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- Publication date : August 18, 2009
- File size : 2109 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B002M78OO8
- Publisher : Verdant Publishing Company; 1st edition (August 18, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #909,484 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Once past the first few chapters, there are some examples of zero cost of living. Some are doable but not desirable, like living homeless in the bushes in a city, dumpster diving, etc. later when explaining how the zero cost of living (zcl) methods could be used on a piece of land, the costs appear to be low. While it is possible to find inexpensive property, it may be really challenging to find something at those levels. Also when talking about the costs, the author refers to things like the income from savings will produce x dollars per year. However, at today's interest rates, you won't find 5% returns on your savings. That makes the methods mentioned that much more difficult to put into practice.
The last few chapters are better written and explain a bit more the philosophy of ZCL. The main idea is to have a piece of land and become self sufficient to the maximum extent possible. Invest in tools and such that will help you produce the food and things you need for ZCL.
Overall the book needs editing and more updated examples. While not an actual blueprint, it does provide a methodology for ZCL that people can tweak and maybe meet their needs. While not perfect, it does provide for an interesting read.
For the most part, the author provides a compendium of information that he has gleaned from other sources. He fully admits that his first-hand experience of "zero cost living" consists of a couple of youthful summers.
In my maturity, I am unlikely to attempt to live in shelter made from a blue poly tarp or engage in some of the other contributing factors to zero cost living... BUT I do need and want encouragement to break out of the mindless consumption that keeps us trapped in life-killing patterns. That is what this book offers best: encouragement. Encouragement to see things differently and do things differently.
What if? What if we approached life as if we were living in our car, or a sailboat, or a wilderness homestead? What would we do? What would we do without? ZCL encourages readers to imagine different, more joyful, less conventional, less consumption-driven life. If you need encouragement to do this, then I highly recommend this book.
however, it was all over the place, disorganized, often asking questions that the author then did not answer, being
too vague in some important areas like homesteading, and too detailed in others.