Some people would be amazed at how little it actually takes to live on.... I knew a family of 5 that would take no assistance out of pride. Was it rough? yes. Did they have a 2 acre garden yes. Did they waste anything? not a spec. It is appalling what my generation is turning into. handouts breed dependency, how many people on welfare have cell phones and cable or satellite? all you really need is some land and an ax but i'm weird I think Tipi's are cushy. I find myself getting more and more frustrated at the failed and broken systems we don't need that only cause more problems that we need more government intervention to fix.