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 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.
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.
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.