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How Much Does it Cost to Homeschool?

This is a question I get asked fairly often, so I thought I’d address it on the site. We’ve been homeschooling our kids for twelve years now, since the beginning of our oldest daughter’s education. We currently have an 11th grader, an 8th grader, a 6th grader and a 5th grader. The answer to the question “How much does it cost to homeschool? can have a wide variety of answers. Read more

5 Tips to Help You Dive into Property Investments

When my husband and I decided to invest our savings in property, all we saw were potential dollar signs in our future. We envisioned our money multiplying quickly. While it is possible, there are a few things we learned the hard way about property investments. It’s not just about saving up capital then investing, it takes calculation and thoroughness before, during, and after the process. Read more

How to Choose the Best Garden Fence

Today we have a guest post from fellow blogger, Lucy. Enjoy!

You have managed to build a lovely garden, all bright and colorful, and have also used the best HPS bulbs to ensure proper, healthy growth of your greeneries. You spend enough time learning how to harvest buttercrunch lettuce, and how to grow other vegetables and flowers in a perfect way, so as to make your garden look beautiful. However, chances are bright that your garden is not attractive to you alone but also wild animals that live nearby. This problem is going to be bigger if you grow food in your garden. Read more

Best Items to Have During a Power Outage

Hey friends!!  Today we have a guest post from Angelica, who blogs over at Tactical Guru. Enjoy!

For most individuals, power outages are a given. While many homesteaders and homeowners have the option of relying on alternative power sources, most of us are simply less equipped to deal with downed lines or grid failures. Usually, these events are brief—more of an inconvenience than a danger. However, in extreme situations, power outages last much longer. They can quickly become a crisis if you’re unprepared, especially for the young and the elderly. Read more

7 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Garden This Year

 

 

Gardening is not just a fun hobby – it can be a powerful, money-saving, life-saving skill. Back in the pioneer days, if you wanted to eat, you grew a garden. There weren’t mega stores in every town, filled with lush, 3-week-old fresh greens to fill your tummy. No, if you wanted food, you had to grow it yourself or work for someone who did. The thing about gardening though, is that learning to do it well doesn’t happen overnight. The blessed skill of gardening, once a must-have skill for every person, is now mostly a lost art. Most people don’t know how to garden – or to preserve the food that grows in the garden. Never fear, though, because today we’re going to share with you how you can get the most out of your garden, even if you’re a beginner gardener. Read more

Building Your Dream Home? You Might Need Insurance

Building a new home can be an exciting time in your life, especially if it is your dream home. When you have worked, scrimped and saved to build a new home, the last thing you want is for some horrible unforeseen event to happen that could potentially ruin it for you. That is where insurance comes in. If you are considering building your dream home, you might need insurance to protect you.

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Save Money and Live a Greener, More Sustainable Life

It is more important than ever to focus your attention towards a more sustainable way of living. Not only will this be great for the environment, it is also great for your finances. The carbon footprint of heating homes in many develop countries can be as much as 20% of a nation’s total carbon footprint. This is a significant figure, which needs to be addressed.

Burning wood is a great way a household can take action and lead a more sustainable life. Many people still do not realize the benefits, both environmentally and financially that come with burning wood.

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5 Effective Ways to Improve Garden Cultivation

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Today’s post is a guest post from fellow blogger Ann, who owns the Sumo Gardener blog. Enjoy!

 How to Improve Garden Cultivation

We always want to maximize the crops we harvest after a season of hard work. Our goal as gardeners is to produce sustainable food for our own consumption while maximizing our use of land and minimizing waste and losses. However, gardening should not only be focused on taking care of the crops that we will harvest at the end of the planting season.

One of the most important steps in determining your planting season’s success is usually the first step that you have to do: land cultivation. Today we’ll talk about five different ways that you can improve land cultivation in your garden, no matter how big or small it is. Read more

What You Should Consider Before You Buy a Farm

 

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It will be four years ago next month that we sold our home in the ‘burbs and moved to a hobby farm about forty-five minutes out of town. The farm life is in many ways a much harder life than suburbia life, but the blessings are well worth the effort and we wouldn’t trade it for anything. Since a fair number of people seem to be considering moving out to the country these days, I thought I’d share a to-do list of things one should consider before making the move to a farm, whether it be a smaller hobby farm like ours or a larger working farm. Here are some thoughts. Read more

Four Heirloom Tomato Secrets for Maximum Yield

Tips for Maximizing Your Tomato Yield
Tips for Maximizing Your Tomato Yield

Happy Monday, my frugal friends! Today we feature a post from our blogging pal Cameron over at Thrift Hounds. Cameron shares on his blog funny and inventive ways to save money and live frugally. And as a bonus, his wife has an awesome food blog. 🙂 

There’s probably still a snowstorm or two on the horizon here where I live in Denver before summer arrives, and yet I – like you, maybe – am already already obsessing over how to coax as many pounds of tomatoes as possible out of my beloved tomato plants this year.

Tomatoes, like zucchinis, have the reputation of surprising gardeners with more produce than you thought possible (to the point where you start bribing reluctant coworkers to take them off of your hands).

In fact, most gardeners are ecstatic to get 10 or 15 pounds of fruit out of each plant.

But with some careful planning and maintenance, you can push your plants to produce up two or three times that amount. Read more