When most people think of the height of frugal living, the depression era is often the #1 time they think about. It was a time when most people didn’t waste anything, used their creativity and ingenuity to solve problems and managed to make it through, even when times were extremely tough and budgets simply did not exist because there was nothing to spend.
When I think of the depression era, I am reminded of how much we waste now and how they managed to use everything without even a complaint. It just was the way things were and everyone contributed to the household. If you would like to employ some good, old-fashioned money saving tips that they used in the depression era to save your household some money, here are 10 forgotten depression era money saving tips to start using now.
8 Depression Era Money Saving Tips
Learn the art of haggling. People in the depression era didn’t just take what was the price laid out for something. They knew how to trade, haggle and make deals.
Don’t shop for fun. This wasn’t really an option for most people during the depression era, but it is amazing how much money we waste when we shop because we are bored. Make it a habit to not do so.
Buy used. Many families bought things that their neighbors no longer needed in order to save money. This should be a priority for you if you are looking to save money especially when it comes to things like kids’ clothing, seasonal items and even household basics. Check out your local thrift stores first.
Shop locally. You may be surprised by how cheap things are when you buy from local stores. Many people shop at big box stores because we have been trained as consumers to think they are cheaper. The truth is, they are often not cheaper and you can get great deals from local markets. This is usually true of farmers’ markets because you are shopping in season as well.
Be mindful of how much you use of household products. Most of us use too much dish soap, shampoo and lotion as well as many other products. Reduce the amount you use and you may be surprised that it’s enough. This will save you from having to replenish cleaning supplies as often.
Stretch your meat or skip it in meals. Often, families did not have the money to have meat with most meals during the great depression. They stretched what they did have with beans and lentils.
Don’t buy disposable things. These simply didn’t exist in the time. Now, most people might find it very unpleasant to give up toilet paper, but you can trade paper towels for rags and sandwich baggies for reusable containers, right?
Try some holistic health. In our grandparent’s time, it was expensive to see a doctor just like it is now, and it wasn’t unheard of to try weird concoctions for healing various ailments. Don’t use any of the disproved methods of former days! However it may be smart to try things like essential oils for minor ailments before reaching for that medication or going to your doctor’s office for minor things like congestion from a cold.