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 Some of the information is outdated now such as her bottom line prices for groceries during the time she was writing (1990-1996) and her insistence that a computer and internet is not needed for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.)

Mlive.com Ann Arbor Business Review

wcsh.6.com–Amy Dacyczyn (This is the video interview)

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