So, I've been thinking lately about homesteading and farming, and I have a big decision to make. I have $18,000-$20,000 to spend, and two choices of land to live on and I'm trying to decide if I want to buy cattle or go off grid. My grandparents have 60 acres that they don't mind me putting cattle on, or living on, and my dad has 5 acres with a small shop on it that he could sell me. Initially I was going to buy as much cattle as I could get but now I'm rethinking that. I had thought before about going off grid but didn't have the means to do so, so I put it out of my mind, and now I'm thinking about it again. My plan for now was to get 10 or so heifers, and a camper and put it all at my grandparents (camper so I could stay out there for a few days at a time and not be a bother) and now I'm trying to decide if I want to do that, or buy a camper, yurt, or storage shed, etc. and put it at my grandparents to live in, and instead of buying a bunch of beef cows, just getting one jersey heifer, a milk goat, a big garden, possibly a couple of pigs and having honey bees, and of course taking my chickens, and being self sufficient and putting whatever money I have left in savings. Or, I could buy the 5 acres + metal shop from my dad for $17,000 and put a well in, I wouldn't have any money left but I would have my own place, which I could put all of the same stuff on. I just can't decide which is the best option. Grandparents is the best short term option, but the 5 acres is the best long term option. I do have a job right now, which I hope to quit once I'm self sufficient. I've been trying to figure out also what bills I could cut back on and what I would need to have. I can do without a phone, internet, and tv. I would also be okay with no electricity as long as I had water and a wood stove. So I'm thinking my bills will consist of property tax, health insurance, and gas (you don't have to have car insurance do you?) and surely I wouldn't use much gas if I'm homesteading. Anyways, I thought maybe if I put a few bottle calves on my jersey heifer each year I could cover the costs of insurance and taxes. And maybe I could sell eggs, goat milk soap, etc. so I have money for other things. But am I forgetting anything? I've also been trying to figure out how I could feed my dogs, cat, chickens, horse, and future cow and goat, without actually buying food, the dogs and cat are the hardest ones to figure out. And if I were to stay on my grandparents land, what would be the best options for living quarters? I know a camper or yurt would be cheapest but where could I find a yurt in missouri? (Or Arkansas or Oklahoma?) Anyways, any and all advice and ideas would be greatly appreciated!