We Portlanders love doin' stuff ourselves. Unlike the pioneers who preceded us in this land of clouds and kale, we can buy whatever goods we want with the click of a mouse. Yet we nonetheless brew our own beer, grow our own vegetables, make our own clothes and raise our own chickens. Our DIY hobbies are easy, fun and save money—right? Not so fast. We crunched the numbers to find out if our urban homesteading lifestyle is, financially speaking, worth the effort.

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