Starting a HOMESTEAD on ONE Small Income,Low Income Living Debt Free on 1 Acre

buddy and welcome today I’m going to
share with you how we bought on 1963 at Ridgeway mobile home homestead for only
sixty five thousand dollars behind me is the mobile home it is all original it
has original windows and all the original features to it
we are nestled on one acre ground and I’m going to share with you why mobile
home homesteading is the way to go but it be self-sufficient and you want
to have a very frugal and cheap homestead so many times people talk
about wishing they could have a homestead but in order to do so they
need to go deep in debt that’s no way to be self-sufficient buying a homestead to
be deep in debt doesn’t seem quite right does it but all over the country you are
finding people that are buying mobile homes and homesteads and they’re buying
it for very very cheap prices so the reason why the this mobile home
homestead is so reasonable price was because the age of the mobile home so
basically we’re paying for the land everything on the mobile home is
original original windows original siding so let’s get started and I’ll
show you all the tour of my homestead heat things about having homestead is
raising your own livestock on one acre ground you can have chickens and I love
having chickens and raising them and having farm-fresh eggs every single day
having an acre ground is enough that you can have a large garden so take a look
at our garden so behind me is a garden and it is a big part of our front lawn
we decided instead of spending money to mow and use gasoline why don’t we dig it
up and we can have it as a garden that can feed our family as you know it’s the
fall time of the year so I’ve harvest a lot of my garden
already but the garden is a great way to have a family exercise together plus you
get all of that nutritious food so in my garden I have half of it is herbs I love
to raise all kinds of herbs and spices I use medicinal herbs and herbs for
cooking herbs are something that come up every single year enjoy an all-natural
way of preserving your food and also seasoning your food using some herbs I
like to raise all kinds of farm-fresh produce and I can all of my produce here
which I’m going to show you in just a moment having a homestead it can be just
about anywhere it doesn’t have to meet a certain criteria you can homestead no
matter where you are who would have ever thought that I would have a mobile home
homestead and I love it mobile home living is cheap living because mobile
home living your taxes are usually a lot less because basically you’re paying
taxes on the ground and not taxes on the mobile home because it’s seen as
amendment to the ground here in Pennsylvania that is how the tax laws
are so what else do I have in my homestead we’ll come take a look with me
and let’s put Henriette back into her pet concord grapes I have a very long
row here of concord grapes not only is it pleasing to the eye you can use it to
make all kinds of grape juice and all kinds of jellies what is this little
house well this is my potting shed this is where I get all of my seedlings
together and I raise my small little plants also in this little little shed I
will make homemade soaps and homemade lotions so this little shed is an
amazing thing that you can have having different sheds on your property and you
can use them for different things that you work on on the homestead chickens
this is the chicken house and here are my chickens sometimes in my life I have
a lot a larger flock but right now I only have these chickens
I don’t butcher any of my animals I let them live the rest of their life here on
the homestead clean water on the homestead
I have 250 gallon water barrels that provide me with fresh clean water I use
this water for my chickens I use this water for doing cleaning
washing my clothing I use this water for all kinds of things and it’s a real
great asset to have on the homestead it’s having rain barrels and here is the
canning garage so we had this old garage sitting around for years and we really
didn’t have much of use for it yeah it was collecting junk but guess what I
turned half this into my canning kitchen so this is a canning garage candy
kitchen so this is where I keep all of my canning supplies I do a lot of
canning out here and when you have a messy project this is a great little
area to work on it because you don’t have to worry about messing up your
house not only is this the canning garage this is also my laundry station
and there is of my portable washing machine I use this on a daily basis and
it’s done wonders for me it’s a year old and it still works just like the day
that I bought it so take advantage of every little nook and cranny that you
have at your home and see if you can turn it into something that’s very
useful not only are Gardens really important but how about container
gardens maybe you don’t feel like having a garden anymore in your age but you can
always grow things in a container garden on my deck is where I turn this space
into growing living area not only is it beautiful to look at but it’s also very
efficient because you’re able to grow your own food just look how tall this
tomato vine is another thing you great for in a container and the herbs you can
come out and pick as you need them I’m very blessed to have such a large deck
and I’m growing more and more things on my deck every single year in the
greenhouse in the springtime and early summer it’s bursting with all kinds of
plants and flowers but in the fall it’s my own little place where I can hang all
of my herbs and I can work on my seeds for next year so what’s inside my
greenhouse in my greenhouse right now I’m growing some herbs also drying my
sunflowers then I have my own seeds for next year it gets very warm in here but
it’s fect for drying all of those seeds that
you saved from your plants this greenhouse will stay up year after year
all that I do is this springtime I just use a brand new cover for the greenhouse
so for fifty dollars a year you got yourself a really nice greenhouse more
and more plants are growing now I’m going to show you something you can do
right now that doesn’t cost you very much and it can provide you with some
food for months ahead what could that be I have some spring onions did you know I
planted these spring onions back in May and every time they get tall I cut them
down and I dehydrate them then I have all natural tastes just like chives
dried and I can have that for the whole year do you know what it cost me one
cost of 89 cents in that something and over in the corner over there I told her
oven but I use that to dehydrate things hope you enjoyed this video of how I
shared with you different things that I’m doing here and how we have a frugal
and very cheap homestead I know that homesteading is for everyone but I hope
you took away something from this video maybe it’s planting a flower or some
herbs on a windowsill maybe you want to start canning and doing some more
freezing maybe you want to plant things on containers on a deck or on the
outside at your home whatever it is get out and enjoy life and enjoy nature I
hope through my videos that I’m inspiring you and helping you to do just
little things that can make your life feel so abundant always something
growing here on the homestead whether I’m planting or I’m harvesting or I’m
just enjoying the beauty of nature you can have that wherever you live you
don’t have to live in the country you can live in this city and still enjoy
nature and enjoy all of the things that nature can provide it’s everyone for
watching until next time we’ll see you guys tomorrow this one remind everyone that YouTube
isn’t just for daily videos my YouTube page is a very interactive community
page I have many tabs and one is the
community tab where you can hear different subjects talked about also I
have many many playlists and the playlists are all geared towards the
videos that I give you on a daily basis there are many things on my YouTube page
that maybe you don’t realize I also have a search engine my very own search
engine on my main page all you have to do is type in a word and it’s gonna
bring up a video so if you want to learn about my canning of my red beets just
type in red beets and my video will come up you


  • Hi dear Tessie. I love your beautiful homestead. The eggs from your happy chickens must be delicious. I am so happy you do not kill and eat them, I find it awful…. congratulations. Much love to you and a big hug👏❤️🌷

  • Great video! Have a blessed day Tessie!

  • Tessie! I'm still watching the rest of the video but your chickens, (or an animal who wants to get to them), are scratching their way out of (or into) their pen! Their soil around the fencing is all scratched away. I just wanted to let you know, because I know when things happen slowly in our day-to -day lives we don't always notice the changes. Be sure to refill and fortify the barrier when you can. I would feel terrible if something happened to them, yet I had said nothing. Love you girl! 🙂

  • I love your big deck. A perfect spot for morning coffee and afternoon iced tea. Look at that awesome pantry room! 😍😍😍

  • Hi Tessie sis! You have made a beautiful Homestead and take such good care of it. You are a wonderful example for others.

    Hubby and I have a dream of someday moving back to Upstate New York and purchasing a manufactured home on our own land. Due to physical limitations we cannot Homestead, but I would do whatever I could to be self-sufficient.

    TFS 💜

  • Enjoyed your tour, I found it very uplifting and spurred some ideas for our yard. Everything looks lovely and efficient, thanks for sharing with us.

  • You've made a wonderful home, all your hard work certainly shows!

  • Thank you for the tour. I think I'll go back to doing container gardening next year. I had very good luck with herbs. Blessings. 💜✝

  • Hi Tessie, I just picked all the pears from my tree yesterday and I made pear sauce using same ingredients as for apple sauce. I did it in my crockpot and it turned out yummy plus it made my home smell really good. I have learned so very much from you and have been so encouraged. Thank you for mentioning that we can do little things to get started. I can easily get overwhelmed so I have to remind myself to be careful with that. Hopefully this encourages others to just do what you can and what makes you happy.😊

  • I just love your home Tessie. I just want to come over and sit all day!

  • When we were trying to buy a home, we discovered that manufactured homes, especially older ones were almost impossible to finance. We tried for two years to buy, because we were spending $800 a month renting and that was just flushing money down the toilet. After two years and three failed deals (the last one went belly up the day before the closing) our nest egg was depleted to the point of no return and not a thing to show for it. I'm so glad that you found such an incredible place to build your peaceful homestead and lifestyle. It is a joy to me to see what you've done and it provides a great deal of inspiration. <3

  • Does the rain barrels freeze the water in the winter? How do you do laundry in the winter??

  • Great vlog. Inspirational!

  • I love your homestead, Tessie! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • A general comment to your audience if you don’t mind: Mobile homes depreciate and if you’re mortgaging the land—you don’t own it and you have debt until the mortgage is paid off.

    And not all homesteaders are deep in debt or quite a few have no debt at all.

    Frugality and contentment leads to living debt free—getting debt free first is the key to having a dream homestead whether you choose to do it on the cheap or not.

  • Awesome video!👍👍

  • Been a busy day. Loved your tour. I did a container garden of cherry tomatoes this year and they are still producing. I’m gonna try to do more next year. Have a great evening.

  • 😂 I knew that was Henrietta! I love your chickens! Your homestead is gorgeous Tessie! Have a beautiful evening!… Ra

  • YouTube keeps turning off my notifications. I turned it back on again.

  • You have a beautiful little homestead Tessie, thank you for sharing how you do things and always encouraging others to try and live a simpler life!

  • You keep your property and yard looking really nice! Love that sweet Henrietta!

  • Love it

  • Your Homestead is beautiful Tessie. I love your canning garage. God Bless You and Your Family. Hugggs

  • Love your little house 🙂 Ours is around 1000 sf too, but plenty big enough for two. We too are blessed with a large deck the length of our house. I can't wait to fill the deck with pots of herbs and flowers next year. Like you said, it doesn't matter where you live, you can always find ways to be self-sufficient.

  • Awesomeness. Great set up. Thanks for sharing.

  • Why do you have to get a new greenhouse cover every year?

  • ❤️❤️❤️

  • Tessie, do you have heat in your garage? How does your canned food handle temperature changes?

  • This is wonderful! I love the idea of having little sheds for different things. Very inspirational! God bless you!

  • nice video,new friend here

  • whao!!! i enjoyed this tour, look at all those yummy vegetables, nice share

  • Love the canning garage!

  • Such a lovely home .. mine is almost paid off and excited for this. I just wish I was 10 years younger and had an acre of land, 🥰

  • Do you ever have problem with chicken snakes Tessie?

  • What a beautiful inspired Tessie….Thank you so much!!!

  • Such a warm cozy home Tessie! Love it! I live in a townhouse and still have an urban garden, prepper pantry, and cook almost everything from scratch! It's all on a small scale, but works. Next project will be doing some canning and getting a small propane burner for emergencies if the power goes out, since my stove is electric. It's fun being self sufficient and not having to rely on outside forces for your well being.

  • God bless you Tessie. We know the work you put into this little homestead. You are one smart lady too see the benifits of mobile home. We started out with a mobile home and still miss it.

  • You have a lovely homestead Tessie.!

  • I live in Pa. 65,000 for one acre is outrageous.
    I currently have 3 acres for sale for 15,000

  • Your place is nice, but to me that sounds like a lot of money.. I bought five acres, two bedroom home, a very nice pole barn and an old wooden barn for $37,500. I don't live there, I gave it to my youngest daughter. You have to have a special permit here to have a mobile home on your land. So they are not usually around here and there just in mobile home parks.
    Grandma Sue in central Indiana and Izzi Too

  • 🙋🏼🙏✝️❤️ I enjoyed this video.

  • I love being a homesteader. I agree with you. Homemade food is better than bought in a grocery store. You know what's going in your food. I have box gardens its easier to to take care of. Love you tessie. We have so much in common.

  • Loved this video… learning to homestead in the city…we have a garden, a herb garden (in pots), blackberries, lemon tree (both in pots)…we line dry or dry rack in winter and so much more.

  • Love your place. It feels homey and happy. I could spend hours there.

  • I had grown cherry tomatoes this year and got a bumper crop!

  • Tessie, you have a beautiful home and homestead. Everything looks so peaceful. And I'm so happy your chickens can live out their lives just pecking around and being happy (Henrietta sure looks happy). Enjoy your weekend.

  • Beautiful home Tessie…thank you for sharing! Blessings from Alaska! 🙂

  • Love your cozy one acre home and property. I live in an HOA development in SC and couldn't believe all the things you can't do, like have a shed, have a garden if it can be seen from the street, dry clothes outside. I can do the containers, however, and I like to grow herbs, so that's the one thing so far I've taken away from your videos. Hopefully, I can figure out more ways to incorporate some of your self sufficiency. Probably can't have rain barrels either, but I put out an enamel large pot on my patio to catch rain water and at least use it to water the plants. Every little bit helps. Again, it makes me miss my Grandparents' farm in PA even more. I look forward to your videos every day.

  • Hi Tessie great homestead. How long have you had it missed that in your video. 👍

  • Love this house!

  • 2007 was a stressful time but you survived and thrived. Great video. Thank you

  • Great video Tessie. Pretty 🐔 chicken you have there. I would love to live in a mobile home way out in the woods somewhere. Take care

  • Your home is wonderful

  • Loved this!! My sons and I enjoying watching you and we love seeing what you bring home from the food bank. My eldest said, "She really makes use of every part of her land and home". That boy is 7 going on 30. He'll be amazing like your son. You have amazing kids that obviously love you so much, watching them support you on your channel warms my heart. I hear you barely have to buy groceries now? Please do a vlog on that? I still haven't ventured to the food pantry yet. I know I'd just be saving things from the dumpster but I'm a little uncomfortable.

  • Home sweet home!

  • Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and garden.

  • Do you have a septic tank and if so how far is your garden from the septic?

  • I keep my green onions in a mug in my kitchen and I cut the green parts off and add water to the bottom I cut them every 4-5 days

  • Why do you need to get a new cover to your greenhouse every Spring?

  • Tessie, I hope you see this. If you need to fill up your washing machine, and not want to do it by hand, there is a hose that clips onto your kitchen sink faucet. It fills it up, and the water also can drain out of it into the sink. I had a very old but very good portable washer for years that was on wheels in my kitchen. I enjoyed your video.

  • We bought a new mobile home and put it on 3 acres, 6 years ago..we garden etc..( land and home was about $65 k).. we are in debt about 10 k…maybe we will bee 100% debt free next year.

  • I’m so sorry that you left Christianity and joined a cult.

  • I absolutely love your place it's beautiful, i love your green house, all your baskets, your lil chickens, so sweet Tessie❤️❤️

  • A small wood stove would be nice in your canning garage ,
    your homestead is special 💚

  • Wow that was an amazing video. You have a wealth of information on your page. I am a chicken lover as well. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home or should I say "homestead"

  • What a beautiful homestead! I am blessed to have my home now paid off but need to make better use of my acre for gardening. I look forward to your spring planting and more great ideas from you!

  • Love your channel I hope you can visit mine 😄✌🏻new friend here

  • I love your homesteading. It is so awesome. I am chef and more second channel and here from Tricia live

  • I just subscribed to get your videos because you have such valuable content and commonsense.Just love it❤️

  • I just love your chicken's!!

  • Tessie great information! Could you do a video on using a rain barrel with a mobile home? I thought that I couldn’t add rain gutters to my home but I see you have them. Many blessings dear one.

  • Amen I love my trailer and homestead we are both rich in heart plus we don't need a mansion here we get a big beautiful one in haven

  • Did u file for homestead on your home and property that means your yearly property taxes will be cheaper

  • U have a beautiful trailer tessie I just love it it's nice to live HAPPY and comfortable

  • You are such an inspiration! I bought a canning pressure cooker from a thrift store this past fall. You have inspired me to give it go! Thanks for all you do!

  • I have lost my large greenhouse. I have materials to build another 100 foot one, but my age has caught up with me and I can’t really keep one up anymore. I am going to get one like yours! I can probably manage one that size to use for starting plants for spring and for growing greens in the winter. Blessings to you and yours!

  • Good video 👍

  • I love seeing you standing there holding a chicken! My brother, as a youth, had a pet chicken and always walked around holding it. My Mom raised 100 layers for egg income but in her senior years she kept a dozen for the eggs, everyone of them named! Nothing like homesteading life–you are excellent at telling how to make it work!

  • I live on .68 acre that’s just a little more than 1/2 an acre I am building a lean to shed to house my meat rabbits and getting a EZ coup for 10 hens last will be another lean to for my 2 Nubian nannies I will be also having 10 4’x8’ above ground veggie garden. My front yard I will plant dwarf peach apple and fig tree 😁 I knew I could actually do this after Tessie admonished nay sayers that no one could be self sufficient on tiny homesteads 😁 thank you Tessie

  • Hi Tessie! I thought that was interesting about how you buy a new greenhouse cover each year. I imagine that the original one gets dull and dirty. I have been wanting one of those small greenhouses so that's good information.

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