Basically I wasn't trying to get a "tell me how much I'll need for MY expenses" answer - just basically, how much you would need for yours.
And I'm not offended at the idea that you'd be surprised that we'd buy some ready made stuff. Ideally we'd be doing everything ourselves. But, I also know my limitations. I have two little ones (preschool age) whom I care for by myself, essentially, and we're homeschooling. We will be trying for a third right around the time we move into the new place. I also work from home and am NOT handy with tools. I know what I can do, and what I can't. I am awesome in the kitchen, canning, preserving, soap making, knitting, all that sort of stuff. I can care for a garden, even set it up if push comes to shove. I know how to take care of animals, have done so in the past, and I'm not afraid of butchering either (although that's not something we'll be doing right away anyway). But I know that if I went into this thinking that on top of all this stuff I can also then build a coyote-proof chicken coop on top of it all... well, yeah right.
Even in the good old days of homesteading, when there were no ready-made things, people did sometimes, you know, ask for neighbors for help to do things. I view buying a ready made coop to be something similar. I kind of view it like, I can certainly do the upkeep in the house, but I can't build one from scratch, you know?
Here's what I'm thinking of buying upfront. Roughly. I'm not saying this is what will actually be bought, just a rough estimate.
I usually do two chest freezers - I'd say about $400 each - or maybe I can buy one used. One is for meat, the other is for produce and leftover type stuff. That usually works out best.
My dream chicken coop / run is at http://www.earthwaveliving.com/products/The_Pull_It_Coop-366-36.html
- That's $1500. It looks perfect, but... $1500? Really? Not going to happen.
I'm probably going to find someone local to build it. There was a guy who lived near our old house and he built custom ones for about $400. I'm planning on four chickens to start.
I'm holding off on the goats for a few years, but when it happens, I'm thinking two dairy goats. But that's down the line.
Rain barrels - The ones I looked at were $200 each, but that seems high? I want 2 if possible.
For cheesemaking I'm just going to buy some cheesecloth and need to replace my thermometer.
I need to replenish my soap making supplies, too, but that's not too outlandish.
I already have everything I need for canning, though I will need some new jars and lids as I thought those were easily replaced and I'm not hauling across country. I do have a pressure canner though I don't use it that much; I prefer water bath. I have all the stuff for that too.
I'm making my own food dehydrator out of screens and mosquito netting - I've made those before and it worked great.
I do want a food mill and meat grinder. I also want to have one of those electric food processors, the Kitchenaid ones. I've never had one before, always did things by hand, but I'm thinking it would speed a lot of things up. (Like making pasta and bread and ice cream.) I also have a blender and slow cooker I use all the time, and all my other kitchen stuff (pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
I'm going to need gardening stuff, that's what scares me. I hope I can get some of it used. The garden set up is not my favorite part of everything, and we'll need to fence probably as well. So.... I don't know, but that's going to be the hard part, for me. Hopefully the set up equipment I can rent or borrow instead of outright buying.
I want to install clotheslines but hopefully there will already be a tree or something to tie line to - I'm not about to get one of those cement posted high-tech $500 thingies. Might need to put a post in or something but that's about it.
Then there will be baby trees and seeds and such but that's not so bad.