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Growing up in the depression - Don’t waste anything

Posted: Jun 21st, 2021 - 8:01 am In Reply to: I agree wholeheartedly. I do exactly what you outlined - I am the one you responded to. As

The other side to that coin is someone who hoards and it becomes a lifelong obsession. My mom died when I was in first grade and my dad remarried. They both grew up during the depression but I think her family had a really hard time. She was a wonderful cook, but was obsessed with canning and not wasting anything. She stored food under the bed, put money in the freezer, dumpster dove, and a number of things that I look back now as being extremely weird. I can only imagine what her family went through, but the money in the freezer thing (because of the banks failing) and the hoarding must have come from fear of being in the same situation again. She had so much canned food stockpiled that was never eaten and most of it had to be tossed, which definitely defeated the purpose of not wasting anything. This must also be where not leaving anything uneaten on your plate came
from. I think it’s great to be frugal and plan ahead, I wish I was more like that. I garden for a hobby and because I enjoy it and it is definitely good to plan for emergencies. I admire those who bake their own bread and are learning how to can. I’m just sharing an experience from childhood to demonstrate that if not done wisely, “prepping” can also go wrong. There is also the concept of only using what we need.


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