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Couple living in self-built clay home hasn’t paid any bills for ten years: “Never been happier”

Amy Christie

A family has been able to avoid paying bills for a decade by choosing a different way of life. They have saved more than $50,000 by living in a self-built clay home.

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Misty Murph’Arien, 36, has teamed up with her husband Bryce, 46, to become self-sufficient ever since they decided to move into a remote forest in Canada, according to The Epoch Times.

The couple has two daughters, Aurora and Sage, and are almost entirely self-sufficient. They use a wood stove for cooking, get their food from various animals and their vegetable farm, and have electricity from solar panels. All their water comes from a well.

Misty and Bryce met while they were both working as chefs in Hamilton. It didn’t take long to realize they didn’t want their future in a big city.

“Ever since we met, we instantly knew we wanted to live an alternative lifestyle,” Misty shared with the outlet.

They often visited Bryce’s grandmother in Durham, and after going to the rural area for 54 weekends in a row, they finally made their decision. The couple had fallen in love with the rural lifestyle, and that was their dream.

“His grandmother’s cottage was peaceful, and we were so disappointed when we had to go back to the city. I’ve always suffered from migraines, but they became less frequent when we moved to the countryside. Six months after moving, they stopped completely, and I’m convinced it was the noise in the city that had been the cause of my discomfort,” Misty said.

Even though they were enthusiastic, they needed three years to truly learn the ins and outs of the homestead lifestyle. As soon as they got their farm, becoming self-sufficient was their next goal.

“Rural living made sense to us, and being completely self-sufficient was really appealing,” Misty recalls.

They needed several weeks to clean up the land, and then they took four months to build their home out of clay, sand, and straw for just $8,000, as the outlet points out. And every summer, they work more on expanding their home.

Misty also homeschools their two daughters by teaching them animal care, building techniques, and the traditional syllabus.

They run a small catering business with the support of the local community. The family doesn’t have a car, so driving is out of the question. They walk, use bicycles, or ride horses. Misty and Bryce are convinced they are financially stable because of their self-sufficient life, even though they don’t have a reliable source of income.

“We try to be self-sufficient, farming and harvesting the food we eat. The difference with our lifestyle is not what we do but why we do it. We do have to earn money, but our focus is finding the most fulfilling and sustainable way to live,” Bryce explained, shedding more light on their motivation for choosing this way of life.

Most of their food comes from their animals, and they grow an orchard that produces fruits and nuts that they harvest every week. They do get occasional deliveries on the closest road, but that’s only for a select few items.

“Granted, it’s not a life for everyone, but it works for us, and, as a family, we’ve never been happier,” Bryce concluded.

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