Yes, the conundrum where doing it yourself is actually more expensive and, in some ways, more self-indulgent. I go back and forth on that one, especially when it comes to knitting things.
Honestly, though, if I were trying to save money to go off the grid, I wouldn't be paying San Francisco rents. Was that the only place he could work?
I think that was where he thought he could get the best job. I wondered about it too, but I didn't question. Dude's brain obviously works differently than mine, so. And besides, I live more or less communally -- what do I know about normal people's rent arrangements?
w/ making clothes you CAN however save money by instead of buying the fabric, going to a thrift store... buying some huge ass shirt for $.50 and making it into something wearable... I do that alot.
Well, maybe he went to MIT and all, but my dad's neighbor just up and shut everything off. Eventually, he turned some of it back on, but not very often. He wrote a book called Better Off
My dad recommends it.
my friends who knit somethings talk in hushed tones about knitting a sweater
they all realize that it would be the most expensive article of clothing that one might own
(sometimes even if you just count the cost of yarn!)
Nice yarn for a sweater might run you $90 or $100 -- not so different from a hand-knit sweater that you would buy, but then there are needles, patterns, buttons, and so on to consider.
It gets cheaper the more you do, because you're more likely to have the things you need. You build up a yarn stash; you build up a needle collection. But in order to do a big project like a sweater, one really has to enjoy knitting. It's almost like you're paying for the privilege of getting to make your own sweater. I've never made anything more involved than a hat, and my hats have ranged from bad to fairly decent. I'm scared of how I might ruin a sweater pattern.
Not gas costs, but parking costs are what seem to really screw over drivers who work in the Loop. That's when the CTA starts looking good.
This is something that has bugged me for a while. Even cooking a nice dinner costs about the same as going out for one. (After I move, it will actually be cheaper to go out than make the same thing myself. For some reason food in Hawaii is more expensive, but restaurants are about the same.)
I know a number of people working jobs they don't like because they pay well, with the intention of someday living on a sailboat or off in the woods. I'm really afraid that by the time someday comes, we'll all be too old to enjoy it.
I've noticed that when you get up to cooking a dinner for 4, it's a little cheaper, though not by much, than going out to a cheap restaurant.
But then, we're buying organic ingredients, which will raise the prices over a restaurant.
(yes, this means pesticides when I eat out! yay pesticides!)
I noticed cooking for "families" is cheaper, too. Cooking for two is kind of expensive in the waste of what you don't use, and cooking for one is really tricky to make cheap. You either live off of toast and ramen, or get really good at storing already-cooked/opened food.
Food is actually one area I've noticed where it's cheaper to make your own. Then again, American food is artificially cheap.
I guess that's the point I'm trying to make here. Not "Gee whiz, it's cheaper to buy things than make things," but "Hey, maybe we should question artificial cheapness and artificial expensiveness rather than resigning ourselves to it."
This is sad but true.
But often, at least if you've got skill, you can make something that's far superior to the crap that's really cheap in the store.
Of course, it takes making a lot of crappy stuff to get skill.
Of course we knew that something was wrong.
Apart from the fact that life isn't what we like it, and the short-sighted continue to rule, the specific "something is wrong" to me is structural changes in the economies of first world countries. I wrote about it in several places, including here
I think I wrote about that three years ago. And since three years ago, houses and health care got more expensive, and the government ran up a bunch more debt. So we know this, we've known this for a while, but what can we do about it? Can we do anything?
Of course we knew that something was wrong.
What do you mean "we", white man?
Okay, just kidding. But I don't think enough people do know. I don't think enough people question.