16 Ways We Save Money By Homesteading
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. 🙂
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 from my bread box and my pot rack 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!
How do you save money by homesteading?