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Old 04-27-2013, 03:15 AM
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Food... Buy staples and make meals from scratch. Since you have extra time that most of us full time workers don't have, you can get creative and research different meal options.

Paper products... Buy in bulk, limit use of some disposables. Buy reusable cloths instead of napkins. Avoid disposable cups and paper plates.

I'm sure there are lots of ways to cut your costs, but without knowing more about your lifestyle, it's hard to give anymore advice.
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by jlawrence01 View Post
Back then, we would NOT complain about how bad things were in the late 70s. My father would bring out the WWII photos and the grandparents would start talking about the Great Depression.
My grandfather lived through the Great Depression. His garage was amazing because he was always preparing for the next depression. He had a compost pile and wonderful garden. He saved or recyled almost everything. If an appliance broke, he cashed in the metal, melted the plastic off the copper wire. He saved all his old shoes in a big box in his garage because he figured he might not need to wear scruffy shoes then but who knows, when the depression comes back, he said you'd be very grateful to just have a pair of shoes that didn't have holes in the soles.

He described how they would line coats with newspapers and shoes with cardboard. People from that time were very uncomfortable with waste -- very unlike people today.

Green living wasn't just a fad to those people, it was how they lived their lives. They knew hard times, they knew what it was like not have new clothes and to make due with what they did have.
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