Enjoy the Homesteading Lifestyle
When families want to enjoy the ultimate in cheap living, the homesteading lifestyle might do the trick. This kind of revival of old-time living practices helps reduce expenses while also lowering environmental impacts.
While homesteaders may embrace difference facets of this lifestyle, the overall experience greatly lowers reliance on money and consumerism. Whether they live in rural areas without power, or in the thick of it in urban settings, homesteaders are first and foremost frugal.
There are many aspects of homesteading that offer potential money savings for families. This isn't to say that some money won't be required to pay for items that can't be produced personally. In its most pure form, however, homesteading can save families money on housing costs, food expenses, entertainment expense, utilities and more.
Saving on Housing
Although not every homesteader chooses to live like the Ingalls family on Little House on the Prairie, most realize real savings on their housing expenses. They may build using green technology or simply select to retrofit existing homes. Others might opt for basic cabins without a lot of costly modern conveniences.
Potential Living Cost Savings
In addition to housing that doesn't necessarily have a six-figure sticker price, homesteaders may save on such expenses as:
- Electricity – While not every homesteader forgoes electricity, some do. Others opt to use solar power or wind for the appliances they can't live without. Regardless, those who go off the grid or mostly off the grid save on electric bills.
- Water – In most cases, homesteaders rely on wells rather than piped in city water. If they don't, they may offset the use of the public system with rain barrels or cisterns.
- Cable – Although some homesteaders do stay on the grid enough to enjoy the use of the Internet, purists forgo cable and other related amenities. This can also carve a great deal out of monthly costs.
Many homesteaders grow most if not all of their own food. From raising their own animals for consumption to growing vegetables in a garden, they save on weekly and monthly grocery expenses. In doing so, they enjoy the fruits of their own labor and lessen reliance on processed, prepackaged items. Even urban homesteaders often offset their grocery expenses by growing backyard gardens or taking part in cooperatives for organic farming.
When an option for cheap living is desired, the homesteading movement delivers a unique way to go. By embracing the self-sufficiency of days gone by, homesteaders reduce their expenses, lower their impact on the environment and increase their own personal sense of accomplishment.
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