Seems like I've been socking away those nickles and dimes forever with the idea of retiring early and having a homestead. Problem is, at this rate it seems I'll either be buying swamp land or will be too old to swing an ax by the time I get there! I've always had a slightly paranoid streak and have never felt at all secure with traditional investments. I suspect that many of the folks on this board may feel similarly. I was wondering how others who may have a similar "under the mattress" mentality have grown their savings with a feeling of safety. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.