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Tightwad tips from the Complete Tightwad Gazette book to save you money. Helpful frugal ideas on a wide range of topics. After my favorite book on frugal finances, Your Money or Your Life (read review), I ‘d say The Complete Tightwad Gazette is the second book. Tightwad Gazette Fan Club. K likes. Fans of Amy Dacyczyn’s Tightwad Gazette share ways to save money and resources, while encouraging members to live.

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She shares cheap recipes, time management advice, and even craft ideas.

Some of the suggestions and information is consequently a little dated, but the principles being taught are timeless and even more relevant today than twenty plus years ago when they written. For about six years, I ran a church thrift shop on a volunteer basis a couple of days a week … I kind of burned out doing that. Most of her articles have money-saving tips that she herself uses, which is good because you know they work, but it also means they’re biased to her own choices and needs, which are those of a mother of a large family, living in a large house in rural Maine.

She writes mostly from personal experience. Having a price book is a great way to keep track of when and completee various food items are cheapest.

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Most of us would never dare to buy used bed sheets at a garage sale- but how many of us take our own hightwad 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. Use the plastic ring on the milk jug to keep socks together while washing them.

May 05, Lynnea rated it it was ok Shelves: Minimize and cheapify the purchase of disposable items.

But, I survived and continue to stumble my way through “Frugalhood. It gets you thinking back to the way your grandma probably thought about self reliance. I am much more likely to hang my clothes on the clothesline to reduce my carbon coomplete than I am do to do it to because it will save me 40 cents per load. Groceries Clothing Travel Home maintenance Halloween costumes Gifts Power bill Cmoplete College Moving And much more Now, just gazettw with the frugality tips on this site, not every tip will be useful to everyone.


It must have been really fun to do that stuff pre-Internet! First, they want to sell more product and the more you use at one time, the sooner you will have to replenish.

I love all toghtwad the recipes for things like soap crayons, playdough, etc. Anyway, this book was more entertaining to me like making your own cookie cutters from tuna cans and pliers than helpful although I did get a few recipes I’m going to tr I found out about this book in a recent magazine and was disappointed to find how dated it was that’s the magazine’s fault, not the books.

Cut around it – the rest of the spud is still good. There are so many gems here, so many ingenious ideas for saving money. My only complaint about this book is that the index is not complete.

Thanks to a gift voucher I won for Powell’s Books, I was able to acquire this book for the cost of postage. Oh- and toghtwad you buy cottage cheese, store it in your fridge upside down. Some of her advice revolves around: But getting cozy with such a fun, insightful page book about frugality really got me thinking, and I came up with my own ideas to save a ton of money.

See other book reviews: Jun 04, Candice rated it it was amazing. Many of her suggestions are outdated. Over the course of readin Super outdated but still super inspiring collection of early ‘s newsletters about being frugal, making your own, making do, reusing, thrift shopping, cooking from scratch, and generally rejecting consumerism and keeping a laser-like focus on what you truly want out of life.

I also compleye there were tremendous gaps in her explanations of tightwad theory; for example, she gives many many uses for used milk gallon jugs and bread bag tabs, but never in her theory articles does she mention how a tightwad should clean and save any and all materials that can be applied to other uses.


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It helps to be firmly entrenched in a frugal lifestyle and to increase your income to offset these costs. Many, many thanks to Amy for all of her advice and thoughts! The books taught many people how to do more with less, and to live a more contented life. Aug 02, Kathryn rated it liked it Shelves: When dividing tasks and responsibility for housework: Use an empty milk jug to irrigate your garden by poking holes in the bottom and burying it.

An Interview With Amy Dacyczyn

Successfully fighting the culture of spend spend spend? Only an idiot would do that, she implied. When buying something as an investment in value buy what you will be happy with.

Dec 06, Laura rated it really liked it. And yes, I do think it is radical in our society that is so ravenous in its consumption. Even if I was going to think about cloth diapers, the idea of using used ones from a diaper service does skeeve me out. I am so pleased that I decided to buy this book. Plus, Amy pushed me to cook. Set expectations well below the mass commercialism Christmas our society tends to expect now. To reduce the stress of Christmas overspending, give yourself and your family permission to do less.

We have found some perfectly good toys, clothes and furniture this way – some with minor faults such as a missing draw handleothers in brand new condition. Unfortunately, while the book was printed inthe ideas were from many years earlier, and I found the book overall pretty useless.

For someone who doesn’t live frugally, this book might be useful?