Jeff Yeager

Save Money With Public Bike Sharing Programs

Posted on 09/3/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsIf you’ve traveled to many cities or college towns in the last couple of years, you’ve probably noticed fleets of nearly identical bicycles all parked together like a herd of dairy cows at feeding time. Bike sharing programs have been commonplace in many other countries for a decade or even longer, and they’re finally arriving here.  More than 30 American cities and towns now have public bike sharing programs. New York City boasts the nation’s largest program, with 6,000 bicycles …

Devilishly, Deliciously Cheap Football-Watching Recipes

Posted on 08/29/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWith fall here and the football season underway, here are the recipes for some of my favorite frugal tailgating fare. Notice the names of the recipes. Do you detect a theme? That’s right, I’m playing the devil’s advocate with these devilishly delicious dishes, but in each case the spices can be reduced or even eliminated to turn down the heat factor. Be sure to wear rubber gloves when handling hot peppers and spices.   Devil’s Inferno Crock Pot Wings If …

The Constantly Moving Target of Debt Freedom

Posted on 08/19/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsIn my line of work as a professional cheapskate, a week rarely passes when I don’t receive a money-related press release or see a news item that leaves me shaking my head about people’s attitudes and behavior when it comes to money.  Adlai E. Stevenson said it 50+ years ago, but it’s apparently all the more true today.  Stevenson said:  “There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it seems to happen to …

Three Not-Stupid Dog Tricks

Posted on 08/12/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsFido deserves to enjoy the dog days of summer just as much — if not more — than the rest of us.  Showing your beloved canine some TLC doesn’t need to take a big bite out of your wallet.  Here are three simple ways to keep your pooch happy on-the-cheap: Repurposed Doggie Toys:  There are a nifty ways to repurpose would-be throwaway items into play toys for your dog, like those I show you in this video.  One of my …

Get Cooking With a DIY Solar Oven

Posted on 08/5/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWith plenty of sunny days still ahead — but with summer vacation nearing its sunset for kids and grandkids — here’s a fun, inexpensive and educational project to do with the young people in your life during the dog days of summer.  Build a simple solar oven (aka a “solar cooker”) from repurposed household items. It will not only amaze and amuse kids of all ages, but it really works. And it will save you money and keep the heat out …

Cheap Tips for the Outdoors

Posted on 07/29/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWith summer nearly half over, your outdoor living areas and accessories probably need some halftime sprucing up. Here are some inexpensive ways to refresh your patio and deck areas so that you can really enjoy the final weeks of summer. Homemade outdoor furniture cleaner: Are your lawn chairs looking a bit begrimed? Plastic and vinyl outdoor furniture can be cleaned by wiping it down with a mixture of ¼ cup dishwashing soap, ½ cup bleach, in one gallon of water, then …