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Tips and tricks that were used to help families survive the great depression can certainly be useful during today’s economic crisis, here are a few to get you started Read More: Article: Lessons from The Great Depression

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    Tips and tricks that were used to help families survive the great depression can certainly be useful during today’s economic crisis, here are a few to get you started

    Read More: Article: Lessons from The Great Depression

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    great ideas! please keep sharing them

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    I am using scrap yarn and partial skeins that I have had and those that people have given me to make afghans for the homeless or displaced. I make 3 strips that have 158 rows. I chain 55 with a 5.5 mm hook (about a size 9) and turn and use the half double crochet (HDC) and have 53 stitches across. When I complete the strip I single crochet (SC) around stretching the yarn loosely to reach (on the sides) the hump that comes up with this stitch after 2 rows. On the top and bottom I sc in each stitch. after the 3 strips have all this around them I use the reverse sc also called shrimp stitch to join the strips and reverse sc around the whole thing. I make 2 chains to go around the afghan which I roll up. These are economical and useful to give or have for yourself. They are colorful and when completed people want them...the strips sometimes don't look nice until the finishing work is done. The charity that I have been donating these to have an outreach ministry and seem to really like them.

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    Reduce, Reuse, Re-purpose, recycle. For example, we like lemoncello and I am making it in a gallon jar. The jar will be used to store baking mix once i'm done with it. The lemon peels will later be candied for holiday gift giving. The lemons I was left with have been dehydrated to make lemon aid or added to my iced tea. Old shirts have been cut into squares to make quilts, jeans as well. Many household items DD has needed have come to her from yard sales and second hand shops. I've made watermelon preserves and watermelon pickles from salad bar discards I arranged to have them save for me. Since I don't have room or the light to grow a garden, I purchase my bulk produce from the local farmer's market and can/freeze/dehydrate accordingly. We eat beans and grain at least once a week. I alter clothing as needed-most don't have the skills anymore. I make my fur babies their cookies-and I share these at holiday time. Clothes are purchased at second hand stores--even for special events. I look for marked down meats (they must be sold within 2 days) and then freeze in portion controlled packages (vacuum sealed). I coupon and ad match and make as much as I can from scratch. My next foray will be into baking all my own bread.

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    I shop at the Bread Store about 2 or 3 times a week. I freeze the bread as is in it's packaging. When I take it out of the freezer I wrap it in a fluffy towel and place it on the counter overnight. The next morning the bread has thawed and taste fresh. You can only do this once. the bread will crumble.

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    I shop at the Bread Store about 2 or 3 times a week. I freeze the bread as is in it's packaging. When I take it out of the freezer I wrap it in a fluffy towel and place it on the counter overnight. The next morning the bread has thawed and taste fresh. You can only do this once. the bread will crumble.

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    I use my leftover yarn to make winter scarfs for the homeless, just makes me feel great to be able to help someone.

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    I make winter scarfs for the homeless with left over yarn that I have or that I buy at garage sales.

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    These are some things that my family and I do.

    1. Re-use plastic bottles (such as: coke, sprite, powerade, gatorade, etc.) We wash them thoroughly and refill them with tap water. Put into the fridge or freezer for later use.

    2. Freezer pops from leftover Kool-aid (fun for the kids to make and eat)
    We make Kool-aid (store brand works just as good; and it's cheaper), as instructed on the package. Fill ice trays with Kool-aid.
    (Just for fun, we put a gummi-bear in each slot of Kool-aid on the ice tray.) The kids love them!

    3. We re-use shoe boxes ALL the time. To store DVD's, CD's, small trinkets, receipts, etc.

    4. Re-use Butter Containers (very useful when you have leftovers)
    We wash them thoroughly, put the leftovers in them, cover (with one hand on top of lid gently pushing as much air out as possible before the lid snaps close). We then label it with a piece of masking tape on the lid; to specify whats in the bowl and the mm/dd/yy that it was cooked. We pre-cook (as well as leftovers) and freeze. So NOTHING goes to waste.
    It usually lasts us a month or two in the freezer.
    So, all we have to do is, take out of the freezer, thaw and reheat.

    Saves us money in the long run.
    I hope you find these useful too.

 

 

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