Simple Smart Money Ideas from 4 Wiser (and Older) Ladies

Simple Smart Money Ideas from 4 Wiser (and Older) Ladies

Janel Laban
Dec 8, 2008

Juanita Kuyat is 86, lives in Rogers Park and thinks that growing pot might be a good way to go...not for her, but perhaps for modern day moonshiners hoping to wade through the current financial waters. Her family made it though the Depression with a little help from her dad's whiskey-making in the kitchen. Her REAL advice for the rest of us? It's a simple one that is very "Apartment Therapy"... at home! That's what our blog, The Kitchn, is all about - you won't find any restaurant reviews there.

Agatha Fincher is 95 and lives in the North Center. Her advice is to take transit or walk. She says, "When I was coming up, if we had one car, we were happy. Now, these guys got to have three cars in one house! They have to stop all that. Ride the bus, ride the train. Or walk! I used to walk to Sears Roebuck on North Avenue. I'd say it's 13 blocks from where I lived. Most of the time, I'd beat the bus."

Elizabeth Boling Smith, 91, advises that those feeling the pinch should "do the right thing, however it manifests. Don't ever let your short-term goals interfere with your life goals. Stay down-to-earth."

Time Out Chicago has a full-on Recession Survival Guide in this weeks issue (also online) and one of our favorite features are the interviews with 4 Chicago women who remember the Great Depression and have advice to share.

Check out their complete very interesting q&a's by Web Behrens:

  • Juanita
  • Agatha
  • Elizabeth
  • Esther

    Photos: Nolan Wells/Time Out Chicago

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