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.
Be Thankful, Not Wasteful
Thursday, 20 Novemeber 2014
Thanksgiving is sometimes known as the "season of plenty,"¯ a celebration associated with a bountiful fall harvest. But Thanksgiving also serves as a reminder that "bounty"¯ can quickly turn into "waste"¯ when it comes to cooking more food than your hungry holiday crowd can possibly eat, and then dumping what's left in the trash can. In fact, according to an article in U.S. News and World Report, Americans end up throwing away about 25 percent of the food they prepare on this feast day.
Simply cooking smaller portions is the logical place to start when it comes to reducing holiday food waste and saving money on groceries. There are a number of useful portion-control guides available online for Thanksgiving dinner, with most suggesting per-guest portions of between ¾ of a pound and 1 1/2 pounds of turkey, three to four ounces of each veggie side dish, and just about an ounce and a half of rice or stuffing. As for pies, a wedge no larger than three inches is usually considered a serving, so a single 9-inch pie should feed eight to 10 people.
If you do have leftovers, treat them as what I call short-term layovers and vow to eat them all within the next day or two. As I point out in the latest episode of my AARP YouTube show (see below) "” which is all about saving money by storing your food properly "” leftovers should be refrigerated within an hour after dinner. If you're not going to consume leftovers within four days, be sure to freeze them. Some of my favorite recipes for transforming Thanksgiving leftovers into delicious encore meals can be found right here on the AARP website, including this one featuring nine unusual recipes you probably haven't tried before.
While you shouldn't cook to excess for Thanksgiving, that doesn't mean you shouldn't stock up on some deals at the supermarket right now that will save you serious gravy in the winter months ahead. Check out this article for my tips on scoring and storing frugal fare that's available now at your local grocery store.
And last, but not least, don't let even those turkey giblets go to waste! They're a wonderful addition to gravy and stuffing, or try my simple "” and simply delicious "” recipe for Giblet PĆ¢tĆ©, as I demonstrate in this offal video.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, and don't be a turkey by letting food go to waste.
For more tips on food storage, including some Ultimate Cheapskate originals that'll surprise you, check out the most recent episode of The Cheap Life.
Also of Interest
- Take a Bite Out of Record-High Meat Prices
- 7 Things You Should Never Say to Customer Service
- Get Involved: Learn How You Can Give Back
- Join AARP: savings, resources and news for your well-being
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Make Your Own Mulch
Wednesday, November 26, 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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