Lessons from the past: Great Depression survivors give advice on surviving tough economy

If you're like lots of Americans right now who are struggling to make ends meet because of the sky rocketing price of gas and the rising cost of food, we thought we'd turn to the experts to find out tried and true advice on living when times are tough.

Here are three insightful women who lived through the Great Depression.

Louise Morrison has seen a lot in 95 years.

"I think we have a tendency now to spend," she says.

But spending wasn't an option when she was a college student during the Great Depression.

She says with gas prices as high as they are now, and food prices strapping people for cash, watching your money is crucial.

"Make do with what you've got and don't try to live like a millionaire when you can't," Morrison says.

At 94 years old, Elizabeth Kelly says she thinks the state of the economy is more difficult for people to deal with now than it was during the Depression because everyone has and wants more.

"It really worries me sometimes why we are so extravagant and why we can't do with less," says Kelly.

She says instead of the produce isle at the grocery store, raise a garden, and waste less.

"You learn to do without, and find contentment where you are," she says.

Ruth Meissner says credit cards enable everyone to live beyond their means.

"These charge cards people just don't realize gets them through but then they're gonna have to pay those bills," says Meissner.

She says instead of buying the extras at the grocery store, or buying things you can live without, that if we all lived with what we need, surviving gas prices and food prices, and the state of the economy, wouldn't be that hard.

"If you get back to simplicity back to the basics," she says, "you can find simplicity and peace of mind that's important for anybody, young or old."

FOX19.com: Corey McConnell