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.
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