How to Workout While Living In an RV

Small spaces can make you feel cramped and like you have no room to do anything. Especially when you’re wanting to do a workout. But, trying to workout while living in an RV doesn’t have to be some mystifying thing. You just have to figure out what will work and what won’t.

When things won’t work you have to compromise and find other ways. If it’s gorgeous outside then taking your workout outside is an obvious choice, but if you would rather workout in the comfort of your humble abode then it’s possible. You just need to get creative.

How to Workout While Living In an RV

Depending on how small your RV living area is will really depend on what you can actually do for a workout. I don’t advise doing any jumping exercises like jumping jacks, jumping squats or even burpees. Burpees mainly because not all RV’s have a really high ceiling and trying to jump in the air just doesn’t cut it really.

But, for the most part, you can do a good bit of weight lifting and bodyweight exercises inside your RV and can get a really good workout in. Just because you’re living in a small space doesn’t mean you are limited too much. You just need to think outside of the box when it comes to working out.

The one thing I wish I could do in our RV is to add a pull-up bar to one of the doorways. But, I don’t think ours is sturdy enough to hold me.

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But, here’s how to workout in your RV without feeling limited:

#1 Make Your Workout Plan

Knowing what you’re going to be doing for each workout is super helpful. You’ll be able to get all your gear together and not waste time trying to think of what to do next.

I would suggest jotting down a week’s worth of workouts at a time and keep it handy. Your fridge is a good place to hang your workout plan. It will keep it fresh in your mind and if your fridge is near your living area then you don’t have to walk too far to see what’s next in your workout.

You want to make things as simple as possible so you’re not tempted to just not do it. Also, by working out in your RV you’re saving money on a gym membership.

#2 Try to Eliminate Jumping Moves

Like I said above, not doing any jumping moves is ideal since RV’s are typically on jacks. If you feel comfortable jumping around in your RV then go for it. I’m not that comfy jumping around though. This also goes for jumping lunges, lateral shuffles, etc.

I’d rather take the workout outside to do any jumping moves if I needed too. No sense in taking chances in your RV by braking something. Maybe I’m being a bit overdramatic, but, meh, better safe than sorry!

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#3 Weights Are Great

A lot of women are scared of lifting weights because they think they’ll get bulky. But, the opposite happens really. When you start using weights you actually slim your body down and your body can burn fat more efficiently.

So, don’t be afraid to get a set or more of weights to keep in your RV for RV workouts. Just start by having two sets of different weights and slowly work your way up to different weights if you need too.

Lifting weights is probably the easiest way to workout in your RV and still really get a good workout. You’re standing relatively stationary, and you’re able to work your muscles.

#4 Yoga is Amazing

You don’t need a lot of room to practice yoga. Just roll out your mat in the living room and you’re golden. There are some great YouTube channels you can watch and follow along with.

Yoga is great if you’re feeling particularly stressed or if you’re starting to feel tense. It helps to calm your mind and body and release tension that’s being held all over.

Roll out your mat and get your yoga on at least 1-2 times a week.

#5 Clear the Space

We all know that RV’s can get cluttered really fast. It’s a small space and doesn’t take long at all for it to get cluttered and cramped. You don’t want to be moving things around as you’re trying to work out, so go ahead and clean up the area before you get started.

There’s nothing like stepping on a lego, dog toy, or random sneaker mid-workout and crashing to the floor. Believe me… it’s not fun. You end up losing your Sunday school lessons quick, fast and in a hurry. That’s when you’ll have wished you had picked up before starting your workout.

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#6 Stay Motivated

Sometimes it can be a little annoying working out in your RV. Space is limited, you have to figure out what you’re going to do, you might not feel in the mood… Try to create a space that is fun to workout in.

Some good tips for not making excuses are:

  • Set your clothes out the night before
  • Set your equipment out (but not where you can trip in the middle of the night)
  • Know what you’re going to be doing

#7 Get Outside If You Need Too

Maybe you really want to do a workout that requires a lot of movement. Maybe you’re wanting to do some jump roping, or you want to toss a medicine ball up a tree.

You don’t have to workout inside. Depending on where you live you might be able to do your workouts outside every day. We live in a super humid area and it really sucks.  So, I try to limit my outside exercise unless I’m wanting to seriously sweet.

Don’t Get Discouraged By the Small Spaces

It might be a little odd at first, but you’ll start getting the hang of it. Creating workouts that are easy to do in an RV will get easier as you find the different exercises that work best in the small space. Don’t get discouraged though. There is so much that you can do in your RV workout wise.


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How to Grocery Shop While RV Living Full-Time

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For quite a while we lived in our RV without a deep freezer. And, since we’re stationary RV full-timers, we finally brought ours down here to store frozen goods to help us out. The fridge is really small and we wanted to keep it as packed with greens as we could. We just had to learn how to grocery shop while RV living and it took us a bit of time.

Now, we pretty much do the same things before and after we go shopping. That’s what I’m going to talk about today. I hope this gives you a little insight into an RV situation when it comes to buying food. And, yes, we do go shopping about once a week. Because, after all, greens don’t really stay fresh that long in the fridge.

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How to Grocery Shop While RV Living Full-Time

#1 Take inventory of what you have

This is probably our biggest downfall at the moment. We have lots of deer in our freezer, but we keep buying other meats. We really need to finish off the deer and everything else in our deep freezer. But, I digress, we’ll get there. I’ve slowly been bringing the meat out for us to eat on.

Anyway, take stock of what you have. There’s no sense in going to the store and buying things if you already have them in your RV. That’s just wasting precious space.

This past shopping trip I went through our pantry, cabinets, fridge, and freezer and wrote down everything we had.

#2 Plan out your meals

Once I had everything written down that we had food wise, I started making my meal plan. I’m pretty lax when it comes to meal planning really. I’m not rigid in the fact that we can’t move things as we want. One night if we have pork chops planned and we just don’t want it but want enchiladas instead then I’ll swap days!

So, I make the plan and then write out my list based on the plan. I love knowing that I can shift things around as I need and want for the family.

Always plan snacks too. You never know when you might get hungry. I try to get granola or something that’s easy to stash away in a compartment somewhere. Lately, we’ve been making oatmeal balls (energy balls but more kid friendly) and the kids are just loving them. I can get a huge thing of oats from Sam’s and we have oatmeal for a month.

Note: Only buy in bulk if you know you’ll use it and you know where you can fit it. It will save you time, money and trouble.

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#3 Note how much space you have

As I said above, take stock in where you can store things. This is one of the big reasons we put shelves in our pantry and our cabinets. I wanted to be able to store things without stacking 10 cans high. Or, higher sometimes. Hearing a big crash in the middle of the night didn’t appeal to me at all.

But, it’s always a good thing to make sure you have space for the things you are going to buy at the store. Beleive me, getting home and finding out you have things that don’t fit anywhere sucks. Ask me how I know!

When we first moved in we went to the store a couple times and ended up having items sitting on the couch or table because our cabinets couldn’t fit what we bought. This also goes for anything that might go in a drawer. Be sure your drawers can handle what you’re putting in there.

#4 Figure out what can live outside of your fridge

This has been the biggest struggle for me honestly. I mean, could they have not found a way to make a bigger fridge? Seriously! I’m a kitchen lady and having a big fridge would definitely be better than a big living room.

Ok, maybe that last part isn’t exactly true, but a standard size fridge that took up a little living room space would definitely be better than the tiny ass fridge they give us. Thankfully, though, my husband is a champ at packing things into the fridge without squashing all the goodies.

But, this also is a good time to think about what veggies will do ok outside of the fridge or what condiments can be left out of your fridge. The fewer things that need to go IN your fridge will make it easier to pack it full of the greens and other stuff.

We manage to fit a lot of greens, cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes in our fridge along with other things. Figuring out how to eat a more simple diet definitely helps with keeping your fridge really clean. No need for all those crazy ingredients that you’ll use once, maybe twice, before they go bad.

Seriously, go for simple meals and your fridge woes will go away.

#5 Organize the fridge

So this kind of ties into #4, but it’s a rule in and of itself really. I’m horrible at organizing our fridge and will throw fits if I can’t get things to work. Then my husband will tell me to stand back and work his magic. He somehow figures out how things can all fit nice and neatly in the fridge.

I’ll figure that out someday. I promise.

If you can organize your fridge well you’ll be way better off. It’s amazing what you can actually fit in your fridge when you have it organized.

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#6 For the love of all that’s holy make a list – and take it with you

Ugh. Of all the times I made a list and left it at home… Do me a favor? Don’t be me! This is the epitome of crazy pants mistakes. Shopping on a whim is already not good because you end up with everything but what’s on your list. But, when you’re living in an RV it makes it that much worse.

If you can’t remember to grab your list before you go to the store then either put your list on your phone or stick it UNDER your phone right after you write it. You won’t leave it behind if it’s under your phone ;).

Then, not only are you sticking to your list, but you’re making sure you know exactly what will go into your RV for cooking.

#7 After you shop, put it away

Take your time and find everything a nice neat little home.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how much food you can fit in your fridge and store in your camper.

We stock up on canned goods for nearly a month of meals, but the veggies and fruits keep us going to the store. I’m hoping that we can start canning a good bit of food over the summer so we have fewer trips to make to the store. I also need more pots to grow things outside. I’m on that though.

I’ve been researching growing blueberries and strawberries in containers. We have tomatoes right now, but I want lettuce and the blueberries and strawberries too. That would cut down on a good bit of our veggie/fruit consumption!

Go forth and grocery shop!

Do you feel a little more prepared now? I hope so. It might take a little bit to figure out, or you’ll be snazzy and it won’t take you any time at all! I hope the latter is true for you.


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7 Frugal Living Websites You Should Be Reading

7 Frugal Living Websites You Should Start Reading Today

There are many websites out there that talk about being frugal and wise with your money, but some of the frugal living websites just go above and beyond. So, I was in search of some really awesome frugal living websites that went into more than just saving money. My husband and I wanted to find ways to save money, pay off debt, live a simpler life and learn how to cut back on what we were doing in life.

We wanted the whole package. Big lifestyle changes going on here. Thankfully, I found some great sites that were really helpful and are still helpful when I get down or need some inspiration.

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7 Frugal Living Websites You Should Be Reading

Making Cents of Cents

By far one of my favorite sites. I didn’t really like budget sites or debt management sites until I found Michelle. She helped my mindset a lot in this area. That’s how I found her course Making Cents of Affiliate Marketing and I’ve been trying to implement things in my own blogging from that course.

Money Savvy Momma

This is a super cool site that has a lot to offer. Her posts are easy to follow and full of good information. One of the really awesome things about her site is that she shows you how to teach your kids the meaning of a dollar! With two kids of my own, this is a super important thing.

3 The Penny Hoarder

I love this site. There are so many blogs that are actionable and easy to understand. They are out to help others live a more simple life while not overspending their budget. Dip your toes into this one slowly, because there are a lot of blog posts on this site. It’s easy to travel down the rabbit hole 😉

4 Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Hands down an amazing site for budgeting around food and saving money. I. Just. Love. This. Site. I’ve downloaded many of her freebies that she offers to help my family start getting a handle on our food budget. I’ve never been great at meal planning and she really helps.

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5 The Budget Mom

When I’m feeling down and out about breaking the budget or falling off the budget wagon I go here for inspiration. She’s so real and is one of my fav frugal living websites. She makes me feel like I can actually wrangle that thing called “budget” without making me feel like I have to give it all up.

6 Good Bye to Broke

Clean cut and straight to the point. Good Bye to Broke has so much to offer that I just can’t help but going over there when I’m feeling like pulling my hair out of my head. I’ve taken quite a few nuggets away from here that I use constantly in my own life. I hope you’ll find your own little wisdom nugget.

7 The Frugal Farm Girl

I found the Frugal Farm Girl’s website after I started this blog and I ended up on her site for quite a while. I loved her blogs. Go check out her site and click on “debt free”. She has tons of actionable blogs you can read over and be inspired by!

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Each of these sites have so much to offer and are very different in how they go about things. If you don’t jive with all of them, I hope you at least jive with one of them and that it helps you on your journey.

Saving money and living a simpler life shouldn’t be something we dread. Having more doesn’t equal more happiness. I learned that the hard way sadly. Find what your ideal budget is for your family and start seeing where you’re spending excess money. Print out your bank statement and highlight the unnecessary things.

There you go! 7 frugal living websites that should definitely be on your list to read and pay attention too!

7 Frugal Living Websites You Should Be Reading

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What To Do When You’re Homeschooling On A Budget

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What To Do When You're Homeschooling On A Budget

My first idea of homeschooling was that it would be fun. I’d still get to learn new things, and I would be homeschooling on a budget. Oh, and not to mention I thought that it would totally not be expensive (at least too terribly expensive).

Uh, let me just say… That last one? Yeah, I was completely wrong.

Or was I?

See, I was looking at ALLLLLL of these different types of curriculum. The ones that had “all the things” and it was overwhelming.

How could I afford to homeschool my son and my daughter?

Some curriculum were $800 to $1200 a piece! That would mean I’d have to multiply that by two because they’re not twins so it would be two different grade levels.

And, while I could save up for that each year, it still made me question my decision. Public schools weren’t that bad. Public schools would socialize them, right? They need public schools, right?

No. No, they don’t. And, every time I thought about sending them to a public school I physically cringed (inside and out).

So, I set out to find a way to start homeschooling on a budget. Which meant way less than the $400-$800++ I had seen on sites. Thankfully though, you can even homeschool for free (which I’ll go over below)! If you had to that is.

Below I’ll be going over the different ways you can successfully homeschool even on a super tight budget. You don’t need everything out there and you can definitely make up your own curriculum as you go along.

Don’t let all those numbers get to you, and don’t let the vast curriculum choices scare you!

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What To Do When You’re Homeschooling On A Budget

Homeschooling doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. You can find many women on Pinterest that post many activities that are budget friendly and also talk about doing most of their curriculum shopping at the Dollar Tree!

It is possible to homeschool and you don’t have to break the bank to make it happen. Or ditch your favorite ice cream or latte. None of that mess.

Here are a few options when homeschooling on a budget:

1 Go the Free Route

You don’t really have to pay anything to homeschool your children. This makes homeschooling on a budget super simple. But, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of “but, other moms are using this and it looks amazing.”

Believe me… don’t go there.

You can read books to them that you pick up at the library. You can create science experiments in your kitchen and use YouTube videos for information. Math can be done through cooking, counting objects, playing with rocks or even toothpicks… really it can be anything you want. History can be read from online to your children and you can make field trips to historical places.

Here Are Some Free Resources for Your Budget Friendly Homeschooling Needs

All-in-One Curriculum

The Minimalist Homeschool

AmblesideOnline.org for Charlotte Mason Method homeschooling

Reading & Learning to Read

Teach Your Monster to Read

Math

Khan Academy

Mathematics Enhancement Programme – This is something that is suggested in the Charlotte Mason Method circles, but I’m not finding it very…. easy to teach with. It is free though and goes all the way up to Year 6, so that’s helpful. Right now, we’re using it as a guideline, but also interjecting our own flare.

Science & History

Books, YouTube, History Channel, Nature Walks, Plant/Animal/Insect Identification and plenty of field trips.

You can grow a little garden to teach the life cycle of a plant, and teach your children about herbs using this introduction from Herbal Academy.

Electives

Have fun with teaching your kids new and useful skills that will last them a lifetime. If you need some ideas try these: crocheting, knitting, whittling, carving, survival skills, baking, carpentry, or anything else.

Here’s something else you can introduce them too: Pluralsight for kids is where they can learn coding, design, or photography for free. They’re intro courses that will give them a chance to see if it would be something they’d like to pursue.

2 Find Budget Friendly Curriculums

All-in-One Curriculums

I’ve already mentioned that I love the curriculum by A Humble Place. We’re currently working through this with some minor adaptations.

The Peaceful Preschool & The Playful Pioneers are really amazing too! We bought The Peaceful Preschool as well because I just loved it so much and will be intertwining it through our studies too.

English

Jenny Phillips has some literature curriculum that is very budget friendly and downloadable too.

Math

Shiller Math has a great Math kit that we’ve been eye balling for a couple weeks now and might invest in, but it’s kind of pricey. But, it’s pricey in a good way actually. It’s a 5-year program and that makes the price very worth while.

Math Lessons for Living Education is relatively inexpensive and supposed to be pretty awesome. It’s on our list if we don’t get the Shiller math.

Bible Time

Find a really good children’s bible to read with them daily. We read from our children’s bible and then I read a few verses from my bible that correspond with their daily reading.

Science & History

We’re going to be using Handbook of Nature Study and Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World (Julia Rothman). I’m also considering getting Exploring Nature With Children by Raising Little Shoots.

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3 Amazon Prime and Kindle Are Your Friends

If you already have Amazon Prime then you’re already way ahead of others. Prime will allow you free shipping on so many of your orders. If you don’t have it then I would suggest going to Amazon Prime and checking out the cost and weighing the options. It has saved us way more than what it costs us so that helps our decision.

Right now you can get Amazon Prime Free for 30-days!

In regards to Kindle, we LOVE the fact that there are so many titles that you can get for FREEEEEE on Amazon Kindle. Get your first month free now!

With Amazon Kindle, you can get Kindle Unlimited, which in itself is amazing! There are many more books here that you can read for free without having to purchase! If you don’t have Unlimited you’ll have to pay for the ones you’d be able to read for free with Unlimited. Get your first month free now!

4 Free Sites & Thrift Sites

Gutenberg.org is a great place to find classic texts and sometimes things you can easily read to your children. It’s also a great place to find books for older kids as well.

Another great site is ThriftBooks. This site my mother-in-law actually found while we were trying to flesh out my sons Year 0.5 with the Charlotte Mason method.

5 Check Facebook Groups For Book Purchases

I scored a great selection of books for my son by visiting this Facebook group. I’m talking 40 books for under $100!

Ok, that might seem like a huge cost upfront (and I almost didn’t do it), but these aren’t books my son will out grow this year! He might not even out grow them next year… or the next if I play my cards right.

We’re homeschooling on a budget, and are making sure we can get a lot of bang for our buck. Granted, I have purchased some things new and am glad for that.

You can score some great finds on Facebook book swaps for homeschoolers! Go on and see if you can find a few to join and start looking at the books. Once you have your curriculum laid out on paper you can start finding the books you’re wanting to incorporate.

I also found this one here and will be poking my nose around there soon.

What To Do When You're Homeschooling On A Budget This Year

Are you homeschooling on a budget and have found some cheap resources not mentioned here? Leave them in the comments below so we can share with others!

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7 Ways to Make Money On Your Homestead

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7 Ways to Make Money On Your Homestead

You’ve decided to start homesteading, but now what? Well, now it’s time to start thinking of ways you can make money on your homestead.

The place might as well pay for itself, right?

That’s what my husband and I are deciding on starting now moving into the new year. We weren’t in any sort of stability this year with my husband getting a new job and us traveling between home and where he works three hours away.

You could say that we aren’t exactly fully committed to moving where his new job is located.

Partially this is because it’s cheaper to stay in a camper on the military post where he has a contractor job. And, partially it’s because our “home” still very much feels like it’s where we were living before.

Our small family of 4 live in a family home on family land, and we’re not ready to give all of that up just yet. We share a piece of land between my husband, his mom, and grandmother. We’ve been there since 2011 more or less and it’s really hard to part ways with that land.

Not to mention we have our dogs, chickens, and horses there as well. Thankfully, his family is so amazing and they have been taking care of our animals during the weeks my and the kids come down and stay in the camper.

We’ve had people tell us, “why not make money from your homestead,”  but never took them seriously. As time went on we started to understand why they were telling us these things.

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With all of this in mind, we’ve decided to start making use of the land to try and make a little (or more) money from it. But, we’re also wanting to contribute more to what our family needs there and also plumping up our savings for our own plot of land.

These are just some of the ways we’ve found that you can make money from your homestead and most can be started really simply.

7 Ways to Make Money On Your Homestead

There are many, many ways that you can make money from a homestead, even a small one. And, since we’re relatively limited with what we are able to do on the land we live on we had to get creative. Thankfully, this isn’t an issue for us, and my husband is quite handy.

For instance, we’re technically only allowed to have chickens and horses on our land in regards to “farm” animals. This hinders us from raising goats, sheep or cows. While that used to upset me a great bit because I had this idea of what I wanted to do and have on the land, I had to take a reality check. It’s not “my” land and therefore I don’t really have a say.

But, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t and can’t be grateful. I am able to have my wonderful horses who’ve helped me through tough times and my little furry chicks.

From there, I set out to research ways that I could make money from a small homestead and share so that others would know too. You don’t have to start with a huge homestead to make money, and we’re going to show you that it’s possible.

How to Make Money On Your Homestead Starting Today

1 Sell Eggs

When you’re raising chickens having eggs that you’ll be able to collect on a daily basis is the first thing people think about. And what’s more important is you can sell them!

You can sell your eggs either in half dozen, dozen or other quantities at your local farmers market or around your town. If you’re part of some groups on Facebook you can market your eggs there to reach a broader audience.

Craigslist is another great way to market the eggs you have for sale.

You’ll never know where you’ll find a repeat customer, and that’s what’s great about eggs. People will come back for more each time they run out which makes this a great way to make money on your homestead! Even if it’s small.

Nothing beats farm fresh eggs :).

2 Raise Chickens for Meat

Raising chickens can also lead to raising chickens to sell for meat. Many people would rather purchase a home butchered chicken over a store bought one any day of the week. (and if they don’t…. they’re weird I say :P)

Usually, the person raising the chicken should be able to tell you exactly what they’re feeding their chickens. This helps with keeping the customer informed and more likely to keep coming back.

So, that’s a perk for you, be open about what you feed your animals and how they’re raised. People love knowing where their meat comes from, but remember there are quite a few that don’t want all the unnecessary butchery details.

You can raise and butcher what you need for your family and then raise more to sell off. This will help to help offset the cost of feed and other things needed to raise chickens. And, if you’re lucky you can make a nice little income on the side!

And, if you’re lucky you can make a nice little income on the side!

3 Grow a (Bigger) Garden

If you aren’t already, you should be growing a garden. Even if you start small and expand as you go. This will help you save money on food each month. And, if you have any produce left over you can either can it for winter or sell it.

If you already garden each year, then try going bigger. Like I mentioned above, anything that isn’t eaten or canned can be sold. Many people want farm fresh produce. We’re talking “the day it was picked” fresh produce because it hands down better tasting.

Folks want yummy veggies and fruits and they’re ready to buy from you rather than going to a store. And, if you box it up and have it all ready to go for when they arrive it’s even better. This is a great way to make money on your homestead and it’s something you can do in Spring, Summer, and Fall.

This is one of the best ways to make money on your homestead and it’s something you can do in Spring, Summer, and Fall. Just be sure to check out what plants need to be planted when!

4 Grow Herbs

Growing herbs kind of ties in with growing a garden. If you’re not able to grow a garden that produces more than you eat or feel like canning, then growing herbs is great. You can grow herbs in a relatively small area and grow quite a bit too.

As far as selling herbs, you can sell them fresh, dry or even in spice mixes! Another idea is using something like lavender or rosemary and making eye pillows or bath salts. Mmm, I know it’s on my list (just have to not keep it all for myself).

If you aren’t sure how to grow herbs just take a spin on Pinterest and you will find tons of information. I rarely google anymore. I just open Pinterest and type what I’m looking for and up pop many posts on just what I wanted.

5 Hatch Chicks

We’re already starting to think of ways to test this one.

Selling eggs is way easier because you can collect them and they’ll last a bit before you need to use them or sell them. Chicks, on the other hand, you typically want to have hatched and sold within a day of them hatching. This keeps down on the cost of the animals and allows you to free up room for more to hatch.

Since I’m still transitioning between home and the camper we’re trying to figure out how to make this work. At the present moment, we’re hatching about a dozen eggs for our own flock. We have 4 hens and are trying to beef that number up to 8-15 hens. This way we’re able to get a good many eggs each day/week.

If we see that the number of eggs we’re collecting still isn’t enough to bother hatching for selling we’ll probably hatch more to add to our flock. It’s all a numbers game really. We have to take the weekly egg count and subtract out what we set aside for our families to eat

It’s all a numbers game really. We have to take the weekly egg count and subtract out what we set aside for our families to eat and see what’s left after that. If it were just my family it would be easy, but there are three families on our hill so it gets a little hairy sometimes.

We all love eggs (except my son) so we need a good many hens to produce more than we eat. You can’t make money on your homestead if you’re eating all of your products. To keep it from being a problem just produce more!

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6 Goat Milk Soap

Ok, I know I said that I am not able to raise goats so hear me out. If you know someone who DOES raise goats you could have an opportunity to trade for milk. You can either trade eggs, chickens, meat chickens, produce or herbs and get the milk in return!

Be sure to stock up on goat milk though so you don’t run out, and learn how to store it long term here.

Even if you don’t have goats, goat milk soap is a great way to make money on your homestead without having to actually tend to any animals. Meaning, you don’t have to pay for food, bedding or worry about breeding. So you get the benefits without all the drawbacks. Win, win!

7 Candle Making

Again, this is something you can trade items for in order to stock up ingredients. If you know someone with beehives, it’s a great opportunity to meet with them. You can find a way to work out some sort of deal to trade for honeycomb.

The comb can be boiled down and the beeswax will be whats left for use in making your candles. Here’s a great article on rendering honeycomb for beeswax.

Once you learn how to render the comb and start collecting the wax you can start creating your candle concoctions. You can easily sell these online, at a farmers market or sell them to friends. Not to mention, these can make excellent gifts as well during the holidays!

You can knock off making money and saving money with one whack here.

Getting Started On Your Journey

When it comes to trying to make money on your homestead, don’t let the idea of doing it all weigh you down. Start where you are and grow from there. If you’re able to make money from your homestead when it’s small it will help to build your homestead even bigger over time. This is one of the reasons we’re starting now.

We want our homestead to pay for itself rather than paying for a homestead.

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Start where you are and learn how you can make money from your homestead with small things starting today.

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30+ Must Have Items for Homestead Beginners

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I’ve been on the lookout for things to add to my collection. Things that would make homesteading easier and less like I’m pioneering my way through. Which, don’t get me wrong, pioneering isn’t bad or anything. I would just like to have some modern items that homestead beginners might need. So, I set out to create a list of homestead items that someone new to homesteading might want to know.

You know like a mixer, dehydrator, pressure canner… things like that.

30+ Must Have Items for Homestead Beginners

I’m sure I could go the old-fashioned route and find a way to dehydrate anything I needed with a wood stove of sorts. Or use regular water bath canning for certain items and then ferment the rest. But, sometimes a pressure cooker lets you preserve things a lot longer to keep you from running out of yummy foods.

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30+ Must Have Items for Homestead Beginners

Ever since we started trying to crack down on our budget, we realized that anything we purchased needed to have a specific role in our lives. Meaning, it had to work to pay for itself rather than sit and collect dust. This also meant that what wasn’t being used needed to find a new home.

Either before starting to homestead or in the beginning you should take a look at everything in your home. See if you use it on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. If you need to pair down start chunking things you never use.

It’s easy to get attached to things, believe me I know.

But, trimming what you have down to the necessities is the best thing homestead beginners can do. It lets you start fresh, and with exactly what you’ll need and use. Plus, if you sell off your extras it gives you a little extra spending cash for whatever items you still need to get.

Boom!

Alrighty, on to our list of must-have items for homesteaded beginners!

30+ Must Have Items for Homestead Beginners

**Kitchen must haves**

1. Bread Machine

Bread machines are extremely easy to use and amazing to have on hand. This is the one that I have and I love it! But, they aren’t completely necessary and you can make bread without a bread machine. They’re just handy if you like to plop the ingredients in and go.

2. Digital/Analog Scale

This is a super big must! I encourage all homestead beginners to grab an analog scale, but a digital is fine. We have both actually. Analog is an emergency must have in case of a power outage ever goes out and you need to measure things out.

Some recipes are quite finicky so having something that will measure is really helpful.

3. Glass Bowls

Plastic can be a big no-no if you’re not buying the BPA free version. So, go ahead and do yourself a favor and get glass everything if you can. It’s way healthier for your family and lasts longer without warping.

If you need something for children check out these adorable bowls. They’re silicone and very kid friendly.

4. All the Mason Jars

Confession time, I don’t use mason jars for only canning or food storage. I mean, come on, who doesn’t like to drink their ice cold tea from a mason jar?

No? Just me? Maybe only in the South?

We love mason jars around here and are slowly amassing a good size stock too. Hopefully, one day we’ll have enough -_-.

30+ Must Have Items for Homestead Beginners

5. Pressure Canner

These can be used in multiple ways. You can use it as a pressure cooker, pressure canner or a water bath canner  (without the top). This is also one that doesn’t need electricity and can be used off-grid or if your power is out. Win-Win situation.

6. Dehydrator

Having a dehydrator is great for saving foods when you’re not wanting to can them. This is especially great for making dried fruits to use in things like oatmeal or baking. A dehydrator can also be used for drying herbs and plants.

Super handy.

7. Crock Pot (if you want one separate from an InstaPot)

If you don’t have an InstaPot, and instead just want to own a crock pot that is totally fine. We actually have both right now. I haven’t decided if we’ll sell one or the other yet. They’re both very useful items, and you may find you want both too.

8. Blender

You don’t need a super fancy professional/high-grade blender, but they’re useful if you’re blending something tough. We have a this Vitamix and also this Ninja. I use the Ninja for smoothies and the Vitamix for things like hummus, peanut butter or soups.

9. Freezer Paper/Butcher Paper

Not overly important, but if you’re trying to kick plastic (and we are) then it’s a must. I have it listed here as a “must have” because we’re ditching plastic as much as we can and that means also ditching plastic baggies.

10. Good Knives

You can’t beat a good knife! Make sure you’re investing wisely in this because one investment can last a lifetime or be the difference in needing to buy another. I’m all about investing once for a good knife that will last.

30+ Must Have Items for Homestead Beginners

11. Canning Kit

Probably not absolutely, “you’ll die without it” necessary, but it’s completely worth it. This is helpful in every part of the canning process and makes your life easier. Just do yourself a favor and invest at the beginning. 🙂

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**Household and General Must Haves**

12. Oil Lamps & Oil

Make sure you’re stocking up on your emergency equipment. Depending on how big your house is I would have roughly 5-10 lamps and a good stock of oil. This is really helpful if a storm hits your area and knocks out your lights.

30+ Must Have Items for Homestead Beginners

13. Sewing Machine

You can always hand stitch clothes if you’re savvy, but having a sewing machine is extremely helpful. This comes in handy when you’re needing to make or mend clothes.

14. Good Hat

If you’re gardening then having a good wide-brimmed hat is necessary. This will keep the sun off your face and neck. Getting badly burned is not fun and it’s preventable.

15. Knitting Needles/Crochet Needles

These will help you become more self-sufficient and allow you to create clothes, mittens or hats. You can also make blankets that will come in handy during winter or colder months.

16. Quilting Supplies

Also good for blanket making. Never buy another blanket again when you can make your own. With these supplies, you can also create a little income for your family.

17. Twine/String

Having twine and/or string on hand is great for tying up plants that are falling and need some extra support. It’s also handy if you need to tie things together. You’d be surprised at all the things you’ll need to use string for.

18. Weather Radio

When the power goes out it’s always good to have a battery-powered or hand crank weather radio on hand. This will help you know if the weather is going to get any worse for your area.

19. First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is something you can either purchase pre-packaged or you can create your own. We like having one we’ve made on hand. This gives us the ability to put things we typically use inside of it and keep out any unnecessary items.

20. Hammer

You’ll need one of these eventually, so it’s best to have one or two on hand at all times.

21. Countersinking Screws

These are pretty much the only type of screws we use around here unless we use sheetrock screws. These are what we use for all of our projects around the house because they are really amazing at staying put.

22. Screwdrivers

Just like #24, you’ll need a few of these on hand. Preferably one of each type because this will save you from not having the right type of screwdriver if you need it.

30+ Must Have Items for Homestead Beginners

23. Hand tools

Don’t worry about the power going out and not having tools to fix or build things. You should keep a few hand tools around so if you ever lose power, or are going off grid you won’t be stuck without tools.

24. Electric tools (screw gun, saws, etc)

This will save you countless hours and frustration. And, that’s why it’s made our life of must-haves for homestead beginners. I can’t tell you how glad I am that my husband has power tools around the house for times when I need them.

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25. Wire Cutters

Wire cutters come in handy for multiple things but needing to fix fencing or snip wires for electrical work is easier when you have the right tools.

26. Measuring Tape

If you’re building anything around your house you’ll need a measuring tape. It doesn’t have to be the fanciest or most expensive out there, so just grab something that will work.

27. Level

There’s nothing worse than a crooked shelf or crooked fence post. Might as well grab yourself a level to keep in your tool shed. You will need it eventually.

28. Pliers

Needle nose and adjustable (slip joint) pliers are always good to have on hand. We’ve had to use them on our hoses quite a few times when attachments were a little too tight (or you’re just like me and don’t have enough elbow grease yet).

29. Gas Can(s)

Running out of gas sucks when you’re trying to do something like mowing your yard or using a weedeater or even your chainsaw. We keep a couple on hand. Some are straight gas, some are a gas/oil mix, and some are diesel.

30. Shovels and Rakes

If you’re gardening, keeping animals or planting plants you’ll need a shovel. We have quite a few around here. The ones I recommend are a round shovel, a square shovel, and a manure scoop. They all have their uses and are beneficial to have on hand.

As far as having rakes go we have a wide plastic rake for leaves and a metal one for gardening.

31. Composting Bin

You can easily make this, so don’t buy the top of the line model you see advertised. Check Pinterest for different ideas on composting before you go out and buy supplies. They’re not hard to make and are a must-have for any homestead beginners just starting out.

It will provide awesome nutrients for your garden and flower beds.

32. PVC Cutter

PVC pipe can be used for a myriad amount of projects around the homestead. I’d invest in a good PVC pipe cutter if I was a new homesteader too. This one cuts up to 1 5/8″ but you may be able to consult your local store also.

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33. Hose

Hoses are the lifeline around here. We have animals and a garden we tend to on a daily basis (the animals are more “daily” than the garden). Having a few on hand is really handy, especially if one busts. To prevent busted hoses you may want to dish out a little more cash than you’re used to on a hose.

I promise buying a really good hose is worth it. A $60-$80 hose bought once beats a $20 hose bought countless times due to busting.

34. Wax for Candle Making

Like the oil lanterns, having candles is always a great idea. And, knowing how to make candles is even better. If you have a beehive or know someone that does, getting the comb to make your own wax is great. This is also something that you can do for extra money on the homestead.

You can call them emergency candles and sell them to your family or other homestead beginners in your area. Also, if the demand isn’t that great in your area you can always sell them online in some prepper forums or Facebook groups.

30+ Must Have Items for Homestead Beginners

35. Gun

Pest control and animal protection is a part of life when you’re a homesteader, so having a gun is necessary. You may not like the idea of owning a gun, but when it comes to protecting your crops and animals it is good to have. It’s also good to have in case you ever need to hunt for your own food.

Mull it over and think about it if you’re not really a gun fanatic.

36. Compound and/or Recurve Bow

And, if you can’t bring yourself to own a gun, or you want something a little different, you can buy a bow and some arrows. We’re avid hunters so we have all of these. My husband and I both have rifles and we both have a compound and recurve bows. As homestead beginners, we already had this one covered ourselves.

I actually have a compound bow, recurve and a crossbow. I’m a little on the spoiled side :).

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37. Hand Held Pruners

Great for trimming shrubs and trees around your yard. We actually use them on the trees around the RV pad where we’re staying to keep limbs from extending too far towards our camper.

38. WD-40

While it can be a bit smelly and get everywhere, this is super helpful in killing squeaky items or helping to loosen tight bolts or nuts. Can’t go wrong with a few cans of WD-40 or PB B’laster.

39. Bread Pan

Stop buying loaf bread at the store and get a nice loaf pan and make it at home. You’ll get rid of all the nasty additives and you can pick which type of flour you’re wanting to use.

40. Food Processor

I love my food processor. It’s great for all sorts of things. I typically use it for making hummus or any sorts of pastes and nut butter. But, you can make potato slices, cucumber slices, you can dice onions and so much more.

41. Wood Stove

If you’re wanting to cut down on the electricity that you use, then using a wood stove is a great alternative to heating your house in the winter. Some of them come with an additional piece you can put on it to blow the heat out to the rooms.

What are you missing?

After reading through the list see how many you have on hand right now. Do you have them all?

Do you have them all? Maybe most of them?

Some people might not ever end up with all the items on this list and that doesn’t mean they’re wrong and I’m right. Or that they’re right and I’m wrong. Just means we’re different.

These are the things that I think are imperative to have on hand for homestead beginners. They’ll make life easier and you’ll get to enjoy things a little more than if you didn’t have them.

I’d love to know your favorites and must have items.

30+ Must Have Items for Homestead Beginners

Did you notice something I missed that would be good for homestead beginners? Share it in the comments below!

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