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The Complete Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle

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At last--the long-awaited complete compendium of tightwad tips for fabulous frugal living!

In a newsletter published from May 1990 to December 1996 as well as in three enormously successful books, Amy Dacyczyn established herself as the expert of economy. Now The Complete Tightwad Gazette brings together all of her best ideas and thriftiest thinking into one volume, along with new articles never published before in book format. Dacyczyn describes this collection as "the book I ...

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Overview

At last--the long-awaited complete compendium of tightwad tips for fabulous frugal living!

In a newsletter published from May 1990 to December 1996 as well as in three enormously successful books, Amy Dacyczyn established herself as the expert of economy. Now The Complete Tightwad Gazette brings together all of her best ideas and thriftiest thinking into one volume, along with new articles never published before in book format. Dacyczyn describes this collection as "the book I wish I'd had when I began my adult life." Packed with humor, creativity, and insight, The Complete Tightwad Gazette includes hundreds of tips and topics, such as:

Travel for tightwads¸ How to transform old blue jeans into potholders and quilts¸ Ten painless ways to save $100 this year¸ Picture-framing for pennies¸ A comparison of painting versus re-siding your house¸ Halloween costumes from scrounged materials¸ Thrifty window treatments¸ Ways to dry up dry-cleaning costs¸ Inexpensive gifts¸ Creative fundraisers for kids¸ Slashing your electric bill¸ Frugal fix-its¸ Cutting the cost of college¸ Moving for less¸ Saving on groceries¸ Gift-wrapping for tightwads¸ Furniture-fusion fundamentals¸ Cheap breakfast cereals¸ Avoiding credit card debt¸ Using items you were about to throw away (milk jugs, plastic meat trays, and more!)¸ Recipes galore, from penny-pinching pizza to toaster pastries¸ And much much more . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375752254
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 976
  • Sales rank: 189,902
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 1.67 (d)

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    good book

    really don't know it's under my tree for my husband to open on Christmas day

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

    Tons of great money saving ideas

    I actually picked up this book in the discount section when I bought it. I am glad I did though. This book has 1000s of helpful and easy money saving ideas. from cleaning, to re-using everyday things, and just ways to stretch your dollar. Most if not all were submitted by readers. I did come across some that were just ridiculous and some that were common sense like one that said "even though your shampoo says lather rinse and repeat, you only need to wash your hair once, my hair has never been so dirty that you have to wash it twice"
    Well that one is just common sense and most people don't wash their hair twice anyway, on top of that I can't remember the last time I seen a shampoo bottle that said that.
    But overall this book was great, I read the whole thing front to back it was like reading a good novel lol I was fascinated with all the ideas. Even if I paid more for the book it would of been worth it.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

    The Best Frugal Book Out there

    I absolutely love this book. It's one of those books that does NOT go in the bookshelf because you read it every day. Even if you don't do some of the items mentioned, it still puts you in a frugal mindset. What I love about this book is it gives you specific examples. When you read magazine articles and see things on talk shows on how to be frugal they give you very basic advice that you already know. Well the author goes into specific detail and I believe touches every area of your life with some basic frugalness. Don't hesitate to get this book. If you follow even a few of the things mentioned in it, you would pay yourself back for the cost of the book with the money you have been saving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was a life saver to me (and still is) Some of the material is dated but what I have gained the most is 'inspiration' to live 'more with less'. Amy's writing is very entertaining and her life experience shows that it can be done. I had borrowed all 3 collections from the library but found I was taking so many notes it was worth the small investment. Includes the final newsletters not previously available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    Lots of great tips...

    This book is jammed packed with all 3 of Amy's tightwad books. If there is a way to save money, its in this book. The only problems I found with this book were- its mostly geared towards families with children(which is good, but I'm single so some stuff in this book I wouldn't be able to use) and the book is a little outdated. There is hardly a mention of computers, or rising heating and gas prices, or things that are more popular today that weren't back when these books came out. All in all, I would still recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2003

    Wonderful & Practical Book

    I love Amy's book! In our society, the pressure to spend, spend, spend is everywhere - tv, magazines/newspapers, stores, 'keeping up with the Jones', etc. Amy brings reality to the reader that spending money for 'new & improved' is wasteful & ridiculous! I wish I had read her books earlier. I thought we were thrifty before reading her book but I can't help but think how much more money we could have saved if we had applied her principles earlier. This is a great book for everybody!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2001

    Great Stuff, this book!

    If you are simply struggling to spend less than you earn, or if you are saving for some future goal, Amy's book would be a welcome addition to your life. Amy's perspective is radical to be sure, but I would argue that so is the amount of advertising that every one of us is exposed to everyday. My wife and I have been married for several years and are making every attempt to pay off our student loans early so our income is freed up for other pursuits. This book serves us as a helpful antidote to the constant pressure around us to spend, spend, spend. My favorite quote from the book is from a person who wrote in to say when she first saw Amy on TV (The Donahue Show) she thought, ¿Sheesh, how extreme can you be.¿ Then several years later when she was struggling financially, she thought, ¿Sheesh, how extremely in debt can I be¿ and went out and bought Amy¿s book. Besides being helpful, I also found Amy¿s style to be quite entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    Good and very informative

    This was a very informative book. I found some things wonderful (ie: how to keep bananasfresher longer) But some of the information would cause more effort than they are worth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    A Great Read

    This is a great book for anyone trying to control expenses and get a grip on their wallet. Amy gives great advice, and how-tos with a touch of humor. Sometimes a bit over the top, still worth the read for anyone who thinks their spending can be in better control!

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