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Frugal Almanac
Frugal Almanac
by Consumer Guide
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful information in a small package, 26 July 2001
I have to say that i was both happy and a bit disappointed with this book. It is well laid out and does have many useful hints, however alot of it sounded like it came from Amy Dacyzyn's Tightwad series... nevertheless it is easy to dig into and a good read. Perhaps not as useful to UK residents as Americans (i'm an american ex-pat so i've been on both sides of this) it's still a good book to get you thinking if nothing else and since it's so inexpensive (like all books on frugality should be) it's well worth the it then pass it on!

The Complete Tightwad Gazette
The Complete Tightwad Gazette
by Amy Dacyczyn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.36

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars being skint doesn't have to be all about beans!, 28 Mar. 2000
what can i say, i love this book. when i was in the states i had the first two. then i moved to scotland and sorely missed them. imagine my delight to discover that all three books were conveniently (and economically) printed in one edition! i had told my new husband all about the crazy american woman (FZ) with these ideas i knew he would love. well so far he's impressed, and i am eagerly 'devouring' every page. we are especially pleased with the 'universal' recipes (muffins, quiche etc) the only complaint my husband has had about the book is that HE can't seem to get it away from ME to read it! he's contemplating buying a second copy...obviously he's not an honest to goodness tightwad...YET! i have already employed several of these strategies (homemade diaper wipes (easy and cheap) most of the food recipes (yum!) and many of the 'recycling' of found objects into useful ones) whislt i will never likely be quite as die-hard as amy, i have to say that at least 75% of the ideas that are applicable on this side of the pond (i.e. in the united kingdom vs. the united states) are relatively easy to accomplish. some ideas, like dumpster diving are more appealing to my husband than me...and not for everyone else necessarily either. however, the cool thing about this book is that amy doesn't 'proselytise' about her ways, she simply presents with options, information and you take it from there. i would have to say the most valuable information i have learned isn't even in the book...i have learned (by reading the book and gaining new perspective) how to re-evaluate my life, finances, and 'trash'. i highly recommend this book... it's money well spent.

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