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Many of us take pride in being self-sufficient. Others simply enjoy gardening and crafting. There was a time when self-sufficiency was essential to survival. Relatively speaking, the Great Depression was not that long ago, and there is a lot of valuable survival wisdom to be gleaned from the way people lived during that time.
The Survival Mom has a list chock full of survival wisdom from families that made it through the Great Depression. They had to work with what they had as many had very few resources.
Included in the list are ways income was generated, unusual recipes (bean sandwich!), and ways homemakers improvised to provide for their families.
People foraged, worked odd jobs, and helped each other when it was hard enough just to survive.
They used what they had to make life more comfortable. Some would wet sheets over doorways to cool the air when it was hot. Others covered the walls with mud to prevent cold drafts in the winter.
We could all learn plenty from those who lived during the Great Depression. We are not immune from this sort of economic meltdown!