During the Great Depression, folks did whatever they could to survive. People who were once middle class suddenly found themselves with no money at all after the stock market crashed and banks collapsed. Creative housekeeping, neighborly love, and careful allocation of resources are what kept people going day after day. Here are 10 of the things that folks did to stay afloat during the Depression.
10) Foraged for Food
When there was nothing else to eat, some wives canned tumbleweed or other foraged foods, like wild asparagus.
9) Used What’s on Hand
Sometimes tire rubber or cardboard was used to patch holes in the soles on their shoes.
8) Stashed Cash
If any money was earned it went in the sock drawer or the coffee can- not the bank! Many folks were completely skeptical of banks after they lost their money. Checks were promptly cashed, not deposited.
7) Not Too Proud
Most people took any job to earn money, be it a day job or a traveling salesman or handy man. Many professionals were peddlers during the ’30s.
6) Creative Small Business
Resourceful people sold what items could be foraged (wood, food, flowers, scrap metal).