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A little bit of this, a little bit of that

First, a quick reader question:

Do you still make homemade bread?


Yes, but not nearly as much as I used to! Largely that’s because I am only feeding Zoe and me now.

But I do still sometimes make things like honey-glazed rolls or cinnamon bread. And just this past weekend, I made some overnight cinnamon rolls for us.

potato cinnamon rolls


Interestingly, I make homemade yogurt and homemade granola way more regularly. Those things are easy to store on a longer-term basis, so they feel more practical with just two people.

Homemade bread can work for two people, but you have to be really careful to divvy it up and freeze it so it doesn’t go stale or moldy, and so I guess it just feels like a little more of a headache than yogurt and granola.

An Amy Dacyzyn connection

copy of Tightwad Gazette book on a table.

After I published the first post about the Tightwad Gazette, I got this comment from Debra:

The stolen soapbox speech was a sermon my Dad gave at the Leeds Community Church oh so many years ago. Amy was our neighbor, my Mom babysat ALL her kids. I remember the night she came by after dinner to sit and talk with my Dad about an idea she had. She started out with, “this is a crazy idea what do you think?” and the Tightwad Gazette was born! I spent many hours with other neighbors and members of our church opening mail. We went from a couple of trays to DOZENS following her appearances on The Home Show and of course Donahue! With every new subscription, we put a pin on map, we had to get a bigger map when she started with some international subscriptions. I also spent many hours stapling and addressing said newsletters. It’s so wonderful to see the ideas presented back then being relevant today. The soapbox speech was just a tiny bit of my Dad’s wisdom that he imparted upon us and our community. I’m touched that his words continue to touch others today <3

Oddly, she just randomly googled to try to find her dad’s sermon, and she happened to do it just a few days after I posted. What were the odds?

Read the Tightwad Gazette for free

If you want to follow along with us (we’re doing the “winter” section from the first book next Wednesday), try these sources that readers shared:

Volume I:
Volume II:
Volume III:

Here’s another option:

Also, eBay usually has copies for pretty cheap. And you could try your library as well!

Save money for what’s important to YOU

I was listening to a podcast about time this last week, and the host was saying it’s important to save time for what is important to you in particular. Priorities vary from person to person, so to make time management work for you, this needs to be a personalized effort.

Ikea clock

Save time in some areas so that you have it to spend in others.

And of course, the same is true when it comes to money. The point of saving money is so that you can spend it on what matters to you.

So, you need to figure out what that is. Otherwise, your money-saving efforts will feel a little bit aimless and unrewarding.

(It is necessary to point out that in some cases, we are so time-poor or money-poor that our efforts will, at best, just keep us afloat. Only when we get past that survival state will we have the freedom to think in terms of prioritization and goals.)

And now I’m off to do more online training for my new job. 😉

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Thursday 20th of June 2024

The Tightwad Gazette made a huge difference in my life. I made it into all three volumes of the book with ideas I sent in. So grateful to learn, and know we were no alone in the desire to live within our means. Still an Amy D fan girl.

Gerhart L

Thursday 20th of June 2024

Re. the Tightwad Gazette, ThriftBooks has used copies of the single editions and the compilation of the three… real easy to sign up weary payment and reliable shipping. If out of stock you can request to be notified when available.


Wednesday 19th of June 2024

I got my copy of TWG two days ago and haven't opened it yet. It was just under ten bucks on eBay. Looking forward to reading it for the first time. I used to cook a lot more than I do. At this point in life, I look for quick but tasty recipes because my tastes range from a bit of the gourmet to comfort food. Plus, I have to be conscientious of eating to not flare up esophageal reflux which has gone so far as to injure my hearing. My sister put together our family's recipes, that mostly our Dad made. It is called Hopsing's Cookbook, because he could do a good imitation of Hopsing's walk (from Bonanza) and had the spirited attitude that Hopsing had. Dad was a farmer and wore overalls and a white t-shirt most of the time, 5'8" with no hair on the top of his head and wore slippers with the the heels smashed down, shuffling on the tile floor. He was somewhat overweight, but worked hard. He was popular in the country neighborhood for his blackberry cobbler and cookies. He could also make a mean carrot cake and some casseroles were his specialty. One time when I was there to mess with my horse, he served a BIG pan of "shoepeg corn casserole." I took a big serving even though I'd never eaten it before and was smitten with the first bite. I took a second serving and commented "I'll help you eat this big casserole." He looked at me and said "Your Mom and I don't have any trouble eating THIS casserole." I asked Mom for the recipe and it is the last recipe she wrote out for me. It's always nice to see her beautiful cursive hand writing when I pull it out.

Anita Isaac

Wednesday 19th of June 2024

what a blessing to hear from someone connected to amy. i remember lopokiing forward to the newsletter as much as i look forward to our blog. i gave my tightwad book copy to our nanny. but i look forward to you latest info from a classic.


Wednesday 19th of June 2024

When I make bread, I make 6 loaves at a time because we are in the "go through at least 2 loaves a week" stage with our 3 young children. It takes all day to do it (old family recipe without measurements), so I do freeze some. Lately it does seem like I'm baking it quite often, though.

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