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Survive A Depression

Updated on August 16, 2011

Are You Prepared?

With the economy in the condition it is in I felt the need to write this hub. By no means am I saying that a depression will happen, but I think it is the best to be prepared for all possibilities.

The purpose of this hub is to teach some basic things you can do to save money, or even go without certain items.

In itself, even if we don't go into a depression, recession can be bad too. Prices on some items could rise to a point that some people will not be able to afford them.

I had grandparents who went through the depression and I listened to their stories and how they survived. Not only that, I have always lived my life wanting to learn everything I can. I believe the more you know, the better off you are. Just my opinion.

Scroll down and take a few hints.

Take a look at these next pictures; they made it through one depression, if you're prepared, you can too!

Hopefully Obama will save us, but just in case!

Taken from the Library of Congress

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Family and Friends

One big step to being prepared is also preparing your family and friends. Everyone needs to stick together through any times like these.

It would be smart to get to know your neighbors. In the old days neighbor helped neighbor. One person may have skills or talents that the other doesn't and vice versa.

Many people survived just bartering and trading during the depression. It's much easier to do that with a neighbor than with someone who may be miles away.

You should have an emergency chore and to-do list made up for all household members.Much like the T.V. show, Suvivor, everyone needs to work together.

Next I will explain some easy food sources. Scroll on down.

A vegetable garden
A vegetable garden


First and foremost, stock up on seeds. All kinds of vegetables; edibles of all kinds that will grow in your climate.

I have grown peppers and cherry tomatoes in my house year round.

You will need to tear up some ground for a garden. As I said, for those of you with no room for a garden, it is possible to grow stuff in the home too.

Another good idea is to buy a few traps. You can buy box or live traps to catch rabbit, squirrel and other edible wild animals. I also suggest a shotgun and stock up on ammunition.

I will share a couple recipes below for wild stuff.

It is also a good idea to stockpile jugs of water. Never know!


4 dressed squirrels cut into serving sizes

1/4 cup cat-sup

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup celery

1/4 cup onion

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp ginger

1 tbls salt

Put the squirrel, celery, and onion in the crock. Mix all other ingredients in a bowl and pour over the top of the squirrel. Cook on low heat 7-8 hours covered. To thicken the gravy add cornstarch mixed with water and cook on high until thick stirring constantly.


2 rabbits cut into serving sized pieces

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/2 cup onion

2 cups carrots

2 cans of water chestnuts

2 large cans of chicken broth

2 cans of your favorite beer

Put all ingredients in the crock and cook covered on low approximately 6 hours. Can make gravy same as above recipe.


Some Other Basics

If you have the room, raise animals for food. Chickens, pigs, cows, all can be a big plus in bad times.

I am very strong about hanging on to precious metals such as gold and silver. Since the dawn of time these metals have been used as money.

If you have the area it is a good idea to purchase a woodstove too.

There are many, many ways to get through it. Learn to buy smarter and cheaper.

As I remember more I will add to this. I fear that many people are not prepared for an event of this magnitude. I say live by the Boy Scout Motto: Be Prepared!

© G.L. Boudonck


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    • Froggy213 profile image

      Greg Boudonck 9 years ago from Will soon return to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks to all of you. Teresa, I wish you the best-google Daniel fast--it is a very good one and is very cleansing.

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      Sheila 9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      I'm thinking of fasting for a couple of days each week to cut down on the grocery bill, and am looking into how to do it safely, so that it will actually be a benefit rather than an economic imposition. I'll let you know how it goes!

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      Cris A 9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Kudos to you Froggy for writing this hub and sharing what you know to address the prevailing economic conditions and what might happen next.

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      DarleneMarie 9 years ago from USA

      Very good Hub.  I like you had grand-parents that survived the same era.  I hope that we do not come to the same fate.

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      Lydia Rose 9 years ago

      Thanks so much for the inf. People may not believe things can get that serious, but I think anything is possible. It's looking pretty bad. I'll survive.

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      Netters 9 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      Very good hub. And just in time. I believe it will get worse before it gets better. Out here in New Mexico, a lot of people are preparing to head to the hills if something happens. I'm afraid we will see riots and more thefts. It's a sad state of affairs.

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      eovery 9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Thanks for the info. I just hope I can keep my job. That is the most important thing right now. My savings have went to crap because it is based on the stock market.