March 20, 1944

The prices of commodities are soaring every day. Rice is now 300 Pesos a sack. Before the war it cost 6 Pesos. Pork is 6 Pesos a pound – it used to cost 20 centavos. The same thing with beef. Fabrics and dress materials are out of the question. A 100% cotton material now costs 200 Pesos for 21⁄2 yards – it used to cost 3 Pesos. Every day these prices keep getting higher. For thread, I am ripping out Dolly’s old white cotton stockings that she wore in school before the war. Other people are also ripping out cotton shirts.

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