Simple Living: How to Save Money and Smile More

Are you drawn to the idea of simple living, but not sure where to start? Three families share the changes they’ve made that have allowed them to live with less cash income but greater security and life satisfaction.

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Live simply, save money, smile more. You can get started today.
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the Noel family are modern homesteaders
Hannah and Eric Noel, along with their two children, raise organic produce, grass-fed beef, and free-range chicken and eggs on their homestead in Highgate, Vt. 
Photo By Orah Moore
grassfed organic beef cattle
The Noel family raises beef cattle on Vermont's lush grasses using a planned-rotation grazing system. 
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Ana Hess and Mark Hamilton are modern homesteaders
Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton (and their canine companion) chose to homestead, producing much of their own food and running a home-based business.
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raising lush, organic vegetables
Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton raise their own organic vegetables as well as free-range chicken and eggs. 
Photo By Anna Hess
a large, organized garden
Growing a large garden and preserving its bounty is one way modern homesteaders trade time and labor for big savings and better food quality. 
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jars of canned preserves
Trade labor for big savings by canning your bounty.
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modern homesteading family in front of their off-grid home
Cam and Michelle Mather are modern homesteaders living off-grid in Kingston, Ontario, by using a small wind turbine and solar-powered equipment. 
Photo By Katie Mather
sawing firewood in the snow
Cam Mather uses a solar-powered chain saw to cut firewood to heat his home in Kingston, Ontario. 
Photo By Katie Mather

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