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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, á 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. 

 

Jeff reveals the 16 key attitudes about money – and life – that allow the cheapskates next door to live happy, comfortable, debt-free lives while spending only a fraction of what most Americans spend.  Their strategies will change your way of thinking about money and debunk some of life’s biggest money myths.  For example, you’ll learn:  how to cut your food bill in half and eat healthier as a result; how your kids can get a college education without ever borrowing a dime; how to let the other guy pay for deprecation by learning the secrets of buying used, not abused; how you can save serious money by negotiating and bartering; and how – if you know where to look – there’s free stuff and free fun all around you.

 

The Cheapskate Next Door also features dozens of original “Cheap Shots” – quick, money saving tips that could save you more than $25,000 in a single year!  Cheap Shots give you the inside scoop on: 

   • How to save hundreds on kids’ toys;
   • What inexpensive old-fashioned kitchen appliance can save you more than $200 a year;
   • How you can travel the world without ever having to pay for lodging;
   • What single driving tip can save you $30,000 during your lifetime;
   • Even how to save up to 40% on fine wines (and we’re not talking about the kind that comes in a box). 


 

From simple money saving tips to truly life changing financial strategies, the cheapskates next door know that the key to financial freedom and enjoying life more is not how much you earn, but how much you spend.  

 

Jeff Yeager is the author of The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches, and has appeared as a guest correspondent on the NBC Today Show and Discovery’s Planet Green network.  He is also the author of the popular blog The Green Cheapskate, www.TheDailyGreen.com

 

Visit his website www.UltimateCheapskate.com

 


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The Cheapskate Next Door
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Humor is not a substitute for advice
August 15th, 2013
Let me first say that I enjoyed this book. As the author says, it is "colorized nonfiction," and he has gone out of his way to bring together a variety of funny and interesting anecdotes. Unfortunately, these comprise roughly 80% of the book. Another 10% is made up of "don't you feel terrible" statistics regarding American consumers vs. cheapskates, and the final 10% is actual advice for saving money or spending more wisely. I have not read Mr. Yeager's first book. That said, I have to imagine that the bulk of his advice must have been used up in that one, leaving him with a few crumbs of common sense to string together with piles of embellished anecdotes. Outside of the stories and statistics, the entire book boils down to "buy less, pay less for it, and save more." Good advice, but how? Mr. Yeager reveals the elusive and top-secret strategy of buying things off of Craigslist, among other things. Brilliant. I did enjoy the book, although I found it almost wholly unhelpful. I certainly feel like a sucker for having paid what I did for it. I would recommend instead Dave Ramsey's book The Total Money Makeover. Same basic advice, but with a clear sense of direction and much, much more how-to.
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