April 1944 Radio-Craft
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"Use it up... Wear it out... Make it do... Or do without"
- what a great slogan! It was coined by the War Advertising Council during World War II to promote
the dual need to conserve scarce resources and to help keep prices down by not generating excess demand.
Most of us have seen videos or read articles about neighborhood materials collection efforts to round
up old tires, scrap metal, glass, tools, electronics equipment, cloth and clothing, and many other items
that could be recycled for used directly in the war effort. Melanie and I pretty much live by the philosophy.
We keep purchases to a minimum (except for a few toys), and keep clothes, tools, furniture, etc., until
they cannot be repaired anymore. No we are not hoarders. Everything we own will fit in a single U-Haul
truck, and believe me, after having moved more than a dozen times in 30 years, we know how much stuff
we own. Our house is only 920 sq.ft. with a 1-car garage and an unfinished basement.
War Advertising Council Slogan
Use it up... Wear it out... Make it do... Or do without
The fight on the doorstep
This war can't he won on battlefields alone. One of the most critical campaigns of all must be waged
right on the doorstep of every family in America.
This is the fight against higher prices and higher wages.
It's a fight that must be won ... or victories on battlefields will be meaningless.
It's like this. In America this year, our total income after taxes will be about 133 billion dollars.
But there'll be only about 93 billion dollars' worth of goods to spend it on. If we all start trying
to buy as much as we can, prices will shoot up.
As prices rise, people will ask for - and, in many cases, get - higher wages. That will put up the
cost of manufacturing, so up will go prices again. Then we'll need another pay raise. If we get it,
prices rise again. It's a vicious circle.
The Government has done a lot to help keep prices down. It has put ceilings on food and rent ...
has rationed scarce articles. But the Government can't do it all alone.
It needs your help!
Your part in this fight won't be easy. It will mean foregoing luxuries, perhaps doing without a few
necessities. Tough? Maybe ... but don't say that where the veterans of Italy and New Britain can hear
You want to do your part, of course. So do we all ... farmers, laborers, white-collar workers, business
.executives. And the way to do your part right now is to observe the following seven rules for Victory
and a prosperous peace ...
1. Buy only what you need. And before you buy anything, remember that patriotic little jingle: "Use
it up. Wear it out. Make it do or do without."
2. Keep your own prices down! If you: sell goods, or your own time and labor, don't ask for more
money than you absolutely must! No matter who tries to talk you into asking more ... don't listen!
3. No matter how badly you need something ... never pay more than the posted ceiling price! Don't
buy rationed goods without giving up the required coupons. If you do, you're helping the Black Market
gang - hurting yourself!
4. Pay your taxes cheerfully! Taxes are the cheapest way to pay for a war! The more taxes you pay
now - when you have some extra money - the less taxes you'll pay later on!
5. Payoff old debts. Don't make any new ones! Get, and stay, square with the world!
6. Start a savings account. Make regular deposits, often! Buy life insurance. Keep your premiums
7. Buy War Bonds ... regularly and often! And hold on to them! Don't just buy them with spare cash
you can easily do without. Invest every dime and dollar you don't actually need ... even if it hurts
to give those dimes and dollars up!
Help Us Keep Prices Down
Use it Up ... Wear it out.
Make it do ... Or do without.
A United States War message prepared by the War Advertising Council; approved by the Office of War
Information; and contributed by the Magazine Publishers of America.
Posted April 25, 2017