The poll that was created was a good one and it is interesting to see who we have here. It prompts my question of how you define "homesteading" and being "self-sufficient". Do you consider them to be one in the same? Do you feel you will ever truly be completely self-sufficient? When I think of the two terms, they are inter-related, but not necessarily the same. To me a "homesteader" is someone who lives off the land as much as possible and lead a frugal life. Perhaps "going to town" on occasion to pick up supplies. There may or may not be a source of income, but I would think there would have to be - or at least quite a nest egg built up. To some degree a "homesteader" would still depend on the buying and selling of something in order to generate money for the supplies they need and are unable to create themselves. To be self-sufficient (again, from my perspective), is to be able to live life without any type of outside 'assistance'. While I am currently "self-sufficient" because I do provide for my needs and the needs of my family, I would not be able to currently do that without my job - rather, working for someone else. To be "self-sufficient" to me would mean that I could still function relatively well whether I had that income or not. "Self-sufficient" means that I no longer have to rely on the economic system of the world around me, but remove myself from it and still function and live well without it. It won't matter what the economy does because I will have prepared myself to be able to live without it. What are your thoughts?