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Rationing
April 12, 2011
8:20 am
FlorrieMay
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I was born in the 40s so was a child for most of them but I remember the end of rationing in England. My mum used to send me to the local shop with her book of coupons to buy a tiny chunk of butter cut off a huge block and we really appreciated the scrape we had on our slice of bread!

April 13, 2011
4:51 pm
RocketMan
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I remember rationing too, FlorrieMay. We had to ration sugar and it was really tough when we wanted some for our oatmeal. A lot of times we ate it with sorghum molasses made by a neighbor and a bit of butter from a neighbor's cow. We really had it easier in some respects because we lived in the country or had relatives who lived in the country.

April 13, 2011
10:01 pm
LindaLou
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I had forgotten about rationing until I saw your post here. It must have been so different to living during them times.

April 18, 2011
8:25 pm
luv2write
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I never heard my mother talk about rationing. But then I bet they did.  She had several brothers and sisters so I am sure that it was important that they do this to survive.

April 21, 2011
3:17 pm
Scarlett
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I do not have my own stories of rationing but I've heard stories of family members and I've read quite a few books where rationing was a part of daily life. It's amazing to hear some of the stories. My uncle's mother's family not only rationed what food they purchased but also developed a taste for food we might consider unconventional today, like squirrels. She would eat them for years later. I find it so fascinating.

April 24, 2011
8:38 am
Taggart
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I've also noticed that some of our favourite dishes seem to have come from tough times.

I've heard that bacon grease was kept to spread on bread and toast. I can see where it would be tasty, if not a great idea from a health standpoint if other food was available. 

April 24, 2011
5:32 pm
justontime
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It wasn't just food that was rationed, clothes were on coupons too, petrol was rationed and furniture was controlled, utility furniture was intended to use less timber and it was only available to those who culd show that they needed it eg those who were bombed out of their homes.

May 11, 2011
1:11 am
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Because my father joined the German forces when our country was invaded, and rose to become a high ranking officer, absolutely nothing was rationed for us. I thought it was great at the time, and all of my young friends would come over and enjoy chocolates and other delicacies that no one else had. Now that I look back, I realize how unfair it was to everyone else that our sacrifise to the war effort was nothing.

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