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on November 9, 1999
Amy Dacyczyn does have her virtues: she seems honest and trustworthy, she has a comfortable writing style, and her basic message (of not wasting stuff and not getting caught up in the buying for happiness game) is good. But she's too darn cheap. Many of her "remedies" are so time consuming or annoying you can hardly take them seriously. Her tight-fistedness can often interfere with sound nutrition and environmental-friendliness--despite her contention otherwise (the truth is many environmentally-sound and healthy products are more expensive [and worth it]). Last, don't listen to her investing recommendations: she knows nothing about the stock market for instance, so dismisses it. For a healthier take on both spending and investing (as well as earning etc.) check out The Mindful Money Guide. This book advocates creative thrift, but not at cost of one's spirit. The reminders in the last chapter alone make it worth its price (I think around $10 on Amazon).
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on September 27, 2000
I'm sure I'll gain enough tips from this book to make it worth the purchase price, like the article on yogurt making. However, I found a disturbing discrepancy between the quality she was willing to accept for herself and what she'd accept for her kids. She forces her children to wear only thrift store clothes but found ways to justify new furniture for herself for aesthetic reasons. She'll buy used toys for her kiddies at Xmas, but she wouldn't buy used dining room chairs because she didn't find any that she "liked". Granted, the $55 she paid for each woven-seat chair was a good deal; but she was willing to pay an extra $20 per chair over the basic model and still expects the kiddies to eat bread crumb cookies. Kinda makes me wonder why she bothered having six kids - maybe just to fill up the picture-perfect 100-year-old New England farmhouse?
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on June 9, 2004
While I enjoy and have used much of the information in this book, my big gripe is that the index is done terribly. It seems like they just copied the indexes from the three books instead of re-doing them, so nothing is listed under the proper page number. It makes trying to find anything a nightmare.
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on March 6, 2002
Frankly, I found Jonni McCoy's "Miserly Moms" and Mary Hunt's Cheapskate Monthly more useful than this. I ended up returning my copy of the Tightwad Gazette and will check it out from my local library if I want to look for cost savings in specific areas...
I guess what it comes down to is you need to determine what is important to you and adjusting your finances accordingly...What people should do is determine their budget/spending habits, then go to a good financial advisor to determine how best to invest their money.
Save yourself the money and check this book out at your local library!
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on May 8, 2001
but not the best. Some of the ideas in here is going towards the extreme like dumpster diving. Some of the ideas the author has is great like having a grocery price book or going to yard sales.
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on May 26, 2004
I agree with some of the authors advise like not to spend money on disposable things like diapers,paper towels,paper plates etc...some of the advise in this book is a bit too extreme like trash picking but still makes a nice reading .
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on August 27, 2001
Okay, this book had some cute little tips, but I have to totally disagree with the author when she says that two great wastes of money is buying "fiction books" and "children's books". (Especially while she's living off the royalties of the sale of her own book.) You can't put any price on developing a child's imagination and some of my most treasured possessions are the books I received in childhood. If I raised my kids like this, I suspect at least some of them would grow up never wanting anything "used" to touch their bodies again, since kids usually rebel against their parents' attitudes if too extreme. While there is nothing wrong with teaching your kids the value of money, this philosophy might also send them a simple, but consistent message--"You're not worth it." Not worth the new shirt or the new toy or even the water consumed by bathing you daily. This is a dangerous psychology. The author might be doing something for the environment, but she's not doing much for the economy, especially the economy of another author (fiction)who would like to get paid for all of her hard work, thank you very much.
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on December 12, 2000
This book has a lot of good and practical ideas on how to save money, reuse things, get things for free. It all comes down to how much someone is willing to sacrifice in order to save a few dollars. I couldn't believe it when I read that Amy Dacyczyn doesn't bathe her children daily but "as needed" and minimun ONCE A WEEK!! Is compromising hygene standards a good way to save money or time?
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