We’re saving too

Germany, October 30, 1941

October 30th is the day of saving. There is even a Sparautomat [vending machine with cheap sweets] at school where we can save 10 pfennigs a time with a savings card. You can put up to a Reichsmark on each card and, when it is full, we give it to the bank and the mark is entered into a savings book. You only get the money back when you leave school to buy clothes and do the laundry. Some children also save money at home. Not all children do this of their own accord, of course. There are those that just spend the money they occasionally get on sweets. They end up being poor later, though, because once they are grown ups they have nothing left. Whenever I get a little money, I put it in a piggy bank and, when it amounts to a few marks, I put them in the bank.

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