By Daisy Luther
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.
I love the fact that she has remained thrifty despite her success. Many of us are thrifty when times are tough, but when life gets better, we go back to our former bad habits. The Tightwad Gazette wasn’t a business for Amy. It was a way of life.
Introducing a modern frugality newsletter
The discovery of Amy’s video inspired me to strike out on a new project that is absolutely a labor of love. I decided to start a newsletter of my own called The Preppernomics Report. I’m combining two of my favorite things: prepping and frugality.
I’m giving you the November issue today, absolutely free. Upcoming issues are a rock-bottom low price of only $5 and I am absolutely certain that if you get into the spirit of things, you’ll find a way to save at least that amount each month – but probably much more!
If you subscribe before November 30th, you’ll get two things
First of all, your price will be locked in at $5 for this PDF newsletter forever. The price will never go up for early subscribers, even if it gets raised at a later date for new subscribers.
Secondly, you’ll get a very timely gift. Last Christmas, I wrote an ebook with my youngest daughter called “Have Yourself a Frugal Little Christmas and a Debt-Free New Year.” With it, you can make this Christmas both thrifty and magical.
I hope you won’t want to, but you can cancel your subscription at ANY TIME. If you have an issue, we’ll try to resolve it, but if we can’t, you don’t have to worry about being locked in.
Finally, if you’re a Facebook user, we’ll have a closed group with monthly challenges to motivate you to save even more.
What have you got to lose, except debt and a higher cost of living? Subscribe today to reap the rewards of all these benefits!
We can’t always change our income, regardless of how hard we try to get ahead. But we can change our lives by changing the way we spend our money. By spending less to live well, we can find that elusive thing called “financial stability.” I’ve been a single mom for 12 years and am putting a second child through college on a tight budget, without any financial aid. It CAN be done.
I hope I can help you do this too!
Republished with permission The Organic Prepper
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Daisy is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting, homeschooling blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, and the pursuit of liberty on her websites, The Organic Prepper and DaisyLuther.com She is the author of 4 books and the co-founder of Preppers University, where she teaches intensive preparedness courses in a live online classroom setting. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter,.