My wife and I have drastically changed our lifestyle over the last 10 or so years and we are more on the extreme side you could say. Our home is less than 200 square feet, I built it and we are homesteading here. I can build anything and fix most anything. I can weld with gas or mig or arc and swing a hammer and I split wood and i dig for my own gold at my claim. I can run heavy equipment and anything else with an engine and I installed our solar for our power complete for less than $1500. Weve sold off everything we had collected over the years that we didnt use and downsized greatly in every way and it felt great. Now we have no bills and only a small land payment and not the extra stress from our old life. We can live easily on minimum wage if needed and we have a few times although it's not my first choice. I've been lucky enough to work various state park jobs and lift operations at a Crested Butte and they arent high paying jobs, but very rewarding and fun jobs I've always wanted to try out for a season. At my current job we can survive on 10 hrs per week if we need to but I'd rather work 60 hours and buy gold! We garden, make our own toothpaste, have chickens, an outhouse and we cook at home every night mostly. We pump and carry our water, snowmobile for a few miles in the winter and ski when we can. I bought both of our subarus for less than $1000 and fixed them up over time to nice cars and one has almost 310,000 miles, the other 200,000 miles. Our wood and water truck is a 1970 f250 Ranger "camper special" and oh is she a sweet old truck. We thrift shop and bargain shop for everything and I rarely pay full price for anything and I dont buy very much new. A little maintenance and TLC and things can last for a long time. I take pride it my tightassedness and it's a constant challenge to see where else we can cut needless expenses and what I can fix and make run for a few more years. I even go as far as picking up dead deer on the highway to feed our dogs and they sure love that. I can just imagine what the tourists must think as they drive by and I'm hacking up a frozen muley on the side of highway 50 haha. I've never figured exactly what I save in dog food but its rediculous and its trash for them to eat. 3 or 4 deer will last my dogs the entire winter and it's good meat. Just a few ways weve cut costs that I can think of but theres probably more haha. I like to imagine what something would cost in oz's of silver and if I would trade silver for it and I think EFF no. It sure takes the shine out of whatever I was looking at, that's for damn sure.