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Though tightwad seems like a derogatory term, author Amy Dacyczyn wants to assure you that it's okay to be a penny-pincher. This self-styled "Frugal Zealot" wrote and published The Tightwad Gazette for over six years to spread the frugal gospel. Each issue contained tips from her personal experience and from her many readers. The wealth of information contained in all these issues has been compiled into one volume for the first time. You'll find literally thousands of ideas for saving money, from the simple or practical to the difficult or bizarre. On the simple, practical side, Dacyczyn advises would-be tightwads to keep track of price trends at several stores in a "price book" and to buy in bulk when prices are low. Other, stranger offerings include tips for turning margarine-tub lids into playing-card holders, old credit cards into guitar picks, and six-pack rings into a hammock or volleyball net. More helpful are inexpensive recipes for making homemade versions of pricey, well-known products and ingenious ways to fix broken or damaged items. The book's disorganization encourages browsing, but the detailed index will point you to the exact page for specific items. Dacyczyn's occasional "thriftier than thou" tone is balanced by the friendly support for frugality that infuses every page. She even reminds her readers that it's okay to "sweat the small stuff"--because this small stuff is the essence of frugality. --C.B. Delaney
I purchased this book with another and found book lice .
This was a great book when I read it the first time ages ago and I was looking forward
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A big and thick book.Lots of information and ideas about saving money.When i received the book from amazon it looks boring but after a year i read it again now i appreciate it... Read morePublished on April 28 2012 by jessielyn
This amazingly huge tome of almost 1000 pages contains a wealth of money saving knowledge, good sense, and formulas to help you calculate savings and create your own recipes. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2011 by The Pine Book Shelf
There are just so many great money saving ideas in here and other useful information.Published on Sept. 9 2009 by A. Jarvis
This book offers great money saving advice for those who don't care what others think of them. Many of the tips given result in obviously "home made" solutions. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2006 by L. A. Turner
While I enjoy and have used much of the information in this book, my big gripe is that the index is done terribly. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Amazon Customer
I agree with some of the authors advise like not to spend money on disposable things like diapers,paper towels,paper plates etc... Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by saadia
I originally wrote a review back in 2002 and was scanning the more recent reviews today. I was saddened to see that the controversy continues over how extreme some of the measures... Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by Dena R. Sigman
The book filled with money saving ideas, some of which I found helpful, others that were impractical for me, and others that I doubt are useful to anyone without an excess of free... Read morePublished on March 13 2004