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February 2, 1918


JAMA. 1918;70(5):312-313. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600050034011

The commendable program which plans to promote victory under the slogan of "serve by saving" encounters almost insurmountable obstacles when it is brought face to face with the daily life and living problems of the so-called poorer classes. There is a large group of our population in which the balance of income and expenditure leaves little if any margin of resources to be applied to emergencies, such as are represented by sickness or war time. In periods of stress, therefore, a larger income must be provided either by increased wages or by some form of relief, if an adequate supply of food and other necessities of life is to be obtained. Previous to our entrance into the world war, it was estimated that between $800 and $900 a year was the minimum figure at which a decent and efficient standard of living could be maintained for a typical family of