One of the reasons most people don’t know how to be frugal is because they don’t have to be frugal. Sure, many people struggle with their bills, but few people have to choose between, say, food and electricity. During the Great Depression, people had to make choices like that all the time. In order to keep food on the table, people had to save and reuse everything they could.
There could come a day when most people have to make choices like that again. But even if it never comes to that, it’s still a good idea to be as frugal as possible so you can either put more money in the bank or stock up on more supplies. In this article, Gaye from Backdoor Survival shares 12 frugal lessons from the Great Depression.
She writes, “During the Great Depression, frugality was considered a virtue and the phrase ‘Use it up, Wear it out and Make it do’ was the guiding principal in most households.Times were tough. This meant that everything from bits of strings to worn out clothing was saved and re-purposed in some other manner. Not only that, but every last bit of food from a can or bottle was swished out with a bit of water and used to flavor a soup or stew. Printed chicken feed sacks became skirts and flour sacks became underwear. Nothing was wasted…”