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The Ultimate Cheapskates Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (And Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less

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Jeff Yeager, the man dubbed The Ultimate Cheapskate by Matt Lauer on Today, offers a completely fresh take on personal finance, teaching us how to enjoy life more by spending less. He will show you how to buy less stuff, retire young, and live financially free, while you make a positive difference in people?s lives and save the planet along the way. The Ultimate Cheapskate?s Road Map to True Riches lays out the practices and principles that have made cheap the new cool.

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Overview

Jeff Yeager, the man dubbed The Ultimate Cheapskate by Matt Lauer on Today, offers a completely fresh take on personal finance, teaching us how to enjoy life more by spending less. He will show you how to buy less stuff, retire young, and live financially free, while you make a positive difference in people’s lives and save the planet along the way. The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches lays out the practices and principles that have made cheap the new cool.

Live within your means at thirty and stay there. The Ultimate Cheapskate was living well on what he earned at thirty, so when he made more money, he saved every penny. Now he is “selfishly” employed, doing work he loves and helping others.

Do for yourself what you could have others do for you. Cheapskates are die-hard do-it-yourselfers. It’s all about having the right tools, and The Ultimate Cheapskate will get you started.

Pinch the dollars and the pennies will pinch themselves. It’s not the $3 cup of coffee; it’s the big-ticket decisions that determine whether you’ll be financially free. So buy a house, not a castle.

The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches promises a quality of life you cannot buy, a sense of satisfaction you cannot fake, and an appreciation for others and for the planet that gives life value. Open your road map and prepare to discover the true joys of financial freedom.

"A compelling - and highly entertaining - look at improving both the quality of our lives and the health of our planet by consuming wisely and laughing out loud." - Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club

"People today think frugality is no fun. Jeff puts the lie to it. I recognize in him my own delight at concocting high joy, low cost solutions to life's challenges. Less doesn't mean deprivation - it means less stress, commuting, illness, loneliness and the other ills of our 'more is better' and 'it's never enough' culture. Enjoy!" - Vicki Robin, co-author of Your Money or Your Life

"Jeff Yeager's Ultimate Cheapskate book will not only save you a bunch of money, it'll put a smile on your face while you're doing it. Finally, there's no need to be afraid to face your finances. Jeff explains things in clear, easy-to-understand language all the while showing you how to get the last laugh on your money." - Gary Foreman, Publisher, The DollarStretcher.com

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Jeff Yeager is not a brilliant audiobook reader... or is he? The premise of this very funny and practical book is that your quality of life increases as your spending decreases. Following one of his book's main edicts ("Do for yourself what you could have others do for you."), Yeager steps up to the microphone and learns a new skill. His reading is not particularly polished, but this turns out to be his greatest strength. A natural comedian with a warm and enthusiastic Midwestern voice, Yeager is not only the author of the book; he is its main character. Listeners immediately feel they are getting useful back-fence advice from a wise next-door neighbor, who could be channeling Groucho Marx. He establishes a direct connection with listeners, who will find themselves slaying their Enoughasauruses with smiles on their faces. Simultaneous release with the Broadway hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 3). (Jan.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423350576
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Yeager has run nonprofit agencies, and is now a writer and the creator of the Web site ultimatecheapskate.com. He has appeared on the Today Show several times. He lives happily and frugally in Accokeek, Maryland, with his wife, Denise.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    A fellow cheapskate on the road to riches

    Jeff Yeager has truly created the road map for not only finding your inner cheapskate but also finding what is of true value in your life. It seems that so many people talk about being happy but Jeff seems to have found the road that leads right to joy. Living your life within 'actually under' your means allows you to truly experience life rather than worrying about how the next bill is going to get paid. Too often when people are trying to determine how they are going to retire it seems to come down to making more instead of learning how to live in such a way that you can be free from the constant strain of keeping up with others or making that next payment. My fiance and I always have a great time together, we always seem to have fun but we also spent a lot of money at times. After reading this book we find we still have a riot but we spend a heck of a lot less money. It's amazing all the ways you can save and we have found it both to be fun and creative to come up with new ways to go out and have a great time while spending less or nothing at all. When we started planning our wedding and everything we read said to plan to spend $20,000 I though 'heck no!' 'ok maybe that wasn't the language I used but you get the idea'. I picked up the challenge and we're planning a great time for family and friends without spending a ridiculous amount of money. This book can change your whole outlook on money and what it takes to have a happy fulfilling life if you pick it up and give it a read. If your goal is outdoing everyone on your block, why not try outdoing them with the size of the joy in your life rather than the size of your house. Be cheap everyone! Live well!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2007

    A must read!

    Part wit, part wisdom, makes reading Jeff Yeager's book more fun than a trip to the Dollar Store. The book, chock full of brighter and cheaper ways to be in the world, is a must read for cheapskates and extreme spenders alike. Jeff's advice, and the humorous way he delivers it, will excite that part of the brain you thought long dead. You know, the saving, thrifty, I'm on the lookout for loose change part. Once you stop laughing, new techniques for saving money and preserving our planet are a sure bet. A treasure trove of great advice. Straight up. On the rocks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Full of Bad Humor... and a few tips

    This guy is a joke, too bad he can't tell one! After reading through chapter after chapter of what he thinks is humor, I was disappointed in buying this book. Yes, he has some money-saving tips, but many of his tips are down-right miserly. I didn't find this book helpful and now at least I know to steer clear of his other writings!

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

    Great read!

    I read about this book in the Washington Post "Book Review" section in 2006 or 2007, where it came highly recommended, and finally purchased and read it on my e-reader this past month. It's written in a very humorous and lighthearted voice, yet carries many important tips as well as sound advice. The author's premise is that we can just as well build our savings by spending less than by earning more. (Of course, the combination of earning more AND spending less would be ideal! haha) He makes a good point in the beginning of the book about 'being happy with less' as opposed to 'needing more to be happy'. The book reminded me of a comment a close friend from a developing country made once during her second visit to the USA, which was that in the States "needs are created" so that people think they need more and more and more, losing sight of the fact that their basic needs have already been met. Jeff Yeager - the author of this book - makes this argument (in my case, he was 'preaching to the choir', but so nice to read someone that agrees with me!) and provides concrete examples of how we can espouse the philosophy in practice and save more by spending less. The book had me laughing out loud in some sections, and includes concrete, practical examples of areas in which we can spend less, save more and also help combat world hunger and other ailments by giving excess to charity. Already, since finishing this book, I've been spending less money and putting more into my savings account. My only regret is that I didn't read this in college!

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  • Posted May 28, 2009

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    Interesting Book

    I thought the book was pretty funny and a reality check. What I thought was interesting that the writer can be a real cheapskates and also Most now I write Most writers that help you save money don't have children. I really would like to see a saving guru or financial planner tell you how to deal with preteen and teenagers with a budget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Looking for some ideas to cut cost?

    This book offered some good tidbits on savings. It was fun to read and I learned a little at the same time. I would say the book is not for the "hardcore budget mizer wanna be".

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

    The Zen of Cheap

    This book should be compulsory reading, not simply during these economically exciting times but, perhaps more appropriately, during our days of fiscal fecundity. For Jeff Yeagar is not concerned with the miserly pinching of pennies as a means of accruing more and more wealth, his goal is to free us from our infantile dependency on money and help us get the green monkey off of our backs.<BR/><BR/>To this end, Yeager gently and humorously takes us by the hand and leads us, one step at a time, away from the dysfunctional (some might say, abusive) relationship we have with money to demonstrate how we can become the dominant partner. (Leather jodhpurs and riding crop, one must suppose, are optional, but if you do insist, pick them up at a thrift sale.)<BR/><BR/>I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yeager's ideas are as simple as they are radical and he conveys them through folksy anecdotes and witty writing. At the very least, one must accept his sincerity (obsession?). While it's hard to imagine another human being adopting all of the behaviors espoused in the book, full adherence is unnecessary; you need only to take on board a few of the principles to greatly improve your life and your relationship with money, which, let's face it, is your life.<BR/><BR/>Buy this book; after you read it, you may never buy another (that's what libraries are for).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

    A reviewer

    The book is not overwhelming to read and has a light comical format. It puts spending into perspective along with needs and wants and what is enough. This book helped me to think of ways to be more resourceful and less wastefull. I especially like the segment about finishing in a starter house , logic to saving money on groceries,doing things yourself to save $$ and simply taking care of things to last longer. Jeff adds personal stories that are entertaining and illustrative. This book will motivate you to enjoy more by spending less!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2008

    Cheapskate Has Good Tips

    I found Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches interesting, easy to read, and full of good tips for someone, like me, who likes to be thrifty. The chapter on saving money on food offered ideas that I had not thought about before and mentioned one of my favorite stores, Dollar General. I hope the author will give us another book soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    The Cheapskate knows his stuff!

    The Ultimate Cheapskate's book should be required reading for every consumer. I found this book to be very well written and easy to read. In fact, as a busy mother of 9 year old twin boys, I read this book in just over a week. Jeff Yeager puts into words the way I live my life! He obviously has a great sense of humor which makes the book a lot of fun. The book also makes you think about choices we make in life and how they can influence your financial situation. I hope to become one of his 'Miser Advisors' and I also hope to see more books from this author! Bravo!

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