It is not unusual for those of us who homestead on acreage to have friends or acquaintances tell us they envy our lifestyle. I used to just smile and acknowledge that I had a pretty good life, but lately I have been suggesting that homesteading is not defined by where… Continue Reading You Mean You Don’t Need Acreage to Homestead??
Like many new homesteaders we were determined to do it all, to learn all the skills we would need to become totally self sufficient. We started with chickens and were delighted when two broody hens produced nine chicks. As they matured we found we had three roosters which was two… Continue Reading Why We Don’t Process Our Own Meat.
No one wants to budget at Christmas. It’s hard if your cards are nearly maxxed, your children are asking for every toy they see on tv, and your gift list is a mile long. Maybe that’s not you, you have nearly paid off the bills from last Christmas and are… Continue Reading Frugal Friday: Christmas When Money is Tight.
Christmas is a very important holiday in our house and preparations start early. The first of the decorations went up yesterday and there are many more to come. My daughter and I have been picking up small stocking presents for the past couple of months and have started working on… Continue Reading Getting Ready for Christmas on the Homestead
What do you think of when you hear the word “prepper”? The crazy guy you saw on a tv show who buried a shipping container in his back yard and has stocked it with 25 years worth of MREs and enough weapons and ammo to supply a small army in… Continue Reading Homesteading or Prepping?
Our homesteading journey so far has been focused on raising livestock and renovating our old farmhouse. Now that the messiest part of the renovations is over and colder weather is setting in, my daughter and I want to focus on another aspect of homesteading, acquiring some of the skills… Continue Reading New Skills for Winter
It’s amazing how many articles there exist on how to reduce spending and/or save money. Is it even possible to do everything suggested? Is there a one size fits all list of sure fire tips? The simple answer is no you can’t do everything and no there is not one… Continue Reading Frugal Friday: Are Money Saving Tips Worth it?
We are not off grid and with two autistic boys who love their electronics are not even considering it, but electricity is not cheap so we look for other ways to be power smart. We have an electric furnace, but as we live on a heavily treed homestead, using a… Continue Reading Heating our Homestead
Last week you determined how much discretionary income you have: fixed income -fixed expenses=discretionary income. Hopefully it was a pleasant surprise but don’t rush off and start spending yet because there are some other things to consider first. http://www.homesteadingwithautism.com/frugal-friday-the-dreaded-budget-part-one/ . Savings. First savings. Everyone needs at least 1 … Continue Reading Frugal Friday: The Dreaded Budget Part 2.
Homesteaders are by nature an optimistic, patient group of people. Our glass is always half full. We are willing to invest time and money and put in a lot of hard work to reap a reward in weeks, months or sometimes even years. In this “I want it right now”… Continue Reading When Homesteading Gets You Down.