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A Cheaper Alternative to Surf and Turf

Posted on 12/26/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsLooking for a festive-but-frugal dinner for New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day? Try this recipe for “surf and turf cheapskate-style.” I don’t claim it’s as good as real lobster tails and filet mignons. But at a fraction of the cost, it’s pretty darn tasty in its own right. See also: Holiday cocktail recipes I like to serve it with baked potatoes and steamed broccoli, or a nice Caesar salad.  And if you skimp on the champagne by buying an inexpensive bottle, that’s …

Behind the Scenes on ‘The Cheap Life’ Set

Posted on 12/17/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsIt was only 2 p.m., but the day already seemed about a week and half long, and for good reason. By the second day of filming for my new web series, The Cheap Life, I’d already: Struggled to audibly deliver my lines about the virtues of peanut butter while simultaneously attempting to eat copious amounts of it off my index finger; Been dressed and redressed as an aging rock star, a ’70s era jogger, and a character that seemed to …

“Fall Into Savings” Challenge Wraps Up

Posted on 10/29/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsThe special 2012 “Fall Into Savings” Challenge is now history, and it indeed made some history, with a record number of more than 5,600 individuals now registered in the Savings Challenge group. Who knew there were so many cheapskates out there? This month-long Challenge, which ended on Oct. 28, was all about finding simple, creative ways to save money. So simple, in fact, you might say you just “fall into” these money-saving methods (get it?). Yep, group members really got …

Save Money By Breaking Bad Spending Habits

Posted on 10/8/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsIt’s true what they say:  Bad habits are hard to break.  But the good news is that breaking many bad habits will not only make you happier, and maybe healthier, but richer too. And that’s what the Week 2 “Break a Bad Spending Habit” Challenge is all about.  We want to hear your success stories about how you’ve kicked some nasty habits and saved some cash because of it. Maybe it’s a habit you just fell into like getting coffee …

Fall Into the AARP Savings Challenge

Posted on 10/1/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsToday’s a big day for me and all of my frugal friends in the Savings Challenge group here at AARP.org. In fact, it’s even more exciting for a cheapskate like me than triple-coupon day at the supermarket! We’re kicking off a special “Fall Into Savings Challenge.” Each week during the month of October, we’ll be running a weekly contest picking your brains about your best tips, stories, and advice for saving money. After the Savings Challenge ends on Oct. 28, …

The Ultimate Cheapskate on “How to Retire the Cheapskate Way”

Posted on 09/21/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsFolks who were lucky enough to be in New Orleans for Life@50+ National Event got a taste of the cheap life from AARP’s savings expert and Ultimate Cheapskate Jeff Yeager. Think living frugally has to be boring? Think again — and Jeff’s session was anything but. Jeff shared some advice from his upcoming book, How to Retire the Cheapskate Way: The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Guide to a Better, Earlier, Happier Retirement (due out in December).  A lot of what he shared is applicable for folks at …