50+ Ways to Save Money on the Homestead

50+ Ways to Save Money on Your Homestead by The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

How to Save Money on Your Homestead!

Knowing how to save money on your homestead is a great way to become more self-reliant and save for the future.

Are you wondering how to make ends meet? Do you spend time searching for ways to make extra cash from your homestead? I’ve been there, believe me! I’ve researched ways of earning money on a small farm or homestead. I enjoy reading posts with great ideas for doing just that! But this post isn’t about earning money…it’s about saving money.

Check out my post How to Make Money from Your Homestead – 101 Ideas to Earn an Income

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A Penny Saved is Better Than a Penny Earned!

It’s great to earn money from your homestead. Many homesteaders have found ways to earn their living this way! However, after a certain point, I believe it’s better to save money than it is to earn more money.

We pay income tax on every penny we earn. Once we get to a certain income, it may be better to save the money that’s already been taxed, rather than earn more taxable income.

Oh, of course, it’s always nice to earn more money! But if you are having trouble finding ways to bring in more income…try saving what you already have.

Grow more of your own food to save money!

We all need money to survive in today’s world. Money is also necessary for running a homestead.

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50+ Ideas to Save Money on Your Homestead

So how do we save money on your homestead? Here are some ideas to get you started toward living better with less…

  1. Grow a vegetable garden
  2. Plant perennial fruits and vegetables for harvests every year
  3. Preserve your harvest
  4. Save heirloom seeds
  5. Start your own seedlings in spring
  6. Make soil blocks or newspaper pots for seed starting
  7. Compost leaves for seed starting mix
  8. Forage for free food
  9. Hunt and fish for your protein
  10. Use old laying hens for stewing
  11. Find out how to get free chickens
  12. Get free wood chips from landscaping companies
  13. Make compost instead of purchasing fertilizer
  14. Don’t raise a lot of extra food unless you can sell it for a profit
  15. Feed kitchen scraps to chickens and pigs
  16. Cook from scratch instead of buying prepared foods
  17. Make your own mixes for cakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, pancakes
  18. Give handmade gifts
  19. Use old clothing to make quilts, shopping totes, rag rugs, etc.
  20. Find out how to buy frugal fabric
  21. Mend tools and clothing instead of buying new
  22. Raise livestock, such as ducks, on pasture to reduce feed consumption
  23. Shop at thrift stores, garage sales, and estate sales – take a list of what you need
  24. Barter goods and services with friends and family
  25. Reduce energy consumption to save money on utilities
  26. Can or dehydrate food instead of freezing
  27. Learn basic skills such as plumbing, carpentry, and medical care for pets and livestock
  28. Maintain and care for your home, property, tools, and equipment to reduce expensive repair work
  29. Keep only livestock that will pay for itself
  30. Purchase feed efficient livestock
  31. Sell or process extra livestock for meat
  32. Go to the library instead of purchasing books, DVDs, and CDs
  33. Use the internet access at the library instead of paying for it at home
  34. Get rid of cable or Direct TV and play board games, read, or go hiking for entertainment
  35. Use a ‘Pay as You Go’ cell phone plan and use the phone only for necessities
  36. Join a rewards program such as Swagbucks to earn gift cards or discounts on necessary purchases
  37. Only clip coupons for products you would purchase anyway
  38. Use generics when available
  39. Purchase foods in season and preserve for later
  40. Join a buying club, such as Azure Standard, to purchase bulk foods
  41. Stop wasting food – buy only what you need
  42. Use a menu plan based on weekly sales to make your grocery list
  43. Have a movie or game night at home instead of going to the movie theater
  44. Invite friends over for a potluck dinner rather than going out to dinner
  45. Purchase prescription eyeglasses online
  46. Make DIY bath and body products, like this body spray or petroleum-free jelly
  47. Walk, garden, and work out at home instead of paying for a gym membership
  48. Quit smoking and eat healthy foods to reduce medical expenses
  49. Make your own green cleaning products, like this air freshener
  50. Reuse containers from purchased products instead of buying storage containers
  51. Make homemade yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, kefir, ice cream, and butter
  52. Bake your own pizza instead of ordering delivery
  53. Stop buying soda and sports drinks and try making your own
  54. Grow sunflower seeds to supplement feed for chickens, goats, and pigs
  55. Dry your own herbs for loose leaf tea and cooking

Ideas That Save Money on Our Homestead!

These are some of the ways that our family has reduced expenses and learned to live a more frugal lifestyle. We ditched Direct TV and got an Amazon Prime account to stream movies and save on shipping. Our cell phones are not the newest and we use Page Plus Cellular for about $8 per month. I grow much of our food and preserve the extras in summer. Extra eggs from the flock are sold to friends. We don’t buy very much meat and eat a lot of eggs and vegetarian meals to reduce spending.

Not all of these ideas are exclusive to homesteaders! Learn to save money wherever you live and you’ll have more cash to stash away for a rainy day.

Share your ideas for saving money on the homestead, or anywhere, in the comments!

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