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December 18, 2009


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Kathy R (Bermudaonion)

My parents grew up during the Depression too and they conserved resources much the same way. I was embarrassed by it at times when I was a child, but as I've aged, it's occurred to me that our planet would be in much better shape if more people were like them.


This takes me back to my grandmother's house, where everything was reused several times before being reluctantly tossed out. Thanks for the laugh and the memories, John Grogan!

Mary Kay Andrews

My late mother-in-law was an infamous hoarder of gift boxes. And we've continued the tradition. Ten years after her untimely death, come Christmas morning we are still unwrapping gifts packed in boxes from jewelry and department stores that have been closed since the Nixon administration.


My parents did all almost all of those cost savings things, too, also being children in the Depression. I never minded much then. Today I use gift bags for all the gifts my kids get because they can be reused to many times so I guess I learned well!

Daniela Caride

John, wonderful story, as always. I'm a big fan of yours.

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