19 Simple Zero-Waste Tips

19 Simple Zero-Waste Tips

Simplicity, minimalism and homesteading all share a common thread, and that's zero-waste!   Living a zero-waste lifestyle doesn't need to be burdensome!  On the contrary, with a few new tips and tricks that can be implemented at your own pace, you can be a zero-waste rock star in no time!  Here's "19 Simple Zero-Waste Tips"! What I find interesting about utilizing zero-waste principles in our lives, is that most of the time, we save money doing it!  I think that's pretty darned cool! 1. Eating Out The amount of waste created by fast food/take-out is mind-blowing! Did you know that 45% of materials in land fills...

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how to save money on groceries by shopping loss leaders

Why Local Food Costs More

Calling all "locavores"!  A "locavore" is someone who wants to buy their food locally, for a variety of reasons.  They may want to support the community's economy, or they may prefer food grown in their region.  Whatever the reason, anyone who buys local food must have asked themselves the following question at one point or another... "Why DOES Local Food Cost More?". The fact is that local food DOES cost more, sometimes 2 times the amount of money it would have cost to go the grocery. But there are very good reasons for this, and once we understand them, it all...

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how to homestead with no money

How to Homestead With No Money

I've been there.  Broke.  Not just a little broke, like WAY broke.  So, how to homestead with no money?  Stay with me and find out! As I write this somewhat personal post about my past, I'm thinking about the single moms and dads out there who are trying to homestead.  When I was 25 years old (1988), I suddenly became a single parent with a 2 year old.  I didn't see it coming and was completely unprepared in every way for this kind of life crisis. There was no running back home and little, if any support, financially or emotionally.  Other...

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how we paid off $100,000 of debt

How We Paid Off $100K Worth of Debt In 3 1/2 Years

  In 1992, my husband and I set out to be debt-free.  Considering that we were in over $100,ooo worth of debt, that was no easy feat.   But we paid it off, every cent.  We did it and so can you!  With that in mind, I want to share our journey with you in "How We Paid Off $100K Worth of Debt In 3 1/2 Years"! You might be wondering how in the world two people could find themselves in so much debt as newlyweds, and yes, there is a story behind it all.  My husband and I married later in...

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86 Ways to Make Money Homesteading

86 Ways to Make Money on a Small Farm

As homesteaders, we have a unique opportunity to make an income on our properties!    You can even make a significant money with small acreage!  With that in mind, let's take at "86 Ways to Make Money on a Small Farm"! Many people desire to make a living from their homestead...and it can be done!  Whether you have >1 acre, 5-10 acres or even more!  You'll find that many of these 86 ideas are "small farm" friendly!  Some of them don't require a yard at all! It's about doing your research, consider what your community would support, set up a budget...

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54 WAys to BE More Sustainable

54 Ways to Be More Sustainable

In "54 Ways to Be More Sustainable", you'll discover big and small ways and ideas to promote sustainability in your home...no matter where you live! Creating more sustainability and self-reliance in your life brings more freedom from unfulfilling jobs, stress and debt.  By becoming more sustainable, we gain confidence and freedom that we can indeed provide quite a bit for ourselves!  Where to begin to become more sustainable in our lives?   54 Sustainable Living Tips and Ideas 1.  Take Inventory  What do I mean by "take inventory"?  What I mean is to take a look around at what you have access to where you live.  It doesn't...

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how much money does it cost to start a homestead?

How Much Money Does it Cost to Start a Homestead?

Does homesteading save money?  That's a loaded question.  The answer is "yes" and "no".  Let's examine some "How Much Money Does it Cost to Start a Homestead?". Initially, it is absolutely NOT cheaper.  One exception might be if you were able to purchase a turn-key homestead that had everything problem solved and all systems in place, but who would ever sell a place like that....if it EVEN existed.  But "Yes" in the long term, if you're determined and well-prepared for the homesteading costs. The homesteading lifestyle isn't the easiest path in life, but it is by far the most satisfying, in...

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