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The Tightwad Gazette II: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle Paperback – January 24, 1995

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Dacyczyn no longer needs to be a tightwad herself, having earning a fortune with last year's best-selling Tightwad Gazette. Here are more moneysaving tips.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Inside Flap

The Tightwad Gazette II

The Perfect -- and Cheap -- Home Chili Recipe! New Uses for Old Blue Jeans!

Make a Quilt for Ninety-five Cents!

In 1993, Amy Dacyczyn's first book featured advice from the pages of her two-year-old newsletter The Tightwad Gazette. Over 250,000 copies were sold, inspiring millions of people to profit through thrift. Now, The Tightwad Gazette II serves up all-new help and hints from the newsletter's third and fourth years, yielding still more savings for millions of converts to tightwaddery.

Save More Money! Save More Time! Save More Resources!

Some of the Exciting, Money-Saving Topics Include:

A Reader's Guide to The Tightwad Gazette
-- Penny Pinching Pizza
-- Car Maintenance Tips
-- Calculate Your Cost Per Muffin
-- How to Make a Solar Box Cooker
-- Store-Brand Common Sense
-- Think Small to Save Big
-- Where to Get Insurance Information
-- Breakfast Breakthrough
-- Picture-Framing for Less
-- Gas Versus Electric
-- Reupholstery Savings
-- Army Surplus Bargains
-- The Tightwad A to Z
-- Saving Space to Save Money
-- How to Stop Flushing Money Down the Toilet
-- Frugality and the Economy
-- Whoopie Pies
-- How to Fix Up a House
-- Should We Use Used Shoes?
-- Where to Get Something for Nothing
-- What to Do with Old Blue Jeans
-- Warehouse Clubs and Savings
-- Cheap Holiday Accommodations
-- The Femme Frugal
-- Shared-Housing Programs
-- How to Work Out How Much You're Saving
-- Mail-Order Eye Care
-- Budgeting and Keeping Records
-- Dumpster Diving
-- How to Shop Thriftily
-- Money-Saving Recipes
-- Homemade Goo
-- Coupon or Not Coupon?
-- Splitting Pills to Cut Costs
-- Stained-Glass Cookies
-- The Tightwad Christmas
-- Candles and Decorations
-- Practical Gift-Giving
-- Synthetic Motor Oil
-- Bartering and Exchange
-- Detergents Determined
-- CDs Versus LPs
-- Long-Distance Phone Call Charges
-- Moving for Less --

Just Look Inside For Much, Much More...

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Villard Books / Random House; 1 edition (January 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679750789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679750789
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I read this book aloud to my family in the car during a summer vacation. They loved it--my husband and kids alike. As I read, I came to realize that this book has enormous value beyond the kooky money-saving tips it is famous for. Please, in evaluating the Tightwad Gazette, consider these additional points most reviewers seem to have missed:

1. The book fosters critical thinking skills. So very many of Ms. Dacyczyn's articles present both the pros and cons of the issue, and her recommendations are based on sound and extensive research sprinkled with a healthy dose of skepticism. After being exposed to her thinking style, my kids will think twice before being sucked in by advertising.

2. The book fosters creative thinking skills. There is no better life skill than to be able to stretch your one remaining dollar to meet your five outstanding needs. At some time in their lives, your kids are going to need this skill.

3. The book will show you how to make informed decisions. Ms. Dacyczyn's basic strategy is to calculate, by whatever means available, the true cost of any given expense. And while you may really need to save a penny by making your own tomato soup, you're just as free to conclude that, at a penny a pop, it's well worth your hard-earned money to buy the canned soup. Knowledge is power, and by applying Ms. Dacyczyn's strategies, you'll be fully informed, forewarned and forearmed.

I highly recommend this book to parents.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would buy it for the same reason I would buy a dictionary: I keep referring back to it so much that if I had to go to the library I would use extra money for gasoline. If I had to go to the web for the same information, I would end up raising my electricity bill. It's more than the recipes and resources. It's more than the tips and techniques. The reason I love this book is because it's a source of encouragement. I don't feel powerless anymore over my money. I feel like I can choose what is important to me and what I should be spending money on. Not the other way around. That's really all tightwaddery is about and that is the whole point of this book.
If you really want to understand the philosophy side of tightwaddery, I recommend you search for the first volume of the Tightwad Gazette (which is out of print) or go ahead and buy the Complete Tightwad Gazette. It's a very good investment.
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By A Customer on November 24, 1996
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As with _The Tightwad Gazette_, _The Tightwad Gazette II_ is a pleasure to read. Dacyzyn's folksy writing style and attractive graphics work together to create a book that readers will dip into again and again for pleasure and inspiration, as well as for practical advice and recipes. This book is a good buy for people who are new to thrift, for long-time tightwads looking for some new ideas, for environmentalists who want to reduce their use of resources, and for anyone who wants a simpler, more satisfying life, working toward their own dreams rather than merely keeping up with the Joneses. _The Tightwad Gazette II_ celebrates the frugal lifestyle, and its many ideas for creative use of one's resources will save the reader the book's purchase price many times over
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This is much more than a book on tips to save money. Along with Tightwad I and III, this is a bible for managing a household on less. Her philosophies on material goods and spending really resonate with me. These books are the most used and well-worn books in my library. I bought it in hardcover long ago, and thought it was worth every cent. Now that it's in paperback, I don't see any reason why one shouldn't own this book.
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I first read this book when it was first published, and I really needed the money saving tips, I just recently dusted it off and re-read it to see if Lo-All these years later, it still has tips to offer my family- that now has teenagers, in stead of elementary school children.

Some of the tips seemed a bit extreme, some seem dangerous if not undertaken very carefully (re-wiring a slow-cooker) and some seemed clever enough to write down into a diary and pass along to my near-college aged daughter to remember as she goes off into the world... although I guess I can't claim these pithy bits of wisdom as my own. It seems that this would be a cute gift for anyone setting out on their own, especially knowing that for most-there are lean times.

I was going to list my copy on Amazon, but I'm going to keep it... I guess that's a good review!
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Of the three volumes I have, this is my favorite. The author gets both deeper into the topics and provides even more useful information. Over fifteen years later, I'm still referring to her pizza dough recipe. Possibly my favorite piece in the entire book was "Space: The Frugal Frontier", which I liked even more than her "decorating" article from her first volume. A sign of frugality is defining luxury as space, not stuff, and any strategies you can employ to combat the encroachment of "stuff" into your sacred space are welcome.

Another gem is the article on investing or, rather, not investing. I think it took two stock market crashes in the last fifteen years for people to realize that maybe it was better to get our mundane finances in order before we tried to "diversify" into a stock portfolio that, frankly, most of us didn't understand that well.

Pretty much everything in here gave valuable advice, whether it was about laundry detergent pricing, moving strategies or "selective squeamishness". However, she shines when the subject is food. As she notes here or elsewhere, the cheap and easy solution would have been to publish a bunch of recipes- that's not what she does, for the most part. Instead, she talks about breakfast food comparions (why not eat the rice pudding if it's cheaper than the boxed cereal?), the pantry principle (making sure you always have a well-stocked pantry so you can make a variety of meals as opposed to buying ingredients here and there to make certain meals), shopping strategies, garden surplus tracking, the value of a freezer and muffin strategies (a recipe, technically, but one that invites you to manipulate it based on what you have on hand).

I have spent happy hours poring over this book, and each time I've come away with a deeper understanding of how to make myself happier with less stuff. Recommended for anyone who wants to do the same.
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