Today, I have 20 tips from grandma to survive a depression. We need to be ready, my friends. Have you ever sat down with your grandparents and listened to their story on how they survived the ‘Great Depression?’
If you have, you’ve probably learned many ways of coping if a certain financial catastrophe were to happen again.
Maybe you don’t have family surviving that went through tough times and no knowledge on even knowing where to start. Here are 20 tips from grandma to survive a depression. She would share these tips with you on how her family survived the darkest of times.
Survive A Depression
1. Use Every Resource
Our grandparents that survived the depression found ways of using every resource available. Today, when an old pair of sneakers are worn out, we think nothing of it and throw them out.
During an economic collapse, you might not have that option. You may find yourself preserving resources by repairing them, instead of buying new.
2. Steer Clear from Debt
Those that went through the recession would advise you to stay out of debt. If you are already in over your head in debt, get out as quickly as you can. While the banks currently might be more lenient, when the economy takes a hit, they’ll be less forgiving.
3. Start Saving Now
Having money tucked away in an emergency for an extended amount of time will be huge. Start saving any money that you can now so you’re better prepared when a crisis hits.
4. Learn to Improvise
During the ‘Great Depression,’ many Americans had to learn how to adapt; and quickly I might add. You can’t keep pretending life is going to run the same or as smoothly as it once did. Being able to improvise any way you can be huge for your success story during tough times.
5. Build a Community
Don’t try and do things on your own when the whole world comes crashing down. If you don’t have people in your life that can pick you up and get you back on your feet, it’s time to break out of your bubble and get a move on.
Having a community of family and friends that share a common goal of encouraging and helping others will have a huge impact on morale. You will need family members to help you make it through a depression era.
6. Go to Wherever the Opportunity is
When the collapse happened, people were willing to travel to wherever the opportunity was. This goes along with improvising that was mentioned earlier.
If you’ve lost your job and can’t afford your home, and you hear there’s work in Chattanooga, then, by George, you better be willing to go.
7. Different Sources of Income
Depending on one source of income during economic uncertainty might not be enough. Americans had to take on several part-time jobs to keep food on the table.
8. Know Survival Skills
You can’t rely on a trade smith during a collapse. You also won’t be able to rely solely on the supermarkets providing meat on your table.
Learn how to fix your own clothing by sewing and putting the meat back on the menu through hunting. Learn basic survival skills.
9. Learn to Barter
When the money’s gone, you’ll have to turn to your possessions to barter. If you have valuable basic necessities that people need to survive, that’s a huge bargaining chip that’s in your favor.
10. Waste Nothing
Have you noticed that grandma and grandpa hardly waste anything? They learned how to do without, so when they had a little of something, they made sure to put it to good use.
11. Stretch you Meals
A secret to stretch out your meals is by adding cheap protein to your diet. Eggs, beans, and rice are cheap solutions that you can add to your meals to make them more filling. You can even preserve dozens of meals to have just in case we end up living through the Great Depression again.
12. Stock up on Supplies
Have you noticed how grandma has a stockpile of toothpaste or toilet paper? She does this for good reason. Stocking up on supplies while there’s a good deal will help you be better prepared for a crisis, and not having to do without.
13. Supplement Your Diet through Gardening
Having a garden through an economy-dry spell will go a long way in providing another source for getting your next meal. Farm work has always been a way of life, even for our great grandparents. We may need to rely on that way of life again.
14. Preserve your Food
Preserving food through canning is something that is dying out today. With the right preservatives and canning supplies, build stock for your family to fall back on when purchasing canned goods at the grocery store is no longer an option.
15. Search for Different Methods of Transportation
Gasoline might become too expensive or hard to come by during a collapse. Being able to take your bike to work might be the only way you can afford getting there.
16. Everyone in the Family Worked
The ‘Great Depression’ was not friendly on who was affected. It put young and old alike to work. That means kids found ways of making money to help support their families, and the old did not get to retire. They simply worked until they were not able.
17. Keeping Your Dignity in Lowly Jobs
People also kept their dignity by working the jobs that nobody would want to do. They didn’t care about what others thought of them in their occupation.
That might mean swallowing your pride and working at a fast-food restaurant or getting dirty picking up trash. There is no right or wrong way to earn money, in my opinion.
18. Enjoy a Simple Life
The men and women of the 1930s that survived the economic collapse, were given a new perspective on life. People learned how to enjoy life even when they had to go without.
19. Keep Morale High
Many lives tragically ended when things got too hard for many. You have to find ways of keeping each other’s morale high in any way you can.
20. Remember to Live
If a crisis like an economic collapse were to happen again, it would be hard not putting all your worries and effort into simply surviving day-to-day. Somehow, through it all, you would have to find and remember how to live.
Laughing, crying, dancing with your spouse or playing with your children can never be taken from you. Only if you allow it. Just because the value of the dollar has died, doesn’t mean that your family’s lives should die with it.
These are 20 tips that grandma would share with you for you to cope with an economic collapse. These survival tips worked during The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl and they will work again.
What other bits of advice would she share for those willing to listen? Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda
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