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Prepper mom-of-five living completely self-sustainable off-grid lifestyle that sees her growing crops and hunting

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Prepper mom-of-five reveals she saves $12,000-A-YEAR by living completely self-sustainable off-grid lifestyle that sees her growing crops and hunting for her family's food - even in 'BRUTAL' Michigan winters

A prepper has revealed how she saves $12,000 a year through her self-sustainable off-grid lifestyle that sees her growing her own food and hoarding pantry supplies. Sarah Thrush grew up raising animals and growing crops but took on the ultimate homesteading challenge when she moved to Escanaba, Michigan, in July 2021 – a remote location which has a seven-month winter. She and her family now run their homestead 'like a business' - raising chickens for eggs and meat, growing vegetables and herbs as well as hunting and fishing. The 43-year-old has revealed that she has to go shopping just once a month and now has enough food stored to last two and a half years.

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Do the math.



$12,000 a year can be made working part time at McDonalds.....a $30,000 yearly income is $15/hr.
$12,000 a year usually takes a $25,000 annual income after taxes.

Her husband works at a normal job... Supervisor??? Likley 75K a year to support a hobby farm.
Her clean fingernails and model appearance means on 20 acres.........20 acres.......... this is bullshit.

100 acres MIGHT feed enough cows, pigs and chickens and humans.
Hay needs to be harvested and corn too. Machinery and Silos/barns.

Plowing/tilling/planting/harvesting. Kids probably cannot wait to get out.
 

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Do the math.



$12,000 a year can be made working part time at McDonalds.....a $30,000 yearly income is $15/hr.
$12,000 a year usually takes a $25,000 annual income after taxes.

Her husband works at a normal job... Supervisor??? Likley 75K a year to support a hobby farm.
Her clean fingernails and model appearance means on 20 acres.........20 acres.......... this is bullshit.

100 acres MIGHT feed enough cows, pigs and chickens and humans.
Hay needs to be harvested and corn too. Machinery and Silos/barns.

Plowing/tilling/planting/harvesting. Kids probably cannot wait to get out.
No.
It's really not that hard.
I am damn near self sufficient .
 

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She and hubby had the $$$ cash to move and buy the land and begin hobby farming...........I grew up on a dairy farm where we were mostly self sufficient........

No one looked like she does.

Rainey's Homestead Rescue show, is typical of starving, dirty, not making it, off gridders.

The Pilcher Alaska Off Gridders is more normal and lots of people work at it.
Obviously a Generator or power source is nearby for refrigeration purposes and lighting.

Costs money to off grid.

Rules for off gridding in Michigan are stiff.....

Cerificate of occupancy, sewage, water and building code inspections, etc etc.
 

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I seriously doubt they are self-sufficient but they can probably reduce their reliance on buying foodstuffs. Being fully-self sufficient is a full time job for a whole family.

I'd be curious to see the accounting on how much they SPEND in order to SAVE that $12,000 dollars. It takes a lot of money to 'save' money.
 

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It takes money to do anything.
If your dept free and outright own everything you have, it's not so hard to do this.
I'm retired but get up every morning and play on the farm.
 

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Do the math.

$12,000 a year usually takes a $25,000 annual income after taxes.
Yes, and it takes a 2nd car, insurance, gas, tires, wear and tear and all the rest to clear that $12K.

You don't hay and all that goes along with that to raise 'chicken for meat', like stated in the article.
They eat bugs, lots of bugs and small weeds/greens.





...............juanni
 

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If your dept free and outright own everything you have, it's not so hard to do this.
Im de”p”t free, and own everything outright, and we still managed to spend about $80,000/yr. A good chunk of that is Medicare insurance, property taxes (yeah, ya never really own anything outright) home and property insurance, vehicle insurance. Im sure I’ve left some insurance or tax out there, but living debt free still ain’t cheap, if you cover yourselves for anything.
 

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Yo speed you’d be nuts if you didn’t. Anyway a 20’x45’ vegetable garden is more than enough for us to can freeze and still give or barter with. Berries are more than abundant and the bulk of it goes to a neighbor’s wife and we get back more jam and jelly than we know what to do with. Beef, poultry, and pork costs us a little bit but not even close to just a break even venture. We have our own hay with a couple hundred left for sale and have a 1/3 interest in a feed corn field that leaves us more than enough for all of the livestock.
 

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Im de”p”t free, and own everything outright, and we still managed to spend about $80,000/yr. A good chunk of that is Medicare insurance, property taxes (yeah, ya never really own anything outright) home and property insurance, vehicle insurance. Im sure I’ve left some insurance or tax out there, but living debt free still ain’t cheap, if you cover yourselves for anything.
You probably wouldn't believe me if I told you what my annual income is.(very small annuity)
Insurance is as bad as usury.
I insure my property's and my vehicles myself.
Have enough put back to replace anything.
 

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She and hubby had the $$$ cash to move and buy the land and begin hobby farming...........I grew up on a dairy farm where we were mostly self sufficient........

No one looked like she does.

Rainey's Homestead Rescue show, is typical of starving, dirty, not making it, off gridders.

The Pilcher Alaska Off Gridders is more normal and lots of people work at it.
Obviously a Generator or power source is nearby for refrigeration purposes and lighting.

Costs money to off grid.

Rules for off gridding in Michigan are stiff.....

Cerificate of occupancy, sewage, water and building code inspections, etc etc.
Marty's show does show some reality. The Kilchers are worth north of 20 million, not even counting Jewel. Six hundred or so acres on the Kenai. They're not exactly your normal off gridders.
 

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Do the math.



$12,000 a year can be made working part time at McDonalds.....a $30,000 yearly income is $15/hr.
$12,000 a year usually takes a $25,000 annual income after taxes.

Her husband works at a normal job... Supervisor??? Likley 75K a year to support a hobby farm.
Her clean fingernails and model appearance means on 20 acres.........20 acres.......... this is bullshit.

100 acres MIGHT feed enough cows, pigs and chickens and humans.
Hay needs to be harvested and corn too. Machinery and Silos/barns.

Plowing/tilling/planting/harvesting. Kids probably cannot wait to get out.
In olden times, with inferior crop and livestock genetics, 7 people could live off 20 acres. With modern genetics, having more species of food than even several centuries ago, no problem. With an off-farm job, real easy to buy food preservation supplies.
Frankly, way too much prepping is geared towards TEOTWAWKI fantasies, instead of way more common extended power outages, long bouts of unemployment, or anything boring but common.
 
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