The Great Depression was arguably the most difficult period in American history. While it may have happened nearly a century ago, that doesn’t make the lessons people learned throughout it any less valuable today. Families who survived the bleak decade between 1929 and 1939 definitely had to get creative in order to make ends meet.
Even those of us who are thankfully much better off today could benefit from the penny-pinching habits folks honed back in the day. After all, having extra cash in case of emergency — or to splurge on something fun — is always a good thing. Chances are, you’ll remember your parents and grandparents passing along a few of these tips to you from their own experiences.
Take a look below to see the best money-saving lessons people had to learn during the Great Depression and how you can use them to keep more money in your wallet today, too.