RancherMan & I are self employed. As any self-employed person knows, the toils are more meaningful but c’mon it’s true – the time requirement is much higher & the income is much less. We’re both very frugal minded though, and that helps bunches. We’re mindful of ways to save money (and even more importantly ways not to waste money).
Having this mindset allows us to live & work right here living a life that speaks to our hearts because our income requirement stays low. It’s just a state of mind, y’all! Come see 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save money.
Like my other siblings & myself, my brother has lived in Texas almost all his life. But when he married MST3K star Mary Jo Pehl (aka: Pearl Forrester) several years ago they lived in Austin for a short while, then moved waaaaay up north to Minneapolis Minnesota.
Wow, now that’s a long way away for a Texas gal to visit – it’s a 14-hour drive! So each time they asked we promised we’d look into a visit soon but ranch duties, calving issues, garden chores, community commitments, etc. just kept us from being able to carve out enough time to be away from the ranch.
But RancherMan stumbled upon a ‘Wanna Get Away’ fair on SW Airlines that made it affordable for us to fly out. Less time away from the ranch – let’s DO IT! First we had to drive into Big D to catch a flight…
RancherMan & I love our home in our Northeast Texas paradise. But sometimes a road trip is in order and we love to travel to West Texas to visit our favorite aunt and uncle. Recently we had just the opportunity after viewing our calendars and seeing it’s about to get super busy at the Taylor Household. So we prepared our animals for our brief absence and headed west for a weekend of fun in Amarillo, Texas.
Recently RancherMan & I traveled to a city about 4 hours away from our ranch so that we could attend the 2-day Mother Earth News Fair. I’d never been to their fair before and OH MY what a great time we had!!
But since it was a two day seminar and because it was an 8-hour round trip, we decided to get a hotel room close to our destination for the weekend. Now we prefer Comfort Inn Suites because we’ve found the quality at their hotels is pretty consistent. And we like the complimentary hot & hearty breakfast that their chain of hotel offers.
Although hotel stays can be notoriously wasteful, there are a few ways RancherMan & I have easily & comfortably reduced some of the waste that would typically be produced by a hotel stay.
So, y’all already know that RancherMan & I took a little road trip recently to central Texas. We were there to enjoy the 2-day Mother Earth News Fair. It’s the first time we’ve ever been able to attend their fair. And let me tell ya it was AWESOME!
But while I was packing my bag in preparation for our trip I was reminded of something that I do to help keep my things organized inside my luggage. Check out this Homestead (travel) Hack. Oh man, you’re not gonna believe this!
A couple of months ago I was scanning my newsfeed and suddenly I stopped cold. What do I see before my eyes? Could it be? YES– the Mother Earth News Fair was coming to Texas! I’d never been able to attend the MEN Fair before since I was under the mistaken impression that it was always held in the same location, far away from our homestead.
Imagine my utter glee at seeing that they hold fairs all around the US and now it was coming to central Texas, certainly within driving distance for RancherMan and me! So we excitedly made plans to attend the two-day event.
So you say you’re planning on skipping over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for the holidays? And of course as is tradition, each family is bringing their favorite dish to share at the big feast.
That’s awesome, what a wonderful time you’ll have – warm memories filled with fun, family and good food!
But it’s an hour’s drive to grandma’s house and you want to arrive early enough to visit with all your cousins before you eat. Plus you know grandma’s kitchen is small & that she’s already got her oven filled to the brim with her mammoth-sized ham and turkey.
So how are you going to keep your dish hot? Or even heat it up before it’s time to sit down for the big meal?
We’re often faced with that situation as well, here’s what we do:
I’m a full-time Homesteader. But I’m also a full-time blogger. (How does she do it, folks?? LOL) Recently RancherMan & I were planning a road trip 7 hours away. I knew we would be away from the homestead for a week and a half.
I hated to leave my blog work at home getting further & further behind until I returned. But what’s a girl to do?
Well luckily I’m married to a handsome I.T. guy. And what a wonderful electronic age we live in! RancherMan has me covered with a pretty sweet setup that allows me to take my computer on the road and work in the car instead of staring blankly out the window for hours on end worried about the work piling up at home. Wanna see my on-the-road office?