how to set attainable goals

How to Set Attainable Homestead Goals

  Learning how to set attainable homestead goals and actually having a plan for achieving them will make all of the difference in your sustainability journey! We all dream. Dreams about how we envision our homestead to function as well as other life aspirations!  How do we take those dreams and turn them into attainable homestead goals? Homestead Goals are Fluid and Ever Changing You might have just purchased land, to build your dream home on. Perhaps you purchased an existing farm and you're renovating. Or, you've found yourself on 1/2 an acre with an existing home. Maybe you live in the...

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11 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy Something

11 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Something

Did you know that we are faced with over 3,500 images a day to consume? With all of that "mind clutter", how can you make good purchasing decisions?  I've got "11 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Something". Let's face it, life costs money. How do you decide when to buy something?  What things should you consider before deciding to spend money? We pay for rent/mortgages, utility bills, transportation, insurance and food for ourselves and our families.  Those things are non-negotiable for the most part. What I'm talking about in this post is the non-essentials of life.  Everything from... New/newer car Upgrade TV,...

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How to Prepare Your Family for a Food Shortage

Would you know how to prepare your family for a food crisis, should one happen?  Or, do you think that because you live in the US that such a thing would never happen? Unless you've been in a cave for the last few months, you've watched the world become an entirely different place due to a virus called the "coronavirus". Not since the Y2K crisis have I seen such wide-spread, worldwide panic. But it seems that every year brings it's challenges. Last year, we dealt with certain food shortages due to #noplant19, brought on by catastrophic rains that kept farmers from planting their spring...

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12 Frugal Strategies for a Debt-Free Life

12 Frugal Strategies for a Debt-Free Life

You might not be able to wrap your head around what it's like to be debt-free, living a self-sustaining life.  I know, there was a time that I couldn't either.  That's why I can't wait to share "12 Easy Steps to a Debt-Free Life". Getting to be debt-free was a long haul for us, with years of poor decisions that kept demanding payments each and every month, with after-tax dollars.  But after 3 1/2 years of hard work, selling a significant percentage of our possessions (to create cash for bills) and absolute resolve to get out of the mess we...

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17 ways to save money around the house

17 Ways to Save Money Around the House

Hello, my name is Kelly and I'm a "do-it-yourself-er".  There, I said it, and I'm proud of it.  Want to learn how to save big money by doing things yourself?  Read on for "17 Ways to Save Money Around the House"! When I was growing up, my dad did everything himself.  No matter what it was, even if he didn't know exactly how to do it, he would find books or other professionals in the area to glean from enough to do the job he needed done. It wasn't always a matter of money, although sometimes it was.  My father felt...

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How to Take Advantage of Grocery Store Loss Leaders

The pursuit of fresh, healthy food for my family is one of my highest priorities!  While my goal is to grow and produce most of that food myself, there are times when supplementing from your local grocery can be a big help when stocking your pantry!  Today, I want to discuss with you "How to Take Advantage of Grocery Store Loss Leaders". So, what exactly is a "Loss Leader"? A "Loss Leader" is an item or product, usually a seasonal meat, produce or pantry item, that is on the front page of the store's sale flyer. The items are usually something that's...

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Ideas to Persuade Your Spouse to Homestead

Ideas to Persuade Your Spouse to Homestead

"You spent HOW MUCH at the feed store?!!!  The electric bill is due and we're behind on other bills!"  Ever have this conversation with your partner?  That is if you choose to call it a "conversation"....it's more of a confrontation.  I've got some "Ideas to Persuade Your Spouse to Homestead"! I have a lot to say on this topic.  I am this person. I'm married to a wonderful man, and he's a wonderful father to our children.  My husband of almost 28 years works hard and provides very well for this large family.  He spends time with our children and is...

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how to thrive like the amish during bad economic times during

How to Thrive like the Amish During Bad Economic Times

I love the Amish.  Why do I love the Amish?  Because everything about them screams of sustainability and self-preservation!  There is much to learn from these amazing folks, so here's "How to Thrive like the Amish During Bad Economic Times"! Holmes County I discovered the Amish about 25 years ago, when we were trying to get out of debt and get our finances in order.  If you aren't familiar with the Amish, they are a fascinating group of people who escaped religious persecution in Switzerland and Germany to migrate to the United States in the early 18th century. They initially settled in...

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why you don't want a tax refund

Why You Don’t Want a Tax Refund

What??!!  Why wouldn't you want a tax refund??  You don't...believe me. Did you receive a tax refund this year?  And what does that have to do with sustainability and homesteading?  Everything!  Especially if you can't find the money to make your dreams come true! Many people get a tax refund and then use that money to go shopping to buy furniture and electronics.  Some will even use it to pay off debt. However, using a tax refund as a form of "forced savings" isn't the best use of your money!  But let's take a look at what's going on when you are on...

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