50 Ways to Starve the Beast

This is a fantastic article from The Organic Prepper which literally anyone can put into use ASAP. While I don’t see myself raising chickens (#42) anytime soon or growing my own tobacco (#43), there are some really great ideas here for anyone who seriously wants to live a more sustainable and less materialistic life.

The text below is entirely Organic Prepper’s. I’ve added some of the pictures and some of the links.

Enjoy!

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A term coined in 1985 by an unnamed staffer of the Reagan administration was “Starve the Beast”.  This referred to a fiscally conservative political strategy to cut government spending by paying less in taxes.  So, in the original sense, “the Beast” was the government, and people were to starve the beast by spending less and using loopholes, therefore paying less in taxes.

These days the Beast has a lot more tentacles than just the government.  The system now consists of the government and all aspects of Big Business.  Big Agro, Big Pharma, Big Medicine, Big Food, Big Banking and Big Oil, to name a few.  It seems that now it’s the Beast doing the starving, as small businesses close because they can’t compete with Wal-Mart, the family farm is on it’s way out because it can’t compete with the huge, subsidized Monsanto mega-farms, people are going bankrupt because they can’t pay the outrageous medical bills…

Perhaps it’s time for another financial revolution – one where people group together and use the power of the boycott to starve all the arms of this Beast that would swallow us whole.  If we vote with our dollars, eventually there will, of a necessity, be a paradigm shift that returns us to simpler days, when families that were willing to work hard could make a living without selling their souls to the corporate monoliths.

Every penny you spend with small local businesses is a penny that the big box stores won’t have.  Everything that you buy secondhand or barter for is an item on which you won’t pay sales tax.  Disassociate yourself completely with “the system” that is making Western civilization broke, overweight and unhealthy.  Starve the Beast by taking as many of these steps as possible…

1. Grow your own food (this starves Big Agro and Big Pharma both)

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2. Shop at local businesses with no corporate ties

3. Use natural remedies instead of pharmaceuticals whenever possible

Chamomile Tea does wonders for a whole host of ills.

4. Homeshool your children

5. Walk or bike instead of driving when possible

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6. Get care from naturopaths and healers instead of doctors

7. Make paper logs from scraps for free heat if you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove

8. Boycott all processed foods

6a00d8341c39e853ef00e54f12fe298833-800wi9. Shop at local farmer’s markets

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10. Boycott corporate stores: Wal-Mart, Costco, Best Buy, Home Depot

no-walmart11. Give vouchers as gifts for an evening of babysitting, a homemade meal, walking the dog, doing a repair, or cleaning

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12. Join a CSA or farm co-op

13. Ditch television (and all the propaganda and commercials)

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14. Participate in the barter system – if no money changes hands, no tax can be added

15. Buy secondhand from yard sales, Craigslist and thrift stores

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16. Sell your unwanted goods by having a yard sale or putting an ad on Craigslist

17. Repair things instead of replacing them

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18. Avoid fast food restaurants and chain restaurants

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19. Dine at locally owned establishments if you eat out

20. Brew your own beer and wine

21. Read a book, purchased second-hand or borrowed

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22. Grow or gather  medicinal herbs

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23. Give homemade gifts

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24. Attend free local activities: lectures, concerts, play days at the park, library events

The 100 000+ crowd at last year's free Arcade Fire show in downtown Montreal

The 100 000+ crowd at last year’s free Arcade Fire show in downtown Montreal

25. Dumpster dive.

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26. Play outside: hike, bike, picnic

Remember when kids were out playing in the streets instead of hiding inside glued to video games?

Remember when kids were out playing in the streets instead of hiding inside glued to video games?

27. Mend clothing

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28. Invite someone over for dinner instead of meeting at a restaurant

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29. Throw creative birthday parties at home for your kids instead of renting a venue

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No way!

30. Camp instead of staying at a hotel

I've camped in the Grand Canyon, and it's seriously the best way to experience it.

I’ve camped in the Grand Canyon, and it’s seriously the best way to experience it.

31. Bring your coffee with you in a travel mug

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32.Do all of your Christmas shopping with small local businesses and artisans

Need cheap but interesting gifts? Head out to a craft fair.

Need cheap but interesting gifts? Head out to a craft fair.

33. Reduce your electricity usage with candles, solar power and non-tech entertainment

34. Drop the thermostat and put on a sweater

35. Bring your snacks and drinks in a cooler when you go on a road trip

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36. Stay home – it’s way easier to avoid temptation that way

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37. Pack lunches for work and school

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38. Make delicious homemade treats as a hostess gift

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39. Close your bank account or at the very least, strictly limit your balance

40. Visit u-pick berry patches and orchards, then preserve your harvest for the winter

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Making homemade jam and jellies are a cinch.

41. Use precious metals stored at home as your savings account

42. Raise backyard chickens for your own eggs

43. If you are a smoker, roll your own cigarettes – if possible go one step further and grow tobacco

44. Live in a smaller, more efficient home

Sometimes less is more.

Sometimes less is more.

45. Use solar power for lighting or cooking

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46. Collect rainwater for use in the garden

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47. Learn to forage

Wild ramps, make AMAZINg pesto!

Wild ramps, make AMAZING pesto!

48. Buy heavy, solid, handmade furniture instead of the flimsy imported stuff

The Amish make furniture which are practically indestructible and will last you for generations.

The Amish make furniture which are practically indestructible and will last you for generations.

49. At the holidays, focus on activities and traditions instead of gifts.  Go for a walk or drive through the neighborhood to look at lights, get into your PJs and watch a special movie together on Christmas Eve and make certain treats that can always be expected

Ice-skating on frozen ponds was one of the most fun things we did as kids.

Ice-skating on frozen ponds was one of the most fun things we did as kids.

50. Make your own bath and body products using pure ingredients like coconut oil, essential oils, and herbal extracts

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How do you Starve the Beast?  Please share your suggestions below…

Bio: Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

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One thought on “50 Ways to Starve the Beast

  1. Great list! I wish I could learn more about basic survival skills like foraging for edible wild foods, we have tons of wild mushrooms and wild herbs in the woods nearby but don’t know the first thing about these things.

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