How to Retire the Cheapskate Way

Jeff Yeager – aka “the Ultimate Cheapskate” – is AARP’s savings expert and host of the weekly Web show The Cheap Life, produced by AARP and airing on YouTube. He’s also the author of four popular books about frugal living, including his most recent, How to Retire the Cheapskate Way. Jeff will be a guest on AARP Live on Thursday, June 19, so we sat down with him in advance to chat about retirement planning and living, cheapskate-style. What does it mean …

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 …

Get Cooking With a DIY Solar Oven

With plenty of sunny days still ahead – but with summer vacation nearing its sunset for kids and grandkids – here’s a fun, inexpensive and educational project to do with the young people in your life during the dog days of summer.  Build a simple solar oven (aka a “solar cooker”) from repurposed household items. It will not only amaze and amuse kids of all ages, but it really works. And it will save you money and keep the heat out …

Cheap Tips for the Outdoors

With summer nearly half over, your outdoor living areas and accessories probably need some halftime sprucing up. Here are some inexpensive ways to refresh your patio and deck areas so that you can really enjoy the final weeks of summer. Homemade outdoor furniture cleaner: Are your lawn chairs looking a bit begrimed? Plastic and vinyl outdoor furniture can be cleaned by wiping it down with a mixture of ¼ cup dishwashing soap, ½ cup bleach, in one gallon of water, then …

Affordable Family Reunion Tips

Summertime is family reunion time!  Seeing the entire clan at a family reunion can be a lot of fun, but it can also get pretty pricey.  And you definitely don’t want anyone in the family to feel uncomfortable or not attend because of the cost.  Here are some tips for keeping it cheap, and keeping it fun. Make your reunion an “e-union:” The most efficient and cost effective way to put the word out for any event is via the …

Homemade Ice Cream for National Ice Cream Day/Month

You may have noticed that I love to celebrate special days and months throughout the year, having used this space before to call your attention to everything from National Adopt a Cat Month to National Tapioca Pudding Day. I guess it’s only fitting that ice cream – one of greatest inventions of all time – has not only a specific day set aside in its honor (the third Sunday in July), but an entire month - July – designated as National …