The Ultimate Cheapskate

Jeff Yeager is an AARP savings expert. He spent 24 years managing nonprofit groups before becoming a freelance writer, public speaker and media personality. He wrote "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; connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Frugal

“If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you need.” That sounds like something any one of the hundreds of proud, self-proclaimed “cheapskates” I’ve written about over the years would say. And it is a major tenet of living a frugal, simpler life — one which, I would argue, is ultimately happier, less stressful and more rewarding. How Far Could You Travel with $10,000? Enter our Winter Escapes Sweepstakes now! See official rules But …

Cheapskate Answers to Your Money Questions

When you write about personal finance for a living, lots of folks ask for your advice about their own money issues and problems. That places me in a difficult position because, while I’d like to help, in many cases there are just too many variables when it comes to offering good financial advice to people I barely know. And then there’s the “How dare you!” factor. That’s especially common when you primarily give advice about the spending side of people’s finances, …

Upcycling: Everything Old Is New Again

I always find it interesting when something that’s been around for generations is rediscovered and gains new levels of popularity simply because it has a new name. That’s the case with “upcycling.” It’s the practice of taking would-be throwaway items and, rather than just recycling them back into raw materials, transforming them into something new and different, something more “upscale” than the original. As far as I can tell, the word “upcycle” was coined only about 20 years ago (apparently in Germany), …

End the Year With These Fabulous Freebies

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 …

How to Be a Charitable Cheapskate

It’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

Renting 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 …