How to Barter Effectively: 5 Tips for Success

How to Barter Effectively: 5 Tips for Success

Bartering is an awesome way to get food or items you need for your homestead. Beyond saving money, it’s also an effective means by which a community can share the wealth directly with each other instead of through large corporations or stores. Even if self-reliance 

How to Stretch your Food Budget and be more Self-Reliant in the Process

How to Stretch your Food Budget and be more Self-Reliant in the Process

Making your food budget go further is a huge goal for self-reliant folks.  We’d like to feed ourselves more from our own backyard and spend less money at grocery stores.  But we don’t want to sacrifice good food in the process. Stretching your food budget 

20 Ways to be more Self-Reliant in 2020

20 Ways to be more Self-Reliant in 2020

A new decade is up on us. What will you accomplish this year, or over the next ten years? Are you just getting started, preparing for retirement, getting ready to expand? No matter what your next step, Homestead How-To can offer resources and information that 

How to Stay Organized on the Modern Homestead

How to Stay Organized on the Modern Homestead

Modern homesteading often means wearing multiple hats. Like most families, we have regular household chores to do, a job or two outside of the home, and responsibilities of caring for children. But homesteaders (even just part-time ones like us) also have things on their to-do 

How to Make a Small Kitchen Work

How to Make a Small Kitchen Work

Our kitchen is small. Its not New York City apartment small, or tiny house small, but for a family that raises most of its own food and needs space to process and cook all the time, it is kinda small. The photo above shows what 

How to Heat Your Homestead with a Wood Burning Stove

How to Heat Your Homestead with a Wood Burning Stove

This post is from guest contributor, Jana Strain. Wood stoves provide an amazing source of heat for your house.  The heat from a wood burning stove is best described as a warm blanket wrapped around you.  Unlike central heating, the temperature doesn’t fluctuate as much and you 

How to Connect with other Homesteaders Online

How to Connect with other Homesteaders Online

~ This article is co-authored by Libby McPhee and Carrie Williams Howe, founders of Homestead How-To   Homesteading is one of those lifestyles that thrives on the connections you make with others.  These connections enable you to learn new skills, correct mistakes you’ve made, and 

How to Sell Used Clothes

How to Sell Used Clothes

Selling used clothes isn’t necessarily unique to homesteading, but the further I get into a self-sufficient, homesteading mentality, the more I want to simplify my life.  I want to live with less and have less clutter.  I also find myself in a place where my income