Posts Tagged 'agriculture'

How to eat for 33 cents a meal

Eating consumes a lot of your budget, and everyone has tips on how to  feed yourself more cheaply. Yesterday, tech startup enthusiast Andrew Hyde posted his tricks for eating for about 33 cents a meal.

One of the most humbling experiences I have ever had was shopping for two weeks worth of food with a twenty dollar bill. … Hacking your food budget is one of those things that I am surprised more people don’t do.

via How To Live (Comfortably) on $36 A Month For Food | Andrew Hyde – Startups. Start Here.

One of his basic tenets is that if you are serious about sticking to a budget, you have to change your thought process on food. And he rattles off tips from breakfast, lunch and dinner to snacks. Don’t miss the reader comments at the end of his post.

Deep discount grocery shopping is one of his tips, and good local sources of low-cost food are grocery factory outlets such as Go Grocery. Local farmers markets are another source, and calendars can be found in the weekly Iwanna.

Then again, there are even more extreme measures like dumpster diving, which local blogger Ashvegas explored earlier this year. And not surprisingly, Hyde notes that “the smaller your stomach is, the easier this is going to be.”

Got your goat … as an investment

Mountain farmers in the Asheville area and Western North Carolina are likely all too familiar with the classic joke:

A city slicker and a farmer each win the lottery. They are asked how they will spend their winnings. The urban dweller says he will buy a new house, a new car, and put the rest in the bank for a rainy day. The farmer thinks and thinks. And finally says: “I guess I will keep on farming until the money is gone.”

While the investment return on farming is debatable, one financial blogger today asks whether farming might be the next big thing.

Goats: Wikimedia Commons

Goats: Wikimedia Commons

He points out in particular interest in a farm animal that gets a lot of queries each month in Iwanna: Goats.

It appears a fund manager in Australia has invested in a feral goat operation that expects up to a 12% rate of return. The story in Bloomberg quotes the investor: “This is a startup market. It’ll be five years before we know if there’ll be a goat industry.”

But the story notes that the United States is the largest buyer of goat meat from Australia. Which suggests the interest in goats on Iwanna may be more business-oriented than just hobby farming.

Back in May we noted that even Google is into goats.

Effecting change for small business

A good blog post for entrepreneurs:

In order to be successful, you have to be open minded. You have to be willing to change. You have to accept that your plans might be complete garbage and that you need to start over from scratch.

via Things About Our Business That Didn’t Go According To Plan | MyWifeQuitHerJob.com.

Small businesses in Western North Carolina have turned to Iwanna for  their entrepreneurial and advertising needs for more than 30 years. And now Iwanna has a new section devoted to their endeavors called Business & Agriculture. Check it out.


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