how to get started..!??

by anne

Hi..! we are wanting to get started on homesteading but we are concerned about the costs of land & taxes, housing, materials for shelters, fences, livestock , growing & harvesting your hay & feed, machinery needed, etc..??? please help us we want to get out debt not stay in it & live a healthy & better way of life..!!!

Thank you... please reply soon..! Anne

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by: Sue Merriam

Hi Anne,

I laud your desire to get out of debt, but looking at what you should buy is not the answer to pursue self-reliant living.

Instead, make the most of what you have right now and focus right now on getting out of debt gradually. How can you live more cheaply right now? Are you eating out at lunch and for dinner? Then start cooking from scratch more to cut down on costs.

Think about what you are buying at the grocery store and see if there are ways you can cut down on costs. Saving money on food is one of the best ways to start saving money now and getting out of debt. Learn to cook with beans more, for better health.

Then look into growing as much of your own food as possible. If you can't have a garden outside, you can always grow a container garden, even making a garden tower if you have limited space.

Then, think about investing in a few chickens. You can often keep chickens even in the city.

For now, focus on mastering your gardening techniques and learning to live on less. Gradually get out of debt, and then start stocking up on grocery items when they are on sale. It's wise to have at least six months of storable food on hand in case of an emergency.

Once you have food stored up (also store water), then start building your savings. Even adding a little bit to your savings account each month will make a huge difference in the long run.

Just like learning to eat healthy rather than dieting all the time, making a frugal lifestyle choice is the best way to get out of debt and stay out of debt.

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