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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 …

Life@50+ Is a Sure Winner

Posted on 06/3/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsI’ve never been a gambler, but I just returned from Las Vegas where a $25 bet netted people a big-time jackpot. No, I didn’t temporarily lose my miserly mind in the heat of the Nevada desert and roll the dice in some swanky Vegas casino. I’m way too cheap to tell people to throw away good money like that. I’m talking about a mere $25 for the cost of admission to the three-day AARP Life @50+ National Event held at …

Habitat ReStores Have Deals on Home Remodeling Supplies

Posted on 02/5/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWith winter in full swing and cabin fever becoming an almost constant malady, I usually turn my attention to an endless list of indoor home remodeling and improvement projects. See also: Repair or replace? Much to my wife’s chagrin, I insist on undertaking almost every project myself to save money and because I actually enjoy working with my hands and the challenge of mastering new skills. As I like to tell my wife when it comes to my zeal for …

AARP’s Life@50+ = Bargain of a Lifetime!

Posted on 09/24/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsHands down, the best $25 I’ve ever spent: AARP’s Life@50+ National Event. That’s the price of admission for the entire three day event ($35 for non-members), and you easily get 10 times that amount in return value in the form of world class entertainment, cutting edge information, and schwag … lots and lots of schwag. This past week, Life@50+ 2012 was held in New Orleans, and on Saturday – the last day of the event – I woke up with a …

The Ultimate Cheapskate on “How to Retire the Cheapskate Way”

Posted on 09/21/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsFolks 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 …

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 …