Wikipedia defines "self-sufficiency" as the state of not requiring any outside aid, support for survival. After having lived in the U.S. for a little more than a year now, I am learning how to be "self-sufficient". I can now cook and do the housework without the aid of a maid. It helps that my bana-bear is very easy to please when it comes to food, and even though I have two stories, 4 bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a lanai to clean, there isn't really much to "clean" considering that our home has only two occupants. Having first world amenities makes my work easier and faster, too, and being a full-time housewife (which, unfortunately, won't be for long because I start school next month), I am the "master" of my schedule. We still have to rely on hired help for the upkeep of our lawn but as soon as I learn the art of gardening and mowing, we can probably dispense with the landscapers and save a few hundred dollars every month. hehe!
I still have a lot to accomplish in my "self-sufficiency" list: get my driver's license (a must in this country); learn how to operate simple carpentry tools and other household gadgets; learn how to bake and cook fancy dishes (bana-bear and I love food). One "accomplishment": I can pump gas at Costco (with a little help from bana-bear. hehe!) Not bad for a small city girl from the Philippines, eh!