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The Tightwad Gazette Paperback – 31 Dec 1993

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  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Villard Books (31 Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067974388X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679743880
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,024,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yes it's American, yes, it's dated - but it doesn't stop it being full of germs of ideas and inspiration that it CAN be done. Using this book and money saving and frugal websites I became a frugalista and saved mountains of dosh. There are quite a few who wonder how we do what we do on our limited income - well, the secrets are in here.
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Amy Dacyzyn is that rare thing in contemporary America--a person who believes the American dream is still attainable. She believes that people's financial goals are attainable, not through earning more but through saving more. This book focuses on teaching readers the basics of a frugal lifestyle; readers are told how to save money on everything from groceries to weddings. Far from merely giving helpful hints, _The Tightwad Gazette_ shows the reader how to figure out what is the most economical alternative among many, how to calculate savings, and make thrifty choices--skills they can then apply to their own unique situations. In addition to the excellent practical advice, Dacyzyn has some interesting things to say about the psychological side of frugality; she clearly believes that saving money is fun and, before they're through with this book, her readers will too.
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Wonderful book!!! (The Tightwad Gazette II and III are too!) I've read all 3 AT LEAST 50 times each!!! Amy Dacyczyn (and her readers) have helped me to be a stay-at-home mom for the last 3 1/2 years. There are some great ideas in these books, but mostly the essay's by Amy herself are the most motivational items. These books are WELL WORTH the purchase price. They can teach a "novice" or an "old-hand" tightwad a few helpful tricks. These books are a MUST HAVE in any tightwad library.
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Amy tells you in plain english how to cut corners without completely sacrificing. This book is for people who want to try "tight-waddery" as a hobby as well as those who can commit to it as a lifestyle. I picked up this book at a rummage sale for 50 cents!!!!! Because of this, I can purchase #2 and #3 without guilt!! If you need money, and these days, who doesn't, GET THIS BOOK!!! You won't regret it.
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After reading The Tightwad Gazette I & II, grocery shopping would never be the same for me. My weekly grocery bill used to be $100 to $120 for a family of 5, now it averages $50 to $70 dollars a week, sometimes less. I know longer need to work part-time and can be a stay home mom. I enjoyed these books so much I decided to purchase The Tightwad Gazette III so I could have the complete collection to refer to when I'm in a pinch. These books would make great gifts for bridal showers, weddings, even a college student, or anyone who says they just can't save money.
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love anything to do with saving and being frugal... lots of ideas in here ive seen before - but it did come out over 10 years ago so thats to be expected. still so "new" ideas for me to think about!
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There are some worthwhile and intriguing ideas and suggestions in this series of books (I, II and III) about saving money and not buying into our materialistic culture, and I respect and agree with the basic philosphy in this regard. HOWEVER, underlying these sound ideas are some nutty and even dangerous beliefs on the part of the author. Unlike some readers, I had the chance to see the Dacyczyn's on television in the early nineties, not once but several times. Seeing them in person, it really appeared as if Mr. Dacyczyn had basically bullied his wife, Amy, into more and more bizarre economies of lifestyle in order for him to "permit" her to stay home with FOUR children, including twins. Mrs. Dayczyn, a skilled graphic designer and writer, apparently has the ability to have an interesting and well-paid career, but one wonders why her perfectly reasonable desire to stay home for a few years with her growing family had to be paid for in such truly brutal economies as not being able to use a DRYER to dry her laundry in a cold climate with a houseful of kids! Some of her frugalities seem just desperate and pathetic, not clever. Meantime, Mr. Dacyczyn, with a career in the military, apparently retired at the age of 38 with no particular impetus to get a second job except for "helping" with his wife's newletter. It really seems to me that the author was living a third-world lifestyle just so her lazy husband could sit around the house. However, the Tightwad Gazette and later these three books, made the Dacyczyn's into millionaires. Obviously their lifestyle has changed considerably and it's really hard to believe that they continue to hoard plastic bags and re-use vacuum cleaner lint with a million bucks in the bank!Read more ›
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Not only have I read all three books and been a subscriber to the newsletter, I had the pleasure of speaking to Ms. Dacyczyn for several hours. She is truly dedicated to her ideals (while not insisting that everyone else is!). After reading the first book, I paid off long overdue bills, learned many new things and enjoyed doing it! I admire Ms. Dacyczyn because she truly practices what she preaches. No one, not even her husband, "bullies" this headstrong lady! Definitely worth owning!
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