At this time of year many of us are still paying off December’s credit card bills. If you’re looking for ways to bring in a little extra pocket money, look no further than your own farm.
Plant extra plants this season and sell to neighbors, at a farmer’s market, or through a CSA. And don’t forget about the time-honored tradition of preserving excess fruits and veggies. People will pay a pretty penny for homemade jams and probiotic pickles.
If you don’t feel like cooking, you can still make extra money with the plants themselves. And you can sell or barter with seeds from your garden, particularly if you grow heirloom varieties.
People want to feel more connected to their food. Embrace transparency and offer classes at your homestead. Teach the basics of raising chickens, milking goats, or sustainable farming practices. You can charge a fee for the class and get a little extra help to boot.
If you keep bees, you know why local honey is so expensive. Honey and beeswax are labors of love. Not everyone keeps bees because it can be time-intensive and labor-intensive. Oh, and a lot of folks just don’t like bees! So capitalize on this as a beekeeper. Sell jars of honey, honeycomb, and beeswax products like hair pomade or chapstick.
I know a few people who can’t bear to slaughter their animals. Instead, they make a living through breeding them for live animal sales. It takes years of experience, but breeding can be both fun and lucrative. Consider raising rabbits, turkeys, goats, or even pigs to sell.
Use it up
Bring in a few extra dollars and then couple that with saving your money, and you’ll be ahead of the game in no time. We all have an arsenal of products for our personal use, but many don’t know it. And one of the easiest ways to save is to raid your cupboards for natural DIY beauty remedies.
- Highlights: I know it’s still cold outside, but summer will be here before you know it. If you’re craving a sunny, beach look, you can DIY highlights at home. I used this method for years and always got compliments on my dye job! Simply soak a few cotton balls in hydrogen peroxide. Run the cotton ball through your damp hair wherever you want highlights. For best results, sit in the sun after applying the peroxide. You may need to repeat this a few days in a row to get the desired amount of lightening. If you want an all-over effect, spritz peroxide through your hair and comb through.
- Anti-acne toner: Witch hazel is an all-purpose wonder item. Not only can it clean cuts and soothe eczema, but witch hazel is also an excellent facial toner. If you suffer from acne, you can minimize breakouts with an application of witch hazel. Soak a cotton ball in witch hazel and apply to the affected area 1 – 2 times a day.
- Makeup brush cleaner: I know not everyone washes their brushes, but this is essential to preventing breakouts and early aging. I stopped buying expensive brush cleaners years ago. To clean your brushes, let them sit in a bowl of peroxide for an hour before rinsing and allowing to air dry.
- Lotion: My grandma swore that Crisco was the answer to dry elbows. Shortening does hydrate your skin, but I just couldn’t get over the fact that I was rubbing Crisco on myself. It reminded me too much of fried chicken! A modern alternative is to hydrate dry skin with coconut oil. Keep a jar on your nightstand to hydrate before bed.
- Face mask: Who needs pricey storebought masks when you have nature’s perfect mask in your pantry? A honey face mask is the perfect way to fight acne and clean your skin. Combine a spoonful of honey in a bowl with a dash of cinnamon. The cinnamon is a great exfoliant! Rub on your face and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing it off.
The bottom line
We’re blessed to have Mother Earth support our way of life. Instead of searching for coins in the couch, look to your homestead for a New Year’s windfall.