These days we all have to be smart about how we spend our money. How do you keep your costs down? Here is my list so far: 1. Free ranging at least part time keeps feed cost down. 2. I get free coffee chaff from a local roaster to use as bedding. 3. I use raked up pine straw instead of hay in run. 4. In Winter (when ranging isn't posable because of snow) I ask the grocer to save produce for me that might otherwise be thrown away. Nothing spoiled, just the stuff that isn't as pretty. 5. Build a coop from salvaged materials (It's amazing what you can get) 6. Our local pumpkin patch gives pumpkins away for free after Halloween. My girls love sugar pumpkins, and they keep for a while. What have I missed?