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Homesteading on a Budget

Dreaming of living the life of a homesteader but short on cash? In this article you will get some ideas on how you can start homesteading without spending a...

You don't need acres of land to get started with homesteading.

Even if you live in an apartment, there are many things you can do to get started. 

In this article I'll give you some homesteading tips that you can apply even if you’re on a budget. Think of it as your own mini checklist for starting a homestead.

Homesteading on a Budget Vlog

Start a Vegetable Garden

Starting a homesteading farm is simple and inexpensive. You don’t even have to buy seeds because you can reuse parts of vegetables you don’t eat and just plant them.

An onion is a good example. You cut the onion in half and plant it in the ground until it produces another on its own.

You can start a vegetable garden even when you are homesteading in an apartment. You could grow a small tomato plant and herbs. 

Here’s a good video showing how you regrow vegetables from scraps.

Raise chickens

Raising chickens won’t be allowed everywhere, but if you are allowed it’s a great inexpensive way to start homesteading.

In the villages of the Philippines there are chickens running around everywhere. I don’t usually eat meat, but I know these chickens are free from factory abuse and growth hormones and are as ‘free range’ as it gets. You can even taste the difference between a native chicken in the Philippines and one purchased in a supermarket. 

One of the homesteading skills they have is to grow chickens that provide eggs and meat, which you can either eat or sell. Because of it, you can save money and even earn more money.

Repurpose “Trash”

As the old saying goes, "One man's garbage is another man's treasure".

You may also be familiar with the 3 r’s - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

As an example, consider the following. People simply discard plastic bags, which is a bad idea because plastic takes 1000 years to break down. We should make an effort to repurpose it. Even just reusing it for a trash bag is better than nothing. 

They are also good when traveling or doing outdoor sports to keep things waterproofed. 

You can also recycle other items, such as an egg carton crate, which can be used to sow seedlings in preparation for backyard homesteading.

Basically anything can be repurposed. You just need to use a bit of imagination.

Conclusion

These are just a few simple things you can do to move towards a more sustainable life, which is really what the ultimate goal of homesteading is. To be self-reliant. 

In modern homesteading, even expensive things such as installing solar panels or collecting rainwater, work out cheaper in the long run.

It's good to get started. You will save some money and help the environment.

For more ideas on how to live a sustainable lifestyle, you can also read books on homesteading.

Check out ‘DIY Sustainable Home Projects’. It's filled with ways you can make your home more sustainable. Do it in your free time, let your kids join you if you want, and have fun while making the world a better place to live in.

Happy homesteading :)

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Article by Sam Fury

Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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