It's no secret to anyone who has read my website for a while that The Tightwad Gazette books changed my life. If you don't know the story, here's the CliffsNotes version.
When my first daughter was a month old, my husband lost his job. We had a new baby and not one penny of income. We were young, had nothing in savings, and there was a glitch in the unemployment paperwork that left us without a dime coming in for nearly 3 months. My husband tried in vain to find work in the small town where we lived, but he was unsuccessful.
It was one of the lowest financial points in my entire life.
I was at a library sale when some books caught my eye. For a dollar each, I was able to buy three books that completely changed my life. They were The Tightwad Gazette, volumes 1, 2, and 3. I bought them, even though I felt guilty for that little splurge.
Those books opened an entirely new world for me. I had grown up in a well-to-do family and money had never been a concern. I had no idea how to be frugal. But I learned fast and have followed those principles ever since. I was heartbroken when I learned that the author, Amy Dacyczyn, had retired. After the success of her books and newsletter, she went off to live a happy, frugal life in Maine, and I rarely heard anything about her.
Amy is a lifelong frugal zealot
Imagine my delight when I came across this video from 8 years ago and learned that Amy was still killin' it, frugal style. Watch and see if it gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling of nostalgia, too.