I mentioned earlier that when my husband and I were first married, we needed to live on an extremely tight budget.
During that time, I found and devoured The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. Some of the information is outdated now such as her bottom line prices for groceries during the time she was writing (1990-1996) and her insistence that a computer and internet is not needed for most families. However, there is still valuable information in there. What is most inspiring is that she and her husband lived a very frugal life and were able to pay cash for their purchases and buy a gorgeous home, all while raising 6 kids.
She retired from writing her newsletter in 1996 and very little was written about her after that until the economy came crashing down. Now that we are in a recession, people have rediscovered her work, and she is giving numerous interviews.
Gayle at The Grocery Cart Challenge posted a link to a recent article with Amy Dacyczyn. This inspired me to look for other articles about her on the web. I found the following, including a video interview. (It was great to see and hear her as before this I had only read her work. I was not following her in the 1990s when she was on the cover of various magazines including Parade and appeared on the Phil Donahue program.)