The Homestead Reference Library: Your Money or Your Life

By , October 13, 2011

The content you’re looking for is no longer here. We’re finally beginning to shut this blog down, to remove old content.

We’ve chosen to start with essays that are available elsewhere. Specifically, this article has been edited into our eBook, More Calories Than Cash: Frugality the Zeiger Homestead Way. It contains edited, improved, and expanded versions of essays that used to be available for free on this blog, and new material as well. You can learn more about it, and order it here.

8 Responses to “The Homestead Reference Library: Your Money or Your Life”

  1. Sherry says:

    I have both these books and re-read them regularly. I found them late in life (50’s) and wish I’d known about them when in my 20’s. They are both truly life-changing books if you follow them.

  2. Don says:

    Quick question: Are your links to Amazon tied to your account?

  3. Mark Zeiger says:

    True, but unfortunately I have yet to meet anyone in their 20s who would follow them!

  4. Mark Zeiger says:

    Yes. All of our Amazon links provide us a small advertising fee from Amazon, which does not come out of the buyer’s pocket.

    We urge everyone to support their local, independent bookstore, but for those who shop Amazon, the links provide a convenience, and a micro-income for us.

  5. Joe says:

    I’m 31, my wife is 28, and my daughter is 8. Is it realistic to think we could actually make it for the long term ‘homesteading’. It seems possible to me, but I may not be being realistic. If so, what are the major steps needed to avoid certain failure? We currently only have a tiny bit of student loan debt and the house which we would sell. Any advice is appreciated.

  6. Mark Zeiger says:

    Joe, it’s far more than age, of course, but we often wish that we could have started when we were younger. Especially, we wish that we could have started this life earlier for Aly’s sake. I’d love to have started here at 31!

    It’s more about attitude, commitment, and ability. There are no guarantees against failure; I guess the major step to avoid it would be to make sure every family member is willing to give it a try. Set your goals realistically, then do your best.

    As for our advice, the blog’s largely about. Read, enjoy, and learn from our mistakes! And, be courageous. The pay off is immense.

  7. Joe says:

    I guess my plan is to save up enough to pay off most of whatever land we bought and have a few years of money saved up. I’m sure one of us would work at first while we also tried to invent other ways to make money or do remote work. That is kind of what I meant by ideas on avoiding certain failure.

  8. Mark Zeiger says:

    You’ve definitely got the right idea. Paying off debt is most important in my opinion, and a nest egg really helps! If one or both of you can work, you should be set. I’d guess securing the land is the highest priority (after removing debt). Getting to the point where you can spend most of your time and energy on the business of living can come later. Best of luck!

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