Some Forgotten Investments





Hi Folks

I have written quite a bit about investing, saving and frugality. So here's the thing, there are some investments that have fabulous returns and are largely forgotten about by investors - and I'm talking significant returns on investment too. Try these for size.




1. A seed.  Most seeds will give a 100 and even a 1000 fold return. One tiny zucchini seed will produce an abundance of food that you'll be giving away to all and sundry. One tiny wheat seed will produce 50 more seeds - that's 500% return on investment. One small tomato seed will produce about 25 tomatoes - that's 250% return on investment. This is pretty normal for many food bearing seeds.




2. A sheep (or cow, or goat). A sheep will produce enough wool to knit about two jumpers every year for about 10 years. A sheep will bear a lamb every year and sometimes twins. A sheep will also produce meat, lanolin and milk if required. Even if we only count the lamb it bears yearly that is a 100% return on investment every year, plus wool and meat if the offspring are butchered (not sure how to do that math, but it sounds like a diversified asset to me!)




3. A hen.  A hen will lay an egg pretty much daily, hatch anything up to 6-10 chicks yearly, produce very potent fertiliser daily and can be butchered too - a very diversified asset indeed. Eggs are one of the purest and cheapest sources of protein too. Well, the math for the chickens could be 600% return per year, plus the return on fertiliser, eggs and meat - again not sure how to fully calculate this profit.




4 Our employment - Often overlooked as an investment, but it is our most productive and lucrative one. At an average wage of $50K per year, that equates to $2 million in earnings over a lifetime.  That is a significant investment! (Yes, I know right. Where  did it all go?!)





Anyway, I just thought I would even up the balances and bring to mind that some of the most amazing fiscal investments that return insanely high returns are directly from mother nature and our own hard work. These two genres of investment can easily blow real estate and share investing returns right out of the water if intelligently applied.




Something to ponder.

Take care folks and stay nice.


Mr HM (Phil)




Comments

  1. Brilliant post Phil and so true that there are other investments too.

    As well as garden seeds giving you return in an abundance of produce you can also save the seeds to use next season in your own gardens and also you can sell your excess saved garden seeds and dried herbs too. We make on average about $50 a month by selling our saved garden seeds and herbs on the internet each and every month.

    The animals and hens are also a good example.

    Another few examples are buying our groceries on 50% off specials giving us more food in our homes for less, cooking from scratch vs buying convenience foods and preserving our foods by canning, freezing or dehydrating gives us food all year round too when some crops can't be grown due to seasons.

    Sewingcreations15.

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    1. How true is all of that. I like your observations Sewingcreations 15. I have never thought of selling my saved seeds - I just give them away.

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  2. I very much liked this post. so many good things.

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  3. You've mentioned REAL investments, thank you. It boggles my mind when I hear people talk about cars, sofas, and other things that depreciate as "investments."

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    1. Ugh - I know right! How on earth can anything on wheels or that has a motor be an investment?? Daft indeed.

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  4. Now there's some investing I CAN wrap my head around! ;)

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    1. Ha ha! It is exactly the same principle.

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  5. Some words of wisdom there, Phil. No chooks here anymore unfortunately but they are certainly a help to the budget.

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    1. I had to give up chooks in our latest move - I am very sad about this and it is a big wrench. I loved my chooks.

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  6. Love it.
    The humble seed, so tiny, yet so full of potential.

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    1. True that. I think we are 'seeds' too just quietly

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  7. How true Phil. As a farmer all these things are indeed how we invest, to be almost self sufficient. Including investing in rainwater tanks and solar panels.

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