#TBT: Interview with ‘The Frugal Zealot’

money saveIt’s Throwback Thursday and I’m heading back to one of my favorite interviews ever – Amy Dacyczyn, creator of The Tightwad Gazette.

I still remember the day I interviewed her. I was so nervous my voice was shaking and my mouth bone dry.

This woman has been on national television and was my personal hero. I had read her books so many times the covers were falling off.

We did the interview by phone. She was so relaxed and comfortable she soon set me at ease. While we chatted she was canning green beans from her garden. She inspired me to be the kind of person who doesn’t waste, even if I have the means. I would jump at the chance to interview her again.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview, originally done for militarylife.com in 2001, then reprinted in The Dollar Stretcher and then here on my blog in May 13, 2011.

The results of Amy’s extreme cash saving practices were extremely rewarding. In seven short years on Jim’s $30,000 income, the Dacyczyns saved a whopping $49,000. During that time, another $38,000 went to major purchases such as cars, furnishings and appliances. Free from debt, they were able to fulfill their dreams, and in 1989, they bought a beautiful pre-1900 New England style farmhouse with attached barn.

Read the entire post here.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit SpaceandTime.net
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