So a few weeks ago something happened, and without giving out all the details of our personal lives we are now living on 1 income. This has come at the perfect time for our homestead. It frees us up to have more quality family time, but also more time to work on building the infrastructure of our homestead.
Already we have put into place a few small things that will help us earn extra income online. We take surveys, and test products, to have a little side cash.
We also joined Amazon’s Affiliate Program , after reading about it on several other blogs.
None of this has actually generated any additional income, but I am optimistic that it will generate at least a little.
The most important thing is that we will not be paying someone to care for our children anymore! They have more time at home to finish homework, get their house chores done, and still have time to play and be kids.
We have also completed a few projects that were not priorities.
We installed a clothes line to reduce power consumption! I love this I hang 2 loads of laundry when it is sunny, or even just windy. I still fluff the clothes in the dryer for 5 minutes, but that is down considerably from what it takes to dry a load of clothes.
Solar powered clothes dryer!!
We are moving forward full steam with the compost bin, and garden plans. We have laid out our expansions for the next 2 years, and have planned a rotating plan for the food we actually eat, and can preserve to save us some money.
We are making plans for a chicken coop and chicken run to add in the spring, and I hope to get some chicks from someone here locally, but I am not against getting 25 from a hatchery. Any that we don’t need to keep for egg layers can, and will be, eaten. Having a chef for a husband always comes with perks, like pie.
He is also quite skilled at making things. He put a pallet wall in our living room, and plans to sell crates online, or at the farmers market, or both.
I have set a SwagBucks goal to save enough up to get a PayPal transfer to pay for my strawberry, blackberry, and apple starts by January. Usually I use all my points for Amazon gift cards, and buy Christmas presents. This past year we have had a cash budget that has allowed us to slowly buy all the Christmas gifts over time. It is a lofty goal, but it is doable.
We have come to accept that Homesteading is not a goal. It is a journey.