The Tightwad Gazette Makes Being Thrifty Less Uncool

The Tightwad Gazette’s tagline states it best: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle. What started out as a newsletter turned into a three-book series loaded with author and user generated ideas to save money by consuming less and reusing more; kind of like extreme Jubbling only organized and successful.

The Tightwad GazetteThe Tightwad Gazette is the brainchild of Amy Dacyczyn who in 1990 had the idea of sharing the art of “tightwaddery” in her effort to start a home based business. At its peak, The Tightwad Gazette had nearly 100,000 subscribers all searching for tips on how to save while submitting their own ideas for future issues of the newsletter that could also end up in the TG books. After her 3rd book in 1996, The Tightwad Gazette III, Amy decided to close down her successful franchise in order to spend more time with her family. After all, she was never in it for the money or the material goods that came with prolonged success; Amy’s motivation was the luxury of freedom from a job.

Here are just a few Jubbling examples from her book, The Tightwad Gazette III:

  1. The Advantages Of Buying Used – Sometimes, buying used things is better for the environment. A friend bought a like-new LL Bean jacket ($67 value) at a yard sale for $1. Not only did he get a great deal but he also took away the need to produce a new coat from virgin materials.

  2. Make Charcoal Last Longer – After grilling, spray the coals with water and leave them in the grill. By the next time of use, they have dried and are ready to use again.

  3. From Chips To Strips – Recycle Mylar popcorn and potato chip bags into ribbon for wrapping and decorating packages. Wipe the inside of the bag down and then cut a long strip from it by spiraling around the bag. Now you have a curling ribbon like one you would normally purchase.

Jubbling will not stump for tip #3 unless you are big into pork rinds… or if the gift you are wrapping is pork rinds.

All in all, The Tightwad Gazette is timeless and full of great ideas that you can incorporate into your daily life… or not. And the best part is that the book takes a very humble approach to pitching these ideas. The Tightwad Gazette can be purchased as new or USED through What better way to pay homage to the mission than by purchasing used copies of The Tightwad Gazette. It’s what Amy Dacyczyn would do.