The Frugal Road to Family Values

I’m on the third volume of Amy Dacyczyn’s Tightwad Gazette books – a compendium of tips and tricks to save money and make purchases last longer. They’re not particularly well-written, but the tips are useful. In an excellent illustration of “enough small potatoes filling a truck”, the Dacyczyns’ penny-pinching allowed them to retire, in their early 40s, to enjoy life in on a big farm with a big family. While I admit that some of the tips are extreme-to-pointless, I’m not sure they merit the bitchiness of this Washington Post article, written at the height of the Tightwad Gazette’s fame. I’ve seen few spendthrifty snobs to exhibit this kind of poorly-hidden jealousy…

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