I just spent this morning devouring an entire year of:
Living Out WWII Rationing Blog. (Forgive me – I haven’t learned hyperlinks on my new iPad. Will learn later!) Wow! The author spent August 2011 through August 2012 not only rationing clothing, but food and gas. She didn’t use a “you get X amount of coupons to spend as you see fit” scheme like I am, but rather a very specific, week by week “you get X amount of gas, and sugar, and one footwear coupon a year” ration book system — much more authentic (and difficult!) than what I’m doing. Despite my project being a baby version, I completely relate to her trials and tribulations (she even had to use her footwear coupon on sneakers!).
She’s given me some really good ideas (of course I should be wearing my sneakers on my walk home to save the heels of my dressier shoes and make them last longer), a vicarious look at some things I hope never to have occasion to do (prepare a cow heart for dinner), and some thinking points about how I may want to tighten up this project for next year (yes, I want to continue this! I’ve only scratched the surface!).
Anyway, when you have some time (you may get sucked in and need to read the whole thing immediately!) check it out. I enjoyed and learned so much from her perspective. I’m going to go read it again right now 🙂