The Moneyless Manifesto
What is the Moneyless Manifesto? The Moneyless Manifesto is a global project that either reduces the need for money or going out of money entirely. Only a few people are able to get off from money entirely.
Before I begin, one of my bosses from work shared me these two quotes that I shall not forget for many generations to come: “Save some for the fishes.”; and “Don’t fall in.” This translates to conserve water and be safe near open waters. If you have electronics while storing water and you happened to fall in the water, you can run the risk of losing these electronics submerged in water.
Here are a few things here to get started:
- Ride a bike
- Riding a bike is almost debt free, yet you may have recurring payments to upkeep your bike.
- Owning a car is very expensive to upkeep. You have to pay gas, repairs, car insurance, property taxes, and other useless stuff. This can cost you thousands of dollars a year, maybe a bit more than a thousand.
- Fortunately, to upkeep bike is far cheaper than to upkeep a car in terms of money. You have to morae (learn) to repair your own bike.
- In terms of a bike computer, I prefer a bike computer that is usb-rechargeable rather than CR-2032-battery-powered. In case you have to use the CR-2032 battery, it should be rechargeable. Should that battery run low on you, you basically have to buy more, and this costs you money. The Sigma BC 14.16 wired bike computer would get you started around 66 dollars.
- For a bike headlights and taillights, you can use either a usb-rechargable or battery power that requires you to use your NiMH rechargable batteries (which I shall cover in Electricity). The downside of usb-rechargable is the pricing. Buying headlights/taillights that requires usb-rechargeable costs more than buying ones that requires battery-power.
- Bike trailer
- Unless you are going on a road trip via bike and carrying a lot of load, this is what a bike trailer is for. I bought my bike trailer for about $100. This is the Aosom Bike Trailer Elite II, and this cargo trailer can carry loads up to 175 pounds.
- Along with a bike trailer, I would also recommend a bike rack that you can buy from Planet Bike for around 35 dollars. I would then buy an L-bracket to place a reflective taillight on the back, because placing a load at least 9 inches would block the reflectors near the bike seat. I would also buy a rear reflective tape to compensate for the rear bicycle reflector.
- Do not forget to add a rear reflective tape on your bike trailer, if it does not have one already.
- Find ways to either reduce debt or get out of debt entirely. You have to do this legally though. For example, owning a car costs you debt by the following lists: gas, repairs, car insurance, public parking, tickets, and property taxes. To legally be debt-free from a car, you have to sell your car (I am not kidding, and this is very emotive) and pay off any remaining debt leftover.
- How about being a captain of your own bicycle than being a crew of a ship?
- Energy of Hair
- Stop going to a barber/haircut shop. How about grow out your long hair (including beards for men)? By growing your long hair, you can literally save lots of money from a barber/haircut shop.
- Long hair has spiritual energy. I am also including beards for men. I encourage you to grow out your long hair (including beards for men).
- Do not put soap/shampoo on your hair (especially beards); doing so can strip oils needed to grow out more hair. In other words, putting soap or shampoo on your hair can hamper your hair growth.
- Go vegan. Humans are designed to eat plants, not meat. We have flatten nails, longer intestines, less than 5 pH for stomach, and a moderate-concentrate yorin (urine).
- Going vegan is cheaper than vegetarian and meat-eating. Did you noticed that a hamburger requires at least 666 gallons of water to be produced?
- Avoid using a refrigerator and a freezer. This really applies to the true vegan, especially for immigrating bicycle riders. Vegetarians and meat-eaters use the refrigerator and freezer for storing meat products, or meat products left out in room temperature can increase the risk of foodborne illness.
- If you want to be a vegan and want calcium and magnesium intake, you can buy Calcium Citrate from NOW foods (link provided here) and the Calm Magnesium Citrate from either NOW foods or from Natural Vitality (link provided here).
- For those wanting a refrigerator, you can use a mini fridge for less than 250 dollars. Or you can go off from the refrigerator entirely and grow your food.
- Yorin Therapy
- I am going to bring up this quote again: “Save some for the fishes.” I have also discussed the benefits of Yorin Therapy (link provided here); now, I am going to bring forth Yorin so that you can save you lots of water, not to mention using the toilet.
- You can also use yorin to wash your hair and bathe yourself. Yorin can also retain oils on your hair, allowing your hair to keep growing.
- Drink some yorin; this is the fountain of youth. Round you go.
- Unless you really need to drink water, you can use a mini water-filter straw (click here), a water purifier (click here), and a water ozone generator as an option. The ozone generator I bought was the Aqua 6 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator from a2zozone.com, only for 70 dollars. This generator can run about 10 watts, all within the requirements of maximum power draw from my Power Dome.
- For those willingly to go off-grid, you have to buy a portable generator that does not require gasoline and is capable of going off-grid. Gasoline-runned generators cost a lot of money than non-gasoline ones. Using gasoline is a recurring-payment. I recommend a Wagan Tech Power Dome LT (click here). This power dome has an AC plug, two DC sockets, air compressor, USB port charger, car battery starter, and a flashlight. This generator does not require gasoline and is rechargeable through either an AC plug, a DC plug, or solar panels. The cheap downside is the 25 amp replacement that costs you about 77 cents per piece. I bought this for about 141 dollars. I do not know about you, but you can invest any of the power domes that is, of course, non-gasoline. You can also buy a portable generator from Goal Zero (click here) that is convenient for you.
- You can also buy a Wagan Tech Solar Panel e 18 (go here) that can also charge Wagan Tech Power Dome for going off-grid. Or maybe you want to buy a Goal Zero solar panel.
- What kind of batteries shall I use? Avoid one-time-use batteries and buy rechargeable NiMH batteries. These batteries can be rechargeable up to a thousand times. Oh, do not forget the battery charger.
- How about computers? I prefer an iPod (click here) with the highest amount of storage (128 GB for $399.99). Here are the reasons in purchasing an iPod:
- iPod requires only to be charged at up to five watts to be recharged. You can charge this either through the Power Dome or your solar panel.
- iPod has a high CPU and a very high GPU.
- This is the only mini-computer I would ever need.
- Laptops generally require about 90 to at least 100 watts to be recharged.
- Desktops require about 250 watts in order to operate. If run for three hours a day, that is 750 watts of power used. This power exceeds the maximum wattage power for the Wagan Tech Power Dome LT.
- You can buy the Scrubba. The Scrubba (click here) is a portable washer machine that does not require any electricity and is very lightweight. I recently bought the Scrubba Wash and Dry Kit for around 100 dollars. The typical cost of a washer or dryer machine costs between 300 dollars up to a whopping 1900 dollars. Combine these two would cost at least 3,800 dollars maximum. Each load from a typical washer can take from 15 gallons to 30 gallons of water. By using the Scrubba, you can use up to 0.5 to 1.5 gallons per small load, saving about 20 to 60 times more.
- Do not forget the SmartKlean ball (click here). Say farewell to laundry detergent; say Ah-loh (hallo) to SmartKlean Ball. This is a small device that replaces the laundry detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheet; this is because these three things produce an extra waste in your home, costing you recurring money. Not only that, the laundry detergent and the fabric softener used in grey water can only biodegrade in land, not in water. Soap cannot biodegrade in water because of its basic pH; this can contaminate and pollute water sources. Raising the pH of a lake to a base level can really kill aquamarine life, including fishes. Whatever you do, do not pour out basic, grey water into a lakes, oceans, or rivers.
- So, how many clothing do you really need? Think of clothing as of extra luggage that you really carry around indefinitely. If you are carrying a luggage of at least 8,000 cubic inches, you can fit about four shirts, a couple shorts, a couple pants/jeans, a few pair of socks, a couple sweaters, your winter coat, six boxer/boxer-briefs/underwear, a two-person tent, a tent tarp, and a few of your belongings in there.
- How about buying a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag?
- Sleeping bag comes with temperature tolerance against cold temperature. If you are planning to live in the south, sub-tropical, semi-hot desert, tropical, or around the equator, then you have to buy a sleeping bag with a minimal operating temperature of 40 degrees or more. However if you are going to camp-out at very high altitude or at very high latitudes, I would recommend a sleeping thermal pad and a sleeping bag with a maximum operating temperature of 40 degrees (or less depending on the latitude or altitude of a very high mountain).
- Buying a house with mortgage is not only expensive; upkeeping the house can cost you hundred of dollars in dealing with pest, cleaning, and many more.
- What is the alternate of a house? You can buy a tent, either a three-season or a four-season of your preference. A three-season means the tent can withstand only spring, summer, and fall seasons, not winter. A four season can withstand all seasons of the full year. A four-season tent is typically more expensive than a three-season tent. A three-season tent is more tolerant in sub-tropical to equatorial areas for a full year. A four-season tent is more tolerant from arctic regions to the near sub-tropical area for a full year.
- If you are travelling with two or more people, the size of the tent increases. Nie, true. A family size tent would fit around 6 to 10 people, or 4 to 5 people with luggage. Do not forget a tent tarp that matches at least the whole base-area of your tent.
- To upkeep the tent is actually cheaper than a house in terms of repairs.
- Buy only metal-made utensils, not plastic. Plastic utensils have the tendency to break when used on dense food.
- Do not buy paper towels and napkins; these things are one-time use.
- If you are planning to cook some food, I recommend the cast iron pan.
- I also decide to add a little controversy against the dishwasher. If you know that running dishwasher requires a lot of water, then you are absolutely correct. You have to hand wash your dishes to save lots of water.
- Be mindful of dish soap; do not carry dish soap while in the backcountry.
- Last, but not least: Personal Hygiene
- Shower less than daily.
- Use coconut oil and baking soda as a toothpaste.
- To the men out there: do not shave.
- Avoid soap. This is not 100 percent necessary. All types of soap cannot biodegrade in water; doing so can not only contaminate water, but can also kill aquamarine life.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers for washing hands.
- If you really have to use soap, use soap at least 200 feet away from water.
Above all, do not do anything illegal (period), including piracy and adultery.
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