50 Ways to Save Money on the Homestead

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50 Ways to Save Money on Your Homestead

Knowing how to save money on your homestead is a great way to become more self-reliant and save for the future.

Are you wondering how to make ends meet? Do you spend time searching for ways to make extra cash from your homestead? I’ve been there, believe me! I’ve researched ways of earning money on a small farm or homestead. I enjoy reading posts with great ideas for doing just that! But this post isn’t about earning money…it’s about saving money.

Check out my friend AnnMarie’s post 85 Ways to Make Money on the Homestead

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A Penny Saved is Better Than a Penny Earned!

It’s great to earn money from your homestead. Many homesteaders have found ways to earn their living this way! However, after a certain point I believe it’s better to save money than it is to earn more money. We pay income tax on every penny we earn. Once we get to a certain income, it may be better to save the money that’s already been taxed, rather than earn more taxable income. Oh, of course, it’s always nice to earn more money! But if you are having trouble finding ways to bring in more income…try saving what you already have.

Grow more of your own food to save money!

We all need money to survive in today’s world. Money is also necessary for running a homestead. We need income to pay our property taxes, insurance, health care expenses, fuel, and for anything we can’t grow or make for ourselves.

50+ Ideas to Save Money on Your Homestead

So how do we save money on your homestead? Here are some ideas to get you started toward living better with less income…

  1. Grow a vegetable garden
  2. Plant perennial fruits and vegetables for harvests every year
  3. Preserve your harvest
  4. Save heirloom seeds
  5. Start your own seedlings in spring
  6. Make soil blocks or newspaper pots for seed starting
  7. Compost leaves for seed starting mix
  8. Forage for free food
  9. Hunt and fish for your protein
  10. Use old laying hens for stewing
  11. Get free wood chips from landscaping companies
  12. Make compost instead of purchasing fertilizer
  13. Don’t raise a lot of extra food unless you can sell it for a profit
  14. Feed kitchen scraps to chickens and pigs
  15. Cook from scratch instead of buying prepared foods
  16. Make your own mixes for cakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, pancakes, etc
  17. Give handmade gifts
  18. Use old clothing to make quilts, shopping totes, rag rugs, and other crafts
  19. Mend tools and clothing instead of buying new
  20. Raise livestock, such as ducks, on pasture to reduce feed consumption
  21. Shop at thrift stores, garage sales, and estate sales – take a list of what you need
  22. Barter goods and services with friends and family
  23. Reduce energy consumption to save money on utilities
  24. Can or dehydrate food instead of freezing
  25. Learn basic skills such as plumbing, carpentry, and medical care for pets and livestock
  26. Maintain and care for your home, property, tools, and equipment to reduce expensive repair work
  27. Keep only livestock that will pay for itself
  28. Purchase feed efficient livestock
  29. Sell or process extra livestock for meat
  30. Go to the library instead of purchasing books, DVDs, and CDs
  31. Use the internet access at the library instead of paying for it at home
  32. Get rid of cable or Direct TV and play board games, read, or go hiking for entertainment
  33. Use a ‘Pay as You Go’ cell phone plan and use the phone only for necessities
  34. Join a rewards program such as Swagbucks to earn gift cards or discounts on necessary purchases
  35. Only clip coupons for products you would purchase anyway
  36. Use generics when available
  37. Purchase foods in season and preserve for later
  38. Join a buying club, such as Azure Standard, to purchase bulk foods at a discount
  39. Stop wasting food – buy only what you need
  40. Use a menu plan based on weekly sales to make your grocery list
  41. Have a movie or game night at home instead of going to the movie theater
  42. Purchase prescription eyeglasses online
  43. Make DIY bath and body products, like this body spray or petroleum free jelly
  44. Walk, garden, and work out at home instead of paying for a gym membership
  45. Quit smoking and eat healthy foods to reduce medical expenses
  46. Make your own green cleaning products, like this air freshener
  47. Reuse containers from purchased products instead of buying storage containers
  48. Make homemade yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, kefir, ice cream, and butter
  49. Bake your own pizza instead of ordering delivery
  50. Stop buying soda and sports drinks and try making your own
  51. Grow sunflower seeds to supplement feed for chickens, goats, and pigs
  52. Dry your own herbs for looseleaf tea and cooking

Ideas That Have Helped Save Money on Our Homestead!

These are some of the ways that our family has reduced expenses and learned to live a more frugal lifestyle. Not all of these ideas are exclusive to homesteaders! Learn to save money wherever you live and you’ll have more cash to stash away for a rainy day.

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Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady.

In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org.

The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.
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About Lisa Lombardo

Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady. In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org. The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.

5 comments on “50 Ways to Save Money on the Homestead

  1. AnnMarie Lewellyn

    What great ideas for making an income! Thanks for sharing my post on this topic too! I really don’t think many homesteaders realize that with a bit of hard work and some dedication, how easy they can make money too! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Rosie (@greenrosielife)

    These all seem such natural things to do but I know for many they will seem old fashioned in todays mostly urban and modern world. I am hopeless at DIY but thankfully I’m married to a man who isn’t! We both rather fail on sewing of most sorts although I can patch/mend work clothes very badly! #farmfreshtuesdays

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    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      Hi Rosie,
      It’s a learning process for everyone! I’m not perfect either, but every day I try to do just a little bit better. Thanks so much for joining the Farm Fresh Tuesdays party!

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