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How To Grow A Budget Vegetable Garden From A Homestead Expert : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #3-4 June 19- July 2

GARDENING HELPS KEEP YOUR FOOD COSTS DOWN WHILE INSPIRING IMAGINATION.   This year may be the year you decide to finally grow a vegetable garden in your front or back-yard. Gardening can be as inexpensive or costly as you’d like depending on how you approach it. My name is Karen from the blog Lil Suburban Homestead and I hope I can inspire you to get out and dig with our best kept secret vegetable garden tips. To start your vegetable garden you may feel a bit intimidated, don’t be. To ease your worries I’ll share with you our success and failures over the years. We’ve been through it all which has helped us become homestead experts for our family. Sometimes failure is only the beginning to your success.   Beginning to vegetable garden is about learning   When we started our vegetable garden let’s just say our first attempt turned into a failure but not without a learning experience. I was disheartened but not discouraged from continuing my quest to grow home-grown, delicious food!  I guess you could say it was in my DNA as when I grew up my parents always had a tiny garden but I always wanted […]

Money Is A Resource Not To Be Confused With A Power Tool : The Saturday Weekend Review #164

THE WEALTH OF PERSPECTIVE TELLS US THAT NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS   If you love money and I mean REALLY love money don’t ever let it push you over the edge to submerge those you love with a life of unhealthy behaviours which includes embarrassing yourself. My wife and I hardly consider ourselves rich BUT some people may because we no longer have a mortgage, we are young and I earn an good income and love my career. We never use our blessings in a manner which demonstrates rudeness towards others rather we contribute to society in a giving way. Related: How we became mortgage free in 5 years This blog is an example of how we want to motivate others to become debt free while building our own relationship together. The budget never stopped for us when the debt was gone. Throughout the years we’ve used money to help us understand how it affects our relationship and how to continue growing as a couple. Money is one of the main reasons people divorce these days and we don’t want to become a statistic so we work on US. Money is just, well money. Related: Rebuilding Life and Finances […]

Should I Spend $35,000 to Renovate My House or Move? : The Saturday Weekend Review #146

HOME OWNERSHIP ISSUES   How much does it cost to renovate a house? Well, to renovate anything to do with your house can cost as little or as much as you’re prepared to spend. With everything on the market these days there are high-end products and for those who don’t wish to spend too much money you can be frugal and spend less on lower-budget fixes. With each of the above your choices can make or break the sale of your home depending on what you choose to renovate and how much money you put into the renovation itself. When I say make or break I mean how much money you’ll get for what you put into the house or for what it’s worth. A friend of mine who is single bought a 25-year-old starter home a little over 5 years ago in a great area of town. His house is around 2000sq feet with a fully finished basement that needs updating. Other areas of the house he wishes to renovate are both the full-bathrooms and the kitchen. The roof and windows have already been replaced since he purchased the home. The most common areas of a house to renovate […]

Dumpster Diving~The Top 5 Rules For Finding The Good Free Stuff!

Photo Credit: thephotoholic/freedigitalphotos.net Guest Post: Karen Dumpster Diving You know there are a lot of negative connotations with dumpster diving and I know I definitely always had issues with this myself. As I’ve gotten older and as the US economy has gotten tougher I have learned to be more resourceful of course not only that but my husband has pleasantly surprised me over time with some amazing dumpster finds. This is a regular feature on my blog Lil’ Suburban Homestead’s site that we share our latest dumpster diving finds and it has become popular.  I mean, Who Doesn’t Like Free? It’s Pickin Time! I will admit we even had our own family members in somewhat disbelief of the great finds we have found until they have been out with us when it has happened. I am not going to claim to be the dumpster diving diva although I do know how to dive. While I love to join in on dumpster diving adventures I am often not as mobile because of my job.  I work for the school system in Coastal North Carolina so I’m trapped in a building all day long. It’s my husband who finds the good dumpster diving […]

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