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Thursday, September 08, 2011

DEPRESSION SURVIVAL KIT

"Although I was not aware of it at the time, the experience of growing up during the Great Depression was to have a profound impact on my intellectual and professional career."
-Lawrence R. Klein

I don't know if the economic doom and collapse many fear and some predict will come to pass, but sometimes its hard to avoid the feeling of certainty. Its hard to avoid the feeling we're at that point where Wiley E. Coyote is before he realizes he chased the Roadrunner off a 9000 foot cliff. He thinks he's on solid ground, when he's already doomed.

Even if this catastrophic economic collapse never takes place, its good policy to learn frugal habits and ways to do with less. All but a very few of us will at some point in our lives face hard times with finances and good habits learned earlier help us through those times.

So I've started writing up a series of posts on Depression-Era tips to help people find ways to save money, do with less, and find a simpler lifestyle. Whether we'll need to know this soon or just would benefit from being a bit more temperate, these are tried and true things from our past.

The idea behind this is to help people understand how to face and live with extreme economic hardship, to develop the skills and habits that help us survive in this kind of world, and even if none of that comes to pass, to build a lifestyle that is more frugal and temperate.

Many of these tips and ideas will come from my mother and her sisters. They grew up in the depression and know very well what it is to do without in a way we can only guess at. A hard time for many of us is when our paycheck runs out at the end of the month and we have to drink office coffee instead of Starbucks. These people knew incredible want and poverty, and they learned life lessons that abide with them to this day.

So I'm tapping into these lessons to pass them on and hopefully learn from them myself. I pray God will spare us the deprivation and misery of the great depression - or worse - but a wise man prays for rain and prepares for drought.

One: Reuse, Wash, and Store
Two: Fix it yourself
Three: Cooking From Scratch
Four: Shopping with Frugality
Five: Clean House
Six: Entertainment
Seven: Attitude
Eight: Preparing For the Worst
Nine: Farming and Livestock
Ten: Washing Dishesk

2 Comments:

Blogger G. Pazzesco said...

Careful - you'll find yourself labeled a Survivalist in short order ... and if you are not careful then you may then find yourself on the dreaded "list." Do you not know that it is verboten to prepare for more than three days of down-time these days, or for anything other than a hurricane or earthquake, because those two possibilities are politically correct scenarios - you damn extremist.

6:12 AM, March 23, 2012  
Anonymous Angie said...

Even if this catastrophic economic collapse never takes place, its good policy to learn frugal habits and ways to do with less. All but a very few of us will at some point in our lives face hard times with finances and good habits learned earlier help us through those times.Thanks a lot for posting this article.

7:02 AM, August 07, 2012  

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