Can’t Afford a House? She Built One for Less Than $3500.00

Though I would recommend any serious prepper get completely out of the city, I have to hand it to this gal. She had a problem… and built the solution.

Most of us would have no idea how to start building our own place. Add in the cost of permits, inspections and materials and you might as well just buy something that’s already around.

However, by building on a moveable trailer bed, Jenine Alexander bypassed a lot of regulations and saved tons of money. If you’re still trying to live the modern suburban dream, forget about it. Housing prices are still ridiculously high compared to the long-term averages… and property taxes are basically just rent you’re paying to the government.

By jumping outside the “standard” thinking, Alexander is preparing in a way most of us would never consider. Imagine: no debt, no property to maintain, and no taxes. Plus, she’s learned how to build a pretty decent place for herself. Decent enough that people want to talk to her about it. If things ever got too bad in her neighborhood, she’s just one tow hitch away from freedom and a whole new location. Mobility is a serious asset.

Now imagine you did something like this in the country, or have a bug out retreat. Say you built a tiny house while farming a chunk of inexpensive rural land. Then you’d have your shelter and food needs met.

By not sinking yourself into mortgage-driven dept slavery, you’d be far ahead of the crowd.

Of course, Thoreau would still have you beat by 160+ years…

About David Goodman

David Goodman is a naturalist and hard-core gardener who has grown his own food since 1984. At age five, he sprouted a bean in a Dixie cup of soil and caught the gardening bug. Soon after, his dad built an 8’ by 8’ plot for him and David hasn’t stopped growing since. David writes a regular column for Natural Awakenings magazine in North Central Florida, posts on the Mother Earth News blog, owns a nursery of hard-to-find tropical edibles and grows roughly 1.5 zillion plants on his one-acre homestead. In mid-2012, he launched www.floridasurvivalgardening.com as a place to share his ongoing experiments with tropical and temperate crops. He currently has over 20 intensive beds, multiple field plots, over 100 fruit trees, two food forest projects in different climates and a series of ongoing experiments in-progress - all of which bring him closer each day to complete food security. David is a Christian, an artist, a husband, a father of seven, a cigar-smoker and an unrepentant economics junkie. Visit his daily blog here: Florida Survival Gardening Follow him on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/DavidTheGood

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