Let's be real for a second, everyone wants to say money in some way. I know I do. I grew up very conscious of money. My husband did as well-- although he has been known to simply ask his mother for something and she gets it for him, spoiled... just a tad!
I can honestly say the only debt my husband and I have right now at 26/27 years of age is our home & one of our vehicles. We were very money conscious when purchasing our home. We knew it wouldn't be a forever home and we knew that we didn't want to get in over our head. So we bought smart... sometimes we regret buying smart. We live in a less than 1,000 square foot home. I run a business out of it. We have 2 small dogs, 2 cats, 2 adults, and a toddler-- sometimes 2 (we watch my hubby's best friend's little boy during the day). For the most part we do okay, but both my husband and myself dream of having a bit more room to .. well breathe.
I've been asked many times over the years how my husband and I can afford to live healthy and eat clean on one steady income. It takes a little bit of planning & organizing. At first it was difficult, but now that we've been doing it a while-- it's pretty simple. I figured I would share some of my money saving tips for 2017!
Know your goals. My hubby and I have a 5 year plan. We want to move closer to family and purchase at least 5 acres. I would love to have a small farm, huge garden, chickens, goats, and more. I have the heart of a farmer's wife and always have! We make sacrifices now so that we can have what we dream later!
Sometimes I spend more money on somethings, but they are worth it in the long run to me. I have a pressure canner, water bath canner, dehydrator, crock pot, instant pot, standing mixer, ninja blender, and ice cream maker... and you know what?? I use them all on a weekly (sometimes biweekly) basis. I use the instant pot to make yogurt, rice, quinoa, or bone broth. I use the pressure canner to can bone broth & extra fruits/veggies from the CSA. I use the water bath canner to can extra veggies from the CSA. I use the dehydrator to make jerky, dehydrate nuts, and make dried mangoes. I have a crock pot for cooking and a crock pot to make hot process soap in. I use my standing mixer for everything-- literally everything haha. I use my ice cream maker to make frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream. I use the ninja blender as a food processor, blend drinks, and more.
It's not bad to have lots of things as long as use them! You can find some of these things second hand-- which I recommend especially if you're just starting out.
What are your frugal tips?
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!