Did you know…
- you can make pizza dough in the food processor?
- you can make cookies out of bread crumbs?
- banks are out to make a buck, but credit unions are member-owned not for profits?
- you can make “magic” quiche without biscuit mix?
- you can open an envelope in the microwave… and then use it again (of course, not the postage!)?
- you can use a plastic grocery bag as a salad spinner?
You can find these and tons more frugal tips in Amy Dacyzyn’s book, The Complete Tightwad Gazette. Back in the ’90s, Mrs. Dacyzyn was a stay-at-home mom to six, living in Leeds, Maine. Although she’s not originally from Maine, sometimes even transplants know a thing or two about frugality. Mrs. Dacyzyn began publishing a quarterly newsletter for tightwads about all things frugal in the early part of the decade, out of her home. It was only read locally at first, but then it took off! She appeared on numerous television programs and people from all over the country were writing in to give tips or ask for advice. This book is over 900 pages of compiled newsletters, published after the newsletter ceased to be.
The tips and information range from useful, to weird, to obsolete (1990s interest rates? no thank you!). However, if you are frugal or aspire to be, I guarantee you can find a tip that will work for you in The Complete Tightwad Gazette.