How Would You Survive Without Money?

Has it ever crossed your mind that our society is operating with Monopoly money? It’s only money because we still put faith in it. So could we live without it? How would you survive without money?

Daniel Suelo has done it for a number of years, and his story is told by Mark Sundeen in The Man Who Quit Money. Here’s a description of the book.

“A Walden for the 21st century, the true story of a man who has radically reinvented “the good life” In 2000, Daniel Suelo left his life savings—all thirty dollars of it—in a phone booth. He has been living without money—and with a newfound sense of freedom and security—ever since.

The Man Who Quit Money is an account of how one man learned to live, sanely and happily, without earning, receiving, or spending a single cent. Suelo doesn’t pay taxes, or accept food stamps or welfare. He lives in caves in the Utah canyonlands, forages wild foods and gourmet discards. He no longer even carries an I.D.

“Yet he manages to amply fulfill not only the basic human needs-for shelter, food, and warmth-but, to an enviable degree, the universal desires for companionship, purpose, and spiritual engagement.

“In retracing the surprising path and guiding philosophy that led Suelo into this way of life, Sundeen raises provocative and riveting questions about our relationships with money and the decisions we all make, by default or by design—about how we live and how we might live better.”

I’m not trying to uplift Suelo as some kind of saint. You and I may not be willing or able to do what he has done. But he shows us what’s possible when living amidst the rest of society without the everyday use of money.

Fortunately, many preppers are living more frugal lives on a pathway of escape from our society’s rampant consumerism. But could we make it if the dollar were dramatically devalued or collapsed altogether? How prepared are you and I to barter for the goods and services we need?

Watch the short video below, and in just under four minutes, you’ll get a glimpse of this man who quit money.



Get The Man Who Quit Money by clicking on the title of the book where you see it linked in this post.

Explore the possibilities. And remember to think survival.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.