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  • How to Retire the Cheapskate Way

  • The Ultimate Cheapskate's Guide to a Better, Earlier, Happier Retirement
  • By: Jeff Yeager
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Money & Finance, Personal Finance
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

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, the official "Savings Expert" for AARP 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.

©2012 Jeff Yeager (P)2013 AudioGO, Ltd.

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What did you like most about How to Retire the Cheapskate Way?

Simple, realistic actionable advice.

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Although it is US centric, there is enough here for the UK listener. I retired at 46, three years ago and had already put into practice many of the principles to do so however still do not regret listening to the book.

For anyone at an earlier stage of their life, or without particilarly good financial habits, I'd say it was worth the investment of time & money.

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poor narrator

it was hard to understand the narrator's strong accent and it spoiled the book for me

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  • Angela
  • 20-05-14

Repetitive, Redundant, Ridiculous

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I am not sure if anyone would enjoy it or find it useful.

Has How to Retire the Cheapskate Way turned you off from other books in this genre?

I would be very interested in a book that offer clear, specific and well-thought-out information on how to stretch the one's retirement dollars.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was okay.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How to Retire the Cheapskate Way?

I would delete much of the verbiage. The author repeats the same information, over and over again, indicating that some point he is going to get to the meat of book; however, he never does.

Any additional comments?

It is as if the author has very little to say on the subject, but is being paid by the word, so he stretches every idea and concept out in the vaguest of terms. He sort of talks in circles, repeating each idea over and over again.

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  • J. Byerly
  • 30-04-13

Encouraging Reinforcement for a Frugal Lifestyle

I appreciated that this is not one of those "you must have a million dollars to retire and here's how" books. It's practical and down to earth advice for living a more frugal lifestyle. Obviously, if you can learn to live on less, you can retire on less. There are many of us whose retirement plans fell apart and our hoped for retirement was supposed to be around the corner. What do we do now? Actually, there's a few ideas in here. It's applicable whether you are prepared or not prepared. I'm tired of the "We're all gonna die!!!" scenario if we didn't do everything perfect since we were 12. Some ideas are really creative and not for the faint of heart. I liked the idea (and plan to do the exercise) of writing down all the truly worthwhile things in my life. How is my life matching up to that? Do I need more money or a different focus? Have I really been chasing the wrong direction because I'm working too many hours? Could I actually be much happier and healthier and make less money? Much of it is just enforcing good habits, being better stewards of how ever much money we have. Nothing earth shattering, but thought provoking in places and worth listening to. Using even one of the ideas will save more than the book costs. :) (The narrator is not one of my favorites, but that's a personal preference.) JB

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  • C. A. Martin
  • 30-08-17

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dissapointed focus on young couples im not young of part of couple. dont look for amswers here if your close to retirement age

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  • John P. Nicholson
  • 28-04-22

puerile

puerile, hard to believe Covey made a fortune from this pablum. Kindergarten level advice at best.

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  • Lora B.
  • 13-11-21

I wasted my time reading this so you don’t have to!!

Please do not read this book it’s full of anecdotal stories and really terrible ideas on how to save money. Advice is along the lines of (this is not in the book , but similar type thinking is) save money on paper towels and napkins by taking a handful at restaurants. Actual advice is to really bad ideas about how to make money , be a DJ, make wedding cakes… Save money on admission by volunteering at a film festival.

No solid advice about investing or increasing your income. Which are the two of the best ways to save for retirement.

The only good and very obvious advice is to spend less than you earn. What to do with that money (invest) is not really discussed and some advice is terrible.

The author does not understand “smart debt.” Why would I pay off a 3% Home loan early when I could invest that money in a stock market index fund and gain on average 10% a year? Do the math, 10 is more than 3.

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  • Bob
  • 25-08-21

Trite and tiring.

Trite and tiring. Just a bunch of war stories and personal chest pounding. Not at worth your time to read. There many more incisive investment books than this one.

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  • Nik L.
  • 05-07-21

Fun And Inspiring

Loved this piece! The narration was so perfect that I could see this humorous and proud cheapskate in front of me. The ways of simple life is in consistent with minimalism—living a more meaningful life without less material things. This book tells you how to prepare for your retirement, ways to make ends meet and how to make the fullest of it.

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  • Pat O’Connor
  • 07-06-21

A must read for anyone who may retire!

I found this book to be very funny and informative I will absolutely be reading this book again thank you Mr. Yeager for making this as entertaining as it is Enlightening

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  • Donna
  • 21-05-21

Fantastic

very informative well put together..thank you so much I recommend this to anyone with any questions..its all covered from A to Z

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  • Rich Edwards
  • 10-02-21

Anonymous cheapskate.

I always wondered if I was a cheapskate, now I know! Read this and you will too!