Recently I gave you my advice on the biggest homesteading mistake that we’ve made so far, which was that you must be prepared in every way before getting any livestock.
Are you ready for our next biggest regret?
Our home. Well, more specifically our mortgage.
Actually, this really ought to be The Number One Biggest Mistake!
You see, when we bought our home as a foreclosure, we had not yet even thought about homesteading. I’d dreamed of beginning a garden one day, but raising livestock had never even crossed my mind!
But once we’d been in the home for a couple of months we began thinking about the possibility of learning to become more self sufficient. And then my husband’s parents gave us a bunch of chickens, and that sorta got the ball rolling!
If only we could have planned ahead! If only we had had this notion of self reliance before we parked a house here, and committed to monthly enslavement.
I get a TON of emails and comments from readers who tell me that they dream of homesteading, and that they are working towards being able to get some land and raise their own food one day too. If you are one of these people, please me hear when I say,
DO NOT GO INTO DEBT FOR YOUR HOME!
Our mortgage is the source of all of our troubles! If only we didn’t have it, we would be free to do so many other things! But until we get this home paid for we are prisoners of the system. Jerry has to work and work and work just to keep this roof over our heads. And I am left to carry the burden of managing the homestead by myself. We are very limited in what we can do here on our land because of our financial situation.
If we could do it all over again, if we had known where our hearts were going to lead us, we would have moved our paid-for single wide trailer out here and lived in that until we had saved enough money to pay cash to build a home.
Unfortunately, we cannot turn the hands of the clock back. We cannot undo this mortgage. Believe me, if we could sell this home off of our land, and be debt free right now, we would in a heartbeat. The best I can do is simply warn you not to make the same mistake. If you want to be self sufficient, don’t put on the chains of debt. You’ll never be free as long as you owe somebody something.