Category: Great Recession

Lessons I Learned From My Great Depression Parents

My parents were products of parents that lived through the heart of the Depression. They had Great Depression living practiced every day of their life. Consequently, I am the product of Great Depression grandparents, which was passed down through both my parents. As they say, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. In talking …

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On This Day: 100 Years Ago

I love skimming through old newspapers and magazines to see what kind of things people were concerned about in their day and to glean any wisdom/insights from different generations. Just as Charlie has shared what he’s learned from his grandpa about the Great Depression and living as a farmer – there is so much precious gold in …

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How to Prepare for the Fiscal Cliff in 2013

With the fiscal cliff of 2013 staring us in the face the following Christian joke comes to mind: “A man is on top of a roof during a great flood. A man comes by in a boat and says “get in, get in!” The religous man replies, “No I have faith in God, he will …

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What We Need to Learn From the Great Recession

A couple months ago, I read an article called, “What the Great Depression Did That This Recession Won’t“. It’s a fascinating article comparing two of the biggest economic crisis’s of the last 100 years: the Great Depression and the recent Great Recession. While the author, Morgan Housel, was right to point out it’s still too …

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How to recession-proof your self control

“In a poor economy, at any given moment people are more likely to have problems with self-control than otherwise — because there’s only so far their self-control energy can be stretched,” -Ms. Vohs, Professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota. The quote was taken from an article in the New York Times which reported …

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Tips for surviving the Great Recession & donation challenge

Yesterday while I was reading early-retirement.org forums I stumbled upon this post on how more people are being forced into early retirement and early social security. In the post someone linked to this NBC Special called America Now: Friends and Neighbors. I was extremely moved by this video and it really struck a cord with …

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Surviving the Great Recession – Interview with Amanda

Last week, on one of the comments on the book review of “The New Frugality”, I was really struck by the comment Amanda left on how the economy has affected her and her family. She talked about how her husband lost his job and was unemployed for a year, and it got me thinking that …

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