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The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less Paperback – December 26, 2007
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Departing from the get rich mantra of many personal finance books, Yeager, once dubbed the Ultimate Cheapskate by NBC's Today Show, instead advises readers to shift their priorities and live well on less in this sensible guide to frugal living. Yeager himself retired from a career as a nonprofit executive at age 46 by saving on expenses large (he and his wife renovated their home themselves and exercise and eat well to cut down on medical costs) and small (he soft-boils his eggs in the dishwasher during the wash cycle). Embedded in the sometimes juvenile humor and aw-shucks prose are some original ideas for conserving cash, such as trying a fiscal fast—going a full week or more without spending any money. Most of all, he urges readers to free themselves from the Money Step, the endless dance of having to earn more in order to spend more. By emphasizing the virtues and satisfactions of living cheaply, Yeager convincingly makes the case that frugality can free more time and cash for life's true pleasures—a passion-filled career, hobbies and giving back to one's loved ones and community. (Jan.)
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"A compelling—and highly entertaining—look at improving both the quality of our lives and the health of our planet by consuming wisely and laughing out loud."
—Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club
"People today think frugality is no fun. Jeff puts the lie to it. I recognize in him my own delight at concocting high joy, low cost solutions to life's challenges. Less doesn't mean deprivation--it means less stress, commuting, illness, loneliness and the other ills of our 'more is better' and 'it's never enough' culture. Enjoy!"
--Vicki Robin, co-author of the classic betseller,Your Money or Your Life
"Jeff Yeager's Ultimate Cheapskate book will not only save you a bunch of money, it'll put a smile on your face while you're doing it. Finally, there's no need to be afraid to face your finances. Jeff explains things in clear, easy-to-understand language all the while showing you how to get the last laugh on your money."
--Gary Foreman, Publisher, The Dollar Stretcher, www.stretcher.com
"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
"I've read and reviewed dozens of personal finance books. This is the first one that is truly funny throughout. And Yeager's advice is solid, too!"
--J.D. Roth, GetRichSlowly, www.getrichslowly.org
“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
"The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches, by Jeff Yeager, has landed a vaunted place next to my economic bibles, Your Money or Your Life and the Tightwad Gazette trilogy. Yeager -- between jokes -- advises readers to find financial security the old-fashioned way, by spending less than they make."
-Liz Soares, The Morning Sentinel
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Jeff Yeager shines a bright light on our consumer driven culture. We are each handed a mirror to see clearly where changes need to take place.
When do you have enough? Is the question he asks of us and, encourages us to come up with our own answer.
Jeff shares a story from his youth of being snowed in from a surprise blizzard. His family being without power and, running water for five days. During that time he and his family experienced what the American family has lost, time. Time to really be present in the moment with each other.
He allows us to see that buying more stuff is ultimately the equivalent,of selling our time.
Jeff offers many ideas on how to break the vicious cycle, which he appropiately calls the "Money Step." Jeff shares with us that when you learn to take control of your "Enoughasaurus," (His affectionate name for the consumer beast that lives within each of our hearts.); you will no longer need to dance, every dance. Taming the beast within will not only save you money; more importantly your time and, our planet.
Jeff shares his personal financial portfolio and discusses how much money is enough for him and his wife.
Jeff assures us that he doesn't expect us to embrace his every thought and action. He states ".........even if you take only a small part of my advise or do a half-assed job of it, you'll still come out ahead."
I recommend this book to anyone who would like to change their mindset on spending and, have more time to do the things that really matter. After all if we change our mindset we will literally, "Keep the Change!"
I've read many financial books, but this is the easiest, funniest, and most well-written. Just spend less! After 4 weeks on our debt diet, we no longer feel the urge to spend like we did before. Another favorite of mine is The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets. Once you have extra money to invest, it is the simplest method to grow your wealth.
Good for entertainment or if you don't realize a bike is cheaper to own than your car.