Where did this year go?! Looking back at why I started this blog last year I think I am following my goals pretty well.
Ths year our focus has been on getting our debts paid down so we can save for our future property. I have been working on sharpening my homestead skills. My husband has also been working on his skills. We made lots of our own stuff, and repaired things that were broken instead of replacing them. We downsized our spending to help with the debt reduction. We expanded our garden to help us be more self sufficient into next year and the following years.
I count 2017 in the success column. What will next year hold?
A larger garden.
We got a Pressure Canner for christmas, and a new stove from my in-laws that has a dehydrate function! Those 2 tools will help us to preserve our harvest. Our garden last year only served to supplement our Summer food budget, and teach us to better manage the garden.
We also fenced in the larger garden because we added a family member, and apparently he loves pepper plants. He ate them every day until the plants were nothing but nubs.
His name is Major, and we got him at the local animal shelter.
My husband has a bow that he bought as a gift to himself a few years ago that he has been learning to use. This year he will get licensed to hunt. His veteran status allows him to get a lifetime hunting license. We hope this will afford us free meat in the fall (minus the costs of hunting).
Continue to spend less, save more, and pay off debts. I will stop spending money on snacks at work. Having a larger garden will allow us to lower our food budget, which helps in all these categories. My husband is able to get all his medical needs met, except dental, at the VA so I dropped him from our insurance plan and only carry myself and our children- more money saved! We are planning a yard sale in the spring to reduce our stuff, and hopefully make a little extra to put towards our debt reduction.
There are other things that we want to do, but are not ready to commit 100% in black & white. What are your plans for the coming year? Any advise on our plans?