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1,001 Bright Ideas to Stretch Your Dollars: Pinch Your Pennies, Hoard Your Quarters, Collar Your Dollars Paperback – April, 1995

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Despite the wastrel public image of Americans, there are those in this country who are frugal and for whom thrift is not a pejorative. To such forerunners as Amy Dacyczyn's The Tightwad Gazette (1992), The Penny Pincher's Almanac for Modern Frugality (1992), and Mary Hunt's The Best of the Cheapskate Monthly (1993), add Yates's book. Yates is upfront about her Christian leaning (she says that this book is "written for Christian women and published by a Christian firm"), but this does not impinge unduly upon or detract from the wealth of money-saving ideas she offers. Some chapter headings include "Clever Gift Giving," "Fashion on a Shoestring," "Resourceful Recreation," "Eating Out," and "Car Savvy." Her chapter on pets is unique to this sort of book, and she thoroughly covers purchasing, storing, and preparing food, tucking representative recipes here and there. She's got good ideas about credit and debt, recycling and reuse, and even rag protocol. A fun and useful book.?Alex Wenner, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Vine Books (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089283899X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892838998
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,684,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Cynthia Yates is an inspiration for anyone that wants (or needs) to tighten their belts without feeling completely deprived. Her upbeat attitude and sense of humor make this a fun read. Her tips range from grocery shopping and cooking tips to gift giving to entertaining to big ticket items to maintaining things we already own, and more. This book has many good ideas that are easy to implement. Ms. Yates makes you stop and think how a lot of things we think of as necessary can be either done without or obtained in a more intelligent way. Nothing fancy here-just common sense and a well thought out approach to making it in a tight economy, especially helpful if you are new at scaling down. She is a Christian author who is quick to tell her readers that God comes first in her life, however her ideas work well for anyone who sees a need to get a grip on their spending. To fully benefit from this book be prepared to "roll up your sleeves."
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