How to save money with the homestead life.
No matter what your resources are, whether or not you live in the city, suburbs or the country, you can use some of these ideas. Don’t think that just because you live in a more urban location, that some of this is not possible. Check out the possibilities in your local area for animals, some places have laws regarding chickens and goats. However, gardening and buying bulk are for everyone. There are even possibilities if you live in an apartment.
Living a natural life helps you stay healthy and strong, thus, cutting back on healthcare costs. This life has helped our family live a healthy and happy life.
1) Find whole food co-ops in your area, or see if Azure Standard delivers to your area. Buy fresh organic produce, organic dry goods and even refrigerated or freezer items from Azure, which will help you save money.
2) Look for local farmers who sell raw, organic and grass-fed milk, and possibly other meats in bulk. Ask around your local area or even on Facebook, for references. You may even find out about a friend who is a closet farmer and happy to sell you fresh eggs, milk or meat.
3) Buy bulk produce, and ferment, freeze or can the excess. When produce is on sale, buy a large quantity for later use.
4) Grow your own large garden and can and freeze for the winter. Collect seeds and add manure, if you can. When you soil isn’t the best (ours isn’t), then purchase a truckload of compost.
5) Raise chickens for eggs, goats for milk, or cows for meat. You only need one cow for your family’s meat, or a couple of goats to provide your family with fresh goat milk. It only takes about 5-6 chickens to have plenty of fresh eggs for your family, and even then, you may start giving them away if everyone stops eating them!
6) Use essential oils and herbs to care for your pets and animals. You don’t have to purchase the expensive essential oils for them to be effective, try Plant Therapy or Eden’s Garden. Grow your own herbs, or purchase them by bulk on Amazon.
7) Make everything from scratch you can. You save tons of money when you make fresh food instead of buying pre-packaged foods.
8) Buy bulk meats. We purchase our meat in bulk from Zaycon Fresh. Their hamburger doesn’t have slime, their bacon is divine and their chicken beats store-bought in taste and quality.
9) Make your own crockpot yogurt and cheese. Always keep those gut flora healthy. Get raw milk or organic from the store, just use good quality starters. I make a gallon of yogurt at a time.
10) Cook your bones and chicken carcasses to make broth. Save the broth and freeze in reusable jars. Good broth makes great casseroles and soups.
11) Buy bulk quantities of dried nuts and fruit. Have you seen the price of those tiny packages of nuts in the grocery store and how much they charge for them? I would rather pay $10-15 for a bag of 2-3 pounds of nuts.
12) Purchase coconut sugar, turbinado, or even raw sugar in bulk. You can live without sugar too, but the cost of raw honey and other syrups may break the bank. I buy raw honey and maple syrup in large quantities too.
13) Buy bulk tubs of palm nut oil, which can be used for any baking purpose or pan-frying. You can use it just like crisco, and it is actually healthy for you. Buy large tubs of coconut oil and even olive oil to have on hand.
14) Make homemade sauces and dips from homemade yogurt, or large blocks of cream cheese.
16) Purchase sea salt, which is real salt anyway. Table salt you buy in the store is not completely natural. Sea salt, however, contains many other minerals, including natural iodine. It also goes farther than regular table salt.
17) Grow and dry your own herbs and seasonings, then mix your own combinations and re-use old seasoning containers. Or, keep them in glass jars in your pantry or cabinet.
18) Bake your own bulk batches of cookies and then freeze the excess. Make your own breads, biscuits, tortillas and crackers. Again, freeze the extras for later, because you never know when you have to run out at the last minute.
19) Learn how to make your own mayonnaise from olive oil or grape seed oil. It saves you tons of money and keeps you healthy too!
20) Shop for household items, clothes and other items at thrift stores or at yard sales. I love Swap.com for women’s clothing. The selection is ten times the local stores and you can find some real bargains. Use the link above to give us both a discount, then share your own link!
21) Buy your spices and teas from the bulk bins. Remember, many of the specialty teas are herbs, so mix and match your own.
23) Make your own lotion bars or coconut shea butter lotion, which actually saves money when you are purchasing high-priced lotions. I buy large chunks of shea butter and beeswax to mix with my coconut oil.
24) Buy natural and paraben free personal products at places like Dollar Tree. This is quite possible. They have many other natural products you can buy.
26) Make your own natural flea treatments for your pets and your home.
29) Make your own natural dryer sheets, which can save a ton of money! You can also purchase or make your own wool dryer balls to stop static electricity in your clothes. Even cheaper, you can line dry your clothing.
30) Use natural remedies and essential oils for general health and well-being. I use essential oils for cleaning, health, bug control, and even to smell good! 🙂 We also use herbs for tea, illness, hormone regulation (my own), wound care, antihistamine, as an antidepressant, muscle aches and more! I have a whole natural medicine closet for just about any household emergency there is!
Still need to save money? Try these ideas:
- Keep extra snacks available for the kids.
- Don’t just send your hubby out for last minute items, make do.
- Plan as much as you can with the month, making a monthly menu plan if you have to.
- Make large meals and then freeze them ahead of time.
- Casseroles and crockpot meals do save money and time, eat some then freeze some.
- Buy bulk whenever possible–you will save a ton of money this way.