Being a frugal homesteader isn’t always easy. There’s always an animal that needs “rescued” a project that needs done or just an item that’s begging you to purchase it. DON’T. Here are some tips to help you along the way to your frugal homesteading journey.
Make Your Own Items
One of the beautiful things about homesteading is the emphasis on making your own items. Even if you can get them at the store homemade items always seem better. Whether it be Christmas stockings or homemade bread making your own items at home can save you money. It’s true you’ll probably invest more time creating these items but you’ll value them more. Another bonus to homemade is they’ll be a higher quality than anything you could possibly buy at the store.
Whether it be thrift stores, garage sales, or small boutiques, shopping local can often save you a great deal of money. It is more eco-friendly. It’s better for your community, and usually better for your wallet. Consider shopping local if you’re looking to be a frugal homesteader.
Have you ever gone to Lowes, Home Depot or your local garden and suffered sticker shock at the amount you pay for soil? I know I have! While I know it’s has the perfect PH balance for growing your plants I struggle with the fact that I’m basically paying for dirt. Stop paying for dirt and start making it yourself through composting. There are hundreds of different ways to go about this whether compost barrels, piles, or bins. Check out Pinterest to learn some new ways for you to save money on soil by making it yourself.
Stretch Food Supplies
During the month of December I’ve decided that we are eating as many meals out of our fridge, freeze and pantry as possible to set us up for a successful 2019. If I have leftovers from a meal I freeze them. (Or add them to another meal so they don’t get wasted.) We do our best to eat things before they expire and have really learned to get creative when cooking so we use all of the things we have in our home and waste nothing. Stretch your food supplies, don’t throw things out if you can help it and get the most for your money through eating through your pantry before refilling it with new supplies.
Stop Buying Junk
Yesterday I made a quick trip to Walmart for some party supplies and was tempted to purchase some amazing looking Christmas baked goods. DON’T. Don’t buy the pre-made, prepackaged junk food. When you purchase these things not only is it rough on your wallet but it’s rough on your health too. They are often loaded with added preservatives, sugars, or low grade ingredients. Stop buying junk! Instead invest in good quality baking ingredients for whenever it’s the right time to eat a tasty treat.
Invest in Quality
This point can’t be emphasized enough. Invest in good quality products. Invest in quality products for your skin, for your kitchen, for cleaning your home, and your body. Investing in quality helps cut down on the need for consumerism and creates better value for things already in your home.
Sugar tastes amazing but leaves you feeling awful, am I right? I’ve had dozens of times where I’ll enjoy a glass of sweet tea, or a piece of candy (or 5) and then feel sick and drowsy later. Our bodies aren’t meant to consume sugar in the amounts that we do in our culture today. Do yourself and your budget a favor and cut out the sugar in your life. You’ll probably suffer some awful feeling symptoms initially but you’ll adjust. Give it a try. After a few months you’ll be so thankful to have that extra junk out of your life.
My husband is a paper towel lover (aka addict) He would use them to dry dishes, clean up wet spots on the counter, use them as napkins whenever he has the chance so if you’re a paper towel lover, hear me out. Utilizing cloth is so much better! It’s better for your wallet, the environment, and honestly it just does a better job at cleaning than paper towels ever have.
In full disclosure, we do still buy paper towels. In fact, I have a huge pack sitting in the back of my car right now. They’ve actually been there for an entire week. Why? We still buy them in case of emergencies such as blood, dog accidents, or any other things along those lines.
Frugal Meal Plans
Meal planning is AMAZING! If you’ve been following our website for any length of time then you have probably seen our other post about meal planning. It makes life so much simpler and allows you to create a frugal food budget and then empowers you to stick to it. To read more about our thoughts on Meal Planning check out our post Meal Planning for Beginners.
Use the Freezer
After following Jordan Page (the frugal queen) from Funcheaporfree.com for quite a while I have fallen in love with my freezer. Our freezer is not much bigger than a microwave but we get an incredible amount of use from it. By storing leftovers, quick meals to grab, and other things that we don’t want to throw away but know we’ll need in the future our freezer is AMAZING. The freezer alone has probably saved us hundreds of dollars just this year. I love that we can heat up something we already have instead of leaving home to get something to eat.
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