If you’re dreaming of going off grid soon but are waiting until you save enough money to do it, there are ways to do it on the cheap.
Lets say you could raise $10,000 in cash. The question then becomes, could you go off grid for $10k? Realistically speaking, even with $10k it would be tough, but very doable. OK, so you have $10k, where do you invest the money that makes the most sense?
LAND = $1000 (down payment)
First and foremost you need land to move to. There are properties you can purchase for only a few hundred dollars down and a couple hundred per month with little or no credit. Many land owners will finance the land themselves, or offer a lease option or contract for deed. Contract for Deed might be a better deal for both you and the landowner depending on your negotiating skills, and the amount of homework you do.
There are many properties in the USA you can buy for a few hundred dollars or a thousand dollar down. So lets say you put $1000 down on a couple acres of land. You have $9000 left over. A lot can be done with that.
SHELTER = $4000
You’ll need shelter to house you and your family. A used travel trailer is ideal, or you can build a tiny house or cabin on the cheap. There’s also ways to build a small cabin for about $2000. You can stay in the travel trailer or RV while you build your dream home.
Let’s say you allocate $4000 for your tiny shelter. This means you can purchase a good used travel trailer, RV, or build a small cabin or tiny house fairly simply.
Now you have about $5000 left over to buy everything else you need.
FOOD = $1000
You’ll need food to feed your family with. For about $500 you can purchase the necessities like beans, rice, and meat. That’s good protein but you’ll also need meat and veggies.
Aquaponics: You can also build a small aquaponics system for about $500 using these plans. This system is simple and easy to build, and you could probably figure a way to build it for about $250 or so if you scrounged for recycled and reclaimed materials.
Livestock: Chickens and Rabbits are inexpensive food sources. Chickens produce eggs, and rabbits and chickens both produce fertilizer for your garden. You can get about 12-24 chickens
Fruit: Fruit trees take a little while to grow, so they won’t give you a solid source of sugars in your diet right away.
You must have food, so figure in $750 to $1000 for this necessity.
WATER = Included with land purchase
This really should be before food, but should be included in the land purchase. Ultimately you’ll need a property that already has water on the land in the form of a well, natural spring, stream, river, lake or pond. Hauled water is OK, but it’s not sustainable, simple as that. Unless you’re hauling water from a large reservoir like a nearby lake or river, it’s not very sustainable or safe. You must also make sure you filter your water. There are ways to build a filtration system, but that will probably come later once you’re settled onto your land.
Ultimately you need water immediately after moving onto your land.
So whatever you buy, buy property with water.
SEWAGE & WASTE TREATMENT = $1000
Now we’re getting down to the nitty gritty. The nuts and bolts of your homestead. Unless you’re going to use Humanure then you’ll have to figure out a way to handle your waste. If you’ve chosen a travel trailer or RV, then you already have it covered. You simply need to make arrangements with the local septic company to haul away your waste. You could also get a composting toilet.
ELECTRICITY = $1000
A good small 500 Watt solar power system can be had for around $1000 depending on the manufacturer. This is more than enough power to power a small refrigerator and your laptop computer, maybe a small LED TV and LED lighting.
The quickest way to provide heat is a wood stove. If you’ve got a travel trailer or RV, then propane is probably going to heat your home.
Refrigerator/Freezer = $250 – You can buy a good fridge for a couple hundred bucks, or even get it free if you know how to wheel and deal.
Cook Stove: = $250 – If you’re building your cabin and not living in a travel trailer or RV, then you’ll need to buy a stove to cook your meals on.
$1000 CASH For Emergencies and Overages
That’s it. That’s all you really need. If you plan right, shop around and take your time, you can go off grid for $10k. Maybe you can do it for less…
Got any ideas, leave a comment below…
The point is, it’s doable. you can go off grid for $10k. Sure, you won’t be living in luxury, but you certainly be living off the grid.
And that’s what counts.
UPDATE: We’ve gone more in depth on this and updated some of the calculations here: How to move off grid now for $10k