Cheap and Easy Gardening Tips

Posted on 05/2/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsCheck out this week’s episode of my weekly AARP web show on YouTube for some money-saving gardening tips and a chance to win a $50 gift card. Be sure to subscribe to the show (it’s FREE and easy – just click on the ”subscribe” icon and follow the prompts), that way you’ll be eligible for a shot at the prizes if you leave me your tips.   Also of Interest Spring Into Gardening Season: 5 Frugal Ways to Get Your Plants and Garden Ready 9 …

Bueno, Cheapo Cinco de Mayo Crock-Pot Recipe

Posted on 04/29/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsI took four years of Spanish classes in high school, but like most things from my high school years — and the 1970s in general — I don’t remember much of it.  So I recently vowed to relearn Spanish, starting with some of the words I now use most often. To that end, I actually remembered the word for “money,” or dinero.  And Spanish for “cheap” (barato) and “cheapskate” (tacano) seem easy enough to master. But the Spanish translation for …

Find Bargains, Deals at the Dollar Store

Posted on 04/25/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsDollar stores: Love ‘em or hate ‘em? This week’s episode of “The Cheap Life” looks at the deals/no deals of shopping at dollar stores. Leave me a comment telling me what you think (on the YouTube page, not here) for a chance to win a $50 gift card … and see Little Jeff scrubbing up in the bathtub!

Spend Less, Love More This Valentine’s Day

Posted on 02/12/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & Savings | RelationshipsMore Americans are apparently going to be saying amore for a-lesse this Valentine’s Day. According to a just-released survey by, Americans are saying they plan to scale back their Valentine’s Day spending. While about half of those surveyed say they plan to spend about the same amount as last year, only 62 percent said they’ll spend up to $100 this Valentine’s Day, a decrease from 68 percent in 2012. And 55 percent said that the lackluster economy will indeed …

Money-Saving Recipe: Tapioca Pudding

Posted on 07/9/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsAre you ready to celebrate National Tapioca Pudding Day, which – as you no doubt know – is this Sunday, July 15?  I mean, who doesn’t know their National Dessert Days by heart? See also: More pudding recipes Sure this is a hectic time of year for us pudding lovers, with National Vanilla Pudding Day back on May 22nd and National Chocolate Pudding Day a mere two weeks ago, on June 26. But once we spoon our way through Tapioca …

Save Money at Pick-Your-Own Farms

Posted on 06/4/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsUnlike a lot of folks, I’ve never considered shopping to be fun or a form of entertainment. I guess that’s because I was born with the cheapskate gene, and it’s rumored to take the jaws-of-life to get my wallet out of my back pocket. But the other weekend my wife and I went on a shopping excursion of sorts that I really must admit was both entertaining and a good value. We spent a sunny Saturday at a pick-your-own strawberry …