Tiny House Homesteading

have the courage to dream

Reaching your goals with limited income.

The purpose of this post is to share how I accomplish my goals on our homestead with a very limited budget. Sometimes our budget is actually zero, but this plan makes even a zero budget work at times.

Two years ago I was making progress by focusing on one project at a time. I did get things done, but there were always so many more things to do. My new approach came two years ago when I started the year with a list of projects that I wanted to get done that year, however my break through didn’t come until I put my list in a place that I would see it on a regular basis. What is important to know is that everything on my list was there because it was part of my goals. Here are the 6 steps I took to make my goals a reality.

  1. I made a list of the projects I wanted to work on. Sometimes it was simply buying something for my homestead lifestyle. For example, we live on a homestead that is off grid, so on my list was a stove top popcorn popper. I wanted to be able store and cook popcorn because it is inexpensive and stores well. If I had the right popper I could easily use it off grid and store popcorn to use now and later.  By putting the popper on my list I was able to buy one after my husband had worked some overtime. I looked at my list and my budget and purchased the popper. Until I had the list where I could see it often I frequently forgot to buy it when we got extra money for purchases. That leads me to the second thing that I did.
  2. I put the list in places that I would see often. To begin with I made more then one list. I wrote one in my planner. I put a second list in my Journal (but I didn’t see that often), and I put a third list on my bedroom wall. Perhaps the most important list was in my bill binder.  By putting it with my bills I was able to look at it on paydays and determine if we had the means to get anything on the list or work on any projects that were on the list. If I felt like we had money to put towards my goals I could then talk to my husband and determine what item on the list we would work on that payday.  This leads me to the third thing that I did.
  3. I discussed the list of things I wanted to do with my husband, my kids, and my friends. By telling others about my list it created opportunities for others to help me work on my goals. For example, my husband brought home a wood box and said, “I thought this would make a great chicken coop for you.” He knew that a chicken coop was on my list.

    It took a few days, but I was able to turn this box into a chicken coop using things I had laying around. The only thing that I bought was screws (I am always buying screws), door hinges, and some paint.

    The point is that when I share my goals with others they are able to help me accomplish them. They encourage me or keep their eyes open for things that might help with my goals.
    Once I told my friend that I wanted to purchase a small washer for my home. She responded by telling me that she needed help at her place and offered to let me come and work for her for a few days to earn the money to purchase the washer.
    Just recently a friend gave me some fertilized eggs to try out my new incubator. She had plenty of eggs and knew that I needed to learn how to use my incubator. When we share our goals with others they love to help us find ways to accomplish them. Sometimes they just give us encouragement, but that is extremely valuable. One friend tries to ask me often what my project for the day is. She knows that just by asking me what I am working on encourages me to set a goal for the day. This leads me to my fourth suggestion.
  4. When I get something for free I adjust my schedule to fit in a project on my list that includes the free items I get. Being flexible is very important to getting things done on my list. Its not realistic to drop everything on your schedule for projects, but I do try to work them into my schedule as quickly as I can. For example when a neighbor dropped off a box of tomatoes that were going bad I worked canning stewed tomatoes into my schedule as quickly as I could so the tomatoes wouldn’t go bad.

    Also I don’t have a garage or a barn so when I get free wood I try to work in my wood projects as quickly as I can because the wood will warp out in the sun, wind, and rain.
    When I told my husband that I wanted to enclose my loft area he brought home some reclaimed wood for me. However it was the middle of winter so I set to work getting the doors built and the rest of the area framed and installed so that the wood wouldn’t sit outside in the snow or sit inside as a trip hazard in our small house.

    Working on projects as soon as time permits also helps to get projects done quickly instead of stretching it out over years. This leads me to my fifth suggestion.
  5. Have patience. Although it is great to jump on projects as quickly as you can, doing things before you can afford to do them can double the price of your project. Although I do everything I can as quickly as I can, I do it with free supplies as quickly as I can get free supplies buying things I need that I can’t find for free when needed. However patience is crucial to getting things done and doing it with a small budget. We try to do as much as we can as fast as we can, but patience enables us to wait for free supplies. This is where my last tip is very important.
  6. Have a long list of things that you want to work on. By having a long list of things to do you can switch up your projects as resources present themselves. My list includes inside and outside projects. It includes winter, spring, summer, and fall projects. My list is huge because life is so varied. I have projects that require supplies on it, and I have projects that just require time. I might have an organizing project that just requires time. I might have a planting project that uses left over seeds from the previous year so  I can put them in the ground if i don’t have the money to run to the store and get seeds for this current year.
    When it comes to paying down my debt focus is very important. Focusing on one debt at a time brings a lot of power, but when it comes to getting things done on my property, the long list actually allows me to keep making progress no matter what the weather or what my finances are. This method won’t work for everyone, but it has made it possible for our family to double or triple the number of things done over the past two years.  Make your list today and start sharing it with the people in your life who encourage you.


  1. I havee been surfingg on-line ore thann three hous today, yyet I never discovered any fascinatinng article
    like yours. It’s lovely worth enough for me. In my view, iff alll webmasters aand blogggers made gopd
    conten as you did, tthe internet might bee uch mode usefful thn ever before.
    I enjioy whaat yyou guys aare upp too. This sort oof clever wlrk
    annd exposure! Keep up thhe superb works guys I’ve incofporated youu
    gys tto mmy perdsonal blogroll. Waay cool!
    Somee veryy valid points! I appreciate you
    writing tbis aryicle ppus the rwst oof thhe sitye iis extremely good.

  2. Woah! I’m reallky enhjoying thee template/theme off this site.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of imes it’s very difdficult to gget thbat “perfect balance” betweeen usaer friiendliness and visual
    appeal. I must sayy yoou hasve dine a very gokod job ith this.
    Also, thee blo oads extremey fast forr mme onn Internet explorer.
    Outstnding Blog! I simplky coulkd noot leeave your sote prior too suggesting tnat I really
    enjoyedd thee standard informaton a pperson suppl forr your
    guests? Is goingg too bbe again ssteadily too inhvestigate cross-check nnew
    poswts I likoe iit wyen pwople get together
    aand shhare views. Greast blog, sick with it! http://foxnews.co.uk

  3. Thank you so much! It a incredible website! http://bit.ly/2njaATi

  4. Hello my friend! I want to say that this article is amazing, great written and come with
    approximately all vital infos. I would like to look extra posts like this .

  5. Hello would you mind stating which blog platform you’re
    working with? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time choosing
    between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems
    different then most blogs and I’m looking for something
    unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  6. I have been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or
    blog posts on this sort of area . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this web site.
    Reading this info So i am happy to show that I’ve an incredibly good uncanny feeling I found out just
    what I needed. I such a lot for sure will make certain to do not
    overlook this web site and give it a look regularly.

  7. Hey there! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my good
    old room mate! He always kept talking about this.
    I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. I do not even know the way I ended up here, however I thought this post was
    once good. I do not know who you might be but certainly you’re going to a
    famous blogger if you happen to are not already. Cheers!

  9. Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found
    that it’s truly informative. I am going to watch out for
    brussels. I will be grateful if you continue this in future.
    Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers! http://www.nafdac.gov.ng/?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=1514512

  10. You can definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write.
    The world hopes for more passionate writers
    like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  11. I’m actually glad to find this website on bing, just what I was
    looking for. Saved to bookmarks.

  12. I am not ssure wheere you are getting your information, but great topic.

    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding
    more. Thanks for magnificent info I was looking ffor this
    info foor my mission. https://bb-cream-best.blogspot.com/

  13. We do my own, personal research regarding the Reaching your goals
    with limited income. and that i precisely know what you write about!
    You did a fantastic job when i imagine. https://goo.gl/iiQX6q

  14. I suppose that your ideas about Reaching your goals with limited
    income. will not be fairly ideal. You glance at the
    condition, as it appears to me, from the unfavorable perspective and you will
    count negative and positive. http://bit.ly/2ojnLVx

  15. I don’t truly go along with your documents.
    I suggest writer has it’s opinion and it has the right to be, but still I can’t agree on at least 2
    issues covered. https://goo.gl/MRvD7X

    • tinyhouse12

      May 1, 2017 at 8:44 am

      I respect that you have your own opinion. It’s really about doing our best, thinking outside the box and using resources available to make our resources available stretch farther.

  16. I’ve been reading a lot about Reaching your goals with limited income., but none of
    the posts were as useful as this one. It’s quite updated as well as the examples are common and helpful.
    It is possible to really apply it inside the actual life. http://bit.ly/2oR2LIZ

  17. Great items from you, man. I have bear in mind your
    stuff previous to and you are simply too great.

    I actually like what you’ve bought right here,
    really like what you are stating and the best way
    during which you say it. You are making it entertaining and you continue to care for to stay it wise.
    I cant wait to learn far more from you. This is really a great web site.

  18. Hello! I know this is sort of off-topic but I had to ask.
    Does managing a well-established website such as yours take a large amount of
    work? I’m completely new to operating a blog however
    I do write in my journal everyday. I’d like to start
    a blog so I will be able to share my personal experience and feelings online.
    Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or
    tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it! http://indemec.com.co/?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=3468

  19. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It really useful &
    it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and aid others like you helped me.

  20. Many thanks extremely helpful. Will certainly share site with my good friends. http://bit.ly/2p7LTKb

  21. Hi, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this blog post. It was
    inspiring. Keep on posting!

  22. Do not include personal or monetary info like
    your Nationwide Insurance coverage quantity or credit card particulars.

  23. Excludes ATMs, over the counter at monetary establishments and retailers who elect
    not to accept Visa Prepaid Cards.

  24. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.

    I have read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you few
    interesting things or advice. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this
    article. I want to read more things about it!

  25. I feel that is one of the so much important info for me.
    And i’m happy studying your article. However want to observation on few
    normal issues, The website style is ideal, the articles
    is in reality excellent : D. Good task, cheers

  26. Spot onn with this write-up, I seriously feel this amazing site needs much more attention. I’ll probably bbe returning to read through more,
    thanks foor the information!

  27. Keepp this going please, great job!

  28. Hi, I do think this is a great site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to revisit yet again since I book marked it.
    Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

  29. There’s definately a lot to learn about this issue. I like all
    the points you made.

  30. First off I want to say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if
    you don’t mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind
    prior to writing. I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there.

    I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the
    first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any
    ideas or hints? Thank you!

  31. I am not sure where you’re getting your info, but
    good topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.

    Thanks for fantastic information I was looking for this info for my mission. http://howdybrowser.com

  32. I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my problem.
    You are incredible! Thanks! http://howdybrowser.com

  33. Wow, that’s what I was seeking for, what a material!
    existing here at this weblog, thanks admin of this

  34. Excellent web site you have here.. It’s hard to find high quality writing like
    yours nowadays. I seriously appreciate individuals like you!

    Take care!!

  35. I completely understand everything you have said. Actually,
    I browsed through your other posts and I think
    you happen to be absolutely right. Excellent job with this website.

  36. Incredible! This really is among the most helpful blogs we’ve ever came across on this subject.
    Really great. I’m also an expert in this subject matter for this
    reason I can know your hard work.

  37. I truly appreciate your work , Great post.

  38. Hello man, This was an excellent page for such a difficult subject to discuss.

    I look ahead to reading many more great posts like these.

  39. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article.
    I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of
    your useful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly return. https://www.prostatecancer.vip/prostatitis.html

  40. I was suggested this blog by means of my cousin. I’m not positive whether or not
    this submit is written via him as no one else realize such specific approximately
    my difficulty. You are incredible! Thanks!

  41. It’s awesome in favor of me to have a web page, which is good
    in favor of my know-how. thanks admin

  42. fantastic points altogether, you just gained a emblem new reader.

    What might you recommend about your post that you simply
    made some days in the past? Any certain?

  43. Ahaa, its fastidious conversation about this post at this place at this weblog, I have read all that, so at this time me also commenting here.

  44. Saved as a favorite, I love your blog!

  45. I’ve been browsing online moire tban 4 houyrs today, yet
    I never founnd any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.
    Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as youu did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  46. Hello, I log on to your blog like every week. Your writing style is witty, keep it up!

  47. I am extremely inspired together with your writing talents and also with the layout to your weblog.
    Is this a paid topic or did you customize it your self? Either way keep up the nice high quality writing, it
    is uncommon to look a nice blog like this one today..

  48. I have been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this blog. Thank you, I’ll try and check back more often. How frequently you update your website?

  49. I enjoy what you guys are up too. This sort of clever
    work and coverage! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve added you guys to blogroll.

  50. Every weekend i used to pay a visit this web site, for the reason that i want enjoyment, for the reason that this this web site conations truly good funny
    information too.

  51. When making an internet based purchase, that you are often presented using a
    few different payment methods.

  52. It’s awesome to visit this site and reading the views of all colleagues on the topic of this post,
    while I am also eager of getting knowledge.

  53. If some one wants expert view about running a blog afterward
    i suggest him/her to pay a quick visit this webpage, Keep up the nice work.

  54. Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo
    News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Many thanks

  55. Good post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I
    stumbleupon on a daily basis. It’s always exciting to read through content
    from other writers and use something from their web sites.

  56. Wow! In the end I got a weblog from where I can actually take useful data concerning my
    study and knowledge.

  57. Great ? I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your web
    site. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as related info
    ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently
    found what I hoped for before you know it in the least.
    Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add
    forums or something, site theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate.
    Nice task.

  58. Hi, just wanted to tell you, I loved this blog post.
    It was helpful. Keep on posting!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.