Michigan Family Lives off the Land
In the midst of trying economic times, one Michigan family has taken a fresh approach to getting by.
Patrick and Melissa Wojtowicz, along with their 15-year-old daughter Gabrielle, have changed their entire way of life in Alma, Mich. in an attempt to break from the downward economic cycle.
When Patrick Wojtowicz, 36, began to lose ground financially with his job as a trucker, he and his wife, Melissa, 37, decided to reexamine the way they were living.
They decided to cut back on extra expenses and work to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Patrick quit his job and they began to garden and raise their own animals for food.
They also began, like many American families, to can their own food, buy clothes at resale shops, and checking out books and movies from the library.
Living off only the salary of Melissa, who is self employed, has been difficult, but the family has grown closer through working to meet their own needs.
"The earn, spend, earn era has come to an end for us," USA Today quoted from the family's blog. "The idea of living a fuller, more satisfying life seems simple to us now. ... Money, cash, credit, maybe they don't matter. Maybe, just maybe, it is those things that impede our ability to be truly happy."