Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Frugal Boot Camp: The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn
From $4.03 to $16.97 in paperback on Amazon this book includes all three of Dacyczyn's Tightwad Gazette books.
Amy Dacyczyn published "The Tightwad Gazette" newsletter for several years. The books she later published were compilations of the articles and recipes and tips she shared in those newsletters. Her very practical, down to earth manner of writing clearly explains cost breakdowns (I found my own scribbled calculations in the margins of one page), the mindset that is required, and many practical recipes, examples, and more related to living a frugal life.
Not every one of Amy's tips for saving money suited me, but she taught me to think very creatively when it came to saving money. I still pick up her book to look for recipes for everything from foods to stain removers. I also pick these books up to read at least once a year simply because they make me THINK. How can I save more money? How can I go about making the leap from this place to that? What can I do differently to achieve better results?
If I had to limit myself to just two books on frugality, I'd choose this one and the last book I will review for Boot Camp. That's how much I rely on this book. Some of the savings methods are a hard stretch for me, but for the most part the book is full of practical everyday suggestions and articles to insure that you approach stretching dollars intelligently.