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The Complete Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle


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ISBN13: 9780375752254
ISBN10: 0375752250
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At last--the long-awaited complete compendium 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 . . .




Learn how to save money and resources with this compilation of three successful volumes packed with sensible advice, hints, recipes, tips, tricks, and strategies.

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seldombites, April 21, 2013 (view all comments by seldombites)
The Complete Tightwad Gazette has got to be the best purchase I have ever made, with the possible exception of my kindle, and I didn't even pay full price. Thanks to a gift voucher I won for Powell's Books, I was able to acquire this book for the cost of postage.

When I first received this book, I was advised to read it cover to cover first, then go back through it with a notebook and write down all tips I think are relevant to my family. I have just finished reading it for the first time and I can understand why I was advised to read it this way. This three-in-one book is so chock full of useful information that I would have quickly been overwhelmed if I had started copying tips from the get-go.

The Complete Tightwad Gazette is not a dry, boring list of hints and tips. Rather it is a seemingly random selection of articles, written in an engaging and personal style that keeps the reader entertained and prevents boredom. The length of book seems daunting at first, but the articles capture the imagination so well that, despite the more than nine hundred pages, one is left hungry for more.

Off the top of my head, my top ten tightwad gazette tips are:

• The universal recipes. I love these because they are so easily adapted to utilise whatever I have in my cupboard.
• Selective Squeamishness. So your potato has a brown bit on it. Cut around it - the rest of the spud is still good. Same goes for fruit that has had one or two bites taken out - no need to discard the entire thing.
• Dumpster Diving (or scrounging trash piles left out for pick-up). It is absolutely amazing the stuff people will throw away. We have found some perfectly good toys, clothes and furniture this way - some with minor faults (such as a missing draw handle), others in brand new condition. We even got ourselves a perfectly good working vacuum cleaner this way.
• Thrift Stores and Garage Sales. Second hand does not mean second best. Plus, your wallet will love you!
• Price Book. Having a price book is a great way to keep track of when and where various food items are cheapest.
• Learn to Sew. Knowing how to repair that small tear will make your kids' clothes last so much longer - and you will be able to utilise the material when clothes are no longer useable.
• Make time to cook. Even if it means getting up a little earlier in the morning. Home-cooked snacks are a lot cheaper than store-bought and your kids will like them much better.
• Libraries. Join your local library. They generally stock the most popular books. If, like me, your tastes are a little less common, you can still save money by getting what you can from the library and only buying those books they don't have.
• Re-use. With a little imagination and a small amount of effort, almost everything that comes into your home can be re-purposed. 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.
• Use Less. Products (like laundry detergents, shampoos and so on) generally have a recommended amount per use. However, these are not always accurate. There are two reasons for this. First, they want to sell more product and the more you use at one time, the sooner you will have to replenish. Secondly, they are unable to take account of your individual circumstances - how dirty your hair is for example or how hard or soft your water is. Experiment with different amounts of products until you find the minimum amount you need to do the job. Doing this will save you loads of money.

Not every tip in this book will suit every reader, but I challenge you to read it without finding a single article useful.
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dalekaty, July 5, 2008 (view all comments by dalekaty)
“I have also understood that one family making a supreme effort to live entirely without any harm to the environment makes little impact. But the collective effort of the majority of the population to make smaller, seemingly insignificant changes can make a difference.”

-Amy Dacyczyn, “The Complete Tightwad Gazette”

Most of the time I am satisfied to get my reading fix from library books. Fiction, non-fiction - it all comes from the library. But there is one book that I must own, which enjoys a place of honor on my bedside table. That book is my dog eared copy of “The Complete Tightwad Gazette” by Amy Dacyczyn, published by Villard Books.

Amy Dacyczyn self- published “The Tightwad Gazette” monthly newsletter from 1990 - 1996, and this book is a compilation of those newsletters. The mix of Amy’s funny and informative essays, research and reader letters make this book an entertaining tome, and tome it is at 959 pages.

The main point of “The Complete Tightwad Gazette” is that you will have a few key opportunities to save large amounts of money in a lifetime, (Cars, houses, etc.) but it is the small purchases, and your ability to control these outlays of money that will determine your financial stability. These “Tightwad” financial decisions are what we now coin in 2008 as “green living.” Cooking from scratch, hang drying laundry, second hand clothing, etc. The writing is as fresh and relevant in 2008 as ever, perhaps even more so.

Even though I’ve read through “The Tightwad Gazette” countless times I always seem to find something new and useful with each new reading. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to get a better handle on their finances.

-Katy Wolk-Stanley
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Product Details

Dacyczyn, Amy
Villard Books
New York :
Finance, personal
Personal Finance - Money Management
Consumer Guides
Consumer education
Finance, Personal -- United States.
Consumer education -- United States.
Business-Consumer Guides
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1st ed.
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Trade paper
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9.20x7.35x1.74 in. 2.51 lbs.

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