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The chicken that laid golden eggs

Self sufficiency has been something my wife and I have been working towards for several years, now. Our adventure began in 2009, after the 2008 economic crisis, eventually leading us to living on our own homestead, raising our own animals and growing our own food. Some people still wonder why we'd make such a drastic change to our lifestyle and if it really is worth all this effort. Well, from the sounds of this article, I'd say, with extreme prejudice, yes it is.

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The true money makers

I used to believe that banks loaned out money to people, money that you and I gave them for safe keeping, and paid us “interest” for the privilege of loaning out our money to their customers. I also believed that money in the banks were a representation of the amount of gold, silver and other precious metals - which we deemed as wealth - the government had on hand (like at the Bank of Canada or the U.S. Federal Reserve) and/or in our economy. Turns out I was wrong… so very, very wrong.

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