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Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Tightwad Gazette

The Tightwad Gazette is an old and out of print book.  The Gazette was originally a newsletter and the book is compiled of articles from the newsletter.
It was originally published in 1991 in the midst of the early 90s housing correction and recession and the Author was a fairly popular guest on game shows, news shows and the like.

Now that economy is back in style I thought I'd give it a read.  The main thing that's up to date is the philosophy, economy is a way of life, not because you are forced into it but because you want to live more financialy free.  Also economy is good for the environment.  Learning to use things creatively and wisely saves energy and materials.

Much of the information is out of date, several of the articles are how to write to companies to get information on products or services that can help you spend less.  Now that the Internet is everywhere it would be easy to find things like bulk pasta and lists of child safety recalls.

I got the book used on Amazon for less than three dollars so the author should be proud of the method.  I also saw that it had a thrift store sticker on it for $2.25 so maybe someone bought it and sold it to me at a quarter or so profit?  I would recommend the book, it's good to touch base with a philosophy that owning a bunch of crap that you work 60 hours a week for isn't the only way to live and it gives me some ideas of things I can do to live better for less money.  If you see it in your local used bookstore or in a thrift shop pick it up!  Now that I've read it I may be donating it so keep your eyes open for it.

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