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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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Manage Homesteading Costs With These Four No-Fuss Tips

Who says homesteading has to be expensive? Last week, we discovered that homesteaders are naturally resourceful, but there are always even more ways to conserve on your homestead, no matter the size. Follow these four no-fuss tips to keep more money in your pocket on the homestead.

Share, borrow, and barter

Homesteading isn’t just about your work. It’s about the work of others, too. Great neighbors and communities make homesteading much more enjoyable and easy on your wallet. Consider sharing your surplus with neighbors; you never know when they’ll repay the favor! If you need expensive equipment or tools, try reaching out to neighbors before buying it for yourself. When in doubt, you can always barter or trade with neighbors for what you need.

Harvest seeds

Gardening, like any other homestead endeavor, requires a few startup costs. I like buying heirloom seeds, which fetch a heftier price at the store. The best way to save money on your garden in the long term is to always harvest your seeds. After this year’s planting season was over, I harvested three times the amount of lettuce seeds I planted last year!

If you’re on a tight budget but want to start a garden, see if you have any local seed banks. They’ll loan you seeds free of charge, as long as you bring back more seeds once your plants mature.

DIY animal toys

The last thing you want is bored animals on the homestead. Bored chickens are known to start pecking each other, and a bored goat is a goat full of trouble. Fashion your own DIY toys to keep the animals stimulated and entertained. IT can be as simple as old soccer balls for the goats, cardboard boxes for your cats, or pieces of string for the chickens.

Reusable mason jars

If you’re into canning like me, you know just how annoyingly expensive mason jar lids can be. You’ll pay a higher upfront cost, but reusable mason jar lids are the best way to save money long term when canning.

The bottom line

Homesteading isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean it has to be rough on your finances. Use these quick tips to frugally homestead and keep more money in your pocket.


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