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.
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.