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How to Retire the Cheapskate Way

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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 you truly want and expect out of retirement.

Combining Yeager's loveable humor and offbeat anecdotes that have garnered him an ever-growing fan base, How to Retire the Cheapskate Way shares with readers hundreds of retirement secrets and tips, including:

·How to Simple-size Your Way to a Better Retirement

·The 20 Secret Cheapskate Principles for Retiring Comfortably on Less...Maybe Even on Social Security Alone

·How to Survive the Medical Maelstrom (without resorting to DIY surgery at home)

·Plus Dozens of Fun Ways to Both Earn a Little Extra Income During Retirement and Painlessly Cut Your Expenses

Yeager, who serves as the official "Savings Expert" for AARP and its 40+ million members, weaves together both everyday practical tips and life-changing financial strategies with the real life stories of frugal retirees as well as people of all ages who are working toward a better, earlier, happier retirement The Cheapskate Way.

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 you truly want and expect out of retirement.

Combining Yeager's loveable humor and offbeat anecdotes that have garnered him an ever-growing fan base, How to Retire the Cheapskate Way shares with readers hundreds of retirement secrets and tips, including:

·How to Simple-size Your Way to a Better Retirement

·The 20 Secret Cheapskate Principles for Retiring Comfortably on Less...Maybe Even on Social Security Alone

·How to Survive the Medical Maelstrom (without resorting to DIY surgery at home)

·Plus Dozens of Fun Ways to Both Earn a Little Extra Income During Retirement and Painlessly Cut Your Expenses

Yeager, who serves as the official "Savings Expert" for AARP and its 40+ million members, weaves together both everyday practical tips and life-changing financial strategies with the real life stories of frugal retirees as well as people of all ages who are working toward a better, earlier, happier retirement The Cheapskate Way.

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  • Chapter 1

    Introduction: Who Says You Can't Afford to Retire? Just Go Ask a Cheapskate

    Everything we'd ever read or been told about retirement planning and investing seemed to be a lie, or at least wasn't working out for us. It wasn't until we really started looking at the spending side of our finances that we began to feel like retirement was once again something within our reach . . . something we could actually control. We realized that we could simplify our lives and retire very happily on less money than we ever thought possible.

    --Frugal retirees Doris and Chuck Wye

    Whether your goal is to retire early or simply enjoy retirement more, this book will show you how the key to realizing your retirement dreams is more about how--and how much--you spend than it is about complicated investment schemes or even the size of your retirement nest egg.

    That should be a refreshing message to many Americans today: Since the start of the Great Recession in 2008, Americans have lost more than $2 trillion in retirement savings--that's more than a third of their prerecession savings--not including the drop in the value of their homes. According to a 2011 Gallup poll, nearly 60 percent of those surveyed had changed their retirement plans because of the economic downturn. Record numbers of Americans now say they'll need to work longer than planned or believe that they may never be able to afford retirement.

    Not so fast, say my happily retired cheapskate friends, as well as other masters of smart spending who are still working toward their dream retirements, with their retirement plans unaltered by the economic meltdown going on around them. This book contains their retirement blueprints, their tried-and-true plans for retiring the cheapskate way.

    In the pages ahead, you'll meet some of my fellow "cheapskates," and I don't use that term in a pejorative sense. If you prefer, call us "frugal," "thrifty," or even just "smart consumers." In my own lexicon, being a "cheapskate" is a virtue, not a vice. It's not about being greedy or dishonest, and it's not about sacrifice or deprivation. It's all about choices--deciding what's really important in your life (particularly those things that come without a price tag) and skipping the rest. I honestly believe that most Americans--not all, but most--would be happier, and the quality of their lives would actually increase, if only they would spend and consume less.

    So, to me, a "cheapskate" is the polar opposite of a "conspicuous consumer." Cheapskates are too self-confident--and frankly too smart--to spend money on things they don't need, and probably don't even want, just to impress others. Cheapskates believe that their time here on earth is too precious to waste it chasing after more money and more stuff than what they really need. And, as you'll see, many of them have decided they really don't "need" that much to be happy.

    At age fifty-four, I've been a practicing cheapskate most of my adult life, although I've fallen off the wagon a few times along the way. Having grown up in the rural Midwest, in a family that viewed spending money as an option of last resort, I was raised in a culture that knew the value of a dollar and placed a premium on thrift and frugality. Heck, we were proud of our ability to pinch a penny until Lincoln cried. In fact, rumor has it that the Yeager family crest bears the inscription "Spartium Homo Erectus," which, of course, is Latin for "Cheapskate Who Stands on Two Feet."

    We were by no means poor. But with two sets of grandparents hardened by living through the Great Depression and loving parents who taught us that many of the best things in life...

About the Author-
  • JEFF YEAGERis the author of The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches, The Cheapskate Next Door, and Don't Throw That Away!. He has appeared as a guest correspondent on NBC's Today Show and Discovery's Planet Green network. He is also the author of the popular blog The Green Cheapskate, www.TheDailyGreen.com. Visit him at www.UltimateCheapskate.com.

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