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Become a Tightwad

July 12, 2012

Saving money is something everyone has an interest in. Those who have money want to save to make the most of what they have…as do those who don’t have as much. Common ground! Many who find themselves with reduced funds don’t know where to start.

Perhaps you weeded out the extra coffee and other expenses. That saved enough to pay part of the power bill or get groceries for a week. You’ve cut back on eating out which saves money. You’re more aware of leaving lights on and other ‘wasted money.’ But you’re looking to do better.

As popular as it is, many have never heard of the Tightwad Gazette website or blog, or the books! Saving pennies adds up. As mentioned in “Getting By: Lessons From a Rural Past”, I once worked for someone who often said “watch your pennies and you’ll never have to worry about your dollars.” His obituary was covered by the New York Times, and he turned a neighborhood enterprise in San Francisco, the Golden Grain Macaroni Company, into an international food conglomerate that produced one of the first convenience foods, Rice-a-Roni. In 1960 he bought the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company and then Vernell Candy Company 16 years later. In 1986 the entire operations was sold to Quaker Oats. He faced the loss of the base to fire in the Depression, so had a keen view of money.

If that’s what being a ‘tightwad’ can do – watching those pennies! – then can’t we all benefit to do a little more? The Tightwad website has money saving tips, although not everyone will want the products offered.

For example, you might want to make your own Italian Vinaigrette to use on your garden salads. Combine  1/2 cup red wine vinegar, 1 1/2 cups olive oil or vegetable oil (or combination), 2 large cloves garlic (crushed), 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon minced parsley,1 teaspoon dry mustard and 1/2 teaspoon dried basil or oregano – put in a large jar with tight fitting lid and shake well. Much cheaper for a quart than the store bought commercial ones.

This is just a start! Take some time, browse around sites like this and find ways to save money. That frees up money for allowing food choices. Give it a try!

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  1. June 8, 2013 9:02 PM

    Reblogged this on DownTheBackRoad.

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