How many are old enough to remember families having to use ration books to buy sugar, coffee, gasoline and such during the war? The family got one for each member of the family. I was just a young kid so don't remember all the details but I probably remember sugar the most since I've always been a sugar junky. I'm trying to change that. There was a book with each family member's name on it. My mama saved some when they no longer used them. Later she offered a book to each of us with our name on it. I took mine and saved it all these years, not sure about my siblings.