Getting Back to Simple (and paying off debt)


We are firm believers in the powers of intention and manifestation.  You can paint your life however you wish.  We were desperately trying to manifest more income.  On the full moon we generally each light a candle of gratitude and ask for what we would like to see in our life.  Usually it’s more income.  Then it kind of hit me, we have actually doubled our income since June when Doug found a job.  Our online business has picked up and my work down south has too so it’s not a matter of making more money.  I realized we have been spending more money!

Oh, it’s so easy to do, isn’t it?  There was the debt to start paying again, of course, but there are plenty of places money falls through the cracks.  When I first started this blog over five years ago we were seriously starting to homestead.  Before we moved from that house I was canning four hundred jars of produce, growing food and ninety percent of my medicine herbs, had chickens, and Doug milked goats each morning.  I learned to make cheese.  I hand washed our clothes in an old wash bin with a handy plunger-like item that got our clothes far cleaner than the washer.  (We had all our kids at home and a grandbaby on the way so we did go get a washer.  Our washer here still doesn’t clean for anything.)  I made our body products (we sell them in our shop), cleaning products, sewed and handmade presents, and had like minded friends near by.

Being frugal is so much a part of being a homesteader.  Having some money set aside to get by is only a part of it.  I want to get rid of all of our debt (except the house) this year, fifteen months max.  My ideas never go as planned, but it is a good goal!  Debt is our jailor.

But it’s not just about money.  Once we moved around and lost and found ourselves again I had stopped making our own things.  Our skin is drier, we are paying five times more for organic body products when I can make my own.  Same with cleaning products.  I seem to have forgotten how to be frugal.  Frugalness is eco-friendly, healthier, savvier, and freer.  It is in the Homesteader’s Ten Commandments.

I hadn’t been to the library for a year because I have been playing at the book store (expensive!) and I decided that was a good first step.  Walking out of the library with a pile of books and movies makes me feel like I’m robbing the place!  Free knowledge!  I picked up a gem (which I may have to buy) called “Little House Living” by Merissa A. Alink.  As things run out I make the homemade version.  Her book is inspiring.  I have already made the dish soap (took five seconds and very little cash).  I could have written this book four years ago.  I love it and I love that it’s getting me back on track.  I love her rice mix, and her youth, and her story, and her recipes.  She shows us (or reshows us) that it takes no time at all to make your own things and the benefits far outweigh the minimum time and cost.

We will get that debt paid off and I will get back to my Little House on the Prairie self.  It’s good for the soul.

What are some ways that you stay frugal?


14 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m going to look for that book at the library. It’s so true we spend more when we make more. Sometimes I feel like we are happier when we have less money, yet I hate having to worry about having enough…

    1. Nothing has caused more stress for us than worrying about money. That book is real cute too, I love her stories and her farm.

  2. Julie Pullum says:

    I have that book! I love that book, And I brought it with me here! How amazing that you love it too.

    1. How fun! I hope the rain has stopped and you all are enjoying your journeys!

  3. terrifortner says:

    I am going to check my library for that. I need to make a trip to the library, but I work sooooo much. I am fighting my debt too. I started following Dave Ramsey and his debt reduction style really fits my personality. It also helps to have goals, and to celebrate the wins.

    1. Finding that balance can be tricky!

  4. Rod says:

    LOL…. I really had to learn to budget my money when I retired and went to a fixed income. Luckily, Kathy was still around then and showed me all of her tricks. I can testify that money can REALLY mess you up if you’re not careful. Good luck in you new endeavors and I hope you end up close to debt free as you plan.

    1. We are definitely getting a little smarter. Wish I could ask mom for tips though! I can ask you!

  5. It happens at home. We eat most of our meals at home, and we try to not throw any left overs away. After two days it goes in the freezer for a “Stouffer’s Night” when neither of us wants to cook.

  6. mydebtchallenge says:

    One of the things that I have started doing in my journey to becoming debt free is challenging myself to keep as much money in my possession as possible to payoff my debts instead of getting caught up in the immediate and temporary satisfaction of making a purchase. For me it was shocking to see how many small and mindless purchases I was making every month.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      I need a good dose of discipline!

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