If you are considering homesteading, it is important that you know that homesteading on a budget is a possibility. While many will spend an abundance of money to get started, that isn’t the option.
You can get started small, starting to save money, and then build out your homestead as you can afford. The most important part is getting started and following through on your dreams. Check out these simple hacks to getting your homestead started today!
I wrote this article to help you get started homesteading on a budget when you are ready. Take a look at my other articles for more great advice and information to get you started on the right track.
What if I told you that there was free food growing on the ground all around you, waiting for you to pick it up? If you learn what you can and can’t eat, you can save a huge amount of money eating very foods collected for free. Many people even make money collecting mushrooms and selling them at premium prices.
What would you have money for if you didn’t have a grocery bill, or could cut that bill in half? You can get to the point where you are constantly producing food at no cost with a little experience. All you have to do is grow the produce, save the seeds, and plant them for more.
Milk is an essential product for homesteaders, but cows require a lot of space. What most homesteaders forget is that goat can produce milk too. They are amazing producers and take up just a fraction of the space and feed cost of a cow. Goats are one of the most efficient homesteading animals if you treat them right.
Chickens are very inexpensive and produce both eggs and meat. It is less expensive for me to house and feed chickens in your backyard than it is to purchase 2 dozen organic eggs every week. You can even hatch a few chicks, if you have a rooster, and sell them to offset the food cost entirely.
I highly suggest that you build your own chicken coop, instead of going out and buying one. It’s a lot easier than it sounds and we have a few resources to help you through the process. If you can build it using materials that you already have around the homestead, or pallets, it will save you a ton of money.
We don’t feed out chickens entirely on our own, but we do supplement with feed using anything we would normally throw away. They get all of the kitchen scraps at the end of the day and some mealworms my son produces as treats.
Once you master the art of gardening, produce enough to can for the winter. On top of eating healthier produce, you will save money by avoiding the need to purchase produce out of season. Produce gets more expensive when it isn’t locally in season. Even if you purchase produce while in season and can those, it will save you money.
Anything that you can’t can, you can dehydrate for later consumption. This is another great way to start homesteading on a budget today! You can even make money on your homestead by selling your dehydrated food.
Homesteaders are typically a pretty friendly and helpful group of people as long as they see you as the same. Most homesteaders will look for someone else to take items they don’t need instead of trashing them. Take anything you might need as you build up your homestead and you will save thousands along the way.
My husband and I have an entire goat pen, complete with shelter, made out of pallets. In other words, we built someone to store and house our goats for approximately $10 in nails. Be creative and use whatever you can to save money when you started.
Trading is a great way to get things you need by getting rid of items or services that you have excess of. My husband bartered for many of the items that we needed to get started by providing IT services for contractors and other homesteaders.
These days, many homesteaders are pooling together to work together for a common purpose. One homestead might produce the meat for both families while another produces the fruits and vegetables. Other groups will share the cost of tractors and other large equipment that they only need occasionally.