obviously this depends on what you’re doing and how. My largest garden required lots of money for posts and fencing to keep deer, bear, rabbits, and other critters out. Then there’s the cost of a rototiller. The cost of materials used to keep weeds down on walkways or sections not being used this year. Not to mention the cost of buying an old tractor and implements, things like that. “Farming tools”.
What about raised garden beds? Got those too. Do you know how much it costs for enough 2×12 lumber to make a 4′ by 16′ by 2′-tall garden bed? Not cheap. Then of course there’s more fencing around the perimeter area of garden beds.