In 2012, on the plains of Northern Arizona, two families joined forces and began the trials and tribulations of building a small family farm with nothing in the bank but love.
|Tomatoes on the left, cucumbers on right|
Our vegetables are plentiful but our funds are not. I've found lots of ways to save. Some of these I've told you about before. Some have been tweaked.
Food and Gas - two huge expenses. Fry's is our regular grocery store. The first Wednesday of every month we get 10% off for the age factor. Although we have to shop more than once a month, we try to make that day the stock up day. Sprouts is our fresh, natural, etc. store.
|Sadi in the cukes|
Entertainment - we still do the $5 senior price for an occasional movie. Every couple of weeks we do taco
Miscellaneous purchases - we always ask if they have senior or veteran discounts. We shop Home Depot because they give Frank 10% off.
Credit Cards - yep, we use them. The trick is to pay them off each month. For Costco, we use American Express and get a refund check at the end of the year which we turn around and spend at Costco to save money on food that month. For all other food and essentials we use a Visa card that builds points. We've used those points for such items as food, household needs and Christmas gifts. We have another card for farm expenses but we chose one with low interest and have made payments with our farmer market income.
There's a new venture coming up to take our Pirate Pickling to the next level and that's Kickstarter. We need to grow and get creative funding to do that. It starts next week so I'll tell you all about it then and hope you'll get involved and spread the word.
Overall, we're doing great. It isn't an easy thing to bring two families together who are a generation apart, have day to day different lifestyles and philosophies. But we're doing good. We've embraced the age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States - multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.