I enjoyed the thread about off grid living, but I wonder what the experience has been as far as saving money in off grid living. When I think about it, and when I've seen other people do it, it seems some money must be spent to be self-sufficient. My friend TF raises Chickens. She has 15-20 chickens and gets enough eggs for her large family every day. She does say that it costs her about 50 dollars a month to feed the chickens the type of food they need in order to be healthy enough to lay eggs. That along with water, shelter, occasional vet expenses, special lighting/heating (they live in a cold climate) it seems expensive. I just pay 3 dollars per dozen and buy my farm fresh eggs from her. That saves me money. I do realize it does not make me self-sufficient, however, I'm really thinking about the financials of it, Maybe there are cheaper ways to raise chickens?