Monday, February 28, 2011

Blast From the Past: Depression-Era Penny-Pinching Tips!

Especially when it comes to saving money, our elders are/were in the know! Here are some suggestions from the Depression that helped our ancestors get through the tough times. I've scrabbled them together from across the World Wide Web and adapted them for the modern solo-apartment renter. They can all be put to use today to help stretch your dollar!

Also: Attention readers!! Next week's post will be dedicated to reader tips and wisdom -- all about cheap house cleaning! Do YOU have a tip about keeping things clean (while keeping things cheap) to share? Be sure to let me know, so that your advice can be included in next week's post!

Some Depression-era tips (for a modern apartment dweller):

  •  If you drink tea, use your teabag more than once before tossing it out.
  •  Use cloth napkins instead of always buying paper ones.
  • Instead of using expensive store-bought household cleaners, use vinegar and a baking soda/water mixture for floors, countertops, and windows.
  •  If heat is not included in your rent (an extra expense for you), put on a sweater instead of turning up your heater.
  •  Also, if heat is an extra expense for you,  be sure to block any drafts under your doors and windows with towels or another homemade "draft blocker" to save energy and money.
  •  If your heat IS included in your rent, hang your clothes to dry around your apartment rather than pay to run a dryer.
  • Before giving away old clothes to the thrift store, think about what you might be able to do with them. Could a pair of pants with a hole in the knee be made into shorts? Could part of an old sheet be made into a tablecloth?
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  1. We wrote a big post about cheap household cleaning:

  2. Awesome! Thank you! I'll definitely include a link over there in my post!