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A great way to save money is to use the resources you have on hand to their full potential.  This works really well with making the most of your grocery budget.  The average family throws out quite a bit of left over and spoiled food, which equates to throwing away money!  Now I’m not suggesting that you serve your family leftovers everyday for dinner, but just that you be a little creative when managing your family’s grocery budget. Many people find menu planning very helpful, I personally don’t menu plan too rigidly, but I do have an overall idea of…

Chickens are a wonderful addition to just about any homestead. They are suited to even the smallest of yards. We have a small flock of five chickens, which provide us the most delicious fresh eggs, turn our compost, as well as giving us great garden fertiliser. Chickens are pretty low maintenance and require very little effort for the wonderful returns they provide. They just need secure housing to protect them from predators, clean water, and some food daily. We tend to feed our chickens plenty of kitchen scraps and some leafy greens from the garden, plus a bit of commercial feed…

My gardening journey began with a tiny plot about 2m x1m. I had the desire to start vegie gardening but was scared off thinking it was all very complicated. Thankfully, I read a great book by Jacque French called Backyard Self-Sufficiency, which gave me the confidence to give gardening a try. That was 7 years ago and that 2m plot has grown to become roughly one third of our backyard. It has been a lot of trial and error, with some mistakes and some wonderful successes. The most wonderful discovery has been that gardening is not as difficult and mysterious…