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Just got an announcement yesterday through one of my regional farming email lists

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

that a workshop is being put together for the end of this month, on the topic of purchasing farms via lease-to-own arrangements. It won’t be a snow-job type meeting either, with all sorts of happy-talk about ideal conditions. One of the requests in the meeting announcement was for folks who have used, or tried to use this approach to purchase ag properties, to please contact the workshop organizer so that they get the chance to share their experiences (good bad or otherwise). Should be a really interesting workshop with access to regional estate planners, legal counsel, lending institutions, etc. Given our recent talk on the topic, I thought it was extremely well-timed. I know I can’t be the only person mulling how to take the next step up into a bigger/more complete property, and methods for doing so. I’ll keep you all posted on what happens with that. I plan to go to that event, armed with LOTS of really good questions. And my laptop in tow so I can take a lot of good notes.

I have stressed going to the store less often, cherry picking sales, and using coupons

Monday, November 14th, 2016

I also have instituted a policy of baking at home, rather than buying sweets. My boys devour sweets, so I challenged them if they want cookies, brownies, and the like, they have to bake them to eat them. That idea is working. Now the doubling up we are not ready for, but I am working towards that. The buying a cow and pig idea we tried a few years ago, and it was not a good deal for us the way we did it then. I went to a butcher and we bought a quarter beef and had it cut up. I was not real impressed with the end result cost. Since we live in town, we can’t raise it ourselves. BUT, my folks do raise hogs, and eating home grown meat is what I grew up with. The problem is they are a 10 hour drive away, so I would have to arrange to pick up the meat when we visit once a year. Thanks for the ideas!

For chicken –

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

It depends on what kind you get to get it for .99 a lb.
Boneless, skinless breasts is usually sale price at $1.99/lb
Sometimes I can find thighs or other parts for .99/lb or less.
Although–personally—I find we like the boneless/skinless breasts better—esp me for the convenience of not having to deal with parts I don’t like….so I will spend the $2 a pound for what I want.
Then, I just economize in other parts of my grocery budget to make it work for us.