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6 Reasons You Might Blow Your Construction Budget (and how to avoid it)

If you’re planning to build your own home, there are so many ways you are likely to blow your construction budget. Check out these six ways you might unwittingly destroy it, and then get helpful tips to avoid blowing it in the first place.

If you want to buy land for your dream home, you must do these five critical things BEFORE you purchase

Buying Land: 5 Critical Things To Do Before You Purchase

Buying land and building a homestead is easily the biggest thing we’ve ever undertaken (well…at least besides parenthood). It was a stressful process, but it wouldn’t have been if we had known this crucial information. If you’ve found the property of your dreams, make sure you do these FIVE things before you pull the trigger and […]

Trying to choose between building a tiny house or a small house? You know you don't want the expense, upkeep, and materialism that comes with having a BIG house, but should you build a tiny house? In this post, we'll examine exactly why we chose to go smaller but NOT tiny and give guiding questions to help you decide if tiny or small living are right for you. #tinyhouse #smallhouse #homesteading

Why We Chose NOT To Build A Tiny House

Trying to choose between building a tiny house or a small house? You know you don’t want the expense, upkeep, and materialism that comes with having a BIG house, but should you build a tiny house? In this post, we’ll examine exactly why we chose to go smaller but NOT tiny and give you guiding questions […]

If you're dreaming of one day buying a piece of land to build a house or start a homestead, there is some important financial information you NEED to know before you take the leap from DREAMING to DOING. Don't jeopardize your homestead success because of money -- start off on the right financial foot! #homesteading #smartmoney

6 Financial Tips for Buying Land for Your Homestead

  Whether you want to homestead or just have a spot of Earth to call your own, buying land is something that requires patience, preparation, and care. We bought 16 acres to build a cordwood house off of the electrical and water grid, and in doing so we learned a LOT about what to do and what […]

You and your partner want to live a more self-sufficient life, but where do you start? Hint: it isn't by picking good mutual funds or hiding your money in a mattress.

Three Money Tips for Couples Who Want to Live a Self-Sufficient Life

Having control of your finances is crucial to living a self-sufficient life. These three things are vital to us as a couple to get control of our money and build the homestead of our dreams.

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5 Items Our Family Uses to Minimize Everyday Waste

Ever worry about how much trash you make and the impact it has on the world around us? In this post, we’ll explore various reusable options that can help you reduce your footprint, even if you have small kids. 


How We Live on HALF Our Income

Living well and saving money, even on a teacher’s salary, isn’t impossible if you know how to spend your money well. In this post, I’ll show you how WE live on half our income and save the other half for our building project. Update: This post applied to our budget BEFORE I decided to quit […]


How We Got Rid of Half of Our STUFF

We live in a world that tells us we need to consume. Get a bigger house and fill it up with stuff. Get a better job with more money so you can afford more stuff. STUFF! Here, we’ll discuss the steps we took to downsize all of our belongings by HALF and how you too […]

We paid off $24000 in debt in one year using the Debt Snowball. Here are the two FREE TOOLS we used to help us keep track of our payments. When you're in debt, your money works for someone else. When you owe nothing, your money can work for YOU. Live like no one else! #debtfree #financialpeace #debtsnowball

How to Rock the Debt Snowball and Get DEBT FREE

I find myself increasingly scrolling through my Facebook feed, looking at friends who post about how they want to be debt free or are in the process of getting there. I see those of you who are struggling with your money situations in the open, and I see friends who keep it close. I see […]

The two of us are embarking on a unique journey towards living simply, economically, and ecologically. Follow us through our successes and failures as we strive to build a house with our own hands. #greenbuilding #debtfree #sustainability

This is Where Things Get Interesting

Hello, dear readers! You may have noticed a significant lack of updates as of late.  People who know us are aware of the level of crazy we have reached, and those who have read previous posts know what we dream of doing.  So all that being said, here’s what’s going on. We have OFFICIALLY sold […]

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