05/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Great Depression Survivors Give Advice: How To Make Ends Meet (VIDEO)

AT a time when life in America is beginning to resemble a roller-coaster ride on the way down and everyone is trying to find ways to save money, it may be instructive -- both in terms of offering helpful hints and putting things in perspective -- to look at how people ran their households during the Great Depression.

Back then there was little money for food, let alone new curtains, but people found ways to cope. Backyard gardens were cultivated not because of a sudden itch to eat locally grown produce, but out of necessity; homeowners did their own repairs and found ingenious ways to make their homes functional and attractive.

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