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Learning from Yesterday's Entry

April 29th, 2011 at 05:53 am

After my electric, gas, cable, vehicle and homeowner's insurances all went up in the past month or two; and I have had to adjust my spending plan one more time to accommodate the extra monies going out, I need to become more self-sufficient, more than I already am.

I really need to get back to better homesteading which will include more vegetable gardening, canning, freezing, couponing, rain barrels for watering, finding better ways to heat my home, better usage of gas, less driving, more walking, combining errands, and just overall being more self-sufficient.

I have an idea for work I can do from home, which I am going to explore and research some more.

I am not supposed to raise chickens in my area, which is a bummer, cause I could really benefit from about three of them...Eggs for eating and good fertilizer, so I need to research and find good resources for local eggs, meat and honey.

I have an awesome 1600 square foot cottage, which I have renevated, in a great area of Michigan, which has lake priveleges. I am gonna invest a little money into some more apple trees, a peach tree, blueberry bushes and more strawberries. After finding Rosalind Creasy and her books: http://www.rosalindcreasy.com/edible-landscaping-basics/ and this article http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2011/04/rosalind-creasy-the-woman-to-consult-before-planting-a-kitchen-garden.html She is also on youtube, I have been changing my lawn and flower gardens over to a more edible landscaping. And, my hopes are to utilize my yard for most of my food (except meat).

So, here is to going forward with a more self-sufficient life in hopes to bring down some of my expenses in the process.

2 Responses to “Learning from Yesterday's Entry”

  1. Jerry Says:

    When multiple bills increase at once like that (utilities, cable, insurance, etc.) it can really lead to trouble with the budget, that is for sure. I applaud you for looking for the best ways to save money and simplify life, it sounds like you have a great property and I hope you can make the most of it! Enjoy...

  2. Tightwad Kitty Says:

    We have been told that our utitlies bills could go up by 25% over the next few years. This is because they were only going up the CPI rate before around 2 to 4% per year. Now with climates change and replacing everything the cost will go up as always. I have alway allowing 10% each year now I factor in 20% and think myself lucky if its lower.

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