Embracing Thrift and Tightwaddery

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General Resources

The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. This should be available in your local library. Back in 1999, I borrowed it three separate times before purchasing.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. Also available from the library in not only the physical book but possibly audio too. Check your local library for options. Many churches hold Financial Peace conferences. Be sure to check Dave’s website for getting started info. The basics are available for free.



When you’re building a budget, there are four things you must include:

  • Food
  • Utilities
  • Shelter
  • Transportation

Making sure your family has food in their bellies is priority number 1.

Meal Plans

Making a meal plan will help you make the most of your food dollars. Here’s an old article on how I meal plan.
Also read How to Meal Plan and Make it Work from Don’t Waste the Crumbs.

Check out my meal plans. Focus especially on the older ones (they go back to 2009) when money my money was super tight. Also, check the May 2020 meal ideas with lots of resources.


General Frugality

The Prudent Homemaker Frugal Accomplishments. Posts on how one family saved money. Be sure to read the comments for additional tips.



Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at MillieCopper.com.

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