The Complete Tightwad Gazette- Frugal Savings

Hey, has anyone here ever heard of the book "The Tightwad Gazette" by Amy Dacyczyn? She used to have this "gazette" in Maine (I think) back in the 90's and she published them as 3 books, then finally all her gazettes in one HUGE book as "The Complete Tightwad Gazette". I rarely buy books new.

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    Hey,
    has anyone here ever heard of the book "The Tightwad Gazette" by Amy Dacyczyn?

    She used to have this "gazette" in Maine (I think) back in the 90's and she published them as 3 books, then finally all her gazettes in one HUGE book as "The Complete Tightwad Gazette". I rarely buy books new. I got this one online and I'm pretty sure this one paid for itself a long time ago.

    I had found the first of the 3 books in a yard sale 2 summers ago and had to read the rest, I honestly think everyone should.

    In there she covers absolutely everything, from baby clothes to groceries to recycling... even garbage picking (treasure hunting? lol).

    So anyone heard of it? Anyone know of similar books to suggest?

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    Yes I know several have her book. I also love Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living. Very good book for making it on your own.

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    Yes, I borrowed the books & read them. I've read where people have found them @ the Goodwill, but, on all my visits-I have never seen them! Remember to check your library-& that's free! Since I read them 2 years ago--I remember writing down some recipes, but, thought I actually didn't really read anything I didn't already know. But a good read, anyway.

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    I found the first Tightwad Gazzette book in the library in Tifton GA back in the mid 90s. This book changed my thinking. I became frugal and have been every since. Prior to reading this book. I just bought whatever, whenever. Never balanced my checkbook ate out all the time etc.

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    Thanks for the replies everyone!

    I have a lot of books myself on the subject myself but I found this one really is the gateway to the lifestyle.

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    I have the Old Fashion Recipe Book it tells you how to make everything from scratch. it is a great book. It was self written and self published but worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catlady View Post
    I have the Old Fashion Recipe Book it tells you how to make everything from scratch. it is a great book. It was self written and self published but worth it.
    Yes it is a very valuable book! It was written by my old friend Carla Emory who died a couple years ago. She had low blood pressure like I do and I had told her she needed to drink sports drinks through out the day in case it dropped to low so her heart would have the electrolytes it needs to restart. She wasn't doing that on her last book tour and her BP dropped suddenly and her heart quit and they couldn't revive her. Broke my heart as she was a great teacher and left behind a living legacy for the whole world to use!

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    Yes, I have two of her books. Love them. Can't remember everything so I save them and read them over again every once in a while. Very helpful.

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    I have all 3 of the books. I bought them about 12 years ago through a Christian book club. I have read them over and over and lent them out several times. They changed the way I live my life.

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    OMG so sad, so sensless, to die like that. so sorry

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    also got some books from the great depression, had some great ideas to save money and feed the family in rough times, there were several issues. difficult to find. many were written by people in rural areas of the midwest who faced different problems than those who lived in the east

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    Quote Originally Posted by brchbell View Post
    Yes it is a very valuable book! It was written by my old friend Carla Emory who died a couple years ago.
    How sad. But to have left behind the legacy she did is wonderful!

    I have the all in one book of AmyD's. Loaned it to a friend who moved and she has it packed in a box. Keeps telling me she has it...lol...but I guess she hasn't gotten to that box yet.

    I wonder what ever happened to AmyD??

    I thought I heard they paid off the farm but don't know a thing from there.

    A good friend of ours tried to explain the frugal lifestyle to me one time, actually twice and it was like she was speaking Greek! Later on, I figured it out. After reading for months online....but I go it, put it all in a book format so I could refer to it. What a blessing Amy and Carla gave us!

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    one book i found that compares to the tightwad is 'earl proulx's yankee home hints' he writes for yankee magazine.

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    I am glad to read all these great reviews.....I have been reading about these books for the last couple of weeks on several blogs....it got my curiosity up and I made one of my rare purchases on EBay this weekend...looking forward to all this new to me info!!!

 

 
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