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A Beginner’s Guide to Saving Money – Part 1 – Saving money on clothes

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Each week we will be choosing a new blogger participant to feature in our Friday Link Up.  Share your posts – old or new – that involve anything HOMEkeeping, HOMEschooling, HOMEsteading, HOMEindustry!

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There are so many wonderfully creative bloggers out there who have a wealth of knowledge to share on topics for the home and homestead. If you run a home business, enjoy gardening, raising bees or chickens, love cooking, are good at organizing or any other topic that will be valuable to our readers – please link up your pictures and share the knowledge to inspire others!

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Frugal HOME Friday: Link Up

Frugal HOME Friday

Link up your frugal tips for home and homestead,

recipes, DIY or crafts, and share ideas to inspire others

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10 Steps to a Clean Oven

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Frugal Home Friday: Featured Participants

Frugal HOME Friday

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Do More and Save Money in 2014 – by Mumtopia 

and . . . . .

 

Gluten Free Cowboy Stew

from The Gluten Free Homestead 

GF Cowboy Stew

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Raising Bottle Bucket Calves: Family Homestead link up

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Raising bottle bucket calves is a great way to get started on a family farm or homestead. A “bucket calf” or a “bottle calf” is any calf that must be hand fed, by bottle or bucket. Some even just call them “bottle bucket calves” . . . We call them ADORABLE!

Where to Find Them

Dairy farms are a great place to purchase these baby cows. Once they have stopped producing colostrum, the mother cow goes back to work doing her job producing milk for the farm. Often times, a busy dairy farm does not have the time and dedication it takes to care for all of these babies. The calves may then be purchased at an affordable discount. This makes them an extremely frugal choice for a family cow.

Check with your local chapter of 4-H to discover local resources. Track them down through the national 4-H site here. 

Types of Cows

Jersey, Guernsey or Milking Shorthorn may be more affordable choices for a family milk cow than the larger Holsteins. They don’t produce as much milk as the Holsteins, but for the family homestead, 10 or more gallons a day is simply not needed.
types milk calves for family homesteading

The Jersey heifers are known for their creamy milk production, and sweet disposition. They are tan or brown in color are smaller in size, and can usually be found at a much lower cost than the larger breeds.  Guernsey cows are similar, but larger, light reddish brown with white spots. They also make a terrific family cow. The Milking Shorthorn is known as a forage­-efficient, healthy, long­-lived and productive breed of dairy cow. Learn more about various Heritage breeds of cattle here.

Feeding Calves

Much like a human baby, once the mother’s milk is no longer available, there is formula to be had. Mixing the powdered formula with warm water is an important part of feeding the youngest of calves. Although there is some cost involved, overall, feeding your calf is not an overwhelming cost. Of course, if you happen to have a family milking goat . . . you won’t need the formula!

feeding calvesGoat milk is another terrific option and can help avoid any instances of digestive problems. You will have fewer cases of scours and the calves grow quickly.

It is a good idea to begin with a rubber nipple. A healthy calf will always act about half starved! They are vigorous feeders. If you notice any change in this behavior, your calf could be in serious trouble. Pay close attention to any major changes in behavior: unclear eyes or a dirty bottom may be signs of scours. The sooner you get help, the better chance they will have.

Whenever possible, buy your calf from a local dairy farm, where you can observe a feeding, can know that they have at least had several days of colostrum, and have not experienced the stress of travel or shipping. If this is not possible, find out what you can about it. Let it suckle from your finger to simulate a feeding as the healthy ones should be very interested in any attempt at feeding.

Once your calf is home and has been feeding by bottle well for several weeks and is healthy and strong, you can switch to bucket feeding to save time and effort. Hand-fed by bottle or by bucket, the trouble and effort you go through for a small calf is well worth it and can be the perfect way to get an affordable milk cow for your family homestead.

Get more detailed information for raising, feeding and housing your calf from Jackie Clay here

Detailed feeding and care instructions can be downloaded from SavaCaf.com here.

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Homestead How-To: Simple Composting

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 The basics of homesteading are not difficult to master and can play an important role on the homestead.

Whether you live on a big farm in the country, or manage a roof-top garden in the city – simple composting can be the most important supplement you can give your soil.

Composting enhances the soil as it provides a nutrient-rich humus and helps the soil to hold vital moisture.

What can you add to a composting bin? Table scraps, fruit and vegetables, and grass clippings add nitrogen.  Weeds that have not yet seeded can provide additional nitrogen. Mix the nitrogen rich items with carbon healthy items such as dried leaves, hay, and pine needles.

Recycling coffee grounds and tea leaves are excellent sources of additional nutrients for your homestead compost, but you may be surprised to hear that even your dryer lint and old newspaper can be added to the pile.

Begin your composting bin in the ground where earth worms and other natural organisms can do their job.  A layer of straw or twigs will help to aerate the contents.

When adding to your compost bin, alternate layers of wet and dry ingredients.  Grass clippings and other greens should be added, but avoid clumping. Aim for a mixture of 1/3 green and 2/3 brown materials to strike the correct balance in your composting materials.

composting

 

Cover your compost bin with wood, plastic or other materials to maintain heat, and to keep compost moist. A cover will keep your bin from being over-watered by rain, yet maintain moisture.

Turn your compost with a pitch-fork or a shovel to add oxygen and to mix in new ingredients.

Composting is a wonderful way to maintain your garden. It is good for the earth, green, and an affordable way to fertilize your soil.

Learn more about natural composting HERE!

Do you have a garden and/or a composting bin at home?

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6 Major Benefits of Family Homesteading

benefits of family homesteading

There are many aspects of homesteading, and the challenges are great, but the rewards are even greater! These are only a few of the major benefits of family homesteading:

Homesteading shows you what matters most

Homesteading brings you back to basics. It changes the way you look at things, the difference between wants and needs become much more clear when in most other modern day life, the lines are much more blurred.

It is a Journey towards self-sufficiency

Homesteading is a lifestyle, a way of thinking, getting back to nature, back to the land, a journey towards becoming self-sufficient. There are many different levels of homesteading, and even for those who live in the city, changes can be made which will set you on that journey and enable you to incorporate various aspects of the homestead life into daily activities.

Homesteading is a Rewarding endeavor 

Homesteading moves away from the “instant gratification” that comes along so often in today’s culture. There is a lot of hard work that goes in to the entire process of becoming a homesteading family.  There are plants to be tended, animals to care for, and always plenty of work to be done. It is also one of the most rewarding endeavors one can ever undertake!

Satisfying and Healthy 

When you sprout seeds, nurture and harvest them and place them on the table – there is not much that is as satisfying as this back to basics, provision for the family and honestly, well, the food just tastes better!  Although it takes a lot of hard work – it also creates joy and provides a deep feeling of satisfaction in knowing you are making healthy choices for the family. Growing your own food is one of the healthiest life choices you can make these days.

family homesteading

Homesteading Teaches Respect 

Most people rush off to the grocery store each week and fill the cart full of various meats without ever fully appreciating what it means. There is a loss of life, a sacrifice which has taken place to put that meat on the table. Sadly, most people never have a full appreciation or develop respect for what it means to be a meat eater. It is easy to forget where the food we so often take for granted, comes from.

There are sometimes hard choices and difficult tasks that must be done to maintain a sustainable lifestyle – but in the process, there is a respect for the animals God created. There is a connection between the animals and the sustenance, an appreciation.

Deep Sense of Gratitude and Belonging 

There is an attitude of gratitude which comes from investing time, work, and effort into homesteading projects. The end result is something to be proud of. For children, participating in the work to feed the family, can produce a strong sense of belonging. They understand early on that each member of the family plays an important role. It builds self-esteem, and deeper character.

Although it takes a lot of hard work – it also creates joy and provides a deep feeling of satisfaction which can be hard to find otherwise in today’s society and fast paced lifestyle.

 

These are but a few of the many benefits of family homesteading. Most often, it does not happen overnight, the change of mindset to that of a homesteader. Even taking small steps towards a more back to basics lifestyle can make a positive difference in your life. One step at a time – works for me!

Do you have some simple tips for those who want to begin a journey towards a more back to basics lifestyle?

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Beautiful handmade gifts: a guest post by Jessica

handmade sugar scrub and more

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Introducing the beautiful designs of

Jessica from Bespangled Jewelry - Jessica also has some wonderful DIY tutorials for lovely gift ideas.

DIY Raspberry Lemon Sugar Scrub

INGREDIENTS:
(per 6-7 oz jar)
1/2 cup (4 oz.) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (2 oz.) coconut oil, melted (preferably organic)
1/8 to 1/4 tsp raspberry extract
1/8 to 1/4 tsp lemon extract
red food coloring (optional*)
DIRECTIONS:
Mix ingredients together in a bowl. I suggest starting with an 1/8 teaspoon measure of both the raspberry and lemon extract, and then adding more according to your preference. I think I ended up using a bit more lemon than raspberry.
The raspberry extract may already have some color added to it – mine did but the scrub without it was a much lighter pink than you see here. I used a single drop of red food coloring mixed in at the end to make the color pop a little more.
When your scrub is all mixed up and you’re happy with the scent and the color, spoon it into a jar and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set the consistency. After you take it out, you don’t have to keep it refrigerated. If the coconut oil returns to its liquid state and you’d like to firm it up, simply place it back in the freezer for another 30 minutes. (Coconut oil remains solid up to 76˚F).

How to use your new homemade sugar scrub: 

Rub wet skin with about a tablespoon of the mixture at a time, in a circular motion until the sugar has dissolved. Repeat all over your body and rinse as normal.

Why give  handmade?

  • Quality – use only the ingredients you choose
  • Personal – handmade gifts are extra special and can be catered for the recipient
  • Frugal – many options for any budget
  • Green – a great way to upcycle empty containers and goods
  • Unique – often one of a kind or uniquely special
  • Small business – the backbone of the American economy, family owned small business deserves our support
  • Love – handmade gifts are full of love -whether you make them yourself or purchase from someone who has

Handmade Gifts – Work for Me! 

 

See other tutorials on Bespangled Jewelry here : Homemade Lemon Butter Lip & Skin Balm 

homemade lip balm

 

Jessica isn’t just a talented DIY’er with wonderful gifts you can make at home – she’s a talented jewelry designer! Visit her cute little Etsy shop today to buy unique and beautiful handmade Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Go here to Jessica’s shop

handmade bespangled bracelet

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Upcycled Owl Craft: Guest Post Thursday

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It’s Guest post Thursday and I am thrilled today to introduce you to Ashley from Life with Moore Babies.  The Moore Babies are a crafty little crew and I believe you are going to enjoy the projects they come up with as much as I do!

Today Ashley is sharing with us a craft that is extremely frugal and very green. These cute little up-cycled owls will be great for keeping little ones busy while you work to prepare for Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, they would make adorable little place holders or decorations for the kids table – Don’t you think?

As sweet as these little birds are, they aren’t very complicated, nor do they require many supplies. You can always substitute with things you have on hand.

egg carton owl

 Cut the top off the bottom of an egg carton. Then cut the top into two pieces and the bottom into sections of two, and make the eyes. When Cutting the eyes, be sure to include the pointy section between the egg spaces, which will make the beak.  They do not have to be exactly the same. You can experiment with various angles to create slightly different facial features for your owls.

The idea with a project like this is not to make it difficult or to stress about getting it perfect, but to enjoy the process and be creative – together!

owl craft

Provide simple paint supplies, or even markers to color the body and the face (eyes and beak) of your up-cycled owl critters. Googly eyes and feathers are the perfect accent pieces to finish off these fun little creatures. If you don’t happen to have them on hand, the eyes can be painted on or colored with sharpie markers, and the wings could be cut from colorful paper.  Be sure the paint is dry before you begin the gluing process.

owls for kids

Simple tips for crafting with kids: 

  • Cover the surface area with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth that can be re-used
  • When painting – have children wear large T-shirts to protect clothing
  • Don’t worry with perfection
  • It’s much more important to enjoy the time together than to worry about kids technique
  • Make suggestions, but allow them to get creative (you might just be surprised)
  • Use sincere encouragement & be specific – Instead of “good job” try “I really like how you used that bright blue to differentiate between the body and the head” or “I am impressed with your attention to detail” & “Your placement of the feathers make him look as though it could fly away – It really comes to life”

I hope you’ll enjoy some fun & frugal crafting with the kiddos this holiday season. I hear it can reduce stress!

Thank you so much for Pinning and sharing~

Be sure to hop over and visit Ashley @ Life with Moore Babies

 

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Simple – Frugal Vegetable Gardening: Starting Seeds Indoors

indoor veggies

Starting seeds indoors and then transferring them to larger container gardens, means you can grow vegetables for the family practically year-round.   If you choose the proper containers, you create the potential to grow a substantial amount of fresh food – right in the pots!

To get started you will want a comfortable work space with either a larger container underneath to catch any dirt that may fall, or work in an area that is dirt friendly.

You can easily spend $50 – $100 on seed starter bio-domes, or you can simply make your own.

We used a dollar store container with a clear plastic snap on lid to create a “greenhouse effect”.  We also saved our toilet paper rolls and re-purposed them by cutting each in half to make individual little cups for the seedlings.

seedlings

Healthy soil or potting soil is needed to get your little plants off to a good start. You’ll require a couple of inches of soil for each seedling cup. Add about a half inch of healthy soil into the bottom of your tray or container, then set the paper cups inside. The soil will help to hold them in place, and also serves as a way of holding moisture in your mini greenhouse.

Spoon most of the soil into the cups, then drop the seedlings into each. Large seeds will require only 2 or 3 in each container. Smaller seeds can germinate with 3 to 6. Be sure to read your seed packets and follow their basic guidelines. You’ll find links at the bottom of this post to help you decide which seeds to buy.

Cover the seeds with the remaining soil and water them in. Do not over water. Water only into the main bottom pan and not into each individual cup. The soil in the bottom of the tray should be good and moist, but not too wet. You can add extra moisture to the seed cups with a spray bottle, or by spooning it in.

Don’t cover seeds that need light to germinate with soil. Check the seed packet for special germination requirements. You can gently pat the surface of the mix to be sure it has good contact with the seeds. After placing the plastic lid on top, your seedling container is ready to sit in a windowsill or on a patio to get a few rays. The sunlight and the moisture covered with the plastic lid will cause your little greenhouse to sweat. Keep an eye on it to make sure it does not dry out.

mini greenhouse

Once seeds have taken root and have grown little root bundles, you can transplant them carefully to larger pots. Seeds that tolerate this type of planting well are: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, leeks, onions, parsley, peppers, and tomatoes.

Tips for planting in pots: 

Use a quality mix with perlite and peat moss. Add fertilizer, either a dry organic product ― such as one containing alfalfa meal, or kelp meal, or other natural nutrients ― or a controlled-release type of fertilizer that will supplies nutrients over a longer time period.

Soil polymers such as Broadleaf P4 added to the mix before planting will help keep the plants moist. These are not hard to find, and can be purchased at most any garden store.

You can grow your vegetables indoors, as long as they can get about 6 hours of sunlight every day. Placing lightweight pots on a cart or wagon with wheels is important if you will have to cart them in and out every day.

While this is certainly not a comprehensive guide for growing indoors, it will get you started as you learn more about the process. You’ll need to make adjustments according to nursery recommendations in your area.

Readers Digest – “9 vegetables to grow indoors”

Better Homes and Gardens

Gardeners.com

Planting seedlings indoors . . . now THAT works for me

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Frugal family fun – for the birds: Frugal Friday Linky

Welcome!  

There are many different ways to enjoy living a frugal lifestyle . . . this is a great place to learn new things, find what works and encourage one another. Below you can share the link to a post on your own blog, share a little about your frugal life and encourage others, or share a frugal Pin from Pinterest.

This linky party will now be open for the entire month of November (expiring December 1). Come and link-up to this great community of frugal followers! I’ll be Pinning away and sharing your posts ~

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Our frugal tips for the week: 

Family fun does not have to break the bank this fall!  With only a few simple ingredients and a family walk in the outdoors, you can make these easy bird treats and enjoy educational fun . . . that’s for the birds!

for the birds

It’s a great idea to hang these handmade bird feeders nearby so that you can be sure to see the feathered friends who come visit for a special treat. All that’s needed to make these is a few pine cones slathered in peanut butter and rolled in wild bird seed.

nature project

Add a little more excitement by donning binoculars and a field guide to identify the birds who flock to your yard. These treats are so affordable, you can help feed your new friends all through the winter. Be sure to get the kids involved. Other ideas to turn it into a fabulous learning experience include photographing the birds or sketching them in an art journal.

Don’t have an art journal? You can make one with inexpensive Composition notebooks and personalize them with your favorite scrapbook papers.  These simple journals make a terrific gift for a friend as well. They also make a cool new “smash book”  - crafty and frugal!

nature journals

Take notes and collect data to chart the number and types of birds in your area. Try different kinds of bird seed to see if one attracts more birds or attracts different types of birds than another.

Bird watching is a fun family activity that is not only educational and fun, but also super frugal! Cornell Lab has a wonderful FREE resource to learn more about our fine feathered friends here.

Whether you are looking for a new frugal activity or wanting to add an outdoor element to the family homeschool, all ages can benefit from the fresh air and activities that are For the Birds! 

 

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4. If you link-up, please click on others’ links as well. Our frugal followers have a lot to share!

5. By linking up you agree to allow others to share and Pin your post (linking to you of course).

 

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