When I think of the word “Homesteader”, I envision a family living in a small home, built by hand, with no municipal resources such as electricity and water.
The children are schooled through the day-to-day process of keeping the family alive. Mom and Dad wind down from the day looking out over their property from the porch, not by looking at the TV. And the best toy each child has is their imagination.
That is not what the majority of people think of when they say “homestead”. Instead, most consider it simply a term to mean a return to a more simple time. A little bit of gardening. A chicken or two. Solving problems at home, rather than getting someone else to do it, or buying not something when you can reuse something else to get the job done. Nothing wrong with that at all.
Another popular term is “Modern Homestead” – which is essentially the recognition that while many of us love the concepts of a more simple life, there are some things we do not plan to give up. Let’s be honest: Without a camera, a computer and the Internet, our humble website, YouTube Channel and other publications would not exist.
Spending money to save money:
There is a bit of a catch with this. And, if we are honest, it is a little hypocritical. Homesteaders talk about living a simple life, being frugal, and so on. However, keeping up with the latest technology can be very expensive. Mind you, it can also create an income or save time, so one can easily and truthfully justify technology just as they would justify purchasing a tractor – the benefits outweigh the cost.
Though, there are ways to spend little or no money, and still get the desired result.
Twice in 3 days I had the opportunity to tell a few people about a piece of software that I really like, and I want to share it with you as well.
Make no mistake, if technology is expensive, the software, or computer programs, can really hurt your bank account. But it does not have to be that way.
The software I want to tell you about is Apache OpenOffice, and it is 100% free. I do not get any kickback for telling you about it. Just the satisfaction that I might have saved someone a few hundred dollars. It has been around for some time, just hiding in the background for those who know about it. If they market it, I have never noticed it.
OpenOffice has programs in it for writing as well as for doing spreadsheets and presentations, and several others as well. These are all similar to Microsoft Office, but free. Oh, and yes, you can save the files you create in OpenOffice in Microsoft formats (such as .doc, .ppt, .xls), as well as the Adobe format .pdf, so there is no need to worry about not being able to share whatever you create.
These are very useful tools for a homestead, and saves you money for doing things like:
- Homeschooling Children
- Business Planning
Homesteaders: The Penny Pinchers
Saving money is probably inherent to all homesteading, whether it is “Modern Homesteading” or not. As we reuse and re-purpose things from around our homes, lets not forget that sometimes we can still find quality products for free. And, if you are able, spread the word!
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