Jeff Yeager

Programmable Thermostats: Savings or Not?

Posted on 10/28/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsA couple of years ago I wrote an article for AARP about simple ways to reduce the cost of heating your home. After reading it, my wife promptly added a number of the energy-saving tips I’d suggested to my “honey-do” list, including installing three programmable thermostats around our house. The good news was that the new thermostats were inexpensive and easy to install. We found a three-pack on sale at a home improvement center for  $70, and, much to my …

Solar Panels: Rent, Buy or Skip?

Posted on 10/21/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWhether you’re concerned about saving the environment or just interested in saving yourself a few bucks, equipping your house with a solar energy system is an interesting, albeit rather complicated, proposition to consider. The cost of installing a residential solar system has fallen dramatically over the years. Now a number of companies have started programs to lease, instead of sell, solar energy equipment to homeowners, some in partnership with home improvement centers including Lowes and Home Depot. Sign up for …

Catch Your Storm-Water Rebate

Posted on 10/14/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsRarely does a piece of mail from our local county government contain good news. It’s typically a property tax bill or a notice that our trash-collection fees are going up again. But the other day I received news from the county and it made my inner cheapskate sit up and take notice. Like an increasing number of counties and municipalities across the country, our county has initiated a Rain Check Rebate Program, designed to encourage property owners to take steps …

It Pays to Be a Good Neighbor

Posted on 09/23/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsThis Saturday, Sept. 28, is National Good Neighbor Day.  Who knew?  Of course, being a good neighbor every day of the year is always the right thing to do, but bonding with your neighbors can also help fatten your wallet. Here’s how: Membership Warehouse Club: Shopping at membership warehouse stores can save you some serious money, but what family can actually eat a 10-pound block of cheese? Who has space to store 50 rolls of toilet paper?  Consider joining forces with …

Check Out These Affordable College Care Package Ideas

Posted on 09/16/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsIf you have kids or grandchildren away at college, they’re likely to be feeling a little homesick right about now.  Care packages from back home are always appreciated, but they mean even more as students get settled into campus life.  Here are some ideas for putting together college care packages that student will love, but won’t break the bank. Unused Gift Cards: Every year about $2 billion in gift cards go unredeemed.  If you’ve been given a gift card that …

Get Ready for Seasonal Gardening Bargains

Posted on 09/9/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & Savings“Mum” is the word this fall gardening season, literally.  When nurseries and home improvement stores start to sell colorful fall mums (aka “chrysanthemums”), it’s time for frugal gardeners to keep their eyes open for some spectacular end-of-season bargains. In many parts of the country, when the mums arrive at garden centers, those retailers begin marking down their remaining summertime nursery stock, including trees, shrubs, and other perennials.  These fall liquidation sales are often progressive affairs, with initial markdowns of maybe …