How do you make money homesteading?
This is the question of all questions, right? Everyone wants to know how is it possible to make money while homesteading. The answer is, any way that you can think of!! There are a thousand ideas out there about how to make money homesteading but you have to choose the ones that are right for you. For us, I find that making money homesteading comes secondary to saving money homesteading. You will never (probably) be able to make enough money on a small homestead to support a way of life that doesn’t include saving and being resourceful first and foremost! So here are a few ways we try to save and be resourceful.
Don’t throw away something today that you are going to have to buy tomorrow!
Now that seems obvious when I say it, but seriously. How often have you had to go out and buy something you used to have? I know those fence posts are not new anymore and you don’t plan on having cows again, but that doesn’t mean you should get rid of them. They might come in handy if you get different livestock, or you simply need to fence off the garden from the dogs (ask me how I came up with that one). There are multiple uses for every item! I understand there is a fine line between being some kind of farm pack rat and between saving things you may need. I’m not suggesting you keep broken feeders or a toaster oven that hasn’t worked since 2004, but keep the stuff that works and you might need.
Look at your grocery list, now cross it out and make it yourself.
This one has been HUGE for us. We were spending $8-$10 a week on english muffins……yes, english muffins. Because that is what was convenient for Kyle to eat during his busy morning. But once I started doing some research and running some test batches, we realized we could make english muffins and bagels and bread for much much less and we could make them even healthier than we were buying them. This goes for other things as well; herbs, vegetables, fruit and even milk. We planted all of our most purchased things. Now instead of paying $2 for a zucchini, the plant which cost me less that $0.02 to grow gives me more zucchini than we can eat in a summer.
Stop using disposable products that you have to purchase.
The transition between a life of paper plates, paper towels, plastic water bottles, and other things that are convenient can be hard. But it’s an important one! I remember one day thinking to myself, “why am I paying $2.50 for paper plates when there are reusable plates at home???” And once it clicked, I never looked back.
These are just a few of the things we have done that have changed the way we view money. This is a great place to start, but be warned, once you start figuring out what you can make instead of buy, it becomes addicting and you won’t look twice at that bag of english muffins.