Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Trouble with Money

I am writing today a bit frustrated.  This is more of a journal entry than a blog post, so please feel free to skip it if you're not interested.  An incident occurred with some income I was expecting to get.  I don't want to go into too many details, but let's just leave it at the fact that someone who owes me a significant amount of money isn't paying me back on the timeline I was promised.  Since I found this out on the 5th, money has been very tight and it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to see how I might accomplish some of my goals for this year if my income continues the way it is going now.  As it stands I still do not have enough soil in my beds to plant a garden, and I have no seeds to plant either.  Visiting Portland anytime soon is completely out of the question, and it is even hard to eat healthy foods as they tend to be more expensive.

One of the reasons I want to homestead has always been to liberate myself from the monetary system, mostly if not completely.  It is curious to me that in order to do so I must play the game and take part in the monetary system so fully for quite some time.  Permaculture courses are expensive, natural building courses are expensive, and of course buying land is expensive.  Even just getting the proper soil to grow a backyard garden in is expensive in my current financial situation.  I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel somewhere.  The economy will get better, I'll find a job I'm better suited for, and I'll make the money I'm worth.  But I'm anxious to start my big project, to journey into homesteading and see what kind of liberty I can grow for myself.  I know it will happen someday, I just wish that day seemed sooner than it does today.

If you happen to be in the Tucson area, and you have any extra soil/compost/mulch/seeds that you would like to donate to my garden, that would be awesome!  That is the project I most care about in the coming months, because it is the most attainable, and will also be the most encouraging if I am successful.  As always, thanks for reading!


  1. a sad irony indeed. hope it all works out for you. being self sufficient is about as worthy a goal as one could save for.

  2. I imagine this is going to come off as crazy and morbid, but I just read in an old money saving newsletter I found at the library about a guy who was able to get free soil from the local cemetary. You know- they have to dig a hole and plant a good sized coffin so they can't fit all that dirt back into the hole.