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    Re-reading Tightwad Gazette

    The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn is a great book to read and digest in parts as some parts don't apply to my lifestyle.

    Anyone cares to comment on this book. I find the Math parts the most interesting and I find myself doing the Math’s on different things and coming up with new strategies all the time.

    As I have no one to read with and discuss articles at random. I would like to start this tread on reading articles from Tightwad Gazette. I will not be rewriting any article, only quotes and article name, volume number and page number, fromThe Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn’ along with my views and comments on trying this strategy.

    Once we start commenting on these articles, I think it would help if everyone repeated the (Article title in the book with Volume No & Page No) along with your comment. So that you can, add a comment on any topic or article from ‘The Tightwad Gazette’ at anytime down the track. So that anyone can follow the articles in question & answers at random also so that you can refer to the article at anytime if you need too!

    Having said all that, would anyone care to comment on the article that they found helpful on saving money?

    So anyone care to join me on re-reading of ‘Tightwad Gazette’ along with a discussion on articles.

    I will comment on different Articles at random, every so often.

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    I use to get her newsletter, but hear that it is no longer available. I also get the cheapskate monthly which has been changed to debt proof living. It is by Mary Hunt. I would love to read tightwas gazette. Unfortunately, there are no bookstores in my area, so I will check the library.

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      #3
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      They no longer sale her books in booktores. If you go to Amazon.com or half.com you will find her three volume book. Some of them have them for a discount. Don't follow all of her advice but she does make me feel motivated when I read or scan her book.

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        I'd be interested in seeing your thoughts. One of the things about the gazette was realizing what your goal was. I never had kids, so the stuff about diapers and kid's wasn't what I needed, but I was struggling financially and the book really helped. I purchased a freezer for storing food ahead, which was a blessing, and I saved for a downpayment on a house. I'd say go for it.

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          #5
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          Hi everyone
          It took me 2-1/2 years to get my copy of “The Complete Tightwad Gazette” as I have never seen any other copy, I can’t tell you if the page numbers are the same or if the format is the different. That is why I have suggested that we put the Volume along with Article so if you have a different set of books to mine then you will be able to find the article in question!

          The only problem I have with the book is the some of the titles of the articles. You find that I like to workout the strategy or formula that Amy is written about. I would like also to update any new ideas or ways that are now available that was not available when the article was written.

          So any help on ideas or ways now available would be appreciated.

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            As it Easter in a few weeks , I look at ‘Easter Ideas’ Vol 1 (p163 CTG).

            Here commercial Easter can start about 2nd January and Easter Hot Cross Buns are on sale here early February. I only buy marked down Easter Hot Cross Buns and put them into my freezer for Easter week. Another thrifty thing I do for this season, is making chocolate mould chocolates as gifts, buy melting cooking chocolate to put into the moulds. When I go into thrift shop or to garage sale I look for these moulds, I now have a good range of different moulds. Coloured eggs is thing I do at times. When my son was a young he didn’t like chocolate or sugar eggs so he got new box of Lego and block of his favourite chocolate.

            TG - Quote ‘my final thought ….. focus on spiritual significance of the holiday’.

            My thoughts - Do check on someone who is alone at this time of year, call or visit him or her.

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              [QUOTE]I also get the cheapskate monthly which has been changed to debt proof living. It is by Mary Hunt.

              Ima, is that through email? I would love to have the link for it if you don't mind.
              I also wanted to tell you that I have been reading the Debt Proof Living book and it is very good. I reworked my budget this weekend by some of the things that she said. This is a wonderful book and is very easy to understand. Thanks for recommending it.

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                I've been re-reading it too.

                I just got to the article about picky eating and, of course, it irritated the hell out of me. My mom made me eat those peas every night of my life and now I can't even stand the smell of peas. If I smell them, I need to throw up. I can't even eat at "The Black-eyed Pea" because just the name makes me so nauseated.

                I do like her math figures. And I suspect that she doesn't have kids with texture issues or she would change her mind on the "picky" eating. If the mere touch of a food makes a child gag, then it isn't something they are doing on purpose (I say this as a "picky" adult).

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                  On easter, I dont have the book and can't read her article, but I decided last year (my kids are young) to do a child share basket, I think it will continu to be garden stuff, they love the garden and it is the right time. I don't let them have alot of junk (the junk given by gmas is generally eaten by DH and I)

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                    I don't feel so bad now when dh and I eat the kids candy that gramma gives them. The kids are just wired when they eat all of that junk. The grandparents give it to them and then they leave.

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                      Lost soul, I get debt proof living (cheapskate monthly) but i get the newsletter by mail. I know you can get it by going on line. Their number is 1-800-550-3502. I ordered a copy of the book and loaned it a young woman going thru a divorce and financial problems. That has been over a year and she has not brought it back, so I have not gotten to read it. I guess I should get another one. I checked the library for the tightwad gazette and they did have one, but it was not there.

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                        #12
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                        Thanks for the info Ima. I appreciate it and will check it out.

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                          Originally posted by cercis
                          I've been re-reading it too.

                          I just got to the article about picky eating and, of course, it irritated the hell out of me. My mom made me eat those peas every night of my life and now I can't even stand the smell of peas. If I smell them, I need to throw up. I can't even eat at "The Black-eyed Pea" because just the name makes me so nauseated.

                          I do like her math figures. And I suspect that she doesn't have kids with texture issues or she would change her mind on the "picky" eating. If the mere touch of a food makes a child gag, then it isn't something they are doing on purpose (I say this as a "picky" adult).

                          Hi Cercis I agree with you on the texture issues that cause projectile vomiting is best avoided if possible.

                          In my family both adults and children were picky eaters too! Today my son and his wife won’t eat onions or fish still. I eat very different from them as I like exotic fruits that I grow, and lentils and beans along seafood, very spicy foods from many different parts of the world that they will not eat at all.

                          War and Peas Vol 3 (p792 CTG)
                          Theme - food –‘overcoming picky eating’

                          TG – Quote – ‘Picky eating often results from one or all of these parental mistakes.’
                          (in brief)
                          1. The child has not been given enough limits. He dictates what is bought and when and how it served.
                          2. The child ‘s eating has become the entire focus of the meal.
                          3. One or both parents are picky eaters. (In my son’s case it was his grandfather that was the picky eater as he was raised in a four generations household.)

                          My thought on picky eaters.

                          Another problem, I see is ‘brand loyalty’ when you have to buy that ‘brand’ or two different brands for different members in the household. I see this is OK only if that person in question has a special diet issue.

                          I do think, 2 or 3 small to medium mouthful depending on age rule, unless the child has food intolerance to it, is the best method to try first. Another method would be to disguise the food in the dish by blending/ puree or any other method you can think of. Some foods are required taste and need to be induced very slowly.

                          My own required taste of unusual foods came from my mother’s father. As small child, my grandparents would put the food in a small bowl that had my favourite picture of old world horse and cart on it, if I wanted to see the picture then I had to eat the food on top of it. funny what you remember after fifty years.

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                            I think the bowl is cute THe kids have a bird bowl that they do that with, not in response to picky eating, niether is really, but they eat faster to see the picture .

                            I think most issues can be overcome slowly, and I always recall my gagging son on yogurt when I come up with a new food someone doesn't like. He now eats yogurt every night, so I think exposure CAN work, but slow and easy.

                            In my family the GMas know DH and I eat the junk Now if I can only convince the IL that I like DARK chocolate!

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                              #15
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                              Perky, some kids yes. Some kids no. I don't know how I could have been more exposed to peas. And they still make me run to the bathroom just from the scent.

                              My theory on picky eating is to ignore it. I make healthy foods, they eat what they want of it and are perfectly free to not eat anything they don't want to eat. Very little gets thrown away (I dont' make a lot of any one thing) and the kids are fed and healthy (even if DS1 mainly eats peanut butter).

                              I think with many kids making it a focus sets up food aversions that can be extremely difficult to overcome (I have a food aversion to pretzels that came from getting extremely ill after eating the whole bag - even today just thinking about eating them makes me nauseated). My theory is that if a food will taste good to you, the scent of that food will tempt and tantalize you. That's how we found out DS1 liked oats, we cooked them for dh and I and he asked for some because they smelled good.

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