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Praise for How To Retire the Cheapskate Way
 
“On paper, it might seem a difficult task: Retire on the cheap while enjoying the standard of living to which you are accustomed or you desire.  But Jeff Yeager reports that it’s really possible.” The Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch
 
“If you think you can’t possibly pare even a penny from your budget, you’re not thinking like Jeff Yeager. [The] ‘Ultimate Cheapskate’ reveals his tips for finding big savings…  Behold the World Easiest Retirement-Savings Plan.”AARP The Magazine

"Jeff Yeager knows the secrets to a worry-free retirement, laying out hundreds of surprising ways to get there and unleashing the inner cheapskate in us all!"—Jean Chatzky, bestselling author and financial expert
 
"Jeff is the consummate troubador for our clan, offering high-joy, low-cost solutions to life's challenges."—Vicki Robin, co-author of Your Money, Your Life

"Full of practical advice and numerous stories of "cheapskates" who have retired early, this book prompts readers to reexamine how to spend their money.  Believing that it's not how much money you make, but how you spend what you do have that makes the difference between an early retirement, fee of debt, or a later one, full of money woes, the author gives simple and sound advice on how to live frugally."—Kirkus
 
Praise for Jeff Yeager
 
“Whether you are a born penny pincher or merely cheapskate-curious, you're bound to learn something from the Cheapskate Next Door.”
USA Today
 
“Jeff Yeager has been one of our favorite guests over the years, and has turned pinching pennies into an art form.”
—Matt Lauer
 
“Yeager is back with another energetic, likeably eccentric lesson on living happily well below your means. Yeager and his ‘Miser Advisers’ are proof that living more frugally isn’t about sacrificeit’s about making choices every day to live a better, happier, more thoughtful life with less.”
Publishers Weekly

"What do we all want out of life? To enjoy it to the fullest! Jeff Yeager does a great job showing the way to enjoyment is to be free from debt and clutter, and to have a great time while getting there!"
—Janet Luhrs, author of The Simple Living Guide and the Simple Living newsletter, www.simpleliving.com

“Slay your Enoughasaurus and learn to skip the Money Step with help from The Ultimate Cheapskate. Jeff Yeager's edgy humor and surprising insights make this book a very different read than the usual financial tomes. This guy takes thinking outside the box to a new level.”
—Gregory Karp, “Spending Smart” newspaper columnist and author of Living Rich by Spending Smart

“Yeager is back with another energetic, likeably eccentric lesson on living happily well below your means. Yeager and his ‘Miser Advisers’ are proof that living more frugally isn’t about sacrificeit’s about making choices every day to live a better, happier, more thoughtful life with less.”
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

JEFF YEAGER is the author of The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches, The Cheapskate Next Door, and Don't Throw That Away!. He has appeared as a guest correspondent on NBC’s Today Show and Discovery’s Planet Green network. He is also the author of the popular blog The Green Cheapskate, www.TheDailyGreen.com. Visit him at www.UltimateCheapskate.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307956423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307956422
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Yeager (aka "The Ultimate Cheapskate")

JEFF YEAGER spent 24 years working as a CEO and senior executive with national nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC before launching his career in 2004 as an author, public speaker, and media personality.

Specializing in an offbeat blend of original humor and practical advice for living a better life by spending and consuming less, Yeager was dubbed "The Ultimate Cheapskate" by Matt Lauer on the NBC TODAY Show, where he occasionally appears as a guest correspondent. He also hosted a series of segments, $aving Green by Living Green, on G-Word, an environmental news show on Discovery's PLANET GREEN network. Yeager has appeared as a guest on CNN, ABC News, CNBC, FOX News, PBS, and dozens of local TV stations around the country. He is a popular guest on the nationwide talk radio circuit as well, having been interviewed on more than 150 radio stations, including shows broadcast on National Public Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the Oprah & Friends network.

Yeager's first book, The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less, was published by Random House/ Broadway Books in January 2008. Road Map is currently in its sixth reprint and was the #1 Personal Finance book on Amazon.com. His second book, The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily below Their Means, is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2010, also from Random House/Broadway Books. His work is also featured on his website UltimateCheapskate.com, and his popular weekly blog, The Green Cheapskate, is syndicated by Hearst's Daily Green website (www.TheDailyGreen.com) to leading environmental and personal finance sites on the worldwide web.

During his career in the nonprofit sector, Yeager served as the CEO of the American Canoe Association, the oldest recreation-based waterway conservation in the U.S. (founded in 1880) and a National Governing Body of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Previously he served as director of the American Youth Hostels, the U.S. affiliate of the International Youth Hostel Federation. He also served as the director of fundraising for the Partnership for Public Service, a think-tank based in Washington.

In 2004, at the age of 46, Yeager realized something startling. Because of the experience he gained as the self-proclaimed "Titan of Tightwads" in the nonprofit sector and the positive impact those same management techniques had on his personal finances, Yeager realized that he had reduced his dependency on money to the point where he could retire. Or rather, as he likes to say, become "selfishly employed," free to pursue whatever interests he chooses, without inordinate worry over a paycheck.

Since leaving the work-a-day world, Yeager has done just that. As an active volunteer, Yeager serves on the boards of four nonprofit organizations involved in education and the environment. But most of all, Yeager has used his newfound financial freedom to pursue his passion for writing and multi-media journalism.

Jeff currently lives just outside of Washington, DC with Denise, his pooooor wife of 27 years, and his beloved compost pile, Gomer. He grew up in rural Ohio, and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Bowling Green State University. He was a Rhodes Scholar nominee and was voted funniest student in his fourth grade class.

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Media Credits - Jeff Yeager has been feature in and/or written for the following media outlets: NBC Today Show, CNN, FOX News, CNBC, PBS, ABC Evening News, FOX Business, National Public Radio, AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Miami Herald, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Detroit News & Free Press, Houston Chronicle, Reader's Digest, Budget Living, Quick & Simple, Writer's Digest, and Bottom Line Personal.

Award winning short stories by Yeager currently appear in the following books: 2008 Writer's Market (F+W Publications, 2007); Amazing Cat Tales (Linden Hill Publishing, 2006); 2010 Writer's Market (F+W Publications, 2009); Chicken Soup for the Soul (2009). Yeager is also a Contributing Editor for Writer's Digest magazine and a member of the Panel of Experts for Bottom Line Personal.

Jeff Yeager's recent speaking engagements have included the American Association of Retired People (AARP), the Environmental Division of the American Bar Association, the National Student Loan Program, the U.S. Navy (Personal Financial Management Program - Fleet and Family Support Center), and a wide range of other nonprofit, governmental, and corporate groups, as well as colleges and universities.
Contact information for Jeff Yeager: 1611 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607 Ph. 301-292-0811 Email UltCheapskate@aol.com



What I Really Believe:

Living on less is a good thing to do. It's the only financial advice that will work for almost everyone. It's about a quality of life you can not buy, a sense of satisfaction you can not fake, and an appreciation for others that gives life value. It's also about helping to save the planet and sharing with those in need. Living on less can be funny, but it's not a joke.

- Jeff Yeager
The Ultimate Cheapskate
UltimateCheapskate.com

Customer Reviews

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Todd B on September 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
I'm something of a cheapskate, frugal person. Or at least I try to be. However after a while the books become repetitive, repeating the same advice on saving a few dollars a month on food/groceries/etc. I'm not trying to be a jerk by saying that, but there are a handful of big things you can/should do, and that will take care of most of your frugal goals.

The big things to work on are things like
1. Get as debt free as possible (pay off consumer debt, mortgage, car payments, etc) and if possible in your area invest in renewable energy (geothermal, solar, etc) so you won't have as many monthly energy bills. Basically if you can buy something and own it rather than rent/lease it, then go for it.
2. Stay in good health. At least in the US, health care can bankrupt you if you actually need it.
3. Find cheap ways to do things (barter, find services on craigslist instead of the yellow pages, buy items out of season or models being phased out, get really good at comparison shopping, etc).
4. Have no dependents (if possible).
5. Move to a low cost of living area (again, if possible).

If you do those 5 things, that alone will take care of 70-80% of your cheapskate goals IMO. Pretty much everything else is filler.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By catballou on April 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
There's nothing in this book that's a startling new flash of insight, but I think Mr. Yeager does a really nice job of putting it all together in a coherent, thoughtful, straightforward, and easy to read reference. I also enjoyed some of the personal stories, including his own. You have to be a little bit careful reading this book, not everyone's capable or willing to go to some of what most people would say are extremes here. I like what another reviewer was saying, this is a realistic book about money, but it's one thing to achieve a financial comfort level, it's another to pay a price that robs you of enjoying the journey. If chopping wood for heat and reading by television and living in a tiny place make you happy while you're creating a 4.5 million estate that you give to charity, that's great, but don't make me feel bad because I happen to like living a little more in the here and now. Did this woman ever see a broadway show, or take one great vacation, or do one of a thousand things that could have brought her great joy while she was alive? I think there could have been more of a discussion about the sacrifices involved and how it affected these people and their families, relatives, etc. (Sarah, the Smiths are coming over tonight. I hope they don't bring that roadkill ratatouille they made last time, gave me ptomaine . . . ). Overall, I got the sense that the people described are doing what they do from choice, or necessity that becomes a choice. Definitely a great resource book for finding your own bliss.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2013
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The key is about how you spend your money rather than investment schemes, as outlined in the first pages of the book. I feel that my father could have written this book because as a man who lived through the 1930s, he used many of the same methods used in this book to live comfortably. He and my mom retired after long careers at a large manufacturing company (so-so wages and small pensions) in their new dream home and traveled all the time. They drove new cars with no car payments. They made wise choices at every level. They taught by living the example. My father was not a savvy investor in the stock market. He directed that money into his own wise choices that worked for him and my mom. They were frugal - but they lived exactly how they wanted to live.
As our society gets dictation from "experts" and investment counselors, what you don't hear or read about is using common sense. Don't spend money you don't have. Live below your means. Stay away from using credit. Choose your mate wisely.
A good, easy read. Lots of common sense advice, especially for those of us looking for other information your investment adviser
probably won't tell you.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By vsp on May 23, 2013
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This book is more for people in their 20's or 30's just starting to think about retiring in the future, not for people who are close to retiring and looking for helpful hints to get ready for retiring.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Reader on February 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I've read Yeager's other Cheapskate books, and was looking forward to reading this one. I heard the "Million Dollar Mantra" from the Financial Planner my company brought in to talk to us about planning for retirement. Most everyone at my workplace panicked; I just laughed--I didn't believe you actually had to have a million bucks before you retired. It all depends on what you want to DO in retirement,and whether you have spent all your money in advance on "toys" for yourself.

I found the chapter on medicare and health insurance most helpful. Also the chapter on wills, living wills, and power of attorney.

As I'm considering retiring in the next 5 years or so, this book gave me a lot to think about. I did the math recently, and I'm looking forward to doing what I most love about my job in retirement--just without the Powers That Be (and their egos) interfering all the time. Oh, and I DON'T (and WON'T) have a million dollars saved (lol) but WILL have enough to be happy. What's the difference? Knowing the distinction between "need" and "want", and knowing when "enough" is, quite simply, enough.

Thanks Jeff, for a great book!
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