Read These 6 Books While You Save For Your Homestead
While we’re in the stage of working a lot and saving for our future homestead, I find that some of the best inspiration and motivation for me is to read books about making money, budgeting, and especially homesteading and wilderness living to remind me what I’m working toward.
If you’re in a similar phase, maybe you too need some day-to-day fuel to keep you on track and help you maintain a positive mindset.
It can be easy to lose sight of the big picture when it seems like all you do is work. And when you love homesteading and living a rural existence, it can be equally taxing to be immersed in a fast-paced, ladder-climbing society that is such a far cry from what we value and are striving toward. But we have to follow suit for a while in order to escape the rat race!
So, we’d better try to stay inspired in the mean time.
These books have helped me do just that in one way or another, and I hope you find them motivating too!
I listen to Dave Ramsey a lot, usually while I’m getting ready for my day or doing dishes. I’ve found that even if I already know the information (because I’ve listened to him so much), it’s motivating for me and helps me stay on track regarding finances.
One of the goals we are working on right now in order to get back to northeast Washington and start the homestead life we so long for, is to pay off all debts and save money.
This book lays out a program for budgeting and getting ahead financially and I recommend everyone read it and take control of their money!
This is the book that really slapped me in the face when it comes to quitting the rat race.
When I first read the book in 2016, I started a dropshipping website the very next week.
Since then, I’ve taken a different route with web design, but I think this book is what first got me to thinking in the direction of having an online business and eventually passive income from online businesses (working on that step now!).
If the phrase Lifestyle Design is new to you, definitely read this. Actually, I think anyone who wants to get out of the rat race and get that oh-so-valuable resource of TIME back, while still supporting themselves and their families, needs to read this!
For me, reading other people’s accounts of rural life on a homestead are not only entertaining, but motivating.
Helen and Scott Nearing left the city in 1932 with very little cash and spenty sixty years homesteading in Maine.
This book is full of homesteading wisdom from water systems to growing food to homestead finances, interwoven with charming stories.
This book is often accredited for inspiring the back to the land movement of the 1960’s.
This book blends so many of my favorite things: wilderness living, homesteading, and the far north.
I read it many years ago and it remains a favorite.
Written by Norma Cobb, who along with her husband and five children, headed north to Alaska in 1973 to claim land under the Homestead Act. The only land left for them, though, was near the Arctic Circle in rugged untouched Alaskan wilderness.
I loved reading about this journey and the life they carved for themselves.
It’s probably a good idea to start brainstorming about the systems you want to have on your future homestead and how they will all work together to form one large harmonious design.
This book helps you to do just that, using a permaculture approach so that the relationship you have with your land and everything that lives on it is a beneficial one.
My favorite permaculturist, with his rebellious nature and mountain dwelling life, I couldn’t help but be drawn to him.
Sepp is doing some really interesting things high in the Austrian mountains, even managing to grow citrus by positioning water and boulders just so.
If you plan to keep pigs, you’ll want to see the shelters he builds for his too.
Just an overall great read.