What is homesteading anyway?
Today homesteading has a new meaning to most. Homesteading is whatever you want it to be. What home means to you. To most people it is about being more self reliant. Having a garden, raising chicken, keeping goats, making homemade items, learning ways to live with the land instead of just on it. The way we live buying things from the stores produces a lot of waste, and it is costly. I hope to reduce the waste my family has, grow a garden, and slow down the rate at which I buy things from the store.
I would love to raise chickens. I want to raise something else but I have not decided what that will be. Goats, pigs, and rabbits are all possibilities! Homesteading is family. When I was working a full time job I did not have much time for my children. I felt as if someone else was raising them. I was at work for 40+ hours a week and by the time I got home cleaned, cooked and bathed the kids I was done. There was not very much family time. It was eat, work, sleep, repeat. The kids were being raised by child care, and the school system. I no longer want to put all of my energy into a job. I want to put it into my family instead!
There are so many more ideas of what homesteading could mean to you, and to me and we will not all be exactly alike but that is just fine with me! We were made to be different!
A drop in income…
I quit my daytime job. I knew when I quit I would have to come up with some pretty drastic ideas to get our bills lowered. I started couponing. I was able to save my family about $500 or more with coupons. We never really did eat out much, but we cut that back even more. Every year that passes I make strides to a healthier lifestyle. Just last year, I stopped using coupons..
Why? Well, most real food do not have coupons! After all the time I spent getting deals, I also learned where I can get great food products for the lowest price and how to shop deals and sale prices! This year I made a commitment to almost completely rid my house of processed foods. Last year I learned many new skills that helped me do that. I started foraging for food more. I learned to can my own jelly, jam, and flavored butters! I learned how to bake a little better.
I researched and found lots of make ahead meals, or freezer meals to help with the workload that comes with not using processed items! I made my own lip balm, and laundry detergent because it was cheaper and better for our skin that way! I have made tons and tons of things and I could go on, but I will spare you. I got my husband to make me a rocket stove outside so that if the power is out, I still have a way to cook. Oh, I also tried to grow some vegetables this year, but my brown thumb won. 🙁
What is left in my journey?
- Turning my brown thumb green – I need a homestead garden!
- Learning about and purchasing essentials oil
- Owning my own land, and home
- I want chickens!
- I am thinking about having goats
- What about pigs?
- More self reliant – including going to the grocery store less!
- Learn more skills
- Outside laundry washing station
- Outside fully loaded kitchen
I plan to study up on growing my own food. That is my main goal right now, the other things I will research also before starting to do them. It seems better to be prepared! Thank you for reading about my journey so far!
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