I read Patriots by Rawles http://www.rawles.to/patriots.htm to my wife two years ago <and yes, I agree the religious angle is a bit condescending> - but nontheless a good book. My wife is a 100% convert! Thanks to Rawles and Patriots...she thought I was a total nutcase stockpiling food and buying this and that...then we both lost our jobs at the same time nine months ago !! We lived on our stored food until this last friday when we went to the store for the first time to buy food with her paycheck...!
Yes, we have chickens and cows and goats and we did scape savings and buy butter - we had butchered a steer which is almost gone...
We ran out of propane for hot water a month ago -
We heated with wood - no problem!
But it was a really really cool experience in that I now understand how you get bored eating the same thing all the time! I had Taco Bell on Sunday and was sick till Monday! ha!
Well just thought I would share - our pantry and wallets are empty - but as Emerson points out in American Scholar...Experience Experience Experience...nothing more valuable!