Create Your Own Economic Stimulus with The Complete Tightwad Gazette

What’s the remedy for your household’s over spending?

You need an economic stimulus. Sorry, I can’t hand you money, and Uncle Sam isn’t going to right now, so you’ll need help from elsewhere.

One helpful resource is The Complete Tightwad Gazette, by Amy Dacyczyn. It’s this week’s DestinySurvival Pick.

I remember hearing a radio interview with Amy Dacyczyn back in the early 1990’s, promoting her “Tightwad Gazette” newsletter. She published it for six years and derived three successful books from it. The Complete Tightwad Gazette consolidates all of that into one large paperback book to give you thousands of tips and tricks to live more frugally.

Amy put together tips from her own personal experience as well as from her newsletter’s readers. A number of recipes are included as well. There are even articles that hadn’t been published previously.

Reviewers praise the book for being positive and inspirational when it comes to spending and saving. It points the way to reevaluating values. It can help you put modern values in perspective and help you stress those which are important.

Do you know the difference between wants and needs? Many of us are finding it out the hard way in today’s economy, and the lessons aren’t over yet. You may be experiencing some deprivation these days, but following Amy Dacyczyn’s advice doesn’t have to be drudgery. She spices things up with humor and creativity.

How frugal do you believe you are? Do you have definite financial goals? Do you know how to cut your spending on groceries without cutting corners? Do you know how to find good deals at yard sales and thrift stores?

Do your children need new clothes to be happy and successful? Do you? Who’s in control of the family diet? Is it you, or is it the TV advertisers who manipulate your children’s desires for junk food?

What are you throwing in the trash that could be recycled or repurposed? Do you know how to make something new from an old pair of jeans? If you’re raising little ones, do you use cloth diapers?

Your mom or grandma may have passed on several practical tips. But maybe you’ve forgotten them. Maybe you could use more guidance than you’ve been getting. The Complete Tightwad Gazette is here for you now.

While I encourage you to buy the book, you may want to borrow it from your local library first. Amy Dacyczyn even recommended that. Then when you’re ready to buy your own copy of The Complete Tightwad Gazette, click on its title in this post, and you’ll be taken to the page where it’s featured.

If you’re ready to thumb your nose at the credit card companies, try this tip from Dacyczyn’s book. Cut up those credit cards and turn them into guitar picks. Why not sing the economic survival blues with a smile?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.