Living Within Your Means, The Great Depression Way

Frugal: adjective; meaning economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful.


I was born in 1923, and just shy of my double-digit years by the time the Great Depression came to a head. Though my childhood was financially restrained, it still remained pleasant. My father worked three jobs – mining, mowing the highway, and at our family farm, which provided for most of our basic necessities.

Come 1935, just about everyone had found a way to make the best of their tight funds. This included my parents, who always tried their best to give us a happy and fulfilled childhood. Frequently we would make trips down to the local drugstore to get five cent ice cream cones, and when it came to clothes, we were allowed to select a complete ‘store bought’ outfit once a year, otherwise our Grandmother Loucks would sew something up for us.

Though these circumstances may seem hard to relate to, they provided me with the ability to practice and understand the importance of living within my means.