Running a farm, whether it’s a small hobby one or a big industrial production, is not without its costs, but if you’re trying to live even more frugally than you already do, and reduce your day to day costs, there are a number of things you can do.
Here are some of the ways farmers are saving money and reducing their costs right now:
Recycle, Reduce and Reuse
This is so simple but so very effective at saving the average farmer money. Most of the items you have on your far can be repurposed and used for another application, which although it was not built for, it will work adequately well. By using stuff you already have instead of buying new, you can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Good examples of this would be repurposing an old fence as a chicken coop or turning an old barn into a fence!
Plant Machinery Auctions
If you need heavy machinery and farming equipment, you should pretty much never buy it new; go to Plant Machinery Auctions instead! You can get everything you need for a fraction of the cost, and it works every bit as well as the new stuff, thus saving you money, without making life even a little bit more difficult for you.
Learning Better DIY Skills
If you’ve taken on a farm, you’ll know all too well that you have to learn how to patch things up and get them working again pretty quickly, which is why so many farmers are investing more time and effort than ever into learning more and more complex DIY skills, allowing them to repair everything that can be repaired, rather than paying someone else to do it for them, or even worse, buying new.
Make Better Use of the Animals
A Lot of farmers are saving time, and therefore money by putting their animals to work more. For example, if they have goats, they’re letting them loose on the weeds rather than pulling them up by hand, or if they have a garden that needs tilling, they’re letting their chickens or pigs do the work for them - they love it, and it means less equipment, time and money is needed to keep the homestead looking good.
Consolidating Seed Purchases
If you plant lots of things on your farm, you could save hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of pounds if you run a big operation, by consolidating your seed purchases with other farmers and growers. This works because the higher volumes you buy, the lower the wholesale cost and the biggest savings you will see. So, if you can get together with some other farmers to make a bigger order like many other farmers are doing right now, you will see the benefits.
Saving money on the farm can seem like an impossibility at times, when the roof is leaking, the barn is falling down, and the cost of feed seems to be rising like it never has before, but making a few smart decisions, and learning to be even more self-reliant than you already are, you can save money and reduce your costs, as you can see above.