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The Complete Tightwad Gazette – A Must Read 2

I normally post more long and thought provoking articles here but today I wanted to share a personal story.  I was on my way to the grocery store and saw a “Yard Sale” sign so of course I made a hard right and found the house having the sale.  On my walk down the driveway, I noticed that there was a “For Sale” sign that had been leaned against the house.  Always a good sign for bargain hunters.

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I go into the sale and begin looking around and making conversation with the lady having the sale.  She tells me that they have sold their house and are preparing to move and that’s the reason for the sale.  Aha, I was right.  We continue talking as I mill around and I see a box of books so I take a look through them and find the best book I have ever read.

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A Must Read

It is basically the handbook for frugal people.  Everything you need to know about saving money in one hardcover book.  For 50 cents, I naturally bought it but I wanted to share the title with you all in case you have never heard of it.  It is called The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn.  I had a copy many years ago and after telling a girl that I worked with how great it was, I loaned her my copy.  Unfortunately, she never returned it.  Many times over the years, I have thought about certain things I remembered reading and wished I could pull it out and look them up.  So finding that book today, especially for 50 cents, brought me a great amount of joy.


The book is older so some of the ideas may be a bit out dated but if you see this book, pick it up.  You will not regret it.  I did look it up and found several listed on Amazon and am kicking myself for not just jumping on there and getting one.  But, that is just not how frugal folks work.  I knew if I waited I would eventually find it.  And I did.

I also found a hard cover copy of Rich Dad’s Plan for Financial Success by Robert T Kiyosaki which I have never read so I’ll let you know on that one.  He is also the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad which I have read so I look forward to seeing what he has to say about investing since that is where I am currently focusing most of my efforts.

If you are interested in learning more about saving and living a frugal lifestyle as a means to become debt-free, I highly recommend getting this book.  It will be a reference book for years to come.

Have you read The Tightwad Gazette?  Did you find it as useful and informative as I did?  What is your go to financial book?

About Susan

Susan is an Early Childhood educator who is passionate about personal finance. She is slightly addicted to eBay. She is an avid thrift store shopper who hopes to "retire" by 50.

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2 thoughts on “The Complete Tightwad Gazette – A Must Read

  • Liz@ChiefMomOfficer

    I love The Tightwad Gazette! I actually posted about it a few weeks ago in a post about the four books that changed my financial life. My husband isn’t as fond of the book – he refers to it as “that book that makes you want to wash aluminum foil and ziploc bags.” 😀 Although parts are outdated, the concepts aren’t. Creatively using what you already have around is a recipe for success in reaching your financial goals, even on a lower income.

    • Susan Post author

      I totally agree. Some of the ideas may be outdated but the overall theme of living beneath your means remains the key to financial freedom. It is the same theme running through many financial freedom and personal finance books. The Millionaire Next Door, Financial Peace, etc.