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Economic Survivalists Take Root

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04/16/2009 04:36 PM
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Economic Survivalists Take Root
Patrick and Melissa Wojtowicz play Scrabble with daughter Gabrielle, 15, left, and her friend Brittney Watson, foreground. They've made family time a higher priority.

By Al Goldis for USA TODAY


Gabrielle Wojtowicz, left, and her father Patrick feed animals on their 40 acres near Alma, Mich.

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: A survivalist family

"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.

Karen Gulliver, MBA program chair at Argosy University in Eagan, Minn., expects the movement to grow as the sour economy forces people to reassess priorities. People are asking, "Do I really want to be 100% vulnerable with no self-sufficiency skills if something happens?" she says.

[link to www.usatoday.com]

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Re: Economic Survivalists Take Root
Prepping has gone mainstream.