Nancy Troutman wrote:To cover my expenses, I need to make at least $7,850 off the land. My expenses are taxes, internet, gas and auto insurance. My grocery bill is about $250 a year, mostly for salt and other items I cannot produce on the land.
Here are some of the ways I make money:
1. Making Pee buckets. I have found these sell like hotcakes when the electric is out. I sell about 5 a month during a regular month. They cost me $15 to make with all new materials and I sell them for $30. They consist of a 5-gallon bucket, a funnel (I cut off some of the down spout), a 90° angle, 2 bulkhead nuts, and a 6' hose. I use caulk when screwing on the bulkhead screw nuts. I put a nut on both sides of the funnel opening with one nut reversed so that I am sandwiching the funnel into place. The caulk both locks the nuts in place and seals against leaks.
6. Fire Starters. I purchase wax logs. I slice them up into 1x1" squares. In a warm room, these become malleable. I insert a 1" piece of yarn, then dip the whole thing in paraffin. Customers swear by them that they place one under a pile of wood with no other kindling and soon they have a fire. These cost me about 20 cents each to make and I make between $3,000 and $5,000 a year from them.
Jason Padvorac wrote:Very good ideas. Thanks for sharing them! We might try some of those this year. How much do you sell the pressed leaves for?
Also, I'm missing something about how the pee bucket works. If you are in your car, or camping, where exactly does the hose go?