Can it be done? Do we really think we could spend the rest of our life never walking into a big box store?

That is our dream…right there out in the open we want to live WITHOUT Walmart!

Learning to Live without Walmart - A Homesteaders Dream

As I was making mint tea from our herb garden, scrambling eggs from our hens, and frying potatoes from the garden, I was so proud knowing that our breakfast didn’t come from a store, but right from our own backyard.  At the same time I was reviewing our grocery list and dreading the monthly trip into town.  I was tired of spending so much of our hard-earned money and needed to push our homestead to be even more self-sufficient.

But what more could we do and where should we start?

As with everything else, it started with pen and paper. We wrote down everything we already are doing. Then we made a list of the things we typically buy, and then made a list of things we can learn how to do.

Here are our lists….

What we already do:

What we normally buy:

  • Baking Supplies; flour, sugar, yeast, oil, shortening
  • Pasta, beans & rice
  • Health & Beauty Supplies; toothpaste, shampoo, mouthwash, hand soap, toilet paper
  • Clothes & shoes
  • Baby chicks in the spring
  • Pet food
  • Grain for the farm animals
  • Clothes
  • Light bulbs, batteries, candles

Once we wrote down a list of the things we generally buy, we were able to compile a list of the things we could work on to shorten our buy list. Thanks to the Internet we were able to find great tutorials on some of the items on our work list.

What we need to work on:

  • How to render lard
  • Grow and press sunflowers for oil
  • How to make soap using wood ashes and animal fat
  • How to make shampoo
  • How to make toothpaste
  • How to weave cloth
  • How to make candles
  • How to grind wheat for baking
  • How to make yeast
  • Learn to make pasta
  • Learn how to hatch eggs
  • Find and use alternative energy sources – solar panels
  • Learn to dye wool
  • Learn how to graft fruit trees
  • Grow grain for the farm animals

We do admit that there are still things we will need to buy, but our goal is to provide for ourselves as much as humanly possible. Will we ever be able to make the steel toe boots my husband needs for work, or a zipper needed to repair a jacket? No, but we can take control of our lives and have the satisfaction in knowing we have made the choice to live without relying on big box stores as much as we can!

Tracy Lynn



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