Living Out WWII Rationing



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 đŸ™‚


  1. really is rather super, isn’t it?

    UK food rationing system differed slightly to that of the US but most food’s were also rationed on a weekly basis. I haven’t (yet) adopted it in full but over the last three years I have been systematically phasing parts of the system in (unbeknown to Mr M). The weekly fat, milk, sugar and ham/bacon rations are pretty easy to live with & we’re not far off the meat ration. Cheese (at 1oz per person/week) & tea (2oz per person/week) are, however, a real challenge!

    Recently I learnt that medically the average person needs approx. 2oz of protein per day. This is pretty much what the UK Ministry of Food based the rationing system, recommended recipes & max. portion sizes for restaurants on…!

    I’m delighted that you want to stick with rationing and are not wailing ‘I can’t wait for the year to be over’. I shall very be interested to read how you tweak and/or expand your rationing experiment.

    1. Sometimes I feel as if I eat an ounce of cheese as a snack as I prepare the meal that probably has 4 ounces of cheese in it! That and the egg ration (I think it was 1 a week if you were lucky) would be so hard for me. I love to use eggs in my baking. We eat them rarely — sometimes for a quick dinner — but they are so nice in breads, cakes, etc.

      I can’t believe that in 2 weeks I’ll be 6 months into the project. It has been fun, educational, and full of contemplation and careful decisions so far — all good things!

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