3 steps to start homesteading in the suburbs

Farm house style has gotten major attention recently in the home decor world. Chip and Joanna Gaines should get the major credit in bringing back the old world charm to the decor world. The reason farm house style has become so popular is because no matter where one lives ,human beings crave the coziness of the old style homestead living.

The real truth is that the real coziness of a homestead is not in the decor of your home, but your lifestyle. However not everyone will have the luxury of living on a farm in the country side. We live on a quarter acre land ,in suburban neighborhood , 20min from a major city, with a pretty strict home owners association. Even with those limitations I try my best to bring some homesteading practices into our life style. So if you are like me , living in a suburban neighborhood here are 3 ways your can jumpstart your homesteading journey.

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3 Hobbies that everyone should have

The more you focus on minimizing distractions in life and maximizing value, the more time and money  you have at your leisure. That is the whole goal of being a Valuist. When we have more time at our leisure we have to make sure we are spending it creatively. Your activities should be relaxing as well as enriching.

3 Hobbies that everyone should have

The definition of Hobby is “An activity done regularly in one’s Leisure time for pleasure”. When you look at the definition the watching Netflix on couch with bag of chips will  fit the criteria. Assuming you are doing it in your leisure time, it certainly gives pleasure for most of us. That is the reason I like to modify the definition. My definition is  “An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time that fits at least one or all of the following criteria”

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May Frugal Wins

Indoor spring cleaning is a piece of cake when you are a minimalist. It took me about one hour to do a thorough spring cleaning of our entire 3500 sq ft home. The biggest reason being lack of accumulated clutter.

Outdoor cleaning was something I dreaded. We have been living in this house for over 5 years now.  So as you can imagine the windows and outdoor vinyl on the front porch had started getting dull and a nice coating of mildew.

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April Frugal wins

April was a month I made a big change to move to working part time hours! With both our children in school age I felt I am needed a lot more at home. We ran the numbers and decided we are in a reasonably good shape financially that I can afford to take a salary cut.

Although we can easily manage our expenses even with our newly reduced income, We are constantly looking to find new ways to save money.

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I can live without these..but I chose not to- Money well spent!

We are strong believers of spending money on making memories instead of spending money on products. So we usually plan couple of fun vacations with our kids every year. This, we think, is money spent well.

However, every now and then we come across some products or services that we can totally do without but they add so much value to your every day life.

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Is cooking the new sewing?

I enjoy cooking . Of course there are some days that I feel a little lazy to cook but they are very rare. But lately I keep hearing more and more frequently from friends and family they do not cook, they get take outs and ready to eat food. I think within the past 1-2 years I am hearing this more and more frequently.

Recently I while listening to one of Mark Hyman’s podcasts I heard a nutritionist mention that cooking has become like sewing. This comment got me thinking. Maybe one or two generations back it was common or normal for the mom or grandmom to sew all the clothes for the family. Then with the ready made clothing industry and fashion industry booming, less and less people were making their own clothing. Now sewing has become more like a hobby which you do just for the fun of it.

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3 Pillars of a minimalist Skincare

We all know for beautiful skin a clean diet and drinking plenty of water is essential. But the products you use on your skin is also very important. Especially once you are in your 30s or older a regular skincare regimen is very crucial for maintaining a healthy glow and ageing gracefully.

Walking into a department store or your local drug store skin care aisle can be very intimidating. There is always a newer better product on the shelf that promises ageless skin. The thing is, a lot of these products are good quality and they work pretty well. But if you are not following a few basic skin care rules even the most expensive and great quality product will not give you the best results.  For example say you bought a very expensive great quality cream such  Creme de Lamer costing over $300 but you are not using good sun protection during the day, you still will end up with crappy skin.

So here I list the 3 pillars of skincare. Whether you use only these 3 products or decide to add other products of your choice, these 3 products will ensure a good healthy glow to your skin.

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The Dynamic duo of Grocery stores – How we reduced our grocery bills in half

Food always has been a large part of our monthly expense. We enjoy cooking and eating food as a family. Cutting down on our weekly groceries seemed like a very hard task. We shop mostly at a local large chain supermarket which is very close to home. On an average our monthly expense on groceries were around $800-$1000. Which is not too bad for a family of four, who mostly eat at home and also try to stick to quality food products. But I still wanted to see if there is way to reduce the grocery expense without affecting the quality of food we ate. We tend to eat mostly “real food” instead of prepackaged processed food. We also choose mostly organic produce. That’s when I started using the 2 grocery store combination and saw that I was able to significantly reduce our grocery bills and at the same time eat quality home made food. These two are None other than Costco and Aldi

 

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