If You Want A Backyard Farm

Posted on May 28th, 2015 by Discount Debbie


One of the best ways to save money is to have a bit of land and to be self-sufficient. The only problem is that becoming self-sufficient costs money in the beginning. Here are a few things to consider if you are considering a small backyard farm.

Multi Purpose Animals

Think about getting a couple of miniature goats. You would want a type of goat that has a body covering that can be used to make yarn. You would also want female goats to produce goats milk. Last you may need to learn to make cheese from the goats milk. While these animals will take money to shelter and feed these animals they can provide much in return in the way of materials and food products.

Chickens can also be multipurpose. They lay eggs and their poop can be added to fertilizers for the garden. Of course you can eat your animals too, but that can make your farm less productive.

Garden Area

People go a little crazy when it comes to their gardens. They often bite off more than they can chew. While it is good to have a garden to cultivate food independence, it is also good to know how much you can actually handle. There is the cost of watering the garden, fertilizer costs and of course the amount of time and manpower you have to provide upkeep.

Also consider what crops you are growing and how much room they are going to take.  Growing wheat or corn is a noble goal, but do you have the room to actually grow enough to make it worth your while.Will your family eat the plants that you grow? You can grow all the okra in the world, but if your children detest okra it won’t get you very far.

Last you need to be able to store your harvest. Get a friend to teach you how to jar or can your excess produce. You may also want to learn to pickle or dehydrate your harvest. This will allow you to enjoy your investment into the winter months.

Homes of Creation = Thrifty Living

Posted on July 16th, 2014 by Discount Debbie


Learning how to be self sufficient is one of the best ways to save money. Self sufficiency can be covered by a number of talents. Here are a few that I have found handy.


One of the most useful things to teach a child to do that will help save money is to craft. They can make their own clothes if you teach them to sew. They can make their own blankets if you teach them to crochet. Even crafting gifts such as painting or woodworking can help save money around the home. Teach them where to find materials at a low price (such as yarn or fabric at thrift stores). Teach them the best way to create their project without wasting resources. Teach them to take their time so they can create it right the first time.

Grow It

Have a garden, whether it’s a balcony garden or a little spot in the backyard. Set up a little kitchen herb garden. This will give you fresh vegetables and herbs. Though it will take a bit of time, this will teach your kids both the value of work and that fresh vegetables taste better than canned. In fact, they may not even make it from the vine to the kitchen.

Fix It

Learn the basics of plumbing. Know at the very least how to turn the water off so that if a tap breaks you can keep it from getting all over. Know how to plunge a toilet and how your flusher works. Know the basics of car maintenance. Knowing even these very few basics can help a young adult save money on home repairs. Learn the parts of  your  computer and what they do. Look for free computer help software. The more you know how to fix on your own, the better.

Keep It

You never know when something will come in handy. Old computer parts may help the new computer work until payday. Old tires are great for bordering flower gardens. Have a place to store these items. You never know when they will help you out of a jam.


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