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In September 2021, I was nearing the end of a family visit in California when I was invited to help out Justin Rhodes on his homestead. I only had a 48-hour notice to fly from coast to coast, but I’d been watching Justin’s YouTube channel and his app, Abundance Plus, daily for several months. There was just NO way I was going to miss this opportunity.
So, last minute, I changed my Los Angeles flight going to Austin, Texas, to Asheville, North Carolina. After arriving, I had a few hours to rest before I had to be at Justin and Rebekah’s homestead at 7am. But it was totally worth it.
I got to their homestead a few minutes early, just in time to see the fog lift, revealing their beautiful 10+ acre homestead. Then, from 7am to 4:30pm, I hung out with Justin and a group of new-ish homesteaders, doing a day’s worth of homesteading chores, and ending with a great conversion in their homey barn.
So, when I saw that Justin needed some help spreading the word for Abundance Plus, I just HAD to help out.
What is Abundance Plus?
Abundance Plus is an app and website that was created to host ad-free videos for homesteading YouTubers but quickly expanded to offer a community, discounts on popular homesteading products (such as electric fencing), masterclasses with names like Joel Salatin, and much more.
Here’s a quick preview of what the app looks like (there’s quite a bit of scrolling—there’s a lot of videos)!
If you’re into homesteading, and you watch YouTube videos, you likely already know who Justin Rhodes is. If you don’t know, here’s one of my favorite videos of his (originally, I didn’t think I’d watch the whole thing, but I quickly got sucked in).
After initially finding and watching Justin’s YouTube channel for a few months, I heard him talk about this new app they were working on called Abundance Plus. I tried their 7-day free trial, and have stayed subscribed since.
A bunch of other big-name homesteading YouTubers have since joined the platform and upload their own content, including:
- Roots and Refuge
- Happen Films
- The Grass-Fed Homestead
- Sow the Land
- Better Life Together
- The Fit Farmer
- The Justin Rhodes Show (of course)
And they’re even doing their own docu-series such as “Rooted” and “Wilder Still“.
Other documentaries such as “The Great American Farm Tour” and “Permaculture Chickens” as well as “Permaculture Pigs” are also included in the app, along with regular webinars with the Rhodes family.
Now, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of using Abundance Plus.
Pros and Cons
|Hundreds of Videos||Occasional App Errors|
|No Censorship||Rewinding Videos is Difficult|
Hundreds of Videos
Since they managed to gather the top homesteading YouTubers out there, Abundance Plus has hundreds of ad-free videos available. With the large backlog of videos and daily vlogs getting added, you won’t run out of videos to watch. You can also comment underneath each video, adding to the conversation and connecting with other homesteaders.
Censorship is something that’s affecting a lot of content creators lately, and homesteaders aren’t excluded. You may be thinking that censorship may be limited to harvesting livestock, but it’s quickly expanding to other videos such as showing a calf birth.
Because of this, Abundance Plus offers uncensored videos (including livestock harvesting) as resources for homesteaders to learn. However, if you aren’t interested in the more graphic harvesting videos, you can easily avoid them.
To see more about Justin’s experience with video censorship, check out the video below.
Lastly, SO much investment is going into this app, in both time and money. Seriously, you can really tell how much Justin and the homesteading community care about creating a quality place for homesteaders to share their experiences. I believe I heard that the app costs $30,000 a year to maintain, so it’s a risky move for them, but one that is quickly becoming a valuable resource for homesteaders.
They’re also constantly adding new creators, features, and improvements to the app (at this time of writing, they just launched a community section, which they accurately described as “Facebook, but without Facebook”).
Now, it’s time to discuss the cons.
From what I can gather, the Abundance Plus app was built from the ground up, so they might be putting out more bug fixes than the average app.
Occasionally, especially after not using the app for some time, I’ll try to play a video only to get an error. While this can be mildly annoying, I found that closing the Abundance Plus app and reopening the app quickly fixes it. If you’re on an iPhone you can do this by swiping up on the app while in the app menu.
However, these errors seem to be happening less often recently, so it looks like they’re working on fixing it.
Rewinding is the biggest con for me. While it’s easy to fast-forward in the Abundance Plus video player (you can either drag the dot in the player bar or double-tap anywhere on the screen for a quick 10 second fast-forward), it’s difficult to rewind the video.
As far as I know, the only way to rewind is to drag the small dot in the player bar to the left, meaning I’ll often jump WAY too far back and will have to double-tap many times to fast-forward in 10 second intervals to the part that I want. And if I miss the part again, I have to repeat this process.
A quick fix for this would be to change the double-tap on the left half of the screen to rewind instead of fast-forward. However, this isn’t too big of an inconvenience and doesn’t prevent me in the least bit from watching the videos.
The last con is the price.
How Much Does Abundance Plus Cost?
|Monthly Plan||Yearly Plan|
|$5.99 to $14.99||$59.99 to $139|
Abundance Plus costs $5.99 to $14.99 per month or $59.99 to $139 per year. The price difference is due to the two tiers of memberships. “Inspiration” is cheaper but doesn’t have as many features. “Basic” offers everything Inspiration has, plus masterclasses, a private Facebook group, and discounts.
Both the Inspiration and Basic plans each have a monthly and yearly option (with the yearly being 15-20% cheaper over a year).
Abundance Plus also has a lifetime membership, where you also gain the ability to text Justin Rhodes if you need any homesteading help, but at a steep cost of $1,200. Factoring in the price of the Basic yearly membership, the lifetime cost would pay itself off in 8 1/2 years.
At this point you may be thinking, “Who is this ‘Justin’ guy? And why would I spend $1,200 just to text him?“.
A quick intro to Justin Rhodes—he has a certificate in Permaculture Design, is a close mentee to the popular and groundbreaking permaculture expert, Joel Salatin, and has been homesteading for over 15 years, so he usually has pretty good advice (I can also confirm this after visiting his homestead and talking to him in person, asking about his homesteading challenges).
So, depending on your homesteading obstacles, having Justin a text away could make a decent investment.
With a similar monthly price to Netflix, but nowhere near the same library size, it can seem like the Abundance Plus pricing is a bit of a stretch. So, is Abundance Plus worth it?
Final Verdict (Is It Worth It?)
Overall, I enjoy Abundance Plus and have actually stopped going on YouTube because of it. This is due to a combination of Abundance Plus’ ad-free videos and that I feel more productive learning from homesteading videos rather than going down endless YouTube rabbit holes.
While the cost of Abundance Plus seems a bit steep at first, it makes sense once you try the app. Their team is putting a LOT of time and effort into the production quality and user experience. Even though it’s similarly priced to Netflix, the value you get from it is worth it. However, the lifetime membership is a bit of a stretch.
In the end, if you enjoy watching homesteading videos, Abundance Plus is definitely worth it. Their large video library strikes a satisfying balance of entertainment and education, and the app is packed with so many extras that the cost is quickly justified. It also has new content and features that are constantly getting added.
Every day, at lunchtime, I pull my phone out and open the Abundance Plus app to get my daily dose of homesteading tips and laughs, and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.
Do They Have a Discount Code?
I did some research and found that Abundance Plus may have a 30-day free discount code, but I was unable to verify it. If you’d like, if there’s a discount code area on checkout, try using the code: 30DAYS. If not, they still have a default 7-day free trial for you to test the service and see if you like it.