16 Ways We Save Money By Homesteading

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I love our homesteading lifestyle, and (almost) everything that goes with it.

Including the chilly outside chores in the winter, the sweaty garden work in the middle of August, and the chicken poo on the bottom of everyone’s boots that gets tracked into the house.

Ok, just kidding about that last one. I would definitely do away with the chicken poo on the floor if I could.

I love eating a carrot fresh from the garden at the end of summer, gathering up the still-warm eggs from the chicken coop, and soaking up the heat from our wood stove in the winter.

All that to say that- We homestead because we love it, and not just because it saves us money or because it is a “cool” thing to do.

However, one of the side benefits of homesteading is that it actually DOES save you money in the long run.

So, today I thought I would make a little list of some of the ways we save money by homesteading.

If you are kind of on the fence about whether you might want to start doing some homesteading type activities, maybe this will give you the extra little boost you need to get started. πŸ™‚

Here are some of the ways we save money by homesteading-

1. Homesteading provides a never-ending list of physical tasks that keeps us from ever having to pay a gym membership!

2. Because we cut and split all our own wood, and burn it in our wood stove, we have a lower electricity bill during the winter months. This is a huge part of benefit #1 as well!

3. As part of our 2015 homestead goals, we will be putting up a clothesline as soon as the ground thaws. Dryers use a HUGE amount of electricity, and I can’t wait to ditch ours! Plus, the sun is a perfect natural bleach and disinfectant for all our clothes and diapers!

4. We cook all our meals from scratch, which alone saves us tons! (you can totally do this whether you homestead or not!)

5. We grow our own organic produce for so much less than we can get it at a store.

6. We can and freeze our own produce for much less than store prices as well.

7. We dehydrate all our homegrown produce and bulk fruit we get from farms- have you seen the price of dried fruit these days? Wow! I can make our own dried fruit for a FRACTION of the cost in the store!

8. Our non GMO fed chickens provide us with truly free-range eggs for MUCH less than you can get them at a farmers market or the *health food store (the quality of which are very questionable).

9. Because we stay active, eat extremely well, and get lots of fresh air and sunshine, we stay quite healthy. This equal less medical bills all around.

10. We also grow and dry lots of herbs that we use in medicinal teas and tinctures instead of spending money on over-the-counter medicines.

11. We spend a lot of time working around the homestead as a family, so we rarely make the 30-40 minute drive to go out to eat for a meal, which means very little of our money is spent at restaurants.

12. Staying around the homestead also means that we don’t usually go out to the movies or any other outside entertainment. We prefer to watch a movie on Netflix or Hulu, or play a board game or puzzle together.

13. We all have a fairly small, simple wardrobe, so we definitely save money on clothes. (I believe this can be done no matter what kind of lifestyle you have!)

14. I am slowly beginning to make more handmade clothes from my homespun yarn which also lowers the amount of money we spend on clothing.

15. We use rain barrels to capture and store rainwater, which saves us having to use our well pump as much.

16. We make everything ourselves that we possibly can. Everything fromΒ my bread box and my pot rackΒ that Matthew made for me, to homemade fire starters, laundry detergent, toothpaste, and cloth “plastic wrap”.

Anyway, there are a few other things we are beginning to implement this year that will also save us quite a bit of money. Things like raising and butchering all of our pork and chicken, and beginning to plant our orchard.

You might have noticed a trend by now- most of these things are high in manual labor, which is why the majority of the world doesn’t participate in them.

It’s a trade-off we have chosen to make for the sake of our health, the environment, our lifestyle, and incidentally, our finances!

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33 responses to “16 Ways We Save Money By Homesteading”

  1. Kelsey Miller says:

    Where is the DIY E- course? πŸ™‚ Defiantly want to join! πŸ™‚

  2. Angi says:

    Hi Kelsey! If you click the “sign up” text, it will take you directly to the course. I will go back and underline the text so it is easier to see that it is a link. Thanks for asking!!

  3. lisa lynn says:

    Great list, Angi! I also save money by turning my old laying hens into soup when they ‘retire.’ Not for everyone, but it allows us to eat humanely raised, organic meat. We also raise turkeys and ducks for meat (and eggs from the ducks)…but again, not everyone will choose to do this. But I think that because we raise our own meat, we understand the true cost of eating it…the cost of a life. And because of this, we eat less meat which also saves money.

    Thanks so much for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Great post!

  4. What a great list. We do everything on your list and I can add one. We raise bees that provide us with natural honey all year long. I cook, bake and use it as a sugar replacement in almost everything I make. We also are able to use the wax to make balms and candles. Our three bee hives have saved us hundreds of dollars every year.

  5. JES says:

    Awesome list Angi! Especially making your own fabrics to make your own clothing!! That is fantastic! We live close to your list also except we raise chickens, sheep, goats and a beef cow. Thanks for sharing the inspiration on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! πŸ™‚

  6. Nancy W says:

    Angi,
    Great list and I agree with every single one! So glad you shared your list on the HomeAcre Hop, As one of the co-hosts I will be featuring your post this Thursday as the “Most Liked” post! Hope to see you again on Thursday!
    – Nancy
    On The Home Front

  7. daisy says:

    This is a great compilation of money savers. Having a clothesline is one of the best things we ever did. I hope you’ll get lots of enjoyment out of that, as we do. Thank you for sharing this on The Maple Hill Hop this week.

  8. Jennifer A says:

    Great list! We are still on the front end of financing our homestead; meaning we’re making the investments, but the payoff hasn’t happened yet. Although our chickens are providing our eggs now, and the roosters will soon be providing our meat. We’ll be able to breed our goats this fall, and then next spring we’ll have milk. It seems so far away, but I know the time will go quickly. Great list, I also love your spinning posts!

  9. I also loved this post and will be featuring it for the hop this week! Great job πŸ™‚

  10. Terry says:

    Hi Angi, came to your blog by way of The Self Sufficient Home Acre as the featured blogger. I loved your list. I live on a small lot, about 80 x130 feet in northern Michigan. It is semi rural here and yet there are people fairly close to me. Definetly can’t set up farming, lol, but I am trying to homestead in some ways and love learning more. I look forward to following you.

  11. Terry says:

    By the way, I checked on the course you mentioned and didn’t see anything free except extras they added to the course. They have it marked down to $34.95 for 6 days.

    • Angi says:

      Hi Terry! So glad you are enjoying the blog! The free mini course was only available for 6 days. I’m sorry that I forgot to go back and remove the links. I have done that now so it’s not confusing! They are now selling the Ultimate DIY E-bundle until Tuesday 1/27/15 like you noticed when you clicked the link. It’s a pretty sweet deal if you are interested! I will keep everyone updated if another Free course is available though!

  12. What a great post! Thanks so much for linking up with us at our weekly From the Farm Blog Hop! Your post was an easy choice as my favorite this week. Don’t forget to stop over tomorrow and grab your “Featured Favorite” button. Can’t wait to see what you link up next time! You had all of us hosts talking this week – your blog is on fire with great information!

  13. Great tips on saving money! Thanks for sharing them at The Pin Junkie! This post is being featured at this week’s party!

  14. JES says:

    Good morning Angi! Just wanted to let you know that this post was *featured* this week at the Art of Home-Making Mondays. Have a wonderful week πŸ™‚

  15. Angi…Love your tips. Upon once having a clothesline, I have been wanting one at our new home and I’m thinking we may have to build me one this spring. We live in the mountains and that mountain air/sun does wonders for the laundry. πŸ™‚ I’ve also been wanting chickens which my Love is slowly warming up to having. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Strangers and Pilgrims On Earth. (Inviting you to share your posts at Monday’s Musings as well.)

  16. Annie Kate says:

    Yes, I love all of those…and we used to do most of them too. The great thing about each one of them is that when life or health or priorities change, you still have the skills and can get right back into each one of them when it works again. Who knows how far we will get this summer again?
    Thanks for the encouragement!

  17. Naomi says:

    I had to smile at number 3. Hardly anybody in Slovakia (where live) has a dryer for that very reason. I had twins in mostly cloth though, and I was definitely motivated to potty train, especially during the winter! I don’t have my own homestead yet, though I hope I will sometime in the future! I have to content myself with my inlaw’s garden and pig butchering (which I just wrote about).

  18. angie says:

    Hi Angi, we have two acres with milk goats and chickens and we have our eyes on 16 acres and therefore having a larger operation like you. But I want to know how do you leave the farm and go out of town? That is one thing I am scared of is that we will never vacation again.

    • Angi says:

      Hi Angie! This is one of the hard parts about homesteading. To do vactions, you either need to have family near by who can do your farm chores while you are gone, pay a pet sitter, or work out a trade system with someone. I know of a couple homesteaders who vacation in the “off season” when the garden isn’t super busy, and have a family from the city who come live at the farm while they owners are on vacation. It works great because it’s like a vacation for the city people too! It’s just hard to find you trust who would be willing to do that for you! Personally, we aren’t big vacationers, but I have no idea how we would actually pull it off if we wanted to take one. πŸ™

  19. Tammy says:

    my husband and I are purchasing a mini farm, we are looking forward to becoming more self sufficient, very good information.

  20. Barbara Hill says:

    Trying to keep your floors clean inside your house is ongoing for everyone. I have found that a good outdoor mat. Fairly large, 2 steps if it can be managed, that can be swept regularly or beaten at every door. Then on the inside put a low flat carpet that once again can be swept easily. This “barrier” seems really simple, but you would not believe how much dirt and debris it catches.

  21. Linda says:

    I love this list! It Spurs me on to try and be more self sufficient with what we have! As for clothes drying. We have a clothes line, and in winter I dry ALL the clothes inside by the wood stove, yes even towels and sheets. Kills two birds with one stone πŸ˜‰ I’ve avoided ever using a dryer ( even when we lived in the highlands of Scotland ) by drying clothes next to our heat sources…and that’s with babies in cloth too πŸ™‚

  22. AK says:

    There’s no such thing as a GMO egg anyway. If you were paying for Non-GMO eggs before, you were being duped.

    http://www.aeb.org/food-manufacturers/research-resources/white-papers/98-cwhite-papers/512-real-eggs-are-gmo-free

    • Angi says:

      I understand that Eggs themselves are not genetically modified AK. What I was meaning is that the eggs aren’t produced from chickens that are eating GMO food. As we all know, what chickens eat DRAMATICALLY effects the nutrient level in their eggs, so that is what I was referring to. It does read like eggs themselves are GMO, so I will go back and correct my wording. THank you πŸ™‚

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