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The Complete Tightwad Gazette Paperback – December 15, 1998
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of tightwad tips for fabulous frugal living!
In 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 "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 as:
, Travel for tightwads, How to transform old blue jeans into potholders and quilts, 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 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 more!), Recipes galore, from penny-pinching pizza to toaster pastries, And much much more . . .
Three books in one--a $38.97 value for only $19.99!
Top Customer Reviews
I was already fairly frugal before I read The Tightwad Gazette. My husband and I used cloth diapers, shopped at thrift shops, bought secondhand and had only one car. Many of these actions came from our concern to live lightly on the earth, but had the side-benefit of saving us money. But when I read this book, Amy made me see how wasteful I was being in other parts of my life--throwing money away needlessly by spending too much on groceries, overinsuring my car, and overlooking the wealth of things that can be purchased very cheaply at yard sales. After I read this book, I immediately chopped about $100 a month off of my grocery bill, and IT WAS EASY! And I spent less time running back and forth to the grocery store and more time at home enjoying my family. I was so smitten with this book, that in the first few months after I read it, my husband got really sick of hearing about it. And he was a tightwad, too!
For the last few years, I've been able to use some of Amy's recommendations for saving money, but I really had only scratched the surface in what I could accomplish. I was able to stay home and we were doing okay financially, but just okay--not great. Then earlier this year my husband and I got a wake-up call. Throughout our marriage, we had always managed to save money, even if only $100 a month. Our wake-up call came when we realized that for the first time in our marriage, not only were we not saving money anymore, but our hard-earned savings were slowly being depleted.Read more ›
I think the Dacyczyn children are very blessed to be raised in a family where worldly values are put in perspective and the important things in life are stressed. My daughter and I are reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's books together, and while reading the Tightwad books, I was struck at how many parallels there are between the beloved classic books and the Dacyczyn family's values.
Children do not need fancy, expensive new clothes to develop properly. There is nothing wrong with used clothes, in the first place. Secondly, Mrs. Dacyczyn makes clear her clothing philosophy in a little article about how she spoke with all her children about what they wanted to wear on the first day of school. She spent a good deal of time planning this with them, and actually made a special item (a vest, I think) so they would feel special. She didn't have to throw money at them to show that she loved them. She spent time talking and listening.
As far as the bath issue... hello, children do NOT need a bath every single day. Where did that myth come from, anyway? It does not jeapordize their health if they don't get scrubbed every night. Most of the people I know give their kids a bath "as-needed" during the week, and then on Saturday night so they're extra-clean for church on Sunday morning. Baths are more frequent in the summer, when they're outside getting dirty, and less in the winter (sometimes only once a week in our house) when they spend all their time inside, and I'd rather not send them to bed with wet hair. It's not so much a matter of frugality as it is common sense.Read more ›
Probably the most pleasant surprise in this book were the essays discussing the tightwad philosophy. The author addresses gratification, temporary vs long-term fulfillment, learned perceptions about "clean" and "dirty", the true "cost" of a double-income household, hourly "wages" based on money saved, and other interesting aspects of money attitudes.
A recurring theme examines how frugality isn't about living a deprived scrimping lifestyle, but rather how to spend and save money in ways that reinforce your financial goals. Practical examples give tips for getting good deals, finding hidden treasures within your budget, and how to think "outside the box" when it comes to obtaining goods and services.
In all, while this book contains a wealth of "how-tos", it is also a springboard to help you launch your own ideas on how to meet your life goals and find creative ways to do it.
A fantastic and truly entertaining read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book in excellent condition. Many useful hints to be applied to my household. Thanks!Published 1 day ago by Shawn Dowdy
I've borrowed The Tightwad Gazette from the library a half dozen times over the past few years and decided it was high time to buy my own copy.Published 15 days ago by Amy
The author makes the effort to explain first: the mentality, and second: the method, of being a tightwad. Then she backs it up with the math and plenty of readers tips. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for those who want to eliminate debt and find ways of saving money. It's just what it says Tightwad Gazette. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Cheyenne
This is a staple in my library. I refer to it often. I used her tip about using aquarium sealant and repaired a leaking windshield in my car. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Judy S
Better than any book on the subject! It is great reading, and the tips are fabulous!Published 2 months ago by california birder