As a nation of people, African Americans spend $800 billion annually. Its time we started spending that money amongst ourselves and for ourselves. Below, you will find a few ideas to use for starting to become economically self-sufficient. Gardening- Grow your own food. Modern technology has taken away the excuse of "I don't live in the right environment." If you live in an area like NY or Chicago, you can employ technology such as hydroponics or Cuba's Organoponics to grow your food in ANY environment. Feed yourself and your family- For every single item you grow in your garden, you should come up with as many recipes as possible for each one. Talk to a vegan/vegetarian. They'll give you some good ideas. If you don't personally know any vegans/vegetarians, contact your local Black Vegetarian Society of America chapter. Establish at least one line of Residual Income- This is probably the most important thing you can do. Residual Income is money that you continually make even after you quit working. It doesn't have to be the six-figure checks that my profession(Network Marketing) often brag about. It may just be an extra $300 -$500 a month. Invest in stocks- Yes, I know about the economic "crisis" and the "crash" of the stock market. Ignore that garbage. The stock market is creating millionaires for those who are watching the trends. Invest in the best companies and most proven companies in the fields of health & wellness, Network Marketing or technology and you will benefit immensely. Health care- Once you've got a garden growing, find out how to use your plants for healing purposes. It may be as simple as eating a certain fruit or vegetable. Or it may be a little more complex and require you to make some actual recipes. Please add your ideas to this thread. All input is necessary.