Originally Posted by MoonShadows
Thanks for the advice and tips, folks! Nothing like learning from those who are doing it on the cheap. That's one reason why I am hanging out more here in the DIY/Self Sufficiency part of the forum. I also recently joined SufficientSelf.com, but for 5000+ members, there isn't much activity. I also started the thread here about Your Favorite Homestead Source to get sources. I realized a while back that the real valuable information is from those who are doing it, not those television shows and magazine articles about those who left big corporate jobs with a bank roll and have bought their way to self sufficiency and being off grid. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but when resources are scarce, you have to work smart. I appreciate feedback from you.
This is for everyone:
Well now quite a few books and articles I've read tell a different story. In one book the wife went back to school and became a doctor. They moved around a lot and I just stopped reading.
I usually get to the second and third chapters of books and learn, some are using the farm/land their parents or grandparents bought years before. Many earn their living from writing for magazines, yet they're trying to tell you how to live off the grid? Ha!
Point. Don't be discouraged because you were not so lucky. If you can live on less that's a good thing. If when you lay your head down you are at peace, that's a good thing. Seems to me I'd be happy just to not have some of the debts we do.
Having a mortgage just means the landlord can't send us a letter saying the house has been sold and we have to move, like happened with our first place. I had worked years to amend the soil and left the best tomatoes I'd had. That's why I advocate NOT starting a homestead situation with rental property. Even with a lease you can end up in the road. Keep your credit good, save and get the grub stake.
FYI, anyone around me that buys chicks is crazy cuz I always hatch more than I need and sell or give them away cheap.
You can buy fertile eggs at Trader Joes or the grocery store. Even if they've been refrigerated they may hatch. Buy a dozen for $3 at the farm and odds are their fertile and will hatch. We got folks here doing that right now. Mutt hens lay just as well if not better than purebreds.
Many here made their own incubators. Junk computers might have that fan you need, no money down. Look for a free cooler to convert.
I wish you well,