Growing up, we were surrounded by older women. Grandma was one of 8 siblings ... so the "Great Aunts" were permanent fixtures in our household.
I loved them fiercely, but they were different. They saved everything -- bread bags, rubber bands, pickle jars. They let nothing go to waste -- they even ate the gristle. It was, as our mother explained, because they had lived through the Great Depression.
Last week, the New York Times ran a story about the things we can learn (especially in this financial climate) from people who lived through the Great Depression.
They interviewed six people about the way people ran their households during those times. It's a fascinating read that we highly recommend.
Get the whole story here.
(photo by Danielle Rappaport)