Use your resources with responsibility in uncertain times

Use your resources with responsibility in uncertain times

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 …

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2 thoughts on “Use your resources with responsibility in uncertain times

  1. Decades ago, I did the kerosene “polish” to a Jeep CJ-7. It dulled immediately. Had to buff twice daily until the haze finally left. The smell, hung around for weeks later. Road dirt clung like a magnet. Mud was anchored to it.
    I had bottom painted everything over the course of two weeks of wire brushing by hand, bottom and wheel wells. Three coats primer, wire brushed between coats lightly, followed by two coats paint wire brushed between coats and a third finish coat. Everything hand painted. All of that, was well worth the labor. Each year following, only wire brushed lightly and applied a new finish coat. Never had rust issues, not from road salt, not from offroading while hunting. Did have three harvested bucks over the years pulled out of swamp and logged areas with that CJ-7. Sweat equity was worth it. Also greased monthly (I love Zerks).


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