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July 2008 - Posts

  • Shopping like a homesteader.

    Developing the mentality of a homesteader doesn't mean you have to live on 20 acres and butcher animals or have a garden and tractor.  Developing the mindset is something that anyone can do, anywhere, anytime - simply think differently.  With a few tweaks of the thought process, one can develop a homesteading mentality and use it in even the most populated, urban city.

    The shopping or purchasing mentality of a homesteader bears examining when speaking of saving money. I’d like to simply touch on that one area of the homesteading mentality that is pretty much the same across the board regardless of homesteading style, or homesteading at all.  I certainly welcome anyone's input about this thought process as well, because there is always more to learn!

    Here are a few tips of how someone who may be known as a 'homesteader' usually tends to thinks before shopping for food, clothing, and misc items:

     

    "Can I make this thing myself for less expense?" (food, furniture, gadget, etc.)

    "Do I have something already that works in place of this just as well?"

    "How often will I use this?" (Hint: If it's not on a regular basis - it's not purchased.)

    "Can I do without it?" (If you've been fine without it for a while now...hmmmm.....see next question)

    "Do we NEED it or just want it?"

     

    In the world of 'impulse buy' isles by the register and fast food accessibility, this may be a bit of an unusual thing to think of and is a habit worth developing.  Take this challenge and run those questions through the mental computer on your next shopping trip. See if you don't save some money.

    Best Blessings ~ enJOY your life!

    Donna Miller is a work-at-home wife and mother. She delighted to share her trials and triumphs of learning homestead anywhere. The Millers own and operate Millers Grain House which offers Organic and Chemical-free Whole Grains, Bosch Mixers, the NutriMill, instructional tutorials, recipes and more.

  • For starters...what is the 'Homestead Mindset' ?

    Since this is the initial post for the blog, it seemed suitable to set the pace with at least an attempt to define the title of the blog and what a 'Homestead Mindset' is by definition.  Since this blog is about developing that mindset anywhere and not just on a massive 100 acre farm, it seems likely that some readers may think there's no way they can do that, because they live in the suburbs or the city. Hopefully this blog will help dispel that belief and enlighten others to develop the 'homestead mindset' - no matter where you may call home.

    Historically a homesteader was a person who was a pioneer; one who set out to 'do it themselves' and forge new territory; to make an untamed place a home. Much of that mindset and thought process has been elevated in our society with the convenience of so much of our daily lives.  The pioneer spirit seems left to only a celebrity status, but it need not be so.  The homestead mindset is best suited to the small tasks that add up to great results.

    Some character traits that are common to a homesteading family would be (but are not limited to or all required):

    • · Using, re-using, recycling into new uses what one already owns. Known to some as 'making-do.'
    • · Careful thought before purchasing any item(s), not just large ticket ones.
    • · Making from scratch any number of items: food, clothing, etc.
    • · Somewhat of a minimalist lifestyle.
    • · Gardening, preserving and stretching food dollars.
    • · Free from 'keeping-up-with-the-Jones' disease.
    • · Joy in creative depravity (more on that later).

    To try to define the mindset of a homesteader may be too large a task to try to fit into one post. The above list could go on and on and on with examples. To develop that mindset is a journey. With the economic times that many of us are facing right now, it would behoove us to do a little rearranging and changing of our minds to make it though, get out of debt and be freer for our future.

    We have lived in the suburbs, lived in the city and lived on a homestead. So I know that its how you think that helps you cope and create, stretch and save, enjoy and endure, not a geographical location that gives you the homestead mindset. Hopefully you’ll join me on this journey of creating the homestead mindset anywhere.

    Best Blessings ~ enJOY your life!

    Donna

    Donna Miller is a work-at-home wife and mother. She delighted to share her trials and triumphs of learning homestead anywhere. The Millers own and operate Millers Grain House which offers Organic and Chemical-free Whole Grains, Bosch Mixers, the NutriMill, instructional tutorials, recipes and more.

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