Rationing, or the Creativity of Limitations


It’s October 1, which means that this year’s challenge (and associated coupons!) last for 3 more months. Just a little, “WOW! Where did the time go?” and a tally of where I stand in the challenge:



  1. Crikey, we really are like two peas in a pod! My winter wardrobe is pretty much the same: mid-season frocks with hand-knit woollies, stockings and boots.

    I have to say, I really love the enthusiasm, wisdom and joy you bring to rationing. I thoroughly agree: we are often at our most content, creative and productive when working within constraints. Do you have any plans to carry on with some rationing after 31 December as I would certainly love to see where you take it next?

    Thanks for ‘quoting’ me. I’m never quite sure if bloody minded translates from British to American English. I hope your readers realise I tend towards cantankerous contrariness rather than violence πŸ˜‰

    1. I hope my American readers read British novels like I do and know about bloody mindedness πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I 100% intend to do a 2015 ration! I have been thinking about it, and want to keep the clothing ration exactly how it is, make the tea ration 52 coupons, 1 coupon being 2 oz of loose tea (as it was in wartime I understand) and changing the soap ration to be the same amount of coupons, but a premade, storebought item = 3 coupons, ingredients to make an item no coupons, but must be reported to the blog. I wasn’t really clear about what I wanted to accomplish with rationing soap coupons when I started, but now I think I understand what I’d like to do — buy less and make more with good, natural ingredients.

      I’m twirling some ideas about food in my brain, but they are not clear yet. Sugar, butter, cheese, meat?

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