About the Author
Ann Fox is a retired schoolteacher, a mother and grandmother, and is a survivor in the real world of budgets and bills. She holds a master's degree in education and lives in Brandon, Florida. She thinks she is definitely the smarter twin. The twins are the authors of Living on a Shoestring, Moms Saving Money and 101 Ways to Save Money. They have appeared on The Maury Povich Show, Crook and Chase, CNN Talkback Live, The 700 Club, and Leeza, among many others. The twins write seasonally for magazines such as Boardroom Magazine and Moneysworth Magazine. Their tips have appeared often in the National Enquirer as well as Family Circle Magazine.
Susan Fox holds an associate degree in childhood education and has won many awards for her office organization skills. She is a mother and grandmother, and lives in the twins' hometown of Paducah, Kentucky. She will go to her grave proclaiming that she is the smarter twin. The twins are the authors of Living on a Shoestring, Moms Saving Money and 101 Ways to Save Money. They have appeared on The Maury Povich Show, Crook and Chase, CNN Talkback Live, The 700 Club, and Leeza, among many others. The twins write seasonally for magazines such as Boardroom Magazine and Moneysworth Magazine. Their tips have appeared often in the National Enquirer as well as Family Circle Magazine.
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This book is dedicated to "the forgotten woman." Not everyone knows her. Only the women who have been in her shoes will recognize her. Most men do not. Please observe the illustration of her on page vii. It is self-explanatory. But for those of you who do not know her, then, we offer this description:
She is the mother who nearly froze to death sitting on metal gym seats at the football games every Friday night instead of watching from her car so that when her children asked, "Did you see me?" she could say, "Of course!"
She is the mother who sat up nights with a sick toddler in her arms, wiping up throw-up of hot dogs and cherry Kool-Aid and went to work the next day.
She is the mother who has a full-time job at home or at work or both and awakens early each day, all the while knowing her job will never end and will probably be much the same as yesterday.
She is the mother who can nurse a baby, sew on a button and monitor homework all at the same time.
She is the mother who tries to help with the budget, alone or together with a mate, but still comes up short every month.
She is the mother who gets her hair and nails done at the local beauty school and feels like a queen when she does.
She is the mother who reads the same bedtime story twice a night for over a year and who teaches her children their alphabet and how to tie their shoelaces before they start school so they won’t be behind the other children.
She is the mother who watches the news reports about the stock market but is really worrying about the washing machine repair bill due tomorrow and how much she has left from the budget to buy groceries.
She is the mother who laughs when the magazines do a story on inexpensive clothing for only $125 per dress, remembering how she broke out in a cold sweat the day she bought a dress to go to a wedding for $32.95.
She is the mother who passes by the name-brand clothes and groceries, knowing she can whip up something just as good or better without paying for a name.
She is the mother who may have lost her own mother but carries on bravely, just as her mother would expect her to do.
She is the mother who has had to maneuver bills like the Indy 500.
She is the mother who always has time for her family but never enough time for herself.
The Tightwad Twins salute her and dedicate this book to her.
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