Thursday, January 19, 2012
In the early 1990's, I came across Amy's book, The Tightwad Gazette. I was inspired to live a life of artistic, creative frugality. It completely changed my shopping life. . . At least for a time. . .
Even though I have lived frugally my entire life, despite several bouts of reckless shopping at times, and I know how to live with very little money, I found myself being extremely wasteful last month.
It had been the best December we had in years. I had saved up a few hundred dollars, but spent it all on gifts, most of which were bought - just to buy a "gift." I can only imagine how much cash I would still have if I had remembered Amy's shopping wisdom.
My goal is to re-read Amy's book. I will read it slowly and re-incorporate her ideas into my daily life. (It is much like a dieter trying to change a lifestyle, rather than going on a restricted eating plan.) I will take the ideas which mean the most to me, which will work in my situation, and will find happiness in spending little or no money.
This is not a life of deprivation, but one of amazing Yankee Ingenuity.
I first saw Amy on the Phil Donahue show. I cannot even imagine how long ago that was? I found her book at my local library and then later bought a copy. Ever wonder what she is up to today? I found a video interview of her from about a year ago! She still inspires me and makes frugality look amazing!
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The worst of times - No Income and the Basics of Life.
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