If you haven’t ever asked your elderly relatives for advice about finances, you may want to think twice. Those that grew up in earlier decades certainly had a very different experience managing money than we do today. Their advice can prove very insightful rather than out-dated because frugality was key, especially during the Depression era.
They’re oldies but goodies! Click through for 7 tips from the past that can help you save money today…
Vintage Money-Saving Tips That Need to Be Brought Back From the Dead 1 of 8
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Multi-Purpose Old Clothing 2 of 8
When clothing becomes too worn or stained to wear, don't discard it. Use it for other purposes including crafting a quilt, for cleaning use, or many other purposes around the home.
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Line Dry Clothing 3 of 8
By hanging your clothes out on the line to dry, you can save a lot of wear and tear on your clothing, your dryer, and your electric bill. If you don't have a yard or the weather is inclement, air dry as many clothes as possible to reduce the amount of cycles your dryer has to run on laundry day.
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Teach Yourself Canning Techniques 4 of 8
Canning your homegrown vegetables and fruit is a great way to guarantee great food at a low cost. Canning was a mainstay in previous decades and learning how to keep the tradition alive is a great way to save more money.
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Utilize the Whole Chicken 5 of 8
Save a lot of money on your grocery bill by just buying the whole chicken instead of specific pieces. Almost every part of the chicken can be made into a different, freezer-friendly food item including soup stock, casseroles, and chicken dinners.
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Use Salt in Your Coffee 6 of 8
When you brew coffee at home, you can buy less expensive grounds and make them taste great with a pinch of salt. By adding salt to the coffee grounds, you can remove some of the bitterness cheaper coffee can have.
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Reuse As Much as Possible 7 of 8
There are many things in our kitchens that can go to waste before their time is up. Sandwich bags, aluminum foil, and tea bags are all examples of things you can use more than one time.
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Repurpose Wasteful Packaging 8 of 8
Rather than toss out the grocery bags you bring home or the tin cans your food comes in, find a way to reuse them. A lot of packaging is excessive these days but when used for other purposes, can save a lot of money. Grow herbs in milk jugs. Turn a spaghetti sauce jar into a flower vase. Prevent as much trash as possible while preventing the need to purchase new stuff.
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