Saving Money with the Tightwad Twins: More Than 1,000 Practical Tips for Women on a Budget

Overview

While other books give advice about money markets and outwitting the stock market, Saving Money with the Tightwad Twins gives advice to the struggling woman on a really, really tight budget. She is the forgotten woman of "little time and no dime." She may be single, married, a career woman or a stay-at-home mom, but whoever she is, she is looking for easy ways to organize her life and save money.

In this no-nonsense book by identical twin sisters Ann Fox Chodakowski and Susan ...

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Overview

While other books give advice about money markets and outwitting the stock market, Saving Money with the Tightwad Twins gives advice to the struggling woman on a really, really tight budget. She is the forgotten woman of "little time and no dime." She may be single, married, a career woman or a stay-at-home mom, but whoever she is, she is looking for easy ways to organize her life and save money.

In this no-nonsense book by identical twin sisters Ann Fox Chodakowski and Susan Fox Wood, the Tightwad Twins, women will learn how to reduce or eliminate bills and manage and organize their homes. This "common cents"knowledge will revolutionize the way women look at money; for instance nearly everything can be recycled:

  • Make a coffee table from an old window, door or board. Add bricks or flowerpots for legs.
  • Cut a slit in the shape of an X in an empty prescription bottle for a traveling toothbrush holder.
  • Use soda-pop can tabs for picture hangers. Glue to the back of picture frame with just the top of the clip showing so as to nail easily to the wall.
  • A candle placed in a cheese or vegetable grater looks fabulous at night. Tie the top with a red ribbon to make it even more festive.

The tighwad twins also timesaving forms, quick-and-easy recipes for no-fuss, cheap meals, and lists of organizations that give away freebies. In no time at all, readers will reap the benefits of thriftiness and find time to enjoy their newfound financial freedom.

"These twins really know their stuff!" - Maury Povich

"The twins are masters at saving money." - The National Enquirer

"These twins do a great job: humorous, but insightful on ways to save money and reuse everything!" -Crook and Chase

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757301056
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2003
  • Pages: 150

Meet the Author

Ann Fox is a retired schoolteacher, a mother and grandmother, and is a survivor in the real world of budgets and bills. She holds a master's degree in education and lives in Brandon, Florida. She thinks she is definitely the smarter twin. The twins are the authors of Living on a Shoestring, Moms Saving Money and 101 Ways to Save Money. They have appeared on The Maury Povich Show, Crook and Chase, CNN Talkback Live, The 700 Club, and Leeza, among many others. The twins write seasonally for magazines such as Boardroom Magazine and Moneysworth Magazine. Their tips have appeared often in the National Enquirer as well as Family Circle Magazine.

Susan Fox holds an associate degree in childhood education and has won many awards for her office organization skills. She is a mother and grandmother, and lives in the twins' hometown of Paducah, Kentucky. She will go to her grave proclaiming that she is the smarter twin. The twins are the authors of Living on a Shoestring, Moms Saving Money and 101 Ways to Save Money. They have appeared on The Maury Povich Show, Crook and Chase, CNN Talkback Live, The 700 Club, and Leeza, among many others. The twins write seasonally for magazines such as Boardroom Magazine and Moneysworth Magazine. Their tips have appeared often in the National Enquirer as well as Family Circle Magazine.

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Read an Excerpt

This book is dedicated to "the forgotten woman." Not everyone knows her. Only the women who have been in her shoes will recognize her. Most men do not. Please observe the illustration of her on page vii. It is self-explanatory. But for those of you who do not know her, then, we offer this description:

She is the mother who nearly froze to death sitting on metal gym seats at the football games every Friday night instead of watching from her car so that when her children asked, "Did you see me?" she could say, "Of course!"

She is the mother who sat up nights with a sick toddler in her arms, wiping up throw-up of hot dogs and cherry Kool-Aid and went to work the next day.

She is the mother who has a full-time job at home or at work or both and awakens early each day, all the while knowing her job will never end and will probably be much the same as yesterday.

She is the mother who can nurse a baby, sew on a button and monitor homework all at the same time.

She is the mother who tries to help with the budget, alone or together with a mate, but still comes up short every month.

She is the mother who gets her hair and nails done at the local beauty school and feels like a queen when she does.

She is the mother who reads the same bedtime story twice a night for over a year and who teaches her children their alphabet and how to tie their shoelaces before they start school so they won’t be behind the other children.

She is the mother who watches the news reports about the stock market but is really worrying about the washing machine repair bill due tomorrow and how much she has left from the budget to buy groceries.

She is the mother who laughs when the magazines do a story on inexpensive clothing for only $125 per dress, remembering how she broke out in a cold sweat the day she bought a dress to go to a wedding for $32.95.

She is the mother who passes by the name-brand clothes and groceries, knowing she can whip up something just as good or better without paying for a name.

She is the mother who may have lost her own mother but carries on bravely,
just as her mother would expect her to do.

She is the mother who has had to maneuver bills like the Indy 500.

She is the mother who always has time for her family but never enough time for herself.

The Tightwad Twins salute her and dedicate this book to her.



¬2003. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Saving Money with the Tightwad Twins by Ann & Susan Fox. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health
Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Part 1 On the Home Front: A Trash Talkin' Primer for Making Your Humble Abode a Castle Fit for a Tightwad Queen
Cleaning on a Tightwad Budget 3
In the Kitchen 11
Home and Car Maintenance 57
Organizing the Tightwad Way 65
Pets (Your "Furry and Finny" Family Members) and Outdoor Pests 79
Part 2 Fun and Games: Sprucing Up and Getting Creative with Tightwad Style
Beauty, Clothing, Health and Travel 85
Homemade Crafts and Gifts 93
Furniture and Decorating 99
Entertaining Tightwad Style 111
Holiday Fun 117
Kid Stuff 121
Part 3 Turning Trash into Cash: Million-Dollar Tips That Will Change Your Financial Life Forever
Money Talks 143
New Best Buys for the Tightwad Shopper 177
Part 4 The Silver Lining: Testimonials from Our Fans Say These Tips Really Work!
The Silver Lining 181
About the Twins 189
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