Homesteading does take a lot of time. Some people claim they make too much money at work to spend their time doing this, but do they really know their hourly rate? Even if they made $150 per hour, they would have to take into consideration what they are doing in their off time. Many hours they would be in the negative due to spending and not making. Try calculating your hourly rate. Take into account everything you spend in a day, as well as what you make. You might be depressed. I learned from Amy Dacyzyn’s Tightwad Gazette (yes, it seems like the dark ages) that you should make sure to develop hobbies that actually save you money, not cost you money. Everything having to do with homesteading falls into that category.
For example, to increase the value of our homestead and last us for the next 50 years, we put in our own wood floors this summer. What else would we do with our “spare” time? Watch TV? Spend our money at a gym? We also painted our own pictures.
While we were doing this, we also
managed to put up 90 quarts of spaghetti sauce, 5 quarts of beets, 54 quarts of corn in the freezer, nine pints of corn relish, 11 quarts and one pint of pumpkin, and are now working on okra. As my husband says, “Waste not, want not.” Even when the only time you have to pick okra is at night with your headlamp. Don’t worry, we are still having fun!