posted on Aug, 4 2012 @ 10:08 AM
When I lost my corporate job many years ago, I decided then to try and follow my bliss and do things I love, instead of just being a cog in a machine.
It is difficult because the Machine is geared to pull you back into the system one way or another.
I KNOW it is NOT easy to DISENGAGE.
But, I try as best as I can.
My first move of course was financial. I had to sit down with myself and see what was important to MY survival.
So, I cut out everything but essentials.
At the beginning I called credit card companies,, thinking I would be offered some help, and Just asked for help reducing Interest.
They did not, and DO NOT like that Idea, because it is one of the favorite traps used.
So, I explained it like this.
I have a bucket, They could stay at the top of the bucket, if they helped me, or sink to the bottom.
At the bottom of the Bucket is a hole, and so most went the way of the hole.
They offered NO HELP,, to me,, but to Banks, Car Company, and other assorted TO BIG TO FAILS,, TAX MONEY WAS GIVEN.
which brings us to the Taxman.
I Declared myself Exempt, so that no federal or state taxes were removed from my check, and quit filing returns.
This was survival Mode, as bad and idea as it might sound to others. If I had not, I would have Lost my home years ago. The IRS is nasty and of
course has garnished my wages to get some of that, but I think the next time they try, I will just quit my job and go black. I refuse to willingly
pay these bastards anymore.
THIS IS WHERE A LARGE % is needed.
STOP PAYING THE MONSTER. If everyone would just do this for 1 year,, they would have to reform.
When a Flat or Fair tax system is in place ( I would prefer a pay as you go system) I will gladly rejoin the Tax system willingly. I DO PAY TAXES SO
DON"T START ABOUT THAT,, I Pay Property tax, and every tax that is on things I buy and consume. So, I think that is enough. Having done the math for
myself,, I KNOW I AM TRIPLE IF NOT MORE TAXED DAILY JUST BY the way the system sucks us all dry.
but again, if everyone for one year said NOPE,, NO FED OR STATE FOR YOU,, Big Government Monster,, the Monster would be tamed very quickly.
Paying only bare essentials, I could live with my current job, which pays me about a third what I used to make, but Now, I am HAPPY TO GO TO WORK,,
because it is something I love doing, Stress at Work NEAR GONE.
The House needs upkeep, and that also has been just essentials only based.
When My AC/Heat Pump died, I did not have the $4 to 6 thousand to replace the system like I need so, I went survival mode.
For my 2000 sq ft. home, I have 2 window units for air condition. Actually the Power Bill went down, and I still keep the house cool with a bit of
ingenuity, dark curtains, and a few rooms hotter than the rest of the house.
For Heat, I use my fireplace and a kerosene heater, being in the south winters are not so rough, go this has worked great,
I would love to retro fit the house and go solar and remove myself from the grid, while here in the city.
Future plan. Solar water and power.
I garden organically. Compost my refuse. Recycle things that others think is just trash.
I do NOT SHOP TO BUY AND CONSUME.
I buy to survive.
So, Flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales are now my Superstores, and have been for now over 20 years,, I never was a Name brand freak, nor have I
always bought the latest gadgets to keep up.
Most things are bought used, or bartered for now.
The TV has been turned off for years, and is only really used as a Computer monitor, and Movie theater now and then when I do relax and watch a movie.
Best move ever. TURN IT OFF
Of course I have not had a 'real' vacation in a long while, but I get outdoors,, and enjoy the Earth while it is still marginally intact.
I bought a 1986 Ford Escort, with cash, and drive it. Walk when possible and am currently looking for a good bicycle to get for myself, maybe a
scooter that requires no License, so I can ditch the drivers license if I wish.
Food, No NAME BRANDS, farmers markets, my own garden and friends gardens. I am vegetarian so meat is not an issue. Years ago, I planted fruit trees
which are now helping with the addition of some fruit which is very nice. The Yard will eventually be a LIVE FOOD YARD, most everything I plant is
medicinal or of food value.
Self Sufficient living is my goal.
On Bank TRANSFER DAY last year, I closed my Bank of America account,, (if i could get out of loan with them I would, and am working on that) and
switched over totally to my Credit Union account. BEST MOVE
I Pay Cash for most things if possible.
Barter is on the upswing again, which I really like, and trade too.
These are a few things I am doing to remove myself from the CONSUMER MACHINE that has become America.
suggestions to improve this route will be tried and tested in my life, thanks to all