Thursday, November 11, 2010

1 question answered and a blog about farm implements...

We use a lot of the old antique farm implements you might see as “cast offs” on farmer’s fields, etc. We use them a lot… Horse drawn equipment is getting harder to come by it seems. It is for the most part not being made new any longer. We have been fortuanate to pick up some old-equipment at Amish auctions at a fair price. Some of the equipment is the actual “cast offs” you do see in those fields and then we repair them.

One thing about our lifestyle that has afforded us to live as we do (besides our huge and GRACIOUS Lord having our back) is not having the high fangled farm equipment. Farming with horses takes care of the “equipment overhead” and living without electricity/propane/gas etc. takes care of the “utility overhead” and living for the Lord takes care of everything else. Note to readers: We never said this is easy financially or easy at all. However, our Lord has always provided our needs and we continue to look to Him for guidance and we will always continue to give him the glory for allowing us to live as we do…
This brings us to a question that was asked by a blog reader recently: “How much do you need to live to get by as opposed to having to have it”? Well, that number you want us to say here wouldn’t help because your number and our number are not the same. Without making the answer sound too easy because it truly is not easy but for the sake of a long post on the subject I will state this: Get rid of all extras that you can. We are still working on this.
For example, I would for sure say get rid of ALL car payments, ack!!! It might mean going to 1 car, without a radio and without air con (yuhp that’s us). And in an ideal setting you wouldn’t have a mortgage. We still have a mortgage but it is a goal to get rid of it and a goal to always be reducing it. But just today ironically, the Gentle Giant and I were discussing if we did not have a mortgage our biggest expense still is INSURANCES! Life, Health, Home and Auto! So without a mortgage we would still have insurance costs. And that’s where I would agree with the Amish 150% to not have insurance but we live in an English world and for now that seems to be how it is… I have tons to say on this but I won’t be these posting these remarks on line.
Get rid of all you can that is extra make what you can, and for lack of better words and someone said it much better than I could have ever thought, “Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do or Do Without”. One more note of advice that could stink: Don’t pay anyone to tell you how to save money!!! THE BEST WAY TO SAVE MONEY is not to pay someone a monthly fee or for their radio program but to STOP SPENDING IT. And for the record, we would be the last ones to give any sound financial advice to anyone. We are doing the best we can do with the Lord’s help and leading. We have made many mistakes…

4 comments:

Treasures Evermore said...

LOVE the photos...and GREAT sound advice.

A Country Helpmeet said...

Oh Ang, this was a wonderful post! As you know, we so desperately want to be off-grid and are still working on it. Our biggest hurdle is finding an Ins. Company whom will let us have a wood stove. We have made several cut backs in other areas as well. Sadly, some people think one chooses the life to "easier" and less money. It is not that, but that is a more fulfilling life.

HUGS!

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

We are the same as you. The only debt we have is to finish paying off our mortgage. Then we have the normal expenses. It's so fun reading the answers to peoples questions! Thanks for taking the time to do that! :) Wish I lived closer so I could visit your place! :)

C.R. Urban Homesteader's said...

I think it is always neat to hear from like minded people. When friends hear that we don't have credit cards and are working towards being debt free they think we are crazy! I'm only 24, my husband and I got married early and am pregnant with my second child and the thing I hear the most is don't you just want to be a kid for a while, LOL. I love my life and I feel that my friends will wish they had spent more time saving and less time going out and partying in a few years, when we are debt free!

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