What I Learned from a Homesteader Living on Tatooine

According to Joel Salatin, every homestead has it’s own assets and liabilities. For the Lars family homestead in Star Wars, there were plenty of challenges to overcome, perhaps the most obvious being a harsh desert environment to farm in. But, the family had water and, in a desert economy, water was what you really wanted. In this episode, Tim talks about the importance of recognizing what assets a person has and using them.

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Leaving the Office to Homestead Full-Time

After 17 years of working a traditional office job in Little Rock, Arkansas, we are now transitioning to homestead full-time to put our 20 acres and the skills we’ve learned over the last 10 years homesteading part-time to the test. In this episode, Tim publicly thanks those who have helped made our progress possible including Tim’s supportive bosses and all our loyal customers.

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How I Semi-Retired by the Age of 35

Have you ever dreamed of retiring early and devoting more of your time to family, farming, or various forms of ministry and charity work? In this episode Tim shares 7 pivotal steps he took to semi-retire by the age of 35 to do those very things.

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Budgeting with Digital Envelopes

If you have learned to be self-disciplined in your personal finances and have discovered the money-saving benefits of zero-balance budgeting, consider “kicking it up a notch” for even greater balance-building, money-making momentum. In this episode, Amy discusses the advantages of digitizing the cash-envelope system, and even how to turn it into a passive income in the process.

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Staying on Top of Laundry on the Homestead

Do you have trouble staying on top of the dreaded laundry pile? If you take a moment to analyze your approach, you may find that you are wasting a lot of time doing unnecessary steps. In this episode, inspired by a practical laundry “hack” by an experienced mother of 13 from the “Real Mom Real Solutions” YouTube channel, Amy discusses how she has successfully redeemed hours of time every week by applying a few simple solutions.

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Three Ways to Stop Inflation from Burning your Budget

We’ve all been hearing about “inflation” in the news lately. Most of us aren’t just hearing about it, but we’re feeling it in our wallets too. What can a family do to protect against the rise in prices and the decrease in the value of the dollar? In this episode, Tim gives three practical ways to stop inflation from burning your budget.

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Budgeting with Cash Envelopes

Regardless of the size of your income, you can benefit from a budget. If you struggle with debt and have a tendency to charge on your credit card more than you earn in your paycheck, you can especially benefit from the cash-envelope system of budgeting. In this episode, Amy discusses the basics and benefits of using the cash-envelope system, and mentions two bonus strategies you can use to gain better control of your finances.

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Assets vs. Liabilities: The Key to Building Wealth

Do you know the difference between an asset and a liability? If your finances are eroding faster than they are accruing, you may need to revisit the concept. In this episode, drawing from a financial principal he first learned from author Robert Kiyosaki, Tim talks about how a proper understanding of assets and liabilities is key to building wealth.

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How to Make Soap: A Beginner’s Guide

Tired of searching for the perfect bar of soap to meet your family’s specific needs? In this episode, Amy explains the step-by-step process of making your own soap using the simplest recipe from the beginning steps of purchasing ingredients and needed tools all the way to learning how to formulate your own recipe using a Saponification chart. Once you understand the basic process and mathematical equations, the skies the limit on what soaps you can make as [...]

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What I Learned About Small Business from a Ferengi Bartender

In addition to providing fun entertainment, the classic Star Trek franchise has delivered episode after episode of thought-provoking material to spark the synapses. Included on the transporter pad of ideas ready to beam into the viewer’s imagination has not only been shimmers of science and philosophy, but of economics and everyday business as well. In this video Tim discusses three lessons he has learned about small business while watching the example of a Ferengi Bartender on Star [...]

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