On Sale: December 26, 2012

Unlike most retirement planning and lifestyle books that focus on investing – or at the other end of the spectrum, on how to get the senior discount on a Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny’s –  this new book from Jeff Yeager, America’s favorite cheapskate,  makes the compelling case that you can have a joyous, worry-free retirement by merely spending smart and focusing on what you truly want and expect out of retirement. 

Combining Yeager’s loveable humor and offbeat anecdotes that have garnered him an ever-growing fan base, How to Retire the Cheapskate Way shares with readers hundreds of retirement secrets and tips.

How to Retire the Cheapskate Way shares with readers hundreds of retirement secrets and tips, including:

·How to Simple-size Your Way to  a Better Retirement

·The 20 Secret Cheapskate Principles for Retiring Comfortably on Less...Maybe Even on Social Security Alone

·How to Survive the Medical Maelstrom (without resorting to DIY surgery at home)

·Plus Dozens of Fun Ways to Both Earn a Little Extra Income During Retirement and Painlessly Cut Your Expenses

Yeager, who serves as the official “Savings Expert” for AARP and its 40+ million members, weaves together both everyday practical tips and life-changing financial strategies with the real life stories of frugal retirees  as well as people of all ages who are working toward a better, earlier, happier retirement The Cheapskate Way.

Jeff Yeager, dubbed "The Ultimate Cheapskate" by Matt Lauer on NBC's Today show, is a very cheap guy. He re-cants, as opposed to decants, the wine he proudly serves his dinner guests, funneling cheap box wine into premium-label bottles. He believes you should never spend more than per pound on food items. And to save time and energy costs, he soft-boils his morning eggs along with the dirty dishes in the dishwasher.

"[Jeff Yeager] ...proves once and for all that living happily within your means is possible at practically any income."
—David Bach, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late, Finish Rich

"Jeff Yeager has a way of unleashing the inner cheapskate in us all!"
—Jean Chatzky, Bestselling Author and Financial Expert

"If you don't save ten times the amount you spend on this book, you probably didn't read it."
—Vicki Robin, Author of Your Money or Your Life

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Jeff Yeager and writer Adam Lucas have finally emerged from sequestration in the cheapskate testing laboratory with the The Bodacious Retirement Budgetary Worksheet.

Jeff Yeager's new book is an eBook-only release entitled "Don't Throw That Away" is all about creative ways to reuse stuff rather than just trashing it, saving you money and helping to save the environment at the same time. And it talks about how to repurpose just about anything, from "Airsickness Bags" to "Zippers," according to the Index in the book. In addition to tons of practical tips, it also talks about the environmental impact of our throwaway society.

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He's at it again, but this time he's not alone. America's Ultimate Cheapskate is back with all new secrets for how to live happily below your means, á la cheapskate. For The Cheapskate Next Door, Jeff Yeager tapped his bargain-basement-brain-trust, hitting the road to interview and survey hundreds of his fellow cheapskates to divulge their secrets for living the good life on less.

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End the Year With These Fabulous Freebies
Monday, 23 December 2013 17:27:43 +0000 http://blog.aarp.org/?p=57764

Some fabulous freebies to end the year with and ring in 2014:

Free Video From Santa: Hurry! Time is running out to send the kids a personalized video from Santa  via this website. If’ you’ve already sent out your Christmas cards, remember it for next year.

Free 2014 Calendar: Click on the link for these  free, downloadable calendars. You can customize them to meet your needs and track your schedule. Free Financial Planning Tools: Several websites like Mint, Bankrate and  AARP  offer free calculators to help get your financial house in order. These tools can  help you track your expenses, set up a household budget, save for retirement and more. Free Yoga Instruction: Yoga is good for the mind, body and soul — a great New Year’s resolution. This website features instructional videos and lets you join free online yoga studios to follow the instructors and programs that you like the most.

>>  Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter

Free Home Inventory Software: Decluttering your home and getting your affairs in order are common New Year’s resolutions.  Software sponsored by the Insurance Information Institute makes inventorying your household belongings easy and fun. Free Home Energy Savings Calculator: Reduce your winter heating and summer cooling costs with the help of this  “Home Energy Saver” tool developed by the U.S. Department of Energy. Free Coffee Samples: Staying up late on New Year’s Eve, or having trouble waking up the next morning? For java junkies, Coffee Fair lists sample offers and coffee-related promotional paraphernalia. Also, if you join the mailing lists of Starbucks, Dunkin’  Donuts or Caribou Coffee, you’ll get an email for a free beverage on your birthday. Free Income Tax Software: There are a number of  options available for filing your income taxes. This website provides a good overview of free and low-cost tax software, depending on your needs. If your income qualifies, you can also get free tax preparation software from  IRS Free File. Free Calorie Counter: There are plenty of calorie calculators available to help you keep your New Year’s resolution to take off a few pounds. I like the one on My Fitness Pal  because of the other information and tools on the site, including an active community message board, a sort of “virtual weight loss support group.”

>> Get discounts on financial products and services with your AARP Member Advantages.


Also of Interest


See the  AARP home page  for deals, savings tips, trivia and more

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Make Your Own Mulch
Monday, September 1, 2014

You can make your own mulch by shredding, crushing, chopping and/or decaying organic matter such as leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, paper, and tree limbs, branches and twigs. As opposed to compost, mulch is not as far along in the decomposition process, and it's intended to lie on top of the soil, whereas compost is mixed into and becomes the soil. Mulch inhibits weed growth and helps retain moisture so you can water your garden less.

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