Use it up, Wear it out, OR do with out!!

So I sat and started to write this great little post about one something or another and then … then I read one of those “Today in History” sidebars …
“Shoe rationing in the United States ends, October 30, 1945”
WTF??  What in the world is shoe rationing??  Really, I am a fairly well educated gal – partly I suppose because of my schooling but mostly, I believe, because of the life I have led and my pre-university reading habits.  Yet, I have never heard of shoe rationing.  Have you?  If you have, please, inform me as to when and where because I am willing to bargain that most of us have not heard of this sixty six year old decree. 
Anyhoo, it went something like this … we were in the midst of WWII and our economics determined our livelihood.  (Sound familiar??) Citizens were *encouraged to “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” and each American civilian was limited to three pairs of leather shoes per year.
Please, reread that!!!  And ask yourself if there is something, be it leather shoes or something else, that you could do without … and then, I challenge you to do with out.
Now, I swear to you I will take this on too and it WILL BE A CHALLENGE for me – but I wholly believe (and I think you will too) that if we could all at the very least, pick ONE thing to use up, wear out, make it do or do without, that our nation and our world would be in a better spot.
Tell me – what will you at least try and do with out??  Me, I admit I can not go without my Starbucks or my electricity (I mean what would I do if I couldn‘t plug in my flatiron).  But, I am going to limit myself to ONE car escapade a day – that’s where I am going to start.  How about you??

9 comments

  1. Interesting point about shoe rationing, I never knew there was such a thing LOL.

    I used to be a shoe hoarder but these days, not so much, after I discovered if you don't wear them for some time, they fall apart. Now I tend to stick with a few good pairs that I like and wear often.

  2. Great post! I love this idea – I have been starting this idea years ago…first is the toilet paper, then the dustbin linen…now is the hair conditioner which I replace it with my Aloe Vera juice. Keep it up!

  3. I Don't have a lot to ration to start with! If I had to ration what I have now I would be devastated! I cant even afford real oreos! ;)
    Altho this whole shoe thing really!? Craziness!

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  4. What a great blog you have here! I have never heard of shoe rationing – gasp- what would we do! But I'm totally up for a challenge – so I'm going to try and make sure the t.v. is off while I'm on the computer (guess that starts now right?)
    Thanks for following my little blog – I entered you into my giveaway!
    Amanda
    scrapproject365.blogspot.com

  5. We have been lively more frugally since the real estate market went bottoms-up. My hubby is a realtor, and I'm a stay-at-home homeschooling mom. I've learned to use coupons… if we don't have a coupon, we don't buy it. My three teens have gotten pretty good with this, too.

    Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I'm your newest follower and look forward to reading more of your posts. ~ Ellen

  6. Unfortuneately, or fortuneately however you look at it, I had to adopt this mentality about 3 years ago when my honey's business took a nose dive and we had to learn to live mostly on my salary. There isn't much left for me to pare down on. We don't give each other gifts for any occasions now, we don't buy new clothes, he works from home most of the time, other than to come into town for work, I don't drive my car and we don't take vacations anymore. I bring my lunch to work, we make meals that can last a few days, buy generic, etc.

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