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War Time Austerity and Modern Budgeting

The ideals of austerity and limiting spending seen during World War Two are something we can, and perhaps should, be looking at again now.  For some there is no choice, they must reduce spending, reuse and make do, but it really is better for us and the planet if we can all do our bit.  Of course we don’t have to buy war bonds, but saving money is always a good idea –  experts suggest an emergency fund of anywhere from $1,000 up to 3-6 or even 8 months of living expenses (tips on that here).  Another World War may not happen but another Global Financial Crisis might!

 Austerity and Budgeting Hints from the 1940’s include –

  • Just take a little money when you go shopping for something specific so you won’t be tempted (no credit card in those days!)
  • Grow your own, bake your own and cook your own meals
  • Don’t travel unnecessarily
  • Don’t gamble
  • Sew your own clothes and make do and mend
  • Don’t buy new furniture or redecorate (unless you can DIY)
  • Relax to keep your self healthy – great advice!

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Photos from the Australian Women’s Weekly September 1942


About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

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