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Jeff Yeager

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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.

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Stoke the Flames With These Fireplace Tips

Posted on 11/4/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsIn many parts of the country, it’s time to stoke up the fireplace or woodstove for a little extra heat. Here are some hearth-warming tips to keep in mind: Heating With Wood Can Save: According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, burning one cord of wood generates the heat equivalent of  200 gallons to 250 gallons of fuel oil. Based on our most recent fuel oil bills and the cost of a cord of wood from a firewood supplier, that much …

Programmable Thermostats: Savings or Not?

Posted on 10/28/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsA couple of years ago I wrote an article for AARP about simple ways to reduce the cost of heating your home. After reading it, my wife promptly added a number of the energy-saving tips I’d suggested to my “honey-do” list, including installing three programmable thermostats around our house. The good news was that the new thermostats were inexpensive and easy to install. We found a three-pack on sale at a home improvement center for  $70, and, much to my …

Solar Panels: Rent, Buy or Skip?

Posted on 10/21/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWhether you’re concerned about saving the environment or just interested in saving yourself a few bucks, equipping your house with a solar energy system is an interesting, albeit rather complicated, proposition to consider. The cost of installing a residential solar system has fallen dramatically over the years. Now a number of companies have started programs to lease, instead of sell, solar energy equipment to homeowners, some in partnership with home improvement centers including Lowes and Home Depot. Sign up for …

Catch Your Storm-Water Rebate

Posted on 10/14/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsRarely does a piece of mail from our local county government contain good news. It’s typically a property tax bill or a notice that our trash-collection fees are going up again. But the other day I received news from the county and it made my inner cheapskate sit up and take notice. Like an increasing number of counties and municipalities across the country, our county has initiated a Rain Check Rebate Program, designed to encourage property owners to take steps …

Food for Thought: Ways to Curb Lunchtime Spending

Posted on 10/8/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsPlanning to have lunch out with your coworkers? Chew on this: A poll of 1,005 adults found that, on average, we eat lunch at restaurants nearly twice a week at about $10 a pop — or about $936 annually, according to Visa. (And that doesn’t even include coffee-to-go and carryout.) If you were to save that $936 per year and invest it at a 5 percent annual rate of return, over the course of 30 years you’d have an extra …

Try On These Clothing Storage Tips

Posted on 09/30/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsFunny, I don’t recall that sweater being monogrammed. That’s what I thought last fall when I unpacked a box of cold-weather clothing that I’d stowed away in the attic the previous spring.  Sure enough, my favorite blue sweater wasn’t monogrammed, though moths had done a pretty good job of carving out something that looked like my initials. Improperly storing clothing between seasons can actually be tougher on garments than daily wear and tear. And since the average American household spends about …