Moving Toward Self-Reliance for the Working Poor

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

13 Responses

  1. Mick says:

    Awesome post that covers a wide variety of topics,& that would be a great read for those just starting out down the path of self-reliance.Thanks Sandra,& GOD Bless!!

  2. Always Forward says:

    I was poor once too. Being poor is not a choice, but staying poor is. We NEVER ate out except on trip to McDonald’s on the last day of school. Weeks would go by and we would spend no money at all on anything except for food. Old car. No vacations. We had lots of fun around town, however, walking, running, picnicking in the parks. We laughed that we only wore designer clothes (thrift store, of course!) It was almost a game and long since over. We searched for the cheapest place to live in the nicest part of town. No charging. No debt. It can be done if you choose to do it. Comfortably retired now.

  3. Owl Creek says:

    Outstanding article covering all the basics for getting finances under control. I’ll be passing this on to our daughter and SIL who have finally seen the light and have started taking life more seriously. I sent them a copy of Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover,” along with some suggestions of my own. This article will be a nice addition to their knowledge base.

  4. Bebe says:

    very good article. Good refresher course. One to keep and review once in awhile.

  5. Ronald Beal says:

    Good article and well written! I look around every day and see families where the man and woman are doing nothing but working, going home, watching TV, feeding, then sleeping for another day of work. No thought for tomorrow or next week and next year!! Suggestion: Wake Up!!! See yourself, your wife and your children! Take a step back, look around- where are you, who are you? WHAT ARE YOU DOING?? Learn to do something, anything! There are courses online for almost anything you want to do; local trade schools teach for a small fee. Many years ago, a young man, in a small town in south GA worked as a tire changer for a local business. He opened his eyes one day, decided he wanted something better. He started trade school at night. One year later, he was hired by a national motel chain at $100,000 / year! Wake UP!!

  6. Greg M. says:

    Excellent article. To me, the most important info is the change of attitude from “can’t” to “can”.
    Just an FYI, there are online college courses for free, that also give full credit ! Take advantage of educational opportunities to improve yourself. I am currently taking two courses, one on first aid, the other on gardening. The gardening course is from BYU.

  7. Brenda says:

    Great article. I just have one thing to add on the vertigo. Go to YouTube and look up half-somersault. It is a series of movements that will readjust the crystals in your inner ear. This is what my Dr had me do when I got vertigo.

  8. mom of three says:

    All great tips thst we all should do hubby, and I are making plans to sell item to help us get more on our feet we are doing fine right now and we have a savings, and i do can, coupon shop, and go to discount stores. I never thought using a card at a thrift store would lower your credit scores, that seems a bit unfair. Our dryer died and I go to a laundry mat to dry clothes, three loads for $3.00 not bad plus it’s finished in about 32 minutes, and I can purge clothes, and see what I need to buy the kids. Our electric bill dropped $50.00 plus if I get behind on the power bill I can pay them a little in the middle of the month. I plan on searching out some medical classes, plus learning more and more about herbs, drying them and making tincure. I have raspberry leaves, to dry and use for teas, just in my back yard…

  9. Mrs. B says:

    I’m in the process of moving to MISSOURI from WA state because I cannot afford the taxes here. Our gas prices in WA are 1.00 a gallon more than what I paid in MISSOURI. I’m sick of the entitlement attitude here.

    I was blessed meeting some wonderful people who have farmed there for several generations who have offered advice and assistance. All I needed to do was ask. I brought my commercial greenhouse to MO and the locals had a good laugh on what I would be planting there. Coming from WA where marijuana is legal, they were sure I was going to set up a growing operation there. I put the word out for a community garden project and now have a lady who farms a large farm and teaches school full time wanting to share harvests and get me set up with her heirloom seeds she has saved from each years harvest. Can’t wait.

    The local butcher is willing to show me his pig enclosure to show me how to keep them confined and safe from the many predators that live nearby. All because I asked.

    Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Learn from someone who has excelled in their environment and can teach you.

    Thank you for the excellent article. I’m sharing this with my daughter who just moved from urban life to Missouri where folks just want to do their thing and be left alone. She’s adapting. She will do fine.

  10. Chip says:

    I don’t know what kind of education Sandra has, or what kind of grades she made, but she gets A+ for true wisdom! What a wonderful, thoughtful article. She should be working for Dave Ramsey. She would make him proud.

  11. As a single mom of four who works full time, we are going way back to the basics for better quality at an less expensive price. Here are some of the things we’ve done:

    – opened a buyers’ club with a local natural food store supplier. I share my wholesale prices with co-workers and neighbors. We then meet the minimum order , $400, and everyone get wholesale and better quality food.

    – unplug the hot water heater and use solar bags to shower. Put them out in the AM, and they’re hot as heck in the PM. We heat water on demand for dishes and do laundry with cold water. In cold/cloudy weather, we have a large pot that we heat & bucket bathe.

    -Clothes line and drying racks instead of using a dryer

    -Three sink used restaurant equipment + a wringer = low cost laundry washing. It’s actually fun as long as you have music to tap your foot to.

    Thanks for the good article. I will be passing it on to my kids.


  12. Dee says:

    Excellent tips.
    I utilize and live many of your suggestions.
    Thank you for sharing.