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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They have an attitude of deprivation, that frugality is something poor people do. I had been reading a variety of environment-related books, which segued into sustainable living and thrift books. But we should all give a little back. It’s more important to make an accurate impression than a good impression.

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Rather it is a seemingly random selection of articles, written in an engaging and personal style that keeps the reader entertained and prevents boredom. Turkey nets can be used to drain bath toys, a bunch of six pack rings tied together are strong enough to make a hammock, old milk cartons can be used to make dog toys or toss-and-catch games.

We have a lot of free time now tightwae our children have moved out. There are some neat ideas, gqzette I think the author is a little over the top on almost everything. Plus, Amy pushed me to cook.

Maybe some writing tips? However, I recommend as Amy does that you practice frugality first and check it out at a library. The other problem is that the book is a bit old, and some of the information is dated.

Having a price book is a great way to keep track of when and where various food items are cheapest. But how many reminders do we need about that?


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. I LOVE this book. This collection of articles, tips, and essays cover every possible way to reduce your spending.

Others, like how to make a wreath out of barbed wire, are a little less so. Come for the novelty tips, stay for the practical philosophy. 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.

So your potato has a brown bit on it.

Did you know that if you dry your razor after use, it will stay sharp longer? Being a Tightwad is a way of life and I continue to reap rewards compete Amy’s ideas.

There were many hundreds of such strategies presented in the book, some of which I was already doing, but there are many others that I will start doing. In a newsletter published from May to December as well as in three enormously successful books, Amy Dacyczyn established herself as the expert of economy.

Those words had a much more significant impact on me than the numerous little ideas of how to save money.

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Apr 29, Kathy rated it it was ok. It gets you thinking back to the way your grandma probably thought about self reliance. Most of her articles have comlete 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.


Apr 21, Nicole rated it did not like it Shelves: The culprit is not the factory, but it is we who buy what it produces.

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Of the hundreds of ideas in this book, I’ve only implemented a couple of them. If anything, it was a fascinating peek into an interesting personality and the lives of a family that made little money and still lived the American dream–big house, large family, everything they needed tiggtwad most of what they really wanted.

Use the plastic ring on the milk jug to keep socks together while washing them.

tightdad There were only a handful of ideas that I would actually use, so I decided to cut my losses and put the book down. I had a hard time deciding what to say about this book One of the key things that separates her from Radical Homemakers is that she stays firmly within the letter of the law – she encourages people to have insurance, obey laws and be responsible citizens.

Dec 06, Laura rated it really liked it. The book covers ways to save money in hundreds of unique and imaginative ways. Her writing style gaaette very conversational; she investigates the cost of things that most of us would never have the time to do.

For me, the day I start washing Dollar Store baggies to reuse and drying them all over my kitchen is the day someo I just read this to see if there were any good ideas for being more thrifty.