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We talked about frugality before, but have really talked about it? There are so many ways we can work to make homesteading even more affordable. When you’re making a living from your land, you want to maximize the value of every egg, tomato, and rabbit. Here are six more ways to keep homesteading easy on your pocketbook!

Hair-raising uses for hair clippings

There’s nothing wrong with a professional haircut, but home trims are an amazing way to save money and deter pests from your property. My great-grandma Mary used to trim all of her grandkids’ hair once a month. She would move to a different area of the property boundary each time, leaving the hair clippings on the ground. She said it helped prevent pesky animals like deer from raiding her garden. I thought it was silly at the time, but come to think of it, I never saw a deer on her ten-acre property!

Compost

Compost is every homesteader’s best friend. Re-purpose everything from grass clippings to vegetable scraps to shredded junk mail with composting. Over time, you’ll get high quality compost to use in your garden.

Grow medicine

There’s obviously a time and place for store-bought medicine. But if you frequently battle annoying ailments things like mild cramps, cuts, or insect bites, you can grow herbs for some relief. For example, a poultice of lemon balm can stop itchy mosquito bites. For added frugality, consult with your vet to see what herbs can also be grown to treat your animals.

Freeze eggs

Yes, believe it or not, you can freeze eggs. My sister raises chickens and ducks and freezes her leftover eggs all the time. This prevents eggs from going to waste, putting each one to good use. Crack the eggs and gently mix together before freezing in a Ziploc. I only recommend using frozen eggs for baking; otherwise the texture is a little off. Use three tablespoons of frozen egg mixture for every egg in the recipe.

The bottom line

Homesteading doesn’t have to be hard on your budget. Use these quick, frugal tips for easy homesteading without breaking the bank.

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Beautiful Hair All Winter Long

Each time winter winds blow through your hair, some of its natural moisture is removed. As a result, your strands become more brittle and less resilient, making them prone to breakage. From split ends to limp hair, the problems that winter months create for your hair are unpleasant and avoidable. Here are a few handy tips to keep your hair looking so beautiful that you won’t feel like hiding it under a hat or scarf.

Conditioning Products

Would you like to avoid flyaway and frizzy hair this winter? If so, a wide variety of conditioning products are available that can help you with that task. From leave-in products to rinse-out conditioners, you have lots of choices. While it might take a bit of experimentation to find the perfect formula, you are sure to find one that can eliminate static electricity while retaining the naturally occurring moisture in your tresses. Be sure to identify your main issues with your hair and read the labels thoroughly to help you find the best product for your needs.

Styling Devices

Ideally, you should limit the number of times you use a styling device on your hair each week to avoid creating unnecessary damage. For example, if you are just going to hang out at home on the weekend, why not allow your hair to dry naturally? Alternatively, you can allow your hair to partially dry before using your styling devices.

Dying and Perming Your Hair

It is important not to have your hair dyed or permed too frequently if you want to keep your its gorgeous looks. In particular, you should never complete both types of treatments at the same time if you want to avoid hair damage.

Hydrating Products

If your scalp becomes itchy and flaky, you probably have an issue with dryness. Choose a hydrating scalp treatment and infuse fresh moisture in your scalp to restore its natural capabilities. Just follow the directions on the product to ensure your scalp is rejuvenated with fresh moisture.

Caring for your hair is an ongoing task that should task place every day. During the winter, however, it is even more important to follow a few tips to help keep your tresses looking their best. If you do so, your hair should look soft and feel manageable all year long. Don’t let cold air and low humidity destroy your hair’s beauty this winter. Pay attention to how it looks and take steps to maintain its natural appearance every day.


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