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.

Cheap Ideas for Family Fun

When you’re a kid, it’s funny how quickly your summer vacation mood turns from “I’m free!” to “I’m bored.” With at least a few weeks remaining before the school bells ring once again – and parents everywhere cheer “We’re free!” – it’s little wonder that July is “Anti-Boredom Month.”  That’s right, the time of year when boredom is so prevalent that we need an official, month-long campaign to combat it. If you have kids or grandchildren to keep amused between …

Cheap Ways to Get Your Grill Fired Up

When I grill a package of reduced-for-quick-sale hamburgers, the last thing I want to taste (or pay for) is lighter fluid. That’s why I start my coals with a chimney starter and a wad of old paper. How much did this fancy lighting method cost?  Zippo. And I’m not referring to the brand of lighter either. Here’s how to make one from repurposed materials: Start by locating a large tin can. I used an old-fashioned coffee container, but a large …

5 Things That Will Cost More This Summer

There are plenty of good deals to keep an eye open for this summer, including some of the best prices of the year on everything from jewelry and computers, to ketchup and mustard. See also: Try our Summertime Savings Quiz! But be forewarned that some things will likely cost you more this summer, so adjust your household budgets accordingly. Here’s what to expect: Gasoline: Traditionally gas prices spike during the summer, in part because in certain areas the blend of gasoline …

Cheap Fun With Upcycling

This week’s episode of “The Cheap Life” is full of ideas on how to “upcycle” or reuse some items around your house like redecorating a brick with pottery or glass pieces or how to spruce up a table lamp. Think you have the craftiest upcycling project? Share it with us in the comments section below the YouTube video for a chance to win a $50 gift card!  

Celebrate “National Splurge Day” the Cheapskate Way

Did you know that June 18 is National Splurge Day? I kid you not. It’s the one day of the year when it’s officially OK to pull out all the stops and indulge yourself, assuming that that’s not already your standard operating procedure when it comes to spending money the other 364 days of the year. See also: Tips for cheap summertime fun As America’s Cheapest Man, I’m sometimes asked if I ever splurge and buy something. In fact, I’ve been …

Tips for Cheap Summertime Fun

Ready for summer fun? Cheap Life host Jeff Yeager shares his tips for frugal summer entertainment if you like to take in baseball, theme parks or a swim at the beach. Be sure to enter your your favorite free summer activity at the bottom of the video for a chance to win a $50 gift card.   Also of Interest 5 Frugal Lessons from My Father How to Have a Successful Yard Sale Join AARP: Savings, resources and news for your well-being …