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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I thought this book was poorly organized, and she’s definitely extreme I feel sorry for her kids!! Most of us would never dare to buy used bed sheets at a garage sale- but how many of us take our own sh This was a pretty thick book, but it was easy to skip over parts that didn’t apply to me, and when she was “investigating” something, I skipped over the details and just read the results.

Sometimes I really have to fish through to find what I’m looking for. If you identify a need the day of and go out and purchase it immediately you will very likely not be getting the best possible deal on that product.

Mar 16, Cyndi rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: No trivia or quizzes yet. It was also a good reminder that I don’t need to buy everything at the store- cakes, egg dye great with Easter coming upcleaning solutions, etc Want to Read Currently Reading Read. We have a lot of free time now that our children have moved out.

I will work again in the future but time with my son is ir I am so pleased that I decided to buy this book. Oh- and when you buy cottage cheese, store it in your fridge upside down.

I took copious notes from this book and plan on sharing many of them with you, gentle reader. Some of her advice revolves around: We have found some perfectly good toys, clothes and furniture this way – some with minor faults such as a missing draw handleothers in brand new condition. One librarian in Maine says that The Complete Tightwad Gazette is the most frequently stolen book in the Maine library system!


One of the biggest takeways from this book for me was to be more proactive about searching for frugal solutions. Others, like how to make a wreath out of barbed wire, are a little less so. In the early years of marriage before you have children you should live as frugally as possible and save as much money as possible.

The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn

Read it Forward Read it first. Use it less Comparison shop for items you buy regularly at various stores.

There are so many graphs comparing prices of products, such as frozen french fries, instant mashed potatoes, and bulk potatoes. Second hand does not mean second best.

Did you know that if you dry your razor after use, it will stay sharp longer? Buy a duplex and rent half 3. While I am not an artist, I like the concepts of reusing items for other purposes as well as mending and repairing items instead of tossing them. I say, buy a box of the damn cookies. 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.

Sep 19, ael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Seek out entertainment options that are free. Apr 21, Nicole rated it did not like it Shelves: At last—the long-awaited complete compendium of tightwad tips for fabulous frugal living!

Most of us would never dare to buy used bed sheets at a garage sale- but how many of us take our own sheets to a hotel? We may be leary of buying used silverware, but do we take our own to a restaurant? I also liked her attitude about recycling and reusing.

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She demonstrates Amy Dacyczyn was one of the leading figures of frugality advocacy in the 90’s. 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 try and a few fun, cheap crafts. But there is far more that isn’t worth reading, such as the endless and boring articles about the author’s many tightwad creations such as Halloween costumes, tightwaf decorations, and so forth.


Some tips are dated like saving on postage while some haven’t dated like how to fix a broken zipper.

Or turn it into a dustpan. I do not do many most? But we should all give a little back. Having a price book is a great complee to keep track of when and where various food items are cheapest.

The internet, without gazettf doubt. I also found her recipes to be kind of bland – I don’t think I’d eat most of them if there was another, less-frugal option. There are two reasons for this. Whether or not you make a good impression depends a lot on the other person. This book has lots of super-practical tips for saving money and living simply.

The Complete Tightwad Gazette

Make it last longer 3. I recommend that anyone in the slightest bit interested in personal finance or frugality or even just homemaking generally buys this book and reads it cover to cover! A note from me here: Latest News Author Links: This was a pretty thick book, but it was easy to skip over parts that didn’t apply to me, and when she was “investigating” something, I skipped over the details and just clmplete the results.

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Back in s, Amy Dacyczyn began fulfilling her dream of having a large family and living in a pre Gazdtte England farmhouse with an attached barn. One good idea that might come out of that talk: They Call Me the Frugal Zealot.