Archive for the ‘Off the Grid’ Category

Who’s Watching Us Shop?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Monitoring our shopping

Grocery store shopping cards have been around for more than 10-years. They offer deep discounts on groceries and special purchases. They enable stores and government agencies to track back to the source of food bourne diseases, which is a good thing. But, with all this tracking and data storage, what is the hidden cost of “someone” knowing what we buy on a weekly basis?

Decide for yourself if you want “someone” knowing how many pounds of apples you buy or how often you stock up on canned goods by reading the article here.

Creative Commons License photo credit: maistora

Taking Control Of Your Life

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


If you’ve decided to take control of your life in these uncertain economic times, you’re not alone.

Thousands of families are taking control of their lives by turning their “home” into a  “homestead”. And, in doing so, they’ve found a level of personal security in being less vulnerable.

Economic survivalists take root

When the economy started to squeeze the Wojtowicz family, they gave up vacation cruises, restaurant meals, new clothes and high-tech toys to become 21st-century homesteaders.

Now Patrick Wojtowicz, 36, his wife Melissa, 37, and daughter Gabrielle, 15, raise pigs and chickens for food on 40 acres near Alma, Mich. They’re planning a garden and installing a wood furnace. They disconnected the satellite TV and radio, ditched their dishwasher and a big truck and started buying clothes at resale shops.

“As long as we can keep decreasing our bills, we can keep making less money,” Patrick says. “We’re not saying this is right for everybody, but it’s right for us.”

Hard times are creating economic survivalists such as the Wojtowicz family who are paring expenses by becoming more self-sufficient.

Read more about one family’s venture into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.