5) They Made or Mended Clothes with Anything
Fashion took a backseat to practicality during the Great Depression. Women used anything they could to mend their clothes. Belts were made from rope, shoes were mended with cardboard, and the ubiquitous flour sack fabric became a prized commodity.
4) Multi-family Households
They moved in with family so that multiple generations or branches of the family would all be under one roof.
3) They Kept Their Money Stashed
In tins, jars, or under the floorboards, they kept their money at home after they realized they couldn’t trust the banks.
2) Community Help
Some communities set up collective loan or rescue funds for people who needed it badly, knowing that they could be next if anything went wrong.
1) Community Gardens
Some neighborhoods took over empty lots to make gardens to eat from. This was especially useful for city folks who might have relied on canned produce when shortages made fresh fruits and vegetables scarce.