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

Folks 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 …

5 Money-Saving Uses for Leftover Charcoal

With Labor Day behind us, you’re probably thinking about putting away the outdoor grill for the summer and wondering what to do with that half empty bag of charcoal left over from the grilling season. Well whatever you do, don’t throw it away! See also: Repurpose Other Things Around the House Check out these creative ways to use up the last of the summer’s charcoal. When I’m talking about charcoal, you should use natural “lump”-type or pure charcoal briquettes without chemicals …

Cheap, Easy Cucumber Recipes

I always associate the dog days of summer with cucumbers, particularly the oversized, rather tough cukes that you can usually find dirt cheap this time of year at farmers markets and pick your own farms. With the tender cucumbers of early summer giving way to zeppelin-sized cukes of the late summer harvest, now through mid-September is the time to keep an eye open the biggest cucumbers you can find. See also: More Summer Produce Recipes Lots of people turn up …

Cheap, Easy Tips for Keeping Mosquitoes Away

Is it just my imagination, or are mosquitos getting more plentiful and vicious every summer?  The other day I swatted one feasting on my arm that was nearly the size of a parakeet. That thing could drink Count Dracula under the table. See also: 23 Ways to Save at Home Eliminating standing water around your yard and neighborhood can go a long ways towards controlling mosquitos in the immediate area by denying the thirsty blood-suckers a place to breed. Empty …

Money-Saving Recipe: Tapioca Pudding

Are 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 …

Reduce Air Conditioning Costs, Electric Bills

My grandfather would have loved the heat wave we’re having, if for no other reason than it would give him cause to unleash his endless arsenal of “It’s hotter than…” sayings. You know, “It’s hotter than a firecracker lit on both ends.” Or, “It’s hotter than the devil dancing in frying pan.” Or even, “hotter than a billy goat in pepper patch,” which I guess would be pretty hot, although admittedly some of Gramps’ sayings translated better than others between …