Lots of people lost their homes and jobs recently and bad credit will mean less money and loans available for people wanting to start a homestead. So here are a few ideas I used when started my homestead with nothing but $200 and an old truck and camp trailer. Land- you may already have some land or a family member or friend that will let you use or pay for land over time. Owner sellers, people may want to sell a piece of land on terms but always read the contract carefully. Ebay, auctions, and tax sales may get you some cheap land but as always visit the land and check zoning and building permits before buying. Water- You can haul water in, drill a well, and harvest rainwater. Nearby streams could be used but always have water tested before use. Power- Grid connections may be available but expensive. Small solar and wind systems are not very expensive if you have minimal needs. Food- Grow a garden, raise small animals like rabbits and chickens, plant fruit and nut trees. Housing- Use a small camp trailer to live in or tent if necessary while you build a small well insulated cabin that can have additions built on later. Septic- A septic tank can be installed or composting toilet used. Your rv has a collecting tank and there are septic holding pump services available. My own story: I started with a small piece of land I inherited and lived in a camp trailer with one harbor Freight solar panel to power a few lights and water pump. I used propane for all other appliances. By having no house payments and utility bills I was able to save money and within a year I built a small solar cabin with a larger solar system. My cabin cost less than $2000 to build and I used recycled windows and doors to keep costs down and purchased lumber direct from a sawmill for deck and finish. To save money I recycled all the propane appliances from my camp trailer for the cabin. Fridge, stove, furnace, OD water heater, sinks, water pump, lights, water tank were all recycled. I planted a garden and built a chicken tractor and rabbit pens for food and I hunt and fish for most of my food supplies. I hand drilled a water well and collect rainwater and graywater for gardening. For septic I use a solar composting toilet of my own design and all waste is safely recycled back into my own soil improving it for planting. Because I have no house payments and no utility bills I was able to save more money and start a small business. I now work only for myself and can keep most of the money I make. My homestead is not 100% self sufficient but I have the security of knowing I have a roof over my head, power, water, and food supply that I control. I have videos of my homestead on youtube for ideas: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/user/solarcabin#p/c/34F7ECFEEB05659B[/ame] I am always happy to answer questions and share ideas on simple homesteading!