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At last the long awaited complete compendium of tightwad tips for fabulous frugal livingIn a newsletter published from May 1990 to December 1996 as well as in three enormously successful books Amy Dacyczyn established herself as the expert of economy Now The Complete Tightwad Gazette brings together all of her best ideas and thriftiest thinking into one volume along with new articles never published before in book format Dacyczyn describes this collection as. this book could potentially change your life or specifically your relationship to money time debt a whole host of other things it s a compilation of self published newsletters that ms dacyzyn published in the early to mid 90 s about her frugal lifestyle sounds like a snooze fest but she s an engaging writer who is not without a sense of humor my mom used to subscribe to the newsletter i remember reading it as a kid which is part of the reason i re read this as an adult uite a lot of the things she suggests are for people who a have kids b drive cars c live in the country d own their houses or e live in the 90 s there are a LOT of tips on how to save money on home perms and a hilarious article on the internet that has the line you can chat on the internet which is like a typewritten conversation despite the fact that i fall into none of the above categories i still found this book useful and interesting she writes a lot of articles examining the shopping is happiness debt isn t a big whoop mentality that a lot of amerikans are privy to and shows lots of ways you can have a full satisfying life without a lot of money and she makes it sound so simple with clear easy to follow instructions you don t feel like you have to be a nun or a complete maniac to save money some things just make me want to yell PLEASE PLEASE LIGHTEN UP but mostly it s good advice and worth a glance at least she really economizes on EVERYTHING to a level that most people probably wouldn t be ok with but you can always take the suggestions that you re comofortable with and ignore the restit s pretty thick so it s good for flipping through makes me feel less crazy for my commitment to a debt free lifestyle Her Babys Bodyguard (Eagle Squadron your life or specifically If Wishes Were...Daddies your relationship to money time debt a whole host of other things it s a compilation of self published newsletters that ms dacyzyn published in the early to mid 90 s about her frugal lifestyle sounds like a snooze fest but she s an engaging writer who is not without a sense of humor my mom used to subscribe to the newsletter i remember reading it as a kid which is part of the reason i re read this as an adult uite a lot of the things she suggests are for people who a have kids b drive cars c live in the country d own their houses or e live in the 90 s there are a LOT of tips on how to save money on home perms and a hilarious article on the internet that has the line West of Heaven you can chat on the internet which is like a typewritten conversation despite the fact that i fall into none of the above categories i still found this book useful and interesting she writes a lot of articles examining the shopping is happiness debt isn t a big whoop mentality that a lot of amerikans are privy to and shows lots of ways Putting Out of Your Mind you can have a full satisfying life without a lot of money and she makes it sound so simple with clear easy to follow instructions Under the Knife / Whistleblower you don t feel like Warrior Rising (The Esri you have to be a nun or a complete maniac to save money some things just make me want to Mistress at a Price yell PLEASE PLEASE LIGHTEN UP but mostly it s good advice and worth a glance at least she really economizes on EVERYTHING to a level that most people probably wouldn t be ok with but Raintree (Raintree, you can always take the suggestions that The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress you re comofortable with and ignore the restit s pretty thick so it s good for flipping through makes me feel less crazy for my commitment to a debt free lifestyle

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The book I wish I'd had when I began my adult life Packed with humor creativity and insight The Complete Tightwad Gazette includes hundreds of tips and topics such asTravel for tightwads¸ How to transform old blue jeans into potholders and uilts¸ Ten painless ways to save 100 this year¸ Picture framing for pennies¸ A comparison of painting versus re siding your house¸ Halloween costumes from scrounged materials¸ Thrifty window treatments¸ Ways to dry. The Complete Tightwad Gazette has got to be the best purchase I have ever made with the possible exception of my kindle and I didn t even pay full price Thanks to a gift voucher I won for Powell s Books I was able to acuire this book for the cost of postageWhen I first received this book I was advised to read it cover to cover first then go back through it with a notebook and write down all tips I think are relevant to my family I have just finished reading it for the first time and I can understand why I was advised to read it this way This three in one book is so chock full of useful information that I would have uickly been overwhelmed if I had started copying tips from the get go The Complete Tightwad Gazette is not a dry boring list of hints and tips Rather it is a seemingly random selection of articles written in an engaging and personal style that keeps the reader entertained and prevents boredom The length of book seems daunting at first but the articles capture the imagination so well that despite the than nine hundred pages one is left hungry for Off the top of my head my top ten tightwad gazette tips are The universal recipes I love these because they are so easily adapted to utilise whatever I have in my cupboard Selective Sueamishness So your potato has a brown bit on it Cut around it the rest of the spud is still good Same goes for fruit that has had one or two bites taken out no need to discard the entire thing Dumpster Diving or scrounging trash piles left out for pick up It is absolutely amazing the stuff people will throw away We have found some perfectly good toys clothes and furniture this way some with minor faults such as a missing draw handle others in brand new condition We even got ourselves a perfectly good working vacuum cleaner this way Thrift Stores and Garage Sales Second hand does not mean second best Plus your wallet will love you Price Book Having a price book is a great way to keep track of when and where various food items are cheapest Learn to Sew Knowing how to repair that small tear will make your kids clothes last so much longer and you will be able to utilise the material when clothes are no longer useable Make time to cook Even if it means getting up a little earlier in the morning Home cooked snacks are a lot cheaper than store bought and your kids will like them much better Libraries Join your local library They generally stock the most popular books If like me your tastes are a little less common you can still save money by getting what you can from the library and only buying those books they don t have Re use With a little imagination and a small amount of effort almost everything that comes into your home can be re purposed Turkey nets can be used to drain bath toys a bunch of six pack rings tied together are strong enough to make a hammock old milk cartons can be used to make dog toys or toss and catch games Use Less Products like laundry detergents shampoos and so on generally have a recommended amount per use However these are not always accurate There are two reasons for this First they want to sell product and the you use at one time the sooner you will have to replenish Secondly they are unable to take account of your individual circumstances how dirty your hair is for example or how hard or soft your water is Experiment with different amounts of products until you find the minimum amount you need to do the job Doing this will save you loads of moneyNot every tip in this book will suit every reader but I challenge you to read it without finding a single article useful

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Up dry cleaning costs¸ Inexpensive gifts¸ Creative fundraisers for kids¸ Slashing your electric bill¸ Frugal fix its¸ Cutting the cost of college¸ Moving for less¸ Saving on groceries¸ Gift wrapping for tightwads¸ Furniture fusion fundamentals¸ Cheap breakfast cereals¸ Avoiding credit card debt¸ Using items you were about to throw away milk jugs plastic meat trays and ¸ Recipes galore from penny pinching pizza to toaster pastries¸ And much muc. I am so pleased that I decided to buy this book I was wavering about whether I could afford to give up work and raise my son full time on just my husband s salary and Amy showed me just how easy and fulfilling it could be I do not do many most of the ideas in the book but it gives me the confidence that we should never find ourselves in a bad financial situationI have now been a SAHM for 4 months and am delighted with my decision I will work again in the future but time with my son is irreplaceableThe book is in no logical order as it is simply a reprint of several year s worth of Amy s subscriber newsletter but it does have a good index It is also rather out of date for the same reason and some of the household tips are laughable But the real gems come in the articles illustrating Amy s philosophy of frugal living ie every penny counts Amongst other things she introduces price books various methods for analysing best value and shows how to determine the net value of a second income These tools can make a huge difference to a family s spending and standard of livingI recommend that anyone in the slightest bit interested in personal finance or frugality or even just homemaking generally buys this book and reads it cover to cover


10 thoughts on “The Complete TightwadGazette

  1. says:

    I am fucking obsessed with these books This woman is possibly the most sensible human being on earth Come for the novelty tips stay for the practical philosophy

  2. says:

    A few good tips but on the whole not an entirely useful resource Many of her suggestions are outdated There's a lot of teaching you how to think creatively sorts of articles that aren't practical to most people but are supposed to help you get in the mindset of using what you've got creatively to solve problems rather than simply spending money Eh ok But how many reminders do we need about that?From a philosophical point of view

  3. says:

    this book could potentially change your life or specifically your relationship to money time debt a whole host of other things it's a compilation of self published newsletters that ms dacyzyn published in the early to mid 90's about her frugal lifestyle sounds like a snooze fest but she's an engaging writer who is not without a sense of humor my mom used to subscribe to the newsletter i remember reading it as a kid which is part of the rea

  4. says:

    The MOTHER of all books on frugality This author is VERY extreme in her frugality; and that behavior allowed her to be a stay at home mom of 6 I think kids on her husband's small salaryMany things were to out there for me but at least 34s of th

  5. says:

    The Complete Tightwad Gazette has got to be the best purchase I have ever made with the possible exception of my kindle and

  6. says:

    Good only for a bit of a laugh at the notion of people paying for long distance calls and being frugal by sending a 29 cent letter instead of calling Even looking past the outdated advice there's really nothing here for someone with no kids who lives in a Seattle area apartment Even if hanging my laundry out to dry wouldn't result in an eviction and probably all my clothes being stolen the likelihood of it raining would

  7. says:

    I am so pleased that I decided to buy this book I was wavering about whether I could afford to give up work and raise my son full t

  8. says:

    This book is LIFE CHANGING sometimes I miss being the ignorant person I was before I read it because now I have a hard time letting ANYTHING go to waste I'm afraid I'm on the verge of becoming a hoarderAmy Dacyczyn shows how you can do so much with so little There are so many good ideas in this book Genius things to do with items you'd normally throw away Use an empty milk jug to irrigate your garden by poking holes in

  9. says:

    This 925 page book has taken up a huge chunk of my reading time So hopefully I'll be posting freuently now that it's on its way back

  10. says:

    This was a pretty thick book but it was easy to skip over parts that didn't apply to me and when she was investigating something I skipped over the details and just read the results I thought this book was poorly organized and she's definitely

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