saving money

Extreme Cheapskates: Behind the Scenes

Posted on 01/9/2012 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsYou know a social phenomenon has officially arrived when reality-TV picks up on it. Like a lot of folks, I’ve been living the frugal life for many years, since long before the “Great Recession” made thriftiness cool.  For me, it’s never been about whether the economy (or my personal bank account balance) was fat or lean.  I’ve just never believed in wasting money or other resources.  I don’t believe that doing so makes you any happier, and ultimately it’s just …

12 Ways to Save $12 a Week in 2012

Posted on 01/3/2012 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsI had a nightmare on New Year’s Eve, a weird fusion of Herman Cain lecturing me about his 9*9*9 tax plan and an ancient Mayan princess warning me that the world will end on 12*12, all the while a toucan fed me Coco Puffs atop a Mayan temple.  Maybe too much champagne? When I woke on the first day of the New Year, I knew what I had to do:  Share 12 ways you might be able to save $12 …

5 Tips for a Fabulous & Frugal Christmas Tree

Posted on 11/28/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsI’m always hit with a little wave of Charlie Brown anxiety when we head off to buy the family Christmas tree shortly after Thanksgiving. Like Charlie, somehow I just know that the trees we’ll find can never measure up to the vision of the perfect Christmas tree I have in my mind’s eye. But this year I’ve done my homework on tree shopping and getting the best bang for your “tree buck,” so I have hope anew. Here’s what I …

10 Tips to Drive Down the Cost of Driving

Posted on 11/21/2011 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

Money & SavingsWith gas prices sitting at all-time highs for this time of year, there’s really no getting around the price of getting around. And if you’re traveling long distances for the upcoming holidays, it’s important to pick up all the tips and tricks you can to help drive down the cost of driving. Here are my top ten favorite tips to keep your car running smoothly (for less!). Use the right gas: Are you sure that you’re using the best gasoline …

Cheap Talk with Jeff Yeager, a.k.a. The Ultimate Cheapskate

Posted on 08/18/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsA penny saved is a penny earned. You’ve heard it your whole life, and Ben Franklin spoke the truth when he first said it nearly 250 years ago. Although, no offense to Mr. Franklin, but when you really stop to think about it, a penny saved is actually worth a good deal more than a penny earned. After all, you need to factor in the taxes you pay on that earned penny and the other costs you incur in earning that …

Thanksgiving Shouldn’t Empty Your Wallet

Posted on 11/23/2010 by |General News | Comments

Money & SavingsThe holiday of being thankful shouldn’t also be the holiday of being broke — after all, turkeys and the other delicious food that goes into a Thanksgiving feast can be quite a strain on your wallet. So AARP took the initiative of putting together some tips on how to spend less: Perhaps the simplest way to cut the cost of Thanksgiving dinner is to rein in the number of dishes you serve. “People typically overspend on Thanksgiving,” says Kit Yarrow, …