How to Survive Without Money

Last Updated:
July 17, 2023

How to Survive Without Money

Money is a stressful topic for many people, but, it doesn’t need to be. While money can buy you better things, it is completely possible to survive without money. Even if you have money, you can opt to put it away for your future and instead live a cashless life. However, to survive without money, you will need to adjust your life and step out of your comfort zone. Keep reading to learn more.

Services as Payment

There are always things you will need to purchase to survive, however, you don’t need to pay using money. Instead, consider what services you could exchange for goods. Then, you just need to find who is willing to exchange goods for services rendered. This is often a much more common practice in smaller communities.

Community Living

One of the biggest struggles of surviving without money is where to sleep and live. Luckily, there are many ecovillages worldwide and they are relatively easy to find. Within these communities, people share most things and help with general tasks like gardening, laundry, and cooking. These community villages are a great way to foster relationships with others that share the same values.

One ecovillage example is Twin Oaks in Virginia, USA. Within this community, members do not carry, hold or use money at all. Each member contributes to the community through their own business method and through community services.

Learning to Travel For Free

Traveling without money may seem impossible, but, with some creative thinking, it is doable. For instance, hitchhiking is a great way to travel between locations without spending money. Furthermore, many cities offer free public transportation. You can also consider exchanging produce or craft items for rides into town, or the next city.

Freegan Food

Getting free food is a challenge, but there is a simple way. The freegan lifestyle includes dumpster diving for food that is nearing or past its ‘best before’ date. Additionally, many restaurants and supermarkets will throw out food at the end of each day. To access this food, simply visit the location before closing and ask.


Taking a bath for free requires a step out of most people's comfort zones. Simply find a river, lake, or stream that is in a semi-private area. Then, work out the best time to bathe without disturbing others. This may require you to get up early, or bath later at night.


Growing your own food is a great way to not spend any money. Most vegetables are relatively easy to grow. All you need is a patch of dirt and some time to dedicate to nurturing your plants.

Recycle and Reuse

Recycling things is crucial for those looking to survive without money. Either take your items to a recycling depot, or find a creative way to reuse the item. For example, a milk jug could turn into a plant pot. Recycling depots may even allow you to trade your recycled items for others people have dropped off.

The above tips can help you to survive without money, however, this journey will not be easy. To succeed in having a cashless life, you must be willing to go the extra mile and get out of your comfort zone. Those who do succeed in surviving without money often live very fulfilled, community-driven lives.

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