13 Survival Tips From The Period Of The Great Depression

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  • We can learn from the philosophy of ‘using and reusing’ that Depression era folks were forced to live with. We can learn by examining what the skills were during the Great Depression era. survivallife.com shares 13 survival tips from the Great Depression.

    I’ve often heard my grandmother tell stories about growing up during the Great Depression. She was around 10 years old, the seventh of eight children. Their family was very poor, and her father (my great-grandfather) took every odd job he could to make ends meet while her mother stayed home to raise the eight children. She’s told me many stories of standing in line for cheese and bread rations, and how they could only afford one pair of shoes a year, which they wore until holes were worn into the bottom.

    I’ve always admired the wisdom and resilience of people who grew up during that time. Growing up in such great hardship equips one with mental toughness and the skills to survive almost any situation.

    Here are 13 survival skills we can learn from those who grew up in the Great Depression.

    1. Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

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    To this day, my grandmother is the type to not throw anything away that she might use later. Scraps of fabric, wrapping paper, containers such as pill bottles and tons of other items we might consider trash can actually be reused and re-purposed. If you think something might be of use later, don’t throw it out.

    2. Use Meat Extenders to Make Meals Stretch Further

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    During the Great Depression, people would use “fillers” such as oatmeal or lentils to bulk up their meat dishes and make them go a little further. This is also a great way to make your meals a little healthier.

    3. Make Your Own Toiletries

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    Toiletries such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste can be made at home for a fraction of the cost.


    Find more great depression survival tips over at survivallife.com

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