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Homesteading is an absolute blast. But while we love to talk about chickens and jams and milking, there’s a lot of stuff we don’t talk about.

The excitement and thrill of homesteading often overshadow tough truths. Here are a few hard truths that all soon-to-be homesteaders need to consider.

You can’t do it all

Owning a homestead is no different than owning a house. There’s always a new project on the horizon. You might be tempted to dive headfirst into every new project. But that’s a recipe for burnout and overwhelm. Understand that there is always going to be another project on the homestead and enjoy the tasks you have today. Do things at your own pace, and acknowledge limitations. Use physical, legal, and property limitations to help you choose which tasks to prioritize.

The literal crap

You want goats, chickens, sheep, and pigs for your homestead. That’s so fun! But the piles of animal waste are less than glamorous. If it eats, it has to poop. Period.

Animal cleanup is a reality most people don’t consider. Always have a cleanup procedure and routine in place for them. If you don’t want to deal with the (mounds and mounds) of poop then, hmmm. How do I put this? Maybe you shouldn’t raise animals?

There are no breaks without a good plan

Let’s say you planned a weekend getaway with your friends. You’re excited, until you realize something. Your plants need watering and the animals need feeding while you’re gone. It’s much, much harder to get away when you run a homestead. Especially if you raise animals.

If you travel frequently, it’s going to be hard to maintain your homestead. You’ll need to enlist reliable neighbors, family, or paid hands to care for the homestead in your absence. Planning is key and you’ll have to get good at it.

It takes a village

Speaking of neighbors, a homestead is built on community. Sure, your nearest neighbors might be five miles down the road, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rely on others for help. Embrace your local community for help, advice, and even bartering. You never know when others will step in to save the day. And yes, in this day and age it might be easier said than done. People just aren’t as friendly as they used to be, right? But don’t give up. Keep up the neighborly vibes and hope for the best. Maybe one day your neighbor will need you for help, advice, and bartering. Ya think?

Homesteading is hard work! So even though it’s easy to get all romantic and dream about the fun stuff, keep a firm hold on reality. You’ll be glad you did. 🙂

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Money Saving Tips to Help You Travel On A Budget

Who doesn’t love a good holiday? Whether it’s an overnight hotel stay in a neighboring city or a two-week international jaunt, there’s nothing quite like traveling. You can spend hours trawling Instagram and Pinterest for exotic locations, reading reviews to find the best hotel, and planning your dream holiday activities, but there’s always one thing at the back of your mind: your budget. After all, most of us can’t afford our dream holiday, and some of us can barely manage even the most low-key trip.

However, there are ways to budget your holiday spending so you can travel without breaking the bank. These savvy budgeting tips will help you enjoy a getaway without worrying about money.

Check One-Way Transport

Round-trip transport can often be deceptively expensive, so always check one-way options in each direction when you’re booking trains or flights. You can also save a few bucks by booking directly on the train or airline website instead of buying through a third-party route finder.

Find Nearby Destinations

If you’re going to an in-demand location like Paris or New York, you can spend serious money on flights into the city. However, there are generally nearby airports that may be much cheaper. Check if you could save money by flying into a neighboring city and taking a bus or train to your destination.

Subscribe To Email Alerts

Airlines, rail services, and hotel booking sites generally offer free email alerts to help you keep up to date with deals, discounts, and last-minute savings. Sign up so you’ll be the first to know when a cheap travel option pops up.

Pack Realistic Travel Snacks

Eating in airports and other travel stations is generally super expensive. You can save serious money by bringing your own snacks, but be realistic! If a soggy sandwich won’t appeal to you after hours on the road, pack something that will so you aren’t tempted to eat out.

Travel Overnight

Take overnight buses, trains, or flights to spend an extra day away without paying for a hotel. This tip isn’t so useful for travelers with children, but groups of friends, couples, or solo jetsetters can easily save with this one.

Don’t Exchange – Withdraw

Exchanging cash for different currencies can be expensive, and you can spend a lot of time looking for the best deal. Withdrawing cash directly from foreign ATMs can often be cheaper, and some cards offer you deals on foreign withdrawals, so check out your options before you go.

Search For Discounts

You can get a discount for just about anything these days. If you’re under 26, a teacher, in the military, traveling with children, or any number of other things, you can save on flights and entry into museums and cultural centers. Ask if you’re eligible for any discounts – you might be surprised!

Using these budget travel tips will help you see the world without crippling your bank balance. You don’t have to try them all, but just a couple of these changes can help you save on your next holiday. So what are you waiting for? Go and explore!

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