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I had a neighbor who raised chickens. After a few years she said they calculated the costs and found it cost more to raise the chickens for eggs, meat, then just buying it at the store.
I had a rooster once - the onriest thing you ever saw - I lived in terror of getting my legs attacked - husband finally "did him in"!
Seems as I get older and have more aches and pains I find more reasons not to do things myself (like veggie gardens). Never had much success with that - some kind of bug ate 'em up! I have spine problems, lots of aches and pains, and cholesterol reducing medicine makes muscle aches worse. Doc said to take b vitamins. A relative recommended a remedy called Arthri-zen which I started taking and it really works - feel so much better - haven't had to take Tylenol as much since being on it. Costs about $30 a month but is so worth it. Takes 10 days to start working (arthri-zen.com). Now maybe I can get a little more done!
Still like to thrift shop, especially on their half-price days. Sometimes I can find clothes cheaper at stores than Thrift Shop if I go at season end. I recently got some nice ladies t-shirts for $2 at Wal-Mart whereas the regular price for used t-shirts at thrift shop is $3.00.
I get really good quality jeans (Polo really lasts and fits him well) for my construction worker husband on e-Bay for good price if I'm careful (have to take in account the shipping price too). Be sure to read description carefully and also look at the seller's rating (very important).
We love strawberries. My husband decided he is going to make a strawberry bed in our back yard. The cost of the railroad ties and the dirt to fill the bed up is now running around $140.00 and he hasn't even bought the strawberry plants yet. Don't think he's going to break even any year soon!
You really do have to consider the cost of any project. He also wanted to increase the size of my little vegetable garden so he could plant some corn. I put my foot down on that one. We can take the 1 hour drive down to the Mennonite community and buy our corn.