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 …

Lose A Few Pounds, Fatten Your Wallet

Listen up, workers. Take better care of yourself (and possibly lose a few inches around your waistline), and your employer just may reward you by fattening your wallet. A new survey has found that more than half of U.S. companies are now offering incentives to their workers to take part in health and wellness programs, from screenings to quitting smoking. This year, 59 percent of 2,000 employers with 20 million people on their payrolls used incentives, up from 37 percent in …

Why Retiring Abroad Could Save You Money

In a previous blog post, I wrote about one of the key perks of living in Latin America – affordability. I wrote that you can live quite comfortably in Latin America on your Social Security benefits, despite the fact that those benefits have only risen 3.6 percent in the last three years. For a retiree in 2012, the average Social Security benefit is $1,230. One of my favorite treats, I mentioned, is that in Ecuador, I can afford to hire …

The 7 Things Your Kids and Grandkids Need to Know About Money

Over at LifeTuner, we have a series of seven rules designed to help get your kids and grandkids financially fit and keep them that way that we call the “7 Smart Money Essentials.” Some are hard-and-fast rules (Save at Least 10%), others are general guidelines (Limit Your Debt), and while we’re proud of how effective they can be, they were looking kind of…, well, blah. Personal finance can be mundane, but it doesn’t have to be. To help us shake …

The Takeaway: Retirement Pessimism Goes Global

A new survey conducted by Dutch insurance company AEGON shows retirement pessimism extends far beyond American borders. Participants from eight European countries and the United States showed similarly dismal views on their ability to save and plan for retirement securely. Only 15 percent of workers said they are confident they’re on the right track with retirement savings; 71 percent believe future generations will be worse-off in retirement than current retirees.

The Takeaway: 401(k) Fees Reduce Savings by 30 Percent, Says Study

Hmmm … 401(k) plans can help you save money for retirement, but they many also cost you more than you realize. According to a new study from research firm Demos, the average American couple pay nearly $155,000 in 401(k) fees in the course of building up their proverbial nest egg; wealthier couples could pay nearly $278,000. These fees can reduce 401(k) savings by an average of 30 percent.