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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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Simple Ways to Tame (Frizzy) Hair

Curly hair that is prone to frizzing can be difficult to style and often feels dry or straw-like. Changes in the weather, harsh ingredients found in some hair products and even your diet can all make your hair more prone to frizz. Fortunately, there are ways to tame frizzy hair.

Glycerin Shampoo and Conditioner

Frizzy hair is often the result of dry hair that is unable to retain moisture. Unlike many shampoo ingredients, glycerin is able to penetrate the hair and deliver moisture directly to the hair shaft. Glycerin can also help to strengthen hair and protect it from damage. Choose shampoo and conditioner that contains glycerin to help keep your hair hydrated.

Use a T-Shirt to Dry Hair

Towel drying your hair is one of the worst things you can do if your hair is prone to frizzing. The material used in towels and the friction created by rubbing your hair will cause frizzing and could potentially damage the hair follicles. When you’ve finished washing your hair, squeeze the excess moisture out gently with your hands, then wrap your hair in an old t-shirt. The t-shirt will soak up any remaining moisture without the need for friction.

Allow Hair to Dry Naturally

Blow drying hair, particularly when it’s soaking wet, is another major cause of frizzing. Allow hair to dry naturally, or at least wait 20 to 30 minutes after washing before blow drying your hair. Use the coolest setting and hold the blow dryer as far away from your hair as possible. If you intend to use other heated appliances to style your hair, make sure you blow dry your hair first, as straighteners and curling irons can be particularly damaging to wet hair.

Use Oil Treatments

Regular oil treatments help to keep your hair hydrated, soft and smooth. You can use commercial products, or you can make your own oil treatments at home. Coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil and avocado oil are all good for taming frizzy hair. Apply your chosen oil to the full length of your hair and leave for up to an hour for an anti-frizz hair mask that will leave your hair smooth and shiny.

Find the Right Products

Products to prevent frizz come in many different forms, including serums, creams and lotions. Finding the right products will depend on your hair type, as there is no single product that suits everyone. Experiment with different products to find the right ones to suit your hair.

Frizzy hair can be difficult to manage and is often the result of dry, dehydrated hair. Choosing shampoo and conditioner containing glycerin, drying your hair with a t-shirt, allowing hair to dry naturally, using oil treatments and finding the rights products will all help to tame frizzy hair.

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