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The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

    A Money Savings Buffet!

    Money, money, money- regardless if we share, save, horde or spend it, we must have some to live and therefore learn how to manage it wisely. The Cheapskate Next Door is a valuable guide on how to sweet talk those dollar bills into submission so they can work in our favor. This book is for young and old, rich and poor, cheapskates and spenders alike.

    I especially relished Jeff Yeager's take on creating memories with our loved ones instead of stockpiling things. Cherished memories last, material stuff crumbles. He also questions how much our time is really worth and comes up with compelling answers.

    The stories regarding fellow cheapskates were not only delightful, but helpful, and sometimes downright odd, which kept me highly entertained while gaining valuable insider tips on saving money. Lest you be disappointed, he adds his own colorful tales, too, uh hem.the tent, the teenagers and the rain, which really wasn't rain. You won't want to miss any of this.

    And I was taken with the "Cheap Shots," clever snippets throughout the book on saving financially through various methods we might have overlooked. My favorite was the fiscal fasting, spending detox, which translates to going a whole week without whipping out our wallets. The theory behind this, Jeff says, is to use what resources we already possess and save money in the process, while also examining how and why we spend. I plan on trying this, even though my debit card is sometimes wedged in my hand like a nut in a shell.

    What I've shared here is only a sampling of this financial savings buffet, laid out like the feast it is. Jeff Yeager has managed yet again to wrap a wad of dollar bills around common money sense in a humorous way, proving that saving money and consuming less of our natural resources can not only be painless, but entertaining.

    Two thumbs way up! A sure bet for giggling all the way to the bank.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

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    Warning: This Book Will Turn You Into A Cheapskate...But Don't Worry You'll Be OK

    In 2008, 1.2 Million filed for bankruptcy. We've become a society that lives over our heads, and buy way too much on credit. Yet, living among the bankrupt are families that are living debt free, and have the cash to buy cars or make investments.

    I have always advocated to my clients and readers to live at or below their means. However, most Americans are conditioned to live paycheck-to-paycheck. When the economy turns against them they have no way to endure bad times. This book will change the way you think and help shield you from a bad economy.

    Jeff Yeager, shows you the old ideas of being a cheapskate our outdated. If you think being a cheapskate is a negative, boring lifestyle, think again. You will see why cheapskates have more money, better educated kids, and why their marriages are more likely to succeed. You will see why money is not always the biggest factor when they buy something.

    I highly recommend this book for individuals, couples, or large families. Even business people can use the techniques to run their operations more efficiently.

    James Garton
    Author of 25 Ways to Make Money Online

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    Great information and a good laughs too!

    Was looking in the finance section and this book had a catchy title. It draws you in and has a very interesting perspective on how to live. Very enjoyable to read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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