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How to Retire the Cheapskate Way: The Ultimate Cheapskate's Guide to a Better, Earlier, Happier Retirement

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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 yo ...more
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Published January 1st 2013 by Crown Business (first published December 26th 2012)
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The best parts of this book are the profiles of "cheapskates" (a positive term, as defined in this book) where you get to hear about how real people have been living using the values and techniques described in this book.

The author's style is humorous and generally entertaining while still clear and concise enough to make this an easy read.

Having said all of that, this book isn't particularly novel and I came away feeling like I hadn't really learned much. It was enjoyable, but not substantial.
I never read these retirement guides word for word since I have a retired spouse and am close to retirement myself and think I have a good handle on what works, but I always glean some nugget of good information from each one I skim. I would heartily recommend this, though, to anyone who hasn't boned up on their retirement plans or money strategy. It's also good for those who can't follow the advice from many retirement counselors who recommend one have at least one million dollars socked away, ...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
A person would not expect a nonfiction book about retirement to be a real page-turner, but the author's writing style in this one keeps you engaged chapter after chapter. A good example is a direct quote from A Word From the Author: "The following book is what I call "colorized nonfiction". That means it's basically true, with the exception of any character, passages, people, places, events dialogue, and other stuff that I made up or embellished for the sole purpose of trying to keep you, the re ...more
Nona Thomas
Reading the book “How To Retire The Cheapskate Way” I always laugh and smile when I read books like this. I am a baby boomer raised by depression era parents. I laugh because Jeff Yeager’s suggestions on saving money were adopted years ago by my parents. We called it living Po’ not Poor but Po’. Anyone who is poor in this county or grew up poor knows everything in this book and more. Shopping at thrift stores, hand-me-downs, home cooked meals, bag lunches, riding on public transportation, family ...more
In my case, Yeager is preaching to the choir. So, I didn't learn a lot, and my rating reflects that we think a lot alike. I could add some good stuff myself, but it might start making the book too long. (While it is ~300 pages, there aren't that many words/page.)

What is most important in this book is one's attitude toward life, and what is enough. After all, how many people have a career making life worse for others? While Yeager doesn't get into this aspect, those people are far more than most
Al Cormier
Though this book is not for everyone, I would recommend everyone read it, and add it to their library!

Jeff Yeager gives valuable advice in easy to understand, layman's language; complete with some excellent examples and the right amount of humor. I, for one, found many useful tidbits, which I intend to add to my future plans, as I rapidly approach that time when they will come in handy.

Though this is the first of Yeager's books, I have read, I fully intend to look for, and absorb the rest of his
Jeff Yeager is a fantastic cheapskate. Like pretty much the best one there is. He knows things man. He gives practical everyday advice on how to be awesome with your money and ultimately your life. It's not about stressin' to make that dollar stretch, it's about getting more out of your life and along the way -- you save a few bucks. His easy going nature is evident in his writing and guess what -- you don't need to google the financial advice he gives.
BTW -- Cheapskate principle # 103: Get thi
Miss Downtown NYC
Chapter 1 begins with words from frugal retirees Doris and Chuck Wye (looking forward to more stories from "miser advisers"). Jeff Yaeger writes about a better, earlier, happier retirement. Focus is on " . . .how to get happy, perhaps with what you already have." Also, spending side of retirement planning vs. investing/the size of your retirement nest egg.

Love the dedication:

"The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity
April Hannah
This book was written in 2012, published in Dec 2012 and again in January 2013. It has great information regarding the mindset of retiring frugally BUT some of his incorrect is a little out of date. Jeff Yeager tells you to invest money safely at 5% interest. WHERE in the heck would you find such a vehicle to do that?!? In 2012/13 SAFE investments (FDIC insured) are earning < .5%! Even our investment counselors are looking for such a magical thing... Anyway by looking at the book in an overvi ...more
This book is actually full of actionable information and much of it seems relatively rare.

I highly recommend it.

Particularly to people still in school or recently graduated.

it is definitely meant for people on a more tradition employment path. 9-5ers and mostly highly educated ones, although I think there is enough information for less traditional people that it is still worth perusing.
As a financial planner, I am completely offended by this book. Clearly this man had a bad experience with one planner, that was likely just an insurance salesman, and is making horrible generalizations about planners. He may have also said "all blondes are dumb" he was so broad and offensive.

I always read books like this to see what others say and if it is consistent with what I tell my clients. Wow, this wasn't a realistic book at all, it was extremes and i feel sorry for people who actually l
This book is awesome. Although I am not close to retirement age...and have never wanted to be a cheapskate, this book was just what I needed. After reading it, I feel more in control of my money, more aware of my spending, and have more understanding of what makes me truly happy--which turns out to be free! This book may change your life.
I was skeptical of How to Retire the Cheapskate Way... because I had read an earlier book by the same author and was not impressed by the writing style. However, this latest book by Jeff Yeager is more clearly written and packs a lot of valuable information in its pages.

What I liked most about this book is that it contains thoughtful advice and personal examples that are of value for working adults at any stage of their careers. Whatever one's income level, retirement planning should be a lifest
Basically it is a lot of making do with less, spending less on stuff, and saving more. Yeager's call to look at what we want and value and realize it does not always have to cost a lot of money was a nice reaffirmation of the simple life but he totally lost me when he said that he and his wife had made the decision to not have or adopt children - I felt a bit like I did sitting listening to marriage advice from a priest when I was younger. Children have a huge impact on finances and life. While ...more
Lots of great ideas (and some a little too extreme)! Premise is to be frugal, cheap, save. The goal being to retire early and become "selfishly" employed. "Work is when someone else tells you what to do." This is not a book about how to invest. Covers a wide range of ideas. Had to buy the book because he has many other resources to research. Preparation can start any time.
Stanley Moses
Some interesting ideas on saving money in retirement, as well as some just plain ole common sense things to do.
This book was highly amusing. It makes me want to go start my own business long before I'm ready to retire.
Jeff Yeager has some good ideas for maximizing the money you have and planning for your future.
I love this guy's approach to life: it's not all about the money! His ideas about retirement are radically different from those of most financial advisors. In this easy-to-read, often comical (yes, sometimes corny) account of how to retire or become "selfishly employed", Yeager notes that it's not about how much money you save, it's about how much you spend. Although some information is repetitious and reminds me of his other books, there's still some new information in this one. I do wish he ha ...more
Hom Sack
More informative that I expected. There is lots useful information here even if you're not ready to retire.
Warren Rowland
Good profiles and resources for retiring.
Teri Pre
Got me thinking!
Common sense with a dose of humor.
Got some good ideas, author is occasionally funny, too.
I enjoyed this book. I liked the idea that spending less now will allow us more options for retirement whenever we are ready!
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

Always check your sales receipt studies across all retail purchases, nearly 30% of the time customers are charged incorrect amount for @ least 1 item they are buying. Social Security benefit is designed to replace 30-40% of most people's preretirement income.
Yeager (as with most retirement books) stresses the point that modifying your lifestyle NOW is of-so-important in planning for your future lifestyle. I will never convince my husband to be a cheapskate, but am hoping that certain ideas can be embedded in our daily lives. Loads of good stuff here. I borrowed this from the library but am planning to purchase the next edition so that I can pore over it more closely.

The whole book can be summed up thus: "Spend less so you can save more now and don't need as much money to live off of in retirement." It's not sexy, neither is it rocket science.

Yeager's sense of humor tends towards crass, and I found his suggestions about assisted suicide out of place, to say the least.
Bill Donhiser
This is a wonderful retirement book. whether or not you are actually going to have to be on a budget in your "Golden Years." The key point here is that but reducing your spending a little you will reduce the amount you have socked away to produce income a huge amount. A lot to think about.
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