6 Depression Era Tips That Will Save You Money
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The depression-era had forced people to find ways to survive on less. However nowadays, things had become so cheap, it’s easy for us to buy what we need and what we don’t and then throw things away as soon as they become outdated or simply because we got bored. This made us into a wasteful nation.
Below is a list of tips from the depression era to help you save money and live on less:
#1. Make Your Clothes Last.
During the Depression, new clothes were almost unheard of. People would mend their clothes and pass them on for as long as possible. A great way to make clothes last is to wash them in cold water. And it comes handy to learn few sewing basics, that way you can mend to small holes and you’ll be able to replace lost buttons. Youtube.com can provide you with many simple tutorials to learn almost anything.
#2. Make It Yourself.
DIY was a way of life during the Depression. From house repair and renovations to cooking bread and food from scratch, people made sure they make everything they can by themselves. You can check out Pinterest for ideas on how to make it yourself.
#3. Borrow Instead Of Buying.
There are lots of things that we only use once or twice and then we throw it or we keep it with the rest of the clutter.
• Books: if you’re an avid reader, you can get a library card and borrow books or you can exchange books with other avid readers.
• Luggage: unless you’re traveling a lot already, usually, people don’t use luggage much.
• Tables and chairs for special occasions: even if you’re going to hold a birthday party every year, still, borrowing once a year doesn’t sound enough reason to buy tables and chairs you won’t be using outside of that occasion.
Related: 14 Things to Borrow, Not Buy
#4. Use Less.
If you can’t do without, make sure you use as little of anything as possible. From detergents and personal care products to water and electricity, make sure you use them effectively if not for the sake of saving money, then for the sake of wasting fewer resources.
#5. Reuse Everything You Can.
Old clothes can be made into rags to clean around the house and old food containers and jars can be used to store different things. You can write on the other side of the paper you no longer need.
#6. Grow Your Own Herbs.
Gardens are not only a great way to help save the environment, but they’re also a great way to save money. If you don’t have a backyard, you can still get some pots in your windowsill and grow your own food.
The bottom line: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
Other tips to save your money.
• Pay in cash. By using your credit card, you’re allowing interest to accumulate, you might end up paying double the price. And using the credit card, in general, makes you unaware of what you’re giving in exchange for the item you’re buying.
• Go with the rule. If you can’t buy it twice, you can’t afford it.
• Freeze what you can. This can help you reduce your food waste. Food such as nuts, butter, cheese, peeled bananas, bread, meat... can be frozen.
• Use the scraps of food as a fertilizer for your garden.
• Take care of your health. Drink lots of water, avoid junk food and exercise regularly, this can save you so much on your medical bill.
• Don’t pay for what you can do yourself. instead of calling for delivery and paying tips, pick your own food on your way home, wash your own car, take care of your own yard...
• If you can use coupons or coupons codes when shopping, do it!
• Buy reusable products instead of disposable ones.
• Buy in bulk instead of buying pre-packaged food. It helps save the environment but also saves you money.
• Pack your lunch and take your coffee in a flask.
• Wash your clothes less often.
• Add water to your liquid soaps to stretch them.
• Don't shop for entertainment.
• Downgrade your cell phone plan.
• Make your own personal care products. Baking soda can a perfect toothpaste, it also can be used as an effective deodorant. Use natural remedies as masks for your skin and hair.
• Embrace minimalism.