Dready*mama--I used to read the old ones at the library every month. lol But a friend of mine has every single one and i reread hers. Plus I have the books. My friends have no debt but mortgage, and bought a house with a low mortgage. She's the one who is most inspiring to me. And she has a nice life, even. lol With ideas from TG they were able to have her dh quit the job he hated and focus on his music carreer, which is turning out to be an excellent career! She went down to working only enough hours to keep their insurance. When he is at work, she has the children, when she is at work, he has them. And because he is in music and works some nights, they are mostly together during the day with their children. Very cool.
The new newsletter was only a yearly family update, with no frugal thoughts. She used to send it out after the first of the year for $1. However, I have not seen a 'new' one in about 2 years. I don't know what happened. Maybe she just stopped feeling she needed to update. I think I read somehwhere that she did it because people kept bugging her to write more books, and wondered what happened to her kids. I guess some people wanted to know whether her children would grow up ok even though they wore hand-me-downs and ate homecooked food from scratch. :LOL
I remember she always got reamed whenever she was getting interviewed on TV (in the Reagan/Dallas/ Falcon Crest BUY CRAP 80's) for 'abusing' her kids by not buying them the latest and the greatest junk. I remember when i was in college, she was on Donahue one day (old show like Oprah with questions from the audience). Half the show was people being nasty to her because she let her kids wear hand-me-down shoes. People went nuts about that! They also said her children needed new clothes or they would not be popular at school.
She barely got to talk about saving money, the audience was so stupid. The show was a circus & I thought the audeince was so ignorant, and i was just a crazy spendthrift college student with no interest in frugality at that point.
From the moment of the first newsletter, people have either loved or hated it. Some think it's too extreme. (some of the extreme stuff she came out against in her newsletter, but she printed it because it was a reader's newsletter. She'd say what she thought, but would rpint all kinds of ideas from all kinds of people. I think a lot of readers don't know that, so they think she's the one saving miles of rubber bands) Others, like you & me, think Amy has her head screwed on totally straight. I used to enjoy how smart and together she sounded. So condfident without being snotty. She knew what she wanted from the beginning, and that was financial freedom, which to her symbolized more than a bank account number. I think the main reason my dh and i didn't go into crazy dept and have car payments is because I saw Amy that day on Donahue (quite by accident) years before I even got married.
Anyway- i have not seen a newsletter in awhile, like I said. It was just a basic run down of their lives, what they were doing, what the kids were doing, how she met a great friend online etc. (She finally got internet access sometime in '98 or something). lol