Meet the tightwad in chief

Meet the tightwad in chief

The U.S. economy, alas, still sucks. Unemployment rates are not going down.

The recession, like an unwanted guest, is still lurking, apparently determined to stick around for a while.

Most of us have had to change our ways, cut back and live more frugally. And we must continue to nurture our inner cheapskate and spend less on a daily basis.

So I’m Lyndall Hobbs, the Tightwad Tipster, and I’m here to help you all trim your spending even more.

I’m a veteran TV reporter who’s worked on both sides of The Pond. Been up … been down … been around, but through it all I’ve managed to keep things stylish — ridiculously cheap and cheerful!

That’s me in the photo above, with my daughter Lola, another bargain hunter. (Read more about Lyndall.)

A few years ago, I noticed that friends were proudly exchanging tightwad tips. I decided to make it my mission to collect those cheapskate ideas and seek out others.

I’m making recession-busting videos (see bottom of page), and writing about what I’ve learned here on

Embarrassed by living a mark-down lifestyle? Guess what. Even rich folk and highly paid celebrities, fashion editors, directors and writers have embraced this new downsized way of life. Everyone has something to offer.

Living here in Los Angeles, I’ve become friends with quite a few celebrities, and some of them are good enough to help out on this cost-cutting mission. You’ll see them in my Tightwad Tips videos and read about them here on the site.

We want to hear your ideas, too. Please join the Tightwad community by using the comment boxes at the bottom of every post. You can get the latest Tightwad posts sent to you via email; just sign up using the box at the top right of the home page.

I’m also working Twitter, of course, putting up great money-saving ideas as I get them.


  1. Brooke Adams says:

    I love all your tips. They can really help.

  2. Amanda says:

    I CAN NOT find any cheap shoes that are good. Every time I think I am getting a bargain the shoes fall apart in a week and I end up spending more money getting new ones or trying to get them fixed. Any ideas about where to find bargains in the shoe department?

    • ellen sherman says:

      I love the’s very helpful although here in NYC?Manhattan one must look far and wide…not sure about slicing open the toothpaste but all the other tips are great!

    • Foxy Piggy Bank says:

      The very best way I know to get well made shoes on the cheap is to wait until shoes are 60% off at your favorite department store. That means shopping just after Labor Day, July 4th or the new year. I say AFTER because on those traditional sale days – items will be marked at 20-40% off but after that – they drop to 50 – 60% off.

    • Kathryn says:

      The advice about waiting for sales is good. If you happen to live near a high-end outlet store or mall, even better (maybe). But really, shoes are worth spending money on, if you have it to spend. I wear thrift-shop and other cheap clothing, but I buy high-end walking shoes once a year. I pay full price because they don’t go on sale, and there’s no outlet nearby, but they’re worth every penny. I don’t own a car, so walking is one of my main means of transportation. And they’re cheaper than new tires. On the other hand, I tend to scrimp on dress shoes because I usually wear them indoors only, and only for short periods of time.

  3. Louise says:

    Let’s face it — we ALL love a bargain, and we ALL feel good when we’ve saved some money. Excess is Out! Keep the Tightwad Tips coming!

  4. DrFrann says:

    Smart website! Intelligent spending! Conspicuous consumption is out, smart spending is in! Thanx…

  5. Dee says:

    I find designer clothes for my teenager at Goodwill. I go in there a lot. Sometimes there’s nothing. Other times I score big. Two days ago I found my son a beautiful grey sweater from Perry Ellis, for $4. I found a beautiful snowglobe from Restoration Hardware, looks brand new, for $5. I paid $20 for my daughter’s prom dress from there a few years ago. Go to Goodwill stores near expensive neighborhoods. You’ll find tons of stuff there for next to nothing. [I share my triumphs over at my blog The Crab Chronicles, BTW.]

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