America is going downhill, and fast. I’m not going to go into detail about my personal political views, but let’s just say I’m not happy with the system as it is. Nor am I happy with the American people. As it is, I have decided to start my homesteading life with the intentions of one day going off-grid.
I have only just started the planning stage as of 7/1/15 (last night). I am starting by planning out some financials so that I can begin storing food long-term.
Let me say, at the present time, I do not even have a garden, let alone a homestead with animals and such. I do, however, live in a rural area with a small amount of land that will allow me to have a garden and raise animals when I get to that point. But for now, we are focusing on a week’s worth of food stored away.
I have started the process by clipping a few coupons and price shopping. As I said, I live in a rural area and all we have locally is a small Wal-Mart. Therefore, I selected the sites for a small city about half an hour away, and plan on shopping at a few various stores there. For more specialty items, I’m sure I will have to shop online. We also belong to a warehouse store, for bulk items.
Last night I accomplished part of my shopping lists and got a few of my coupons clipped. Now, I’m not (yet) an extreme couponer, and I’m not sure if the 10 coupons I clipped will really make a difference or not, but I have to think that it will help in the long run. I think perhaps I’ll use each computer we own to print duplicates and split them between the stores I’ll go to. That should double or triple my savings.
I’ve also scoured the weekly ads for price comparison to get the best deals, but also to get price matches. This’ll add just a bit more to my savings.
I think I’m going to put the small change I save in an Animals fund to save up to buy myself a milk cow and a few chickens. It’ll take a while unless I get really serious about clipping coupons but this is going to be a slow process. As it is, I have nowhere to put any animals so that’ll have to be addressed first anyway.
The last homesteading thing I tried last night was to bake some wheat bread. What a flop. I think my yeast was old or maybe I used too cool of water with it or something… whatever I did, it didn’t rise so I had to throw it out. I’ll get some more yeast at the store and try again, perhaps with a more detailed recipe.
So, that’s Day One in a nutshell. I’m going to go finish my shopping lists and clip a few more coupons!