As the cost of everything seems too be going up a bit in price right along, are you wondering how you can plan on taking care of your family? I can go back and try to figure out how my parents planned for their family when Dad had just graduated from college and they were beginning to set up their family as the Great Depression began. Here are a few of the ideas they used –
1. Soak some oatmeal over night and cook it quickly in the morning. Takes at most 10 minutes to cook the oatmeal. It is more nutritious and is easier to digest than boxed cereal.
2. Buy butter, not margarine. If it is too expensive, buy lard. Use lard, it is not man made.
3. Make hearty soups and stews with meat, broth, onion, carrots and potatoes. Good broth can stretch the meat and it is delicious. It is great on a cold, cold evening.
4. If you do not grow garden ask your store manager if you can buy a box of onions, potatoes and sweet potatoes at less cost. Some stores will sell for less if you ask. Find a store!
5. Save all bones for broth. Gather same kinds together. They are well sterilized after simmering for 8 to 24 hours. You need water, 1/4 c vinegar, carrot, celery, onion and bones when finished.
6. Save half to three -quarters of the cost of buying bread by learning to making your own bread. Try different kinds.
7. Buy cases canned tomatoes on sale for 6 months cooking. Store in garage. Set on 2 by 4 pieces
8. Buy food in season or on sale, or both!
9. Learn to stitch up pillow cases
10. Learn to repair sheets
9.Take snacks with you when gone most of the day
10. If you own a dehydrator dry fruit and vegetables. Learn to use dried fruit and vegetables.