meandk0610 I started reading your post and thought, "Wait! Did I respond to this at some time?!" I also am a divorced single mom with a 6 year old daughter LOL
Anyway, we are just beginning our homestead on 1.5 acres with a 2 BR house. I guess it doesn't really count though b/c the landlord lives next door and does repairs as well as mows and we don't (yet) have a woodstove so no wood chopping/stacking work. We have chickens, an herb garden, veggie garden, melon patch, apple tree and grape arbor. Learning as we go along and hoping to add in goats and/or bees next year. I think i would get a few sheep before I would ever mow the lawn LOL.
I have dreams of buying, putting solar panels on the roof and installing a woodstove someday, but for now it is just perfect for us. My goal is to reduce all of our costs except for the rent of course and some unavoidable energy costs. We will see how much food we can put by this year and then adjust and expand next year. I also have the goal of finding a cheaper place for raw milk and beginning to make our own yogurt, kefir, butter, etc b/c those are a huge part of our grocery bill. In Aug we will barter some work for excess 2nds produce at a local farm. I ended up with tons of tomatoes and beets to can one year doing that!
As far as time, I'm a full time doctoral student in a low residency program - so mostly do my schoolwork from home - and we homeschool. I do pay a lot though to have an animal sitter stay here when I go away for school, but that is not a forever cost.
I'm not good at fixer upper work, so I hope in the future to barter food we grow and prepare for that sort of stuff.