Zero Cost Living

So at the moment I live in your typical 3 bed semi-detached house in a housing estate, it’s about 7 miles from the center of Belfast, Northern Ireland.  I don’t really like it here, to be honest I have never really liked it, don’t get me wrong I don’t hate it, I’m not ‘unhappy’, but there are a few things that I really don’t like.  I’ll not go into all of that now, that is a post for a different day, but to get to the point of this post, I have a dream!

While I live in this house I don’t think I will ever be able to realise my dream, but I think about it a lot and I am working towards getting it.

My dream isn’t just about the house I want to live in, although thats a good place to start, it is about the lifestyle that I want to live, and you know I bet at the heart of it that most people would want the same thing, obviously with different details, but the same basic core.

Not a cave!

My dream is to live what I like to call ‘Zero Cost Living’, this is basically where I don’t need to have any further increase in my income to survive, and that my whole income is from a residual source.  Further, I want to live in such a way that I have a minimal impact on the environment, and if possible actually improve it rather than destroying it.  Now I’m not saying that I want to go live in a cave and eat berries and nuts, naw I do like my comforts and I don’t think that is a necessity to do what I plan, although having an earth sheltered home might be classified as a cave, and growing some of  your own food could be described as eating berries and nuts.

So the basic targets are as follows;

  • Buy/build a house in the country, with a good sized piece of land
  • Increase residual income
  • Reduce unecessary expenditure
  • Grow a large percentage of my own food
  • Generate all of my own energy for electricity, heat, and travel
  • Reduce waste, both landfill and sewage

There are really two things about this plan which are difficult, saving enough money to buy/build a house in the country, and the second is to build a residual income that is big enough to pay for it without having to do too much work to maintain it.

If you check back again I will talk about a few of these aspects in more detail.

It’s all about me

So this is my first post on this blog, and too be honest this is a bit of a weird experience for me.  It’s not often that I would be writting a blog post about me or about something I have done or am going to do, or about something I am interested in.

Normally when I put a blog post online it is in one of my business websites, and so would be focused primarilly on selling something to someone or trying to make money in one of several other ways.  Now thats not to say that I will not try to make any money on this blog, I probably will but it will not be the main aim of the site.

So what is the blog going to be about then???  Basically me and what I am doing and what I am interested in, I am not writting this blog for you – the reader, I am writting it for me – the author.  There will be all sorts of subjects, I have put a rough list below;

  • Health, in general and also more specifically mine in particular
  • Weight Loss
  • Gardening
  • Construction Projects
  • The environment
  • Electric and low energy vehicles
  • Solar Energy
  • Zero Cost Lifestyle
  • Financial Independance

There will of course be other, random stuff that dosn’t fit into any of these categories.  I’m not going to explain any of this stuff just now, I’ll get to it later.

Before I go I just want to mention comments, for now I will allow comments on the blogs but they will be strictly moderated, so please if your comment isn’t relevant please don’t waste your time and mine as it will get marked as spam.

Bye for now