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12 things we can learn from the Great Depression

Cheapism Logo By Saundra Latham of Cheapism | Slide 2 of 13: Practically everyone had a backyard garden during the Depression, and to this day, the term "Depression Garden" lingers. Families desperate to pinch pennies found it was much cheaper to grow their own veggies than to buy them. Today, many folks think of gardening as a hobby, not a necessity, but the potential for big savings remains. The National Gardening Association estimates that a 600-square-foot garden that would cost only $70 a year to tend could easily produce 300 pounds of produce worth roughly $600 — not a bad return on your investment.Related: 22 Tips to Keep Gardening Dirt Cheap

Grow It Yourself

Practically everyone had a backyard garden during the Depression, and to this day, the term "Depression Garden" lingers. Families desperate to pinch pennies found it was much cheaper to grow their own veggies than to buy them. Today, many folks think of gardening as a hobby, not a necessity, but the potential for big savings remains. The National Gardening Association estimates that a 600-square-foot garden that would cost only $70 a year to tend could easily produce 300 pounds of produce worth roughly $600 — not a bad return on your investment.

Related: 22 Tips to Keep Gardening Dirt Cheap

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