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5.0 out of 5 stars Amy challenges your buying habits, 30 Oct. 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: The Complete Tightwad Gazette (Paperback)
I have just started reading the book with the three sets of newsletters. I am astounded by the way this lady thinks. For example, she talks about Christmas presents, relating to children. The first Christmas present makes them ecstatic, the second less, the third less, the fourth or so, they are already saying "is that all there is"? I have a sneaking suspicion that adults are like that too.
Amy mentions that there are items that we buy that should be considered "disposable", for example, in my own mind, items like magazines, high-fashion clothing, or long-term investments, and we should concentrate on the long-term. This, in fact, does make a lot of sense. After reading some of her pages, I challenged my own views. Is it a good idea to postpone the medical check? No. Is it worth buying a new Winter coat, or should I replace the lining? Yes to the latter, in my case.
I am actually a spendthrift by nature, but I am certainly changing my mind. I now hesitate when I see nail varnish in this year's shade. Is it really necessary? Or do I just WANT IT?
I find her book amusing and witty, and although some of her ideas are too tightwad for me (as in amazing things to do with a paperclip), she does make me think about money wasted.
Look around in your own home, your shopping basket, your make-up bag and your wardrobe and see what you actually use, and what you throw out. You could end up rethinking a lot of things.
Also, I very much enjoyed her article on things we aim to save money on by using time and how much time it actually cost.
Definitely a book I would recommend, even if it is just for a rethink and a good laugh at her comments.
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