I do the same old hen, hubby works part time at the grocery store, no employee discount though, we just earn reward points. It's all about making the most of what you have. Yes starting out is hard, but if this life was easy everyone and their mom would be homesteading. It helps to have no electricity cause of no bill, and hopefully my garden will produce( the neighbor has a much better one than mine discouraging) . What kind of homestead fo you have, what are your biggest financial woes? Maybe we can helpWe live frugally so I can stay home while my husband works a good job. No big secret. Our house is smaller, but our place is larger. Pays to pay your bills first, save and get out of debt asap. We also waste no money eating out, buying gifts or going on vacations. All depends on your priorities in life.