Modern-Day Caveman Lives Full-Time Without Money

Daniel Suelo is 51 years old and broke. Happily broke. Consciously, deliberately, blessedly broke.

Not only does he not have debt, a mortgage or rent, he does not earn a salary. Nor does he buy food or clothes, or own any product with a lower case “i” before it. Home is a cave on public land outside Moab, Utah. He scavenges for food from the garbage or off the land (fried grasshoppers, anyone?). He has been known to carve up and boil fresh road kill. He bathes, without soap, in the creek.

Suelo wasn’t always a modern-day caveman. But over time he says he grew depressed, clinically depressed, mainly with the focus on acquisition. In the fall of 2000, he says he left his life savings—a whopping $30—in a phone booth, and walked away. But he didn’t do it in a vacuum; he maintained his blog, Zero Currency, for free from the Moab public library. Rather than just sitting on a mountain and gazing at his navel, he wanted to have an impact on others, to spread his gospel.


In 2009, Mark Sundeen, an old acquaintance he’d worked with at a Moab restaurant, heard about Suelo through mutual friends. Sundeen was so intrigued that he decided to write a book about Suelo, The Man Who Quit Money, which was published in March. While the book reviews have been generally positive, Suelo has come under fire by some who say he’s a derelict, sponging off society without contributing.

Sundeen disputes these arguments: “The only ways in which he actually uses taxpayer funded derivatives is walking on roads and using the public library… But if you try to quantify the amount of money he’s taking from the system—it’s a couple of dollars a year, less than anyone’s ever used.”

Suelo, for his part, has no plans to bring money back into his life. “I know it’s possible to live without money,” he said. “Abundantly.”

How about you, would you consider living without money? Tell us what you think!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: BBC World Service