The original frugal encyclopedia. Not every single one of Amy's ideas will appeal to you, but I bet about a dozen or so will and that makes this book worth every penny. My husband found this book for me at a local thrift store and I've read it at least once a year, every year for about four years now. If you're into TRUE frugality you will love this book!
The BEST book to read if you're interested in saving money. Amy Dacyczyn gives you tips and tricks that you haven't heard anywhere else. I love the whole series of the Tightwad Gazette. I refer to them often. Such an awesome book!
I am sorry to say folks but I hated this book. Her ideas are mostly about how to recycle garbage into more useless things. I have found I can live without many items and save gobs of money that way. If you don't buy you save. It just seemed like a lot of worthless hoarding of junk, turning it into more junk. I could only get through about 1/3 of the book before sending it on it's way. I live a simple life, shop at thrift stores/garage sales, recycle, re-use as well. I think my time could be better spent focusing on living with less then reading this book....be your own judge.
***A single gal from Oregon, living on $1000 a month comfortably.
A must have for learning to stretch every pinch of your dollars. She covers a lot of what is to know about being frugal. This is a really thick book. Every house should have this book. Wish I had this when I was younger. This book has blessed me, and it will bless you. You won't regret the purchase of this book. In fact you'd probably make back your money in savings. I did, and then some. Awesome!
This book has changed my life. I have never had a problem with money or making ends meet, so I can only imagine what an impact it would make for someone who has had such problems. For me, I have really changed my way of grocery shopping, eating, etc., and really appreciate the savings and the change in lifestyle. It is really a wonderfully supportive book for anyone looking to get off the high-consumer treadmill and feeling that they are alone. I had borrowed the book from the library and then had to buy my own copy since there was so much useful information. My advice would be to start on page 148, then go back to the beginning of the book.
Some good ideas, but I didn't like this as much as I had hoped to. Many ot the items pertain to families with children and I since I don't have any, it wasn't that useful. And I would just never have the chutzpah to dumpster dive! :-)
I'm more handy than I am thrifty, per se, and I've always loved the Tightwad Gazette articles. I see them as examples of how to turn what you might have on hand into things you need so you can put off buying for as long as possible.
One example is her description of how they use the old Betty Crocker Potato Bread recipe to meet most of their weekly bread needs -- including sandwiches, rolls, and pizza crust. While the recipe sounds interesting, I've never made it. But I do make tortillas. And I think back to the article when I get the impulse to buy pizza or pizza dough and remember that I can make a pizza I love on tortillas I already have.
Another example is the macaroni and cheese article. She does a cost comparison of boxed mac and cheese verses buying bulk bags of elbows and making the sauce from scratch. It's a detailed examination and the results surprised me. They're a good reminder that shelling out for the bulk bag and some elbow grease isn't always the most efficient path to your end goal -- a happy, creative, home where money is a tool, not an obsession.
The tips in this book are priceless. I recommend this book over all other "penny pincher" books that are on the market. WELL worth the money to buy the book. The first 10 pages will save you enough money to pay for the book.
This book is one of my favorites!!! It includes so many super doable ways that you can save money and cut corners whether you're working towards a big goal or just having tough economic times. I use so many of he baking tips in my regular everyday baking. I lost my treasured copy when we moved and Have been trying to get a new one. They seem to be rare and so hard to find and in high demand and for VERY GOOD REASON!
This book is like a one stop resource for frugality. I learned a lot from it!
However, one thing that I would caution on is the food advice in this book. The food we eat is an investment in our health. The healthier we are, the less we visit doctors, and thus the less money we spend on medical bills. The suggestions for food and recipes featured in this book seem like a health disaster!
Aside from that, the book offers hundreds of ways to save. It's definitely opened up a lot of ideas for me.
Well I guess it depends on just how much of a tight wad you are as to how highly you rate this book. If you plan to reuse your dryer lint, you'll love this book. If you were just looking for a few hints on saving money (without dumpster diving) skip this book!
Tons of money-saving recipes for time-wasting products YOU CAN BUY!!!
Ways to recycle your garbage - coke bottles make scoops or bird houses, dryer lint can be composted.
Sorry, I guess I'm not as thrifty as I thought! This book could have been written by my dad that lived thru the depression era -- save your used paper plates, you never know when you'll need them!
ACK! Or, hey, order it and it's good for a few laughs picturing talking your husband into doing any of the projects!