Homesteading? in this day and age? Why on earth would anyone chose to live that way?
Living a homestead lifestyle can save beau-coo’s of money, plus be an enjoyable way of life. Being retirees, my husband and I looked at our options once we didn’t have the larger incomes to fall back on. We had to make a choice between living in town in an apartment on a small retirement or homesteading. We are both outdoors people, loving hiking, hunting, white water and gardening. So, three guesses what our choice was. We bought and paid for a small 33 acre piece of land backing a National Forest and having good water on it. We lived in a camper trailer for three years, saving our income up and then bought our supplies and built our straw-bale home. Using volunteer helpers and skills we have learned over the years, we have been living on our homestead for the last six years and loving it.
Homesteading a matter of making choices. We often don’t really look at what the difference is between the things we want and the things we actually need. My husband and I found that the two things we just had to have were movies and hot tub baths. The other so called “luxuries” cost more than they were worth to maintain. Once we learned to save for what we wanted , instead of using credit, it all began to come together.
We were both lucky in that we had many skills to help us build our home and establish a sustainable homestead. If you don’t have those skills, you can learn them. We have volunteers stay with us, helping with many different projects, learning the skills that will help them later. We also got out and volunteered all over the country. I have helped with the construction of eleven alternative homes- learning about building with cob, straw-bale, timber framing and many other things that helped us in building our own place. My husband had electrical and carpentry skills, plus a knowledge of mechanics, and a degree in agriculture.
Spending less money on our lifestyle gave us more to enjoy life with. though we are finding that our greatest enjoyment is in the things that don’t cost money at all. Hiking the incredible National forest that is our backyard, canoeing each season on the Buffalo National River, spending time with family and friends. All these are so much easier to do now, that we are not constantly worried about where the next dollar is going to come from.