Frugality

Collecting Firewood: Tips for the Best Wood Stove Wood

Collecting Firewood: A Day in the Life of a Homesteader My house is located right next to the forest and I enjoy the benefit of it in many ways. It provides me with a peaceful place to walk, the sounds of wildlife, the fresh air it produces, cool shade in the summer, and a little…

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The Drought Resistant Lawn

The lawn may not be a priority on most homesteads, what with all the veggies and fruit trees to tend to, but some of us still have ’em.  Those of us who live outside of the suburbs experience less pressure to have the perfect lawn but its still nice to have a place for kids…

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Discovering The Tightwad Gazette

A Review of Amy Dacyczyn’s THE TIGHTWAD GAZETTE Fans of frugal living have all heard of Amy Dacyczyn, right?  She is a legend amongst the thrifty set and I love this woman. From 1991 to 1996 she published a newsletter about frugal living called The Tightwad Gazette. It included articles written by Amy and her…

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Cooking Beans on the Wood Stove

COOKING ON THE WOOD STOVE Cooking beans on the wood stove instead of the electric stove fulfills four of my heart’s desires: 1)  To never use electricity from the grid ever again (I’m not there YET but it feels good to minimize usage). 2)  To be extra frugal.  Using the wood stove to heat the…

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12 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient

12 Ways to Become Self-Sufficient I dream of making my little homestead into a closed-loop system.  Nothing comes in, nothing goes out.  Now THAT would be self-sufficiency. Alas, there are things I can’t produce or grow here.  For example, its much too cloudy in the winter for solar panels.  The climate won’t allow me to…

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Whole-Foods Plant-Based on a Budget: Week Three

Whole-Foods Plant Based on a Budget:  Week Three Progress Report Week 2 was a success!  Once again I felt nourished and satisfied and STUCK TO THE BUDGET! I’m finding that by only shopping once a week its easier to resist temptation and only buy what’s on my list.  This works if the foods that are…

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Edible Wild Plants

I know it sounds hokey but when we listen to the plants they tell us how they can help us, “ said Shanoon, the herbalist. I spent an afternoon in early October with 5 others following Shanoon along a Slocan Valley, British Columbia pathway while she pointed out dozens of naturalized plants that can be…

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