What Can We Learn From the Great Depression?

You’re not afraid of the big bad wolf are you?

During the time of the Great Depression many people closely identified with the story of the Three Little Pigs. Today, many are comparing that time period with the economic downturn of the present day. Regardless of how accurate the comparison is . . .

“This really is a season of opportunity to re-think our resources and re-evaluate our needs, repair what we can, and rejoice in all that we’ve been given.”

Molly’s Money-Saving Digest-What Can We Learn From the Great Depression? explores the resourcefulness and ingenuity that are still alive and well today.


There’s a lot packed into this special issue—practical and creative ideas inspired by stories of the Great Depression era, smart money-saving opportunities to try, and a whole lot more . . . Take a glimpse at the many topics you’ll explore:

  • Reduce Your Food Budget Unbelievably with Coupon Basics: Couponing – Part 2—Amy Howard had read reports of moms just like her, with way more mouths to feed, spending as little as $40 or $50 a week! She was determined to learn all she could. How do sales trends and stacking and couponing all come together? Discover how it can work for your family!
  • Keep a Positive Attitude: In Keeping it All Together you’ll read, “. . . we can all agree that money doesn’t necessarily buy happiness. No matter the state of the economy, there are things we can do to stay focused on the positive in our lives.” Wouldn’t it be great to have an emergency fund, no credit card debt and a lot less stress in your life? Find out some encouraging things you can do along with that attitude adjustment!
  • Repurposing to Supplement Your Income: Gain some great tidbits of knowledge as you begin your research journey into not only repurposing those items you find at a great price in garage sales, but also reselling them to make a profit from home. There’s much to consider and glean from Amy Howard’s expert advice.
  • Save $ by Feeding Your Family on a Budget: Reduce money spent on your grocery bill by putting a little extra effort into learning how to use a budget. Enjoy a week’s worth of frugal family favorite menus—easy on both your pocketbook and on your time. Check out these delicious thrifty-minded meals and recipes!
  • Days to Celebrate and a Special Date Night Idea: Here’s some special days and dates for October you’ll want to mark on your calendar. Plus, you may want to surprise your hubby with Molly’s special date night plans!
  • Stop, Look, and Listen: It’s an excellent reminder for busy moms— we should pay attention, observe, and note the condition and growth of the little lambs God has given us.
  • Something Old-Something New: How many millions of dollars are spent designing and manufacturing packaging that goes from the store shelves to a landfill? How can you re-use brown grocery sacks or the lids from frozen lemonade concentrate? You’ll find some creative ideas here, one being a lovely ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ twig decoration, plus many more.
  • What Can We Learn From the Great Depression? (October’s Feature):
    What Exactly Was the Great Depression? By taking an elementary look at a complicated subject, you’ll learn some basic facts and develop a context for learning from that era. How does the plot of the Three Little Pigs story parallel the experiences of many families in 1933? Find out!

Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make Do or Do Without: Learning from the women of the Great Depression and World War II by Lisa Vitello— How did women living during the Great Depression survive so well? Learn how to adapt to some of the thrifty sense our grandmothers had.

My Father’s Memories of the Great Depression by Kim Sponaugle— Take a close ‘real life story’ look at a time when people were forced to become resilient, frugal and industrious! Kim recounts her dad’s stories, some interesting facts, humorous accounts and provides a number of lists: What could money buy back then? What games did children play and what toys did they make themselves? What did farmers’ wives do just about every day? What salesmen came to your door? Plus many more!

A Cup of Cold Coke* by Aubrey Lively—For Aubrey’s great-grandfather, generosity was a means of survival. “Grand Dad spent his youth in the Depression years like a thief, one step ahead of disaster, always on the run from a poverty that haunts our memories in gray and yellow photographs of starvation. He got by with hard work, luck, and reckless generosity.”

  • Goal Getter Spotlight: In September’s Digest readers found out what it means to have S.M.A.R.T. goals! Molly shares the experience of how her family set and met a personal SMART goal—a wonderful learning experience that included her children.
  • Creative Use of Candy Wrappers: Don’t throw out those gold candy wrappers—there are lots of ways to use them! What can you do with them? Check out these marvelous ideas in this month’s Readers Write In, and get connected with others in this fun atmosphere!
  • Molly’s Question of the Month: This month there are two questions: What goal(s) do you hope to accomplish in 2010—both personally, and with your family? And, do you have any tips/recipes/traditions for the holiday season that help keep things sane instead of stressed at your house?
  • Directory of Links: You’ll find over a dozen fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue, for those of you who print and bind your digests. This makes it easier for you to access all those great links when you want to.

Over 40 Pages of Information & Support for an Incredibly Low Price!
You’ll more than recover your investment as you are encouraged to keep going strong in your commitment to the Lord and your family.

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Which little piggy are you?
Stop the huffing and puffing—put Molly’s Money-Saving Digest to work for you today.

Project Manager: Eleanor Joyce
Contributing Writers: Eleanor Joyce, Kris Price, Amy Howard, Jennifer Sikora
Publication: 2009
Pages: 44
File Size: 5.8 MB

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