Unlike most retirement planning and lifestyle books that focus on investing – or at the other end of the spectrum, on how to get the senior discount on a Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny’s – this new book from Jeff Yeager, America’s favorite cheapskate, makes the compelling case that you can have a joyous, worry-free retirement by merely spending smart and focusing on what you truly want and expect out of retirement.
Jeff Yeager, dubbed "The Ultimate Cheapskate" by Matt Lauer on NBC's Today show, is a very cheap guy. He re-cants, as opposed to decants, the wine he proudly serves his dinner guests, funneling cheap box wine into premium-label bottles. He believes you should never spend more than per pound on food items. And to save time and energy costs, he soft-boils his morning eggs along with the dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
"[Jeff Yeager] ...proves once and for all that living happily within your means is
possible at practically any income."
"Jeff Yeager has a way
of unleashing the inner cheapskate in us all!"
"If you don't save ten
times the amount you spend on this book, you probably didn't read it."
Jeff Yeager and writer Adam Lucas have finally emerged from sequestration in the cheapskate testing laboratory with the The Bodacious Retirement Budgetary Worksheet.
Jeff Yeager's new book is an eBook-only release entitled "Don't Throw That Away" is all about creative ways to reuse stuff rather than just trashing it, saving you money and helping to save the environment at the same time. And it talks about how to repurpose just about anything, from "Airsickness Bags" to "Zippers," according to the Index in the book. In addition to tons of practical tips, it also talks about the environmental impact of our throwaway society.
He's at it again, but this time he's not alone. America's Ultimate Cheapskate is back with all new secrets for how to live happily below your means, į la cheapskate. For The Cheapskate Next Door, Jeff Yeager tapped his bargain-basement-brain-trust, hitting the road to interview and survey hundreds of his fellow cheapskates to divulge their secrets for living the good life on less.
Upcycling: Everything Old Is New Again
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
I always find it interesting when something that's been around for generations is rediscovered and gains new levels of popularity simply because it has a new name. That's the case with "upcycling."¯ It's the practice of taking would-be throwaway items and, rather than just recycling them back into raw materials, transforming them into something new and different, something more "upscale"¯ than the original.
As far as I can tell, the word "upcycle"¯ was coined only about 20 years ago (apparently in Germany), even though a Google search of the word today turns up more than 8 million references. And search for the word on the popular "visual discovery"¯ website Pinterest, and you might just think that the entire site is devoted to creative upcycling projects. They range from lamps made out of disposable plastic spoons to car tire coffee tables, house key wind chimes and a greenhouse made from plastic soda bottles. I defy you to check out the upcycling photo galleries on Pinterest.com and not find at least one project that leaves you thinking, I am going to try that!
Of course the fact is that while the word "upcycling"¯ may be relatively new, the practice of creating new and improved items out of things you might otherwise throw away goes back virtually to the dawn of humankind. Rather than throw that mammoth tusk in the trash heap after dinner, Clovis Man realized that he could shape it into a dandy new weapon with which to bludgeon more mammoths. American pioneers knew that empty tin cans should be treasured, not trashed, and fashioned them into a handy lanterns or other utilitarian objects. And during the Great Depression, my grandparents and tens of millions of other Americans took "upcycling"¯ to new heights, although for them it was all part of the Depression-era credo, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."¯
Upcycling would-be garbage into something new, useful or even beautiful is not only good for the environment and our bank accounts, it can also be a fun "” and usually FREE "” hobby. On the weekly Web show I host for AARP, The Cheap Life, we've upcycled everything from bubble wrap and eggshells to vegetable peels and toilet paper rolls. (Speaking of which, did you know that every year in the U.S. we throw away enough empty toilet paper tubes to fill the Empire State Building, twice?) Check out this new episode of The Cheap Life where I'll show you how to turn wooden packing pallets into some very "palatable"¯ home decorating items. Stay Cheap!
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Make Your Own Mulch
Thursday, September 18, 2014
You can make your own mulch by shredding, crushing, chopping and/or decaying organic matter such as leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, paper, and tree limbs, branches and twigs. As opposed to compost, mulch is not as far along in the decomposition process, and it's intended to lie on top of the soil, whereas compost is mixed into and becomes the soil. Mulch inhibits weed growth and helps retain moisture so you can water your garden less.
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