I’ve often wondered why, in our current tough economy, I don’t hear about The Tightwad Gazette, a series of newsletters and books from the 1990s, published by Amy Dacyczyn of Maine, aka The Frugal Zealot.
The books are compiled from the newsletters, which were printed and mailed in the days before the Internet. I was a subscriber, and I have the compilations in two volumes.
Changes in technology. Maybe that’s one reason we don’t hear more about the Gazette. Quite a few of the specific tips are outdated, though certainly not all. It has been a long time since I was concerned about re-inking a typewriter ribbon, or calculating the individual cost of a long-distance telephone call.
Absorbed the wisdom. I can see that. I’ve done a fair lot of it myself, as it applies to my situation, including changes over time.
A frugal lifestyle. Maybe it’s not so “alternative” after more than 20 years. There have been a lot of tough years between then and now.