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Tightwad Gazette Revisited

July 23rd, 2006 at 08:20 am

I've been dipping into The Tightwad Gazette when I need inspiration. It seems Amy has several themes she keeps hitting on -- I wrote down a list.

1. Re-use items and avoid disposables.
2. Substitute low-cost items for high-cost items.
3. Buy basics.
4. Avoid waste.
5. Avoid overindulgence.
6. Repair instead of replace.
7. Buy second-hand.
8. Use old items in new ways.
9. Challenge the norm.
10. Focus on goals, not deprivation.
11. Use creativity and ingenuity instead of convenience.
12. Focus on needs, not wants.
13. Do it yourself.
14. Spend $ in ways consistent with your personal values.
15. Scale down & simplify.
16. Use what you already have.
17. Let others know what you need.
18. Track your spending.

There you have it. The Tightwad Gazette in a nutshell!

I plan to examine my life in each of these areas and evaluate my personal performance.

1 Responses to “Tightwad Gazette Revisited”

  1. beans6 Says:

    She is my absolute favorite writer.I just wish she still did it. Does anyone know if she still sends out christmas letters? I sure would like to visit her. I hear she takes visitors on certain days.
    Has anyone here ever visited her? Shes my hero.I think alot of the other writers are watered down versions .Thanks for the list,
    its good to review.

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