by Texas Homesteader ~
Many are trying to practice self sufficiency these days. The good news: it’s easy, oftentimes free and comes with some powerful feelings of satisfaction. Come see how to easily save money on groceries, necessities, and provide for yourself.
Why Learn To Provide For Yourself?
There are many reasons to practice self sufficiency:
Preparedness for weather disasters or world situations
Reduce dependence on grocery stores or corporations
- Reduce dependence on supply chain interruptions
- Save money by providing for yourself
Provide better & healthier products for your family
Today I’ll share with you the simplest self-sufficiency steps you can take now to begin providing for your own home and family.
These were the easiest steps for me when I first started on the path to Voluntary Simplicity. And I think they can help you too.
Save Money On Unavoidable Expenses
There are some things you just have to pay for. But there are also easy ways to save money on those necessities. Sometimes it just takes thinking outside the box.
- Get What You Pay For – Are you getting all you paid for, or are you paying more for nothing? This article is eye-opening and can give you a different way of thinking about necessary expenses you’ve always just paid without thinking about.
- How To Make Ends Meet w/o Corporate Salary – Here is a 2-part article, and there are many tips on making ends meet even without a corporate salary. There’s something for everyone in these two posts!
- When Financial Times Get Tough – Another timely article to help you figure things out when you find yourself without much income. Every little bit helps – check out these simple tips.
- Saving Money On Electricity – It’s more than just ‘turn off unused lights’. This article talks about easy ways to save money on your electric bill that you may not have thought of.
- Rainwater Catchment Systems– Check your local laws to make sure it’s allowed, but it seems that in most areas capturing rainwater is encouraged. Here on the Homestead we do 100% of our outside watering with FREE rainwater. I share the three simple rainwater catchment systems we use.
Stretch Your Groceries
Stop and think about easy ways to feed your family without wasting food. Some of these tips significantly reduce the amount of time spent cooking and cleaning too! (fist-bump!)
- Cook-Once, Eat Twice is my favorite ‘simplify in the kitchen‘ method of cooking. It’s where you cook LOTS of a single entrée and freeze the leftovers for future meals. Examples could include filling your oven with LOTS of meatloaves, not just one. Or making many stuffed peppers, ravioli, etc. Then freezing the excess for a later meal. Heat-n-eat convenience.
- Planned Leftovers – Similar to Cook-Once, Eat-Twice but in this case you cook lots of a main ingredient with the plan to use it for a completely different dish on another night. Examples might be making meatloaf one night, then using a portion of that meatloaf for the meat ingredient in spaghetti or quesadillas.
Make What You Used To Buy
This self-sufficiency category can be very easy as well. Following are a few things I make for myself instead of buying. It not only saves money, but it reduces the need to go to the grocery store.
- Homemade Yogurt – This was my very first self-sufficiency move decades ago. I was floored to find out how easy it was to make yogurt on the stove-top with no special equipment. Now I typically make Instant Pot Yogurt since it’s even easier.
- Taco Seasoning – I make Tex-Mex meals often. So I make a jar of taco seasoning and keep it in my pantry for Carnitas Tacos, Pulled-Pork Enchiladas, Taco Soup and more.
- Homemade Bread – There are LOTS of bread recipes that don’t even require kneading. Just mix, rise and bake Rosemary Skillet Bread. And if you have beer in your pantry, you can make Beer Bread without even needing to add yeast! Now that’s truly mix/pour/bake convenience. And it’s not all sandwich bread, try Mix-n-Pour Tortillas or Buttermilk Biscuits for example.
Make Your Own Cleaners
From bathroom cleaner to laundry detergent, there are lots of homemade options out there. I share a few of my favorites here.
- Simple Household Cleaners – I used to think each different room and/or surface needed its own purchased special formula cleaner. Now I keep our home clean using a much cheaper & less-toxic method.
- Homemade Laundry Detergent – I’ve used this detergent recipe exclusively for over 10 years now. You only need 1-2 Tablespoons per load.
- Laundry Scent Booster – I line-dry our clothes and love the fresh scent of sunshine it leaves behind. But sometimes you just want a little extra sumpin’ on your cloth napkins & such. So I use this laundry-scent booster from time to time. Bonus? Only TWO ingredients!
- Easy Room Freshener – I have this cute lavender-scented room freshener in our guest bathroom. It was simple to put together and quick to refresh when the scent starts to wane.
- Homemade Carpet Cleaner – I needed something for pet stains on our carpet, but didn’t want to use harsh chemicals. This homemade carpet cleaner is all I use now.
Reduce Or Eliminate Disposables
Years ago I realized I was buying some things specifically to throw them away. I’d thought they offered me convenience. As it turns out, it’s not necessarily so.
- A Bidet Can Be An Eco-Win – It can eliminate the need for purchasing toilet paper altogether.
- Reducing Kitchen Trash – Check out this article for kitchen-specific tips on reducing the amount of trash our household produces.
- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen – Even if you DO need disposable paper napkins, there’s an easy way to get them… for FREE!
Zero-Waste Health & Beauty
Step by step I’m making our health & beauty routines with less waste. It’s much easier than I thought it would be.
- Homemade Hairspray – Yep, this is the only hairspray I use. It’s a mixture of rosemary-infused water, sugar and a tiny bit of alcohol as a preservative.
- Light & Sheer Face Powder – This sheer face powder is totally adaptable to your skin tone. And it’s made entirely with standard items in your kitchen.
- Zero-Waste Deodorant – I’ve used this deodorant for over a decade now. I’m very pleased with the results. Inexpensive, effective and with much less waste than those commercial deodorants.
- How To Use A Safety Razor – Like many of you, I was afraid I might be more likely to cut myself using a safety razor. I’m happy to say I’ve not found that to be the case and I’ve effortlessly used my vintage safety razor since around 2010.
Grow Your Own Food
This is one of the most enjoyable self-sufficiency tasks in my opinion. Plant a garden. You get healthy food for pennies on the dollar and stay out of the grocery stores too! It doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing deal. Plant a few things your family likes to eat.
- 3-Sisters Garden – This is a symbiotic garden strategy that the Native Americans utilized. Three veggies – corn, squash and beans grown together. Each vegetable actually helps the other.
- Growing A Garden Can Be Life Changing – It’s really true – come see the 4 ways growing a vegetable garden can actually change your life. For the BETTER!
- Edible Landscape – Just because a plant offers food doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Incorporate edibles into your regular landscaping for double the benefit. The results can be stunning.
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Vinegar is my #1 source of cleaner and disinfectant but the shelves have been empty but at least I still have a 1/2 gal. left.
I finally had to break down and go into town to get a few groceries. I have been cooped in the house since the 1st week of March. ( my own decision to do so) Got what I absolutely needed and then came home and worked outside for awhile.
Stay safe & stay healthy.
We’ve been pretty rigid with ourselves on the shelter-in-place order too Colleen. We’re allowed to run essential errands of course, but like you, we’ve decided to sit tight as long as possible. Stay safe, sweet girl! ~TxH~