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85+ Ways to Make and Save Money
Living the simple life is not free………finances and money concerns are just as real on the homestead as they are anywhere else. Here is a list of ways to Make and Save Money on Your Homestead
Living the simple life still costs money……..
“Money is not everything but it is right up there with air!!!”
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We have been a self-employed, homeschooling family for over 35 years. Our family runs a small log home company in western Wyoming. I have been a stay-at-home mom and have helped run our main business during this time. We have had to be pretty creative on ways to Make Money from Home.
Along with operating our log home business, we have implemented over 70 Ways to Make and Save Money on Your Homestead. Some of these are small but some of them are large enough to add a viable source of income each year.
Some are as simple as learning to take care of your health:
First of all, creating some type of blueprint of your ideas, thoughts and actions for your homestead is imperative. Having a Homestead Seasonal Planner is ideal. Remember to “Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan” as valuable advice. That said, let’s begin exploring ways to create, fund and keep up your homestead financial plan. Saving is as important as earning so do both for financial health!! Learn to Make Money from Home..
⇒Heed the advice attributed to Benjamin Franklin, when he stated…….
“A penny saved is a penny earned!”
Consider the following ideas to Make and Save Money on Your Homestead:
⇒Earn Money and Save Money from Multiple Sources or Multiple Streams:
•Raise Chicks and Laying Hens for your Family and Sell your Extra Eggs. When you order chicks or hatch eggs, consider ordering or hatching extras to sell.
•Raise and Keep Dairy Goats or a milk cow for your Family and Sell your Extra Milk
•Build Fence or make fencing parts such as buck sticks for Buck-n-Pole Fences
•Do Farm and Homestead Chores for the Neighbors for Cash or Trade
•Haul and Stack Hay for Cash or Trade
•Split and Stack Firewood for Cash or Trade
•Start a Dog Walking Service
•Board pets while people are on vacation
⇒More Home Business Income Ideas:
•Create a Sewing and Mending Service from home or Simply plan on doing all your own sewing and repairs
•Start a Small Catering Business, specializing in an area of your expertice like desserts, cheesecakes, breads, etc……
•Offer in-home childcare as appropriate around your homestead schedule
•Ask neighbors, church members or club members if they need any jobs or chores done for Cash or Trade
•Create a Winter Time Snow Blowing and Snow Plowing Service
⇒Creative Income Ideas to Earn with your Land:
•Set up short-term or long-term RV Storage, Vehicle, Snow Machine, Boat or Trailer Storage. You would need to offer a safe spot and could even build a 3-sided, covered shed.
•Rent or lease your property for seminars or classes of some type
•Offer your property for temporary event hosting or for temporary construction projects
•Look into Earn Homestead Income through Vacation Rentals through VRBO and AirBnB
•Research for Movie and Music Video sets, and rent or lease your property. We did this for the music video, “Where Cowboys Ride” by Sarah Darling. The Wyoming Office of Tourism commissioned Sarah Darling to make this music video for Wyoming. Our barn, tack shed, pastures and corrals are in this music video.
⇒Rent, Lease or Start a Business
•Take on Online Herbal Studies Program with Herbal Academy of New England
•Rent or Lease Pasture for Payment or Trade. This is an excellent way to create some passive income if you have vacant fenced land or pastures. In our area, horses bring about $75 each per month without supplemental feeding. Consider leasing pasture for cattle, horses, pigs, sheep and goats. Your responsibility will be providing pasture, water and adequate fencing. Research Craig’s List to find pasture rates in your area.
•Start a House Cleaning Business. This is an excellent way to earn more income from your homestead as you can work your own hours and schedule. Rates in our area are about $15 to $25 per hour. Again, research your local newspaper or Craig’s List for your local house cleaning rates.
•Starting a Family Business with your Kids is a great way to Make Money from Home!
⇒We started a Family Lawn-care Business called The Lawn Rangers! We ran this business for several years and had a multitude of clients. While my husband was building log homes, the kids and I were mowing and weed eating. We limited our business to just mowing and weed eating as this was the most profitable use of our time.
We ran one Husqvarna Riding Mower and 4 smaller push-type Husqvarna Mowers plus had 2 weed eaters. Our rule of thumb was one dollar a minute or $60 per hour. We provided all the equipment, labor and fuel. Billings were sent out monthly. The Lawn Rangers proved very cost-effective and lucrative with the added bonus of teaching and training our kids on how to work.
Our family developed many great business relationships as well as friendships with our clients. A family business offers many positive teaching and training opportunities!
Note on our family lawn care business:
Since Federal taxes are favorable for family businesses, this is a very definite benefit to starting a home business. Make sure to talk to your CPA. Yes, I said CPA…….we do use an accountant. Proper tax preparation is very important. I know the DIY mindset is also very important but we have decided to Do-It-Yourself in the areas that we feel the most confident in and taxes are not one of them!!!
We have always run Husqvarna equipment from Husqvarna Chainsaws for our log home company to all Husqvarna Mowers and Husqvarna Weed Eaters for The Lawn Rangers…..oh, I guess one of the kids liked his Stihl straight shaft string trimmer but other that one, it has been Husky’s all the way!!!
Furthermore, one of our son’s offers Snow Blowing in the winter months. He uses a Husqvarna Snow Blower.
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Next, this steps involves 2 purchases:
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Paul covers all the major blogging topics from content creation and Pinterest to creating Pinterest Pins and SEO and beyond.
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Make Money Blogging at Any Level is an eBook with printing capabilities and Billionaire Blog Club is video and audio instruction with visible screen shots. Both are highly recommended and I use both on a constant and regular basis.
•Also, consider Marketing a Product from Home: We have taken a great nutritional supplement for over 15 years called Body Balance from Life Force International. Life Force is an international company that offers superior products that make differences in daily living.
Body Balance is a whole-food liquid nutritional food made from Sea Vegetation. Body Balance has vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and essential fatty acids in a synergistic whole-food supplement. This is a great company that pays well. Plus, you simply promote their products and they drop-ship orders to your customers.
There is no inventory for you to buy or keep on hand. Plus, Life Force International has a 90-Day Empty Bottle Money Back Guarantee.
Earn an Income and Save Money from your Garden:
⇒Gardening: Research your growing climate, soil condition and local weather patterns
• Start by planning and growing a small garden. Lettuces and Greens are super easy to grow and super nutritious plus you can sell extra at your local Farmer’s Market or Truck Stand
•Growing Seedlings Compact Tabletop SunLite® Garden
•Grow Herbs and Sell at Local Farmer’s Market
•Grow and Sell Fresh Flowers
•Go to the Library and Check out Gardening Books or buy you own. Plan a Garden and then plant your garden.
Here are my favorite Go-To Homestead / Gardening Books:
40th Anniversary Edition:
•Hire yourself out to plant someone else’s garden. Think in terms of Planting, Weeding, and Harvesting for cash.
•Buy a Chipper/Shredder and shred mulch on site. Mulch for other people.
•Build or buy a small Greenhouse and grow herbs and seedlings. Contact your local NRSC Office about cost-sharing programs. We were able to find a 50/50 Cost Share Program for our Greenhouse.
⇒Learn to Freeze and Can Garden Produce:
•Freeze Your Own Garden Produce: Fresh To Freezer
•Make your own compost…….
Open an eBay account and a PayPal Account. Sell items that you no longer need. You can run this extra business from home. This is a very user-friendly system.
• Grow and Sell Horseradish on eBay. Use the Flat Rate Small Priority Boxes for Shipping.
•Grow and Sell Milk Kefir Grains on eBay. Use the Flat Rate Small Priority Boxes or First Class for Shipping.
•Grow and Sell Water Kefir Grains on eBay. Use the Flat Rate Small Priority Box or First Class for Shipping
•Sell your Garlic for both eating and planting on eBay. Use the Flat-Rate Small Priority Mailing Boxes to ship.
Note: You can order Free USPS Mailing Supplies from the USPS.com website.
•Become a Certified Weed Sprayer and start a Weed Spraying business. This is an ongoing need in all parts of our country. Consider working closely with your local conservation district on this.
⇒Work these income ideas from and around your Homestead.⇐
Earn Money and Save Money on Your Homestead:
⇒Household Budget Ideas and Credit Card:
•Create a Budget – develop a simple budget of earnings and expenditures. Simply make two columns on a sheet of paper titled Income and Expenditures.
•Build a “Rainy Day” Savings Account ; listen to the Six Month Fund for Emergencies. This is vitally important. Most Americans do not have at least $500 on hand in a savings account. Being self-sufficient means taking care of yourself. Having a “Rainy Day” Savings Account is so important. Start building that today!
•Have only one Credit Card and pay the balance off each month. Plan to have a card that offers points for things that you need. Do not get Air Mile points if you do not travel. We have a Cabela’s Credit Card that earns points for things we need and want for our lifestyle. Get free boots, socks, tools, things for hunting & fishing……Things that matter to you for your lifestyle.
•Use Smart Coupons and all types of coupons when possible but only buy those items that you really need!!
⇒Household Insurance Saving Tips:
•Revisit all Insurance Policies and shop around for the best rates and deals. Combine all policies such as Homeowner’s, auto and a PULP with one carrier for multi-policy discounts. (A PULP is a Personal Umbrella Liability Policy) Combining all policies including a PULP can actually be less expensive than just having one auto policy or one homeowner’s policy.
Make sure all your policies are up-to-date. This is asset protection. Your simple lifestyle needs protection, too!!!
•Review Healthcare Coverage: we are members of Christian Healthcare. This is such a blessing as the membership fees are extremely affordable compared to normal Health Insurance. Plus, CHM offers a referral program called “Bring-A-Friend”. When you tell a friend about CHM and they join, you receive a premium holiday which means CHM waives one month’s membership cost for your family.
Each new member that joins and stays for three months qualifies you for this premium holiday! This is fantastic as your family can save up to $450 a month just for referring Christian Healthcare to others that you care about!! Christian Healthcare Ministries is compliant with all government regulations. This is a “must do” for your healthcare coverage!
⇒Simple Everyday Frugal Living Tips:
•Limit your trips to town.
•Shop Online and Watch for the 15% to 20% off Promo Codes plus Free Shipping.
•Make a List of Gift Items throughout the year that family members and friends need. Purchase off-season for better prices.
•When waiting for hot water from your faucet, run the water into a pitcher and then water your plants
•Always turn off water when brushing your teeth
•Make Reusable Gift Bags instead of buying wrapping paper. This not only saves money but it makes gift wrapping a breeze.
•Shop at Thrift Stores when you are in town. Look for good brand name items as they are usually a better quality and will last longer.
•Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies
•Create some type of Emergency Food Storage Program for your family. Every bit helps!!! But make sure to store food that you like and will eat!!
•Buy or Create a Seed Saving Vault or Vacuum Seal Heritage Non- GMO Seeds for planting in emergency situations
•Create or Buy a budget program like Money Saving Worksheets from Victoria Pruett for only $9
•Learn to Cut Hair and do your own haircuts to save big bucks if you have a large family
•Skip the Manicures, fancy fingernails and Pedicures (these are expensive) Note: learn these skills and hire yourself out!
•Eat Well and Stay Healthy plus look at this great resource to have on hand for your homestead:
⇒Simple Everyday Frugal Kitchen and Meal Tips
•Thaw all meat, poultry and other items in your refrigerator, instead of on the counter, adding extra cold to the refrigerator while thawing. This reduces energy costs and is a safe method.
•Use your Crock-pot when possible to save on electricity especially during the summer months to cut heat in your kitchen
Look at what my friend, Victoria, has done with her family’s budget….save money your first month!
Gardening, Food Preservation, Cooking and Baking from Scratch can help lower your Monthly Food Costs…..
•Gather some good cookbooks on as much of your food as possible. Wholesome Healthy Recipes
•When Baking or Cooking, make extra to freeze or save for leftovers (this was really hard with our big family as we rarely had leftovers……everyone was a member of the Clean-Plate-Club!)
•Therefore, if you cooking at home, this should eliminate the need to buy prepared foods and thus save money
•Consequently, you will be eating out less and saving money
•Plan a 30-Day Meal Schedule, there are plans out there but you really need to think about your family needs, their likes and dislikes as well as your available food. Do This for Yourself!!!
•Store foods in reusable jars and StoneWare
⇒Simple Everyday Energy Saving Tips
•Heat with Wood if you are able, since an occasional extra heat source can reduce energy costs.
•Especially make sure to contact your Electric Company and check to see if they offer On-Peak and Off-Peak Rates. If they do, then schedule your washing, drying, dishwasher (if you have one) during Off-Peak Hours.
•Turn off all lights as you leave each room. This is such a simple but helpful tip that as a result will have a major yearly impact.
•Use Flannel Sheets in the fall, winter and spring months
•In addition to Flannel Sheets, invest in Down Comforters or Alternative Down Comforters
•Use an Old Fashioned Hot Water Bottle to Warm Up Your Bed!!
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Especially relevant on how to Make and Save Money on Your Homestead is to:
“Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!”
•Open and close all curtains in winter to let in the warm sunshine during the day, then close the curtains while out the cold at night. Do this daily as needed.
•In addition to opening and closing curtains in the winter, plan to do the same thing in the summer months, open windows at night to let in the cool night air then close windows and curtains mid-morning to block out the hot sun
•Since Phantom Kilowatts increase your monthly electric bill, unplug all seldom used appliances and devices to cut phantom kilowatt usage. This is helpful for those on or off the grid.
•Most of all, plan on wearing slippers and sweaters in the cold months instead of turning up the heat
•Hang Insulated Curtains on all Windows because they offer a barrier of protection from the outside cold or heat
⇒Frugal Laundry Tips and Ideas:
•Wear your clothes for more than one day because this saves on energy costs, laundry supplies, and reduces wear-n-tear on your clothes themselves from over washing.
•Rather than use your clothes dryer, try hanging your clothes on your clothesline or on a Wooden Drying Rack. I have used this particular drying rack for years and years!! I use it indoors and on the porch. Drying your clothing inside during the winter adds extra humidity to the air. This is especially helpful if you Heat with Wood.
•Install an Indoor Lint Trap (this one is a winner!!!) that allows you to switch it to blow the heated air into your home. This is great in the winter as it adds heat as well as humidity to your home.
•Only wash full loads of clothes as it takes as much water and energy for a full load rather than a partial load
•Use appropriate water level for each load since this saves water
•Always use cold rinse cycle on washing machine rinse water setting rather than hot water
•Empty the dryer lint trap after every dryer load due to excessive lint reducing the effectiveness of the dryer
•More ideas will be forthcoming on ways to earn money from home……..
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