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The Cheapskate Next Door

The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means

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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,


Visit his website


From the Trade Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

May 03, 2010 – Yeager (The Ultimate Cheapskate s Road Map to True Riches) is back with another energetic, likably eccentric lesson on living happily well below your means. Interviewing a variety of self-professed cheapskates, he finds despite a diversity of lifestyles, backgrounds, and beliefs common practices and philosophies when it came to money; their knowledge of how to live on less has insulated them from the economic crash. He presents their tips on frugal living in grocery shopping, entertainment, and sensible parenting, but the real value is in Yeager s persuasive argument that an onset of Spending Anxiety Disorder is good for our wallets, our communities, and the environment. If we change the way we think about want vs. need, we can focus our time and attention on the truly valuable things family, charity, passions, the early retirement that will make enjoying them longer possible and if we consume sparingly, thoughtfully, and fully, our possessions will not consume us. Yeager and his Miser Advisers are proof that living more frugally isn t about sacrifice it s about making choices every day to live a better, happier, more thoughtful life with less.

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I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. I am going to be transitioning out of the military soon and begin attending college. My Husband is also in the military and we have two children. This book has been very motivating to me, gives me hope knowing that it is very possible to live off of one income.

The Cheapskate Next Door
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  • Category: Personal Finance
  • Published: Jun 08, 2010
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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