Frugality and Finance

Homesteading Frugality and Finance articles collected over two decades from experienced homesteaders who know what they’re talking about.

Building Community Through Bartering and Trading

Think back to your grandparents, or maybe your great-grandparents and the stories they used to tell you.  Chances are they…

4 weeks ago

Twenty Homestead Hustles: Make Money from Your Homestead

Many of us got interested in homesteading as a way to escape the rat race only to discover—surprise, surprise!—you still…

1 month ago

Do I Really Need a…? A List of Useful Equipment for New Homesteaders

Congratulations on your new land purchase and your decision to finally get out of the daily grind of urban life…

1 month ago

Living Off-Grid Wherever You Are – Going Off-Grid Gradually

Living off-grid has only in recent times become a “trend.”  Up until about 100 or so years ago, it was…

1 month ago

From Cucina Povera to Conscious Cookery: Timeless Garden-to-Kitchen and Back Again Smarts

Eating in season. Eating locally. They’re not just foodie buzzwords, that’s how our ancestors ate. They had to. There was…

2 months ago

Easy Homestead Moonshine

Welcome to the short-and-sweet easy homestead moonshine guide.  I’m going to skip all the lengthy legal disclaimers.  I’m not telling…

2 months ago

Quilting: Recycling Made Beautiful

We didn’t invent recycling.  Our ancestors did it by necessity.  On the original homesteads across North America people re-jigged hard…

3 months ago

Green Burial: The Frugal Funeral for an Ecological Eternity

We spend our lives trying to get back to our Earthly roots, living simpler and off the land, recycling when…

3 months ago

Money is a Four-letter Word

To many homesteaders and would-be homesteaders, “money” is a four-letter word.  After all, money is all about materialism, and that's…

4 months ago

You Can Afford Your Homestead Dream… But You May Not Recognize it at First.

Do you dream of one day owning a homestead of your own, a place where you can raise animals and…

4 months ago

Brew Beer – Quit Paying Taxes… Well, almost

Homesteaders are a resourceful and imaginative group.  If you need a tool, a fixture, an egg or heating fuel, there’s…

5 months ago

Small-scale Homesteading: How Much Do You Really Need?

I subscribe to a number of homesteading blogs.  One in particular chronicles the adventures of a single person running a…

5 months ago