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Jeff Yeager

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Jeff Yeager is AARP's resident Savings Expert and host of the AARP Savings Challenge. He spent 24 years managing national nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C., before launching his current career as a freelance writer, public speaker, and media personality in 2004. Jeff is the author of, "Don't Throw That Away!", "The Cheapskate Next Door" and "The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches." His website is www.UltimateCheapskate.com, and you can connect with Jeff Yeager on Facebook and Twitter.

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End the Year With These Fabulous Freebies

Posted on 12/23/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsSome 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 …

How to Be a Charitable Cheapskate

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & Savings | VolunteeringIt’s the kind of news story that makes national headlines every year or two: A person of seemingly modest means secretly amasses a small (or not so small) fortune while leading a frugal lifestyle, only to reveal that wealth by giving it all away to charity. The latest jaw-dropper came from 98-year-old Jack MacDonald of Washington state. He died in September and left a surprise fortune of $187.5 million to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of Washington School of …

Check Out These Money-Saving Rental Car Tips

Posted on 12/9/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsRenting a car during the holiday season may come with more fees than you bargained for. Municipal fees, airport surcharges and other unexpected costs could ultimately jack up the price from what seemed like a good deal. For starters, plan ahead and know what extras you want and don’t want (you might hear pitches for emergency roadside assistance or supplemental liability insurance), so you’re not feeling pressured to make decisions at the rental car counter. Here are some other tips for keeping …

Black Friday Trends and Tips

Posted on 11/25/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsBlack Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, seems to be starting earlier every year. First we saw stores opening to hordes of shoppers at 4 a.m. Friday, then at 3 a.m., a few years back. Now some big-box retailers aren’t even waiting that long. They’re opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day this year, hoping families will eat and run to the nearest mall. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter So what …

5 Tips to Curb Holiday Travel Costs

Posted on 11/18/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsHoliday travel these days is a Santa-sized hassle and it can be a real budget buster as well. To curb your travel expenses, consider these tips: Leave your wheels parked at home. Since most rental cars nowadays come with competitive rates and unlimited free miles, it may pay to rent a car — and prolong the life expectancy of your own wheels. You might also be able to save on gas costs by renting a more fuel efficient car than …

Holiday Shopping: Will You Spend Less?

Posted on 11/12/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsThis could very well be the year when the Grinch steals Christmas, at least in terms of the gift-giving intentions of some adults. According to a new poll from the personal finance website GoBankingRates.com, 40 percent of some 1,500 survey respondents say they won’t be buying any holiday gifts this year. Blame the economy and the shaky finances of many Americans. The holidays only add to their stress and here’s why: 63 percent of those polled admit they haven’t set …