We’ve all heard about things our parents and grandparents did to save money over the years. Sometimes we don’t even think of these tips as “life hacks.” But, for Depression era folks these tricks saved precious pennies on a regular basis. It was a time when bartering frequently replaced money and every single scrap got reused in some way. Read on for 10 ingenious Depression era life hacks.

1) Dash of Salt

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Put a sprinkle of salt in coffee grounds to make cheap or bad coffee taste better. The salt off-sets the bitter taste that poor quality or old coffee can have. I wish I had known this one in college!