Save Money By Breaking Bad Spending Habits

It’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

Today’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”

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 …