the barefoot budget

unconventional grit for a mindful life


Early Retirement
  • Mr. Money Mustache – The mother of all early retirement blogs.
  • Frugalwoods – Couple in New England planning to retire early to run a homestead.
  • our next life – Great FIRE blog that examines the philosophy, choices, and implications of early retirement.
Homesteading/ Gardening
  • One Hundred Dollars a Month – I don’t read this anymore, but this blog was a huge inspiration to me when I first started gardening. Mavis grew over 2,000 lbs of food one year in suburban USA. It’s amazing what one person can grow if they just put their mind to it!
  • Cold Antler Farm – Oh Jenna, I love you so. Your book Made From Scratch was the first thing that ever made me believe I could homestead. Jenna runs a one woman farm in upstate New York.
  • Grow Forage Cook Ferment – Just what it sounds like.
  • Fox on an Island – I love this girl’s charm. Homesteaders in Canada.
  • Katy Had a Little Farm – Quite insightful and informative posts on gardening and food.
  • The Sunshine is Ours – Wonderful gardening blog from a girl who knows her stuff!
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Brands and Other Things I Love
  • Field Roast – Best vegan meat ever.
  • REI – Best supplier for all things outdoors.
  • LUSH – High quality vegan bath and beauty goodies.
  • Vitamix – I’ve had my reconditioned C-500 for a short while, but I can’t speak highly enough about what a great machine it is.
  • Locally Grown – Amazing farmer’s markets – there might be one in your area.
  • Yoga With Adriene – Online yoga community of awesomeness.
  • Habitat for Humanity Restore – If  there is one of these in your area, SHOP THERE.
  • Last but not least … SUPPORT YR LOCAL BREWERY!!