With the cost of everything going up and also the future unsure, stretching your resources and re-purposing things becomes a lot of of a necessity. I’m always searching for new ways that to get the “max for the minimum.”
Some recent posts here reminded me of some of this stuff. My grandparents and parents were a young family once the good depression hit. What types of things did they are doing to form ends meet when things were expensive or scarce?
Unfortunately, several of them who went through this period in time are no longer with us. However, I keep in mind some things they did or heard of them doing, that now, looking back, were obviously brought about by the times they lived in. Even after times improved somewhat, some still stuck to sure ways of doing things. Old habits are hard to break.
Hunting and gardening were essentially a given back then. Most everybody outside the town limits did one or both of this beside bartering services for goods. Alittle carpentry or plumbing work for some of chickens.
I remember my granddaddy mixing his old used motor oil with alittle bit of kerosene and spraying the underside and inner fender wells of his pick up truck just before winter. He claimed it helped shield the truck from incurring rust damage over the winter months. Getting a lot of serviceable years out of the truck.
I am sure environmentalists would have a cow over this these days, however it was the simplest way of taking something that didn’t seem to possess any usefulness left ,and yet, finding …