How To Live Off Grid With No Money –
As FREE As Possible or Close To It!
When we first started looking into living off-grid, the whole process looked quite daunting. In fact, we didn't know where to start, what to buy, where to do it, and how long this whole transitioning process would take.
Doing off-grid the "right way" takes time to do properly, especially if you are moving from a regular "on-grid" type of home.
This got me wondering, how can I live off grid for free?...
How can me and my wife transition from A to Z with a little money spent, and actually live the off-grid lifestyle for practically FREE. After diving deep into doing research, I came up with some solutions as to how we all can approach this endeavor at this particular angle (the free angle).
This option will require you to either have: an RV, a travel trailer, or some kind of automobile where you’ll be living from.
Alright, above we confirmed that FREE is absolutely doable if you put your mind to it. It is much easier when its just you and your spouse, having additional family members onboard will make it more difficult, so keep that in mind.
Lets dive into the current available options for living off-grid for FREE:
Have you ever noticed that most Walmarts have at least a few RV's and Semi-Trucks parked throughout the day.
Did you know that Walmart lets people park overnight for absolutely free (almost all of them)?
Yes, in the United Sates and Canada we are fortunate enough to have Walmarts which don't really care about overnight parkers.
Personally I have seen some of the roughest RV's and travel trailers parked there... for days! It seems like as long as you buy something from them every now and then, they don't mind at all.
Now living off-grid has a few different options. You can either do it on your own land, or do it from the comfort of your RV or Travel Trailer. This option of course would require some kind of RV or Trailer, so from there you draw electricity directly from the sun, which would put you solidly on the "OFF-GRID" list.
2. Empty Vacant Land
Now this part takes some creativity in finding, and can actually be sort of illegal, do it at your own risk.
All land no-matter where you are, belongs to someone.
However, there are areas where no one drives through... and if they do, it happens on a not too frequent basis.
Typically this can be done if you find some kind of trail that consists of dirt or gravel road, go down at least a few miles from the main road and find a place where you can park and settle.
Now this part takes some creativity in finding, and can actually be sort of illegal, do it at your own risk. All land no-matter where you are, belongs to someone. However, there are areas where no one drives through... and if they do, it happens on a not too frequent basis. Typically this can be done if you find some kind of trail that consists of dirt or gravel road, go down at least a few miles from the main road and find a place where you can park and settle.
The more visible a road is, the more frequently people drive through it. We recommend you find even smaller, less visible trails where you can drive and completely disappear.
This method isn't bulletproof, and people will sometimes drive towards the same direction you are. In this event, if you are told by anyone you are on "THEIR" property... simple say sorry and move on. Don't ever say "i'm settling here in my off-grid home". It's always "your first day there".
3. Consumer Locations
This ties into Walmart a bit as mentioned previously. In the United States, travel stops, big consumer super-stores, and even some gas stations will let you park over night.
While not the most convenient way to do it, it's 100% free and you have the convenience of buying food and using a bathroom in those places.
From my personal experience, here's a few places which allow overnight parking:
* Loves Travel Stop
* Pilot Travel Stop
* Flying J
* Camping World
* Home Depot
A few of these require you to ask permission, such as Lowes and Home Depot. But typically they have no problem as long as you are parking far from their regular traffic flow.
4. Free Camping Sites
Believe it or not, there’s quite a few places where camping facilities offer parking and hookups for free or at most… a small donation.
A big majority of the sites offer water fill and dump stations, electric and water hook-up, and lastly a smaller portion offers the FULL hookups.
Personally I have not seen such stations because I didn’t know these FREE kind of sites even existed.
After doing some research, I found a popular one which was donated by Waylon Jennings to his local town for supporting hime when he started his singing career. The sites is called WaylonJenningsPark, located in Littlefield, Texas.
5. Always Be On The Move
Most imagine having your own land when it comes to living off-grid, but since we trying to do it for “free”… this would likely require you to constantly be on the move. Not everyday, but at least every few weeks (in most places).
It CAN Be Illegal
Trying to take advantage of free living and being off-grid can be done the wrong way and let me tell you... when done the wrong way, the "free" will turn into "NOT FREE" very fast. Depending on what you do wrong of course.
As I mentioned earlier about finding abandoned land to park on, that's just one of a few ways your endeavor to live for free could end up costing you!
The other thing you should keep in mind is setting-up CAMP anywhere out in public would be illegal, considering you'll be on SOMEONES land after all... and most people would not be too pleased letting some RV or travel trailer be on their property. Unless the place sells supplies which travelers . benefit from, they would not be too pleased having you park at their place overnight.
I know from experience, as I tried parking at a Costco for an overnight stay (the night manager was not enthusiastic of me staying there), so I left.
Free is Almost NEVER Free
I think everyone loves FREE things, free food, free housing, free stuff... it makes life a bit easier.
However, when it comes to living off-grid. Free is actually no existing, and not in the sense that you pay for housing.
Since you'll need to find unique methods of finding places to stay for long term, you'll first end up paying MORE in fuel. I'd say this would be the BIGGEST expenses that would add to your "free" endeavor.
When it comes to the BIGGEST cost you'll pay, i'd say it's peace of mind. When you are constantly moving from place to place, never staying in one location for too long... you make your brain think more than necessary.
The extra money you spend on fuel over the course of 12 months, you'd have enough to buy a cheap piece of land.
So in the end, it's never really free.
If you are an adventurous human being, by all means, try to take advantage of free methods!
Here's The Bottom Line
From the beginning of this article, we discussed the actual possibility of being able to live off-grid for absolutely free.
Doing any kind off-grid living for free will cost you something somewhere else, as I mentioned above.
Think this through to ensure it makes financial sense and then compare it to the alternative of finding a cheap piece of land, building a small home, and setting up your off-grid lifestyle.
Doing the latter would cost some money, but you are tight on a budget or have fixed income… try offering a lot of your material goods for sale (things you don’t need) and raise funds that way to get things started!
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My name is Ray. I’m a survivalist, an off-grid fanatic, and a proud married man to a beautiful woman. This website was started to be an educational resource for learning everything there is to getting off the grid and being self sufficient. Contact me if you’d like to connect, right here.