Homesteading – Why Wait Till You’re Broke?
New Life On A Homestead has a post titled “Homesteading When You’re Flat Broke”. There’s some great stuff in their post and I encourage you to read it entirely. But they boil it all down to four essential ingredients – “Resourcefulness. Creativity. Determination. Contentment.”
For these folks, it was lack of money that drove them to use these “four essential ingredients”. But it doesn’t have to be this way. What if we all put these ideas to use right now?
Stage 2 – Overwhelmed
“You notice a definite shift in the way you think and view the world around you.”
For me, that is the key. When I look back on my prepping journey so far, I’m amazed – and ashamed – of how wasteful I was and still are as far as I’m concerned. But, I’m a work in progress.
I’ve gone from having a few food supplies on hand in case of a local flood, to having several months of all supplies on hands; from having no backup utilities to backups for heat, cooking, electricity and communications and from being in debt with no savings to having savings and almost debt free. This didn’t happen overnight and I evolved over time. Then something deeper, more fundamental happened. I really did start to see the world in a different light. I started to see the world the way New Life On A Homestead were FORCED to see it.
Now, instead of buying all the things I need, I try and re-purpose or recycle things; I keep an eye out for things people are throwing out and I let people now what I need.
That last one has saved me a fortune! I recently got my shotgun certificate and by law here in Scotland, needed a gun cabinet before I could get a shotgun. I mentioned this to a friend and he said don’t buy one, I’ve got a spare you can have. When I went to pick it up, he gave me an old shotgun as well! I know, you’re thinking, a shotgun? Big deal. It’s not in America, but here in Scotland, it’s a very big deal indeed!
I’ve gotten some ham radio gear on loan and some very cheaply as well. In the last week, I just missed out on two other expensive things I could have gotten free – a garden shed and some raised bed gardens. All because I hadn’t told my friends what I needed!
The perceived wisdom in the prepping community is like Fight Club – the first rule of Fight Club is you never talk about Fight Club. I posted my thoughts on that earlier. Perhaps keeping quiet is best but I’m finding some advantages to letting my friends know what I’m doing. I’m also finding, people are more accepting of what I’m doing if I say I’m homesteading instead of prepping.
I’m also finding like, New Life On A Homestead, you can boil it down to four essential ingredients – “Resourcefulness. Creativity. Determination. Contentment.”
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