"Stuff I Like" Sunday: Tightwaddery
Wait - let me rephrase that, lest I get "tramp" and "harlot" comments hurled my way. (Does anybody even say tramp or harlot any more or have those been replaced with slut and ho? I totally need to brush up on my insult-slinging. You know, in case of emergencies.)
Anyway ... I'm not cheap. Let's call it FRUGAL. As in, "Hi, my name is Rita, and I wash and re-use baggies." I don't take it to any weird extremes - 'cause Lord knows it's not like I'm lighting our home with candles and stockpiling the mounds of cash we save on electricity - but I do like to pinch pennies where I can. (See my previous post on coupon codes for a couple of my favorite ways to save.)
When Curtis and I got married, my slightly-tighter-than-me-(and-I'm-talking-about-money-although-who-am-I-kidding-she's-got-buns-of-steel)-sister Amy gave us a fabulous gift: this book.
I have referenced this so often in the last almost-decade that it's actually getting worn out - I love it that much. You want a treasure trove of money-saving tips? This is it. It was written by Amy Dacycyzn (her last name is pronounced "decision") and is a compilation of the best stuff from her long-running newsletter, "The Tightwad Gazette." This woman is a money-saving genius and raised six kids on one income.
Some of the things she suggests are pretty hardcore (like dumpster diving), but don't let that turn you off ... even if you're not into that level of tightwaddery, there are abundant nuggets of fiscal wisdom to be found. And to top it off, it's just an amusing read - I love the way it's written.
You can buy it here ... after a while, it will totally pay for itself. Or if you're a tightwad in the purest sense, just check the book out from the library. Either way, do your budget a favor and fatten it up a bit.