About Us

MrC and I (MrsC) live in the North East (UK) with our 3 gorgeous children Miss K (8.5 going on 16), Master N (8O year old Dr who fan trapped in a 7 year olds body) and little Miss E (3.5 and slightly sticky).

Miss K, Master N and little miss E

 We’re beginning our second year completely debt free, which we’re really proud of. We have NO credit cards, NO HP, NO loans, NO accounts or account cards and definitely NO buy now pay later.
We decided a few years ago to seriously downsize and learn to live within our means after our first and last experience with a bailiff.
Two years of drastic downsizing made us realise how little of our previous life we really needed to live and/ or be happy.

2011 we decided to take it one step further than frugality. It started with one of those after Sunday lunch conversations…..”would people today be better off on the ration diet of ww2″.
Ask anyone from that time and they were healthier then. It may also save us some much needed £££ to take a holiday next year (2013).

So… we now plan our shops, stick to a ration and try and keep to budget for food each week. We walk when we can (instead of buses, taxis and car etc) and generally are trying to keep more active. Even the kids are watching less television. This is great because we all get to spend more time together.

We’re not particularly 1940’s enthusiasts… we’re not going to swap our hard earned mod cons for an outdoor loo, NO CHANCE. We have an interest in the ww2 period but it doesn’t really move further than the discovery channel and some ration book recipes ((so far))
The Experiment is to see whether or not rationing people today would be viable…. would it save you money? Would you be healthier?

We want to prove that with a little preparation and organisation you don’t have to spend a fortune to feed yourselves and stay healthy. You also don’t have to bin dive for your meals (unless that’s your thing) #NotJudging.

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19 responses to “About Us

  1. really interesting,enjoyed reading this. I’m always trying to save money and shop at Aldi regulary although I ended up spending £63 for a family of five today including all meat and veg but will probably have to do a veg/fruit top up again on sunday. Wish I could get my spend down further but in reality at the moment can’t get it below the £60 mark!

    • Its quite a culture change considering last year we could hit the £70 a week mark when doing our weekly shop and then we had to by milk, bread, veg/ fruit etc as we needed it.
      We had to set a limit for ourselves but found it difficult to decide where. What we needed was some smart people (ministry of food) to pre-decide/ work out how much a family of adults and children ACTUALLY NEEDED to consume in a week to stay healthy… which is where rationing came in useful.

      If you have no real limit, you make your dinners according to what you’ve bought. If you have a limit, a set menu/ menu formula and shopping list, you make your meals according to what you have. If you know what i mean. For example, our MEAT LIMIT for the week is 1kg so we know after that its fish or veg pie (1 kg usually makes 2 meals and does not include fish, game, offal, sausages which were hard to get and bacon/ ham which had their own ration). Veg is quite cheap at Aldi and one of the deciding factors when plotting out our weekly menu is WHATS IN ALDIs SUPER 6. Its adds some fun and creativity to what can be a daunting task.

      Luckily feeding a larger family is easier and allot more fun than feeding 1 person or a couple. I have 5 rations to pool together and that can make for a far better meal than what i could make for just MrC and myself.
      //Theres some weird kitchen maths >>> 1 persons ration feeds 1 person for 1 week (good logic), 5 peoples rations pooled together feeds 5 people for one week with leftovers and good scraps to make stocks/ soups. Strange but true.//

      Portion sizes (my favourite rant at the moment) are an easy way of limiting too much of the wrong types of food and upping the better. In the forties you had your little portion of meat for protein, a good portion of potatoes or other ‘good’ carbs to fill you up and release energy slowly, and as many veg as you could get on your plate. Leftovers we’re used not just as next days lunch but often as dinner later in the week.

      http://rationingrevisited.com/2012/01/26/portion-sizes-how-much/ <— our post on portion sizes

  2. They had quite a healthy diet back then, it would probably do a lot of people in today’s society good to live on their rations!

    • Definately, Mr C and I have actually lost weight… and Miss E (who was underweight) has caught up with her age range. The kids arent quite so hyperactive either.(ignoring occasional bursts of cabin fever)
      It doesnt look like allot of food when you do a shop and put it all together, however, its surprising how quickly you adapt and become creative when you have to.
      Thinking about it we’ve never been hungry and theres no waste<— which is probably one of the biggest things we've noticed in this experiment so far apart from general health and of course a serious drop in spending.

  3. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog – made me laugh.
    Wasn’t sure how to contact you. Are you on Twitter?
    Claire (Ministry of Mum)

  4. Hi there, I’m a journalist and very interested in talking to you about Rationing Revisited. Would you be able to email me direct with a contact number? Or if you email me direct I would be happy to email you back my numbers, if you prefer. Look forward to hearing from you.
    Very best wishes

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