Title: The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means
Author: Jeff Yeager
Genre: Nonfiction, financial, self help
Published: Crown Publishing, 2010
Recommended by: The Today Show
Review: Booklist. Starred review. Ah, yes, belt-tightening is the procedure of the day, from how giant businesses conduct themselves to managing one’s own personal finances. It is the latter aspect of conservative spending that the author of the popular Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches (2007) and of the blog Green Cheapskate addresses in this delightful—yes, delightful—guide for me, you, and everyone else. Personal finance is a universal concern, particularly in these tight economic times. It is a topic that people need to know about but still shy away from. Yeager is here to draw you in and does so easily. He does not use the term “cheapskate” in a pejorative fashion; after all, he lists himself as one and wishes that all his readers would aspire to cheapskateness. A cheapskate to him is someone who lives below his or her means and does so happily. How to spend less than you are spending now is the program he details; the amazing fact about this book is that in addition to his instructions making perfect sense, like no other book of its kind, this one
can be read simply for the humor of the author’s prose.
Notes: This was an excellent financial guide that I related to in nearly every chapter. The book included tips and tricks that I’d not thought of, and gave a bolster of support to our already “cheapskate” tendencies. We’re the most frugal of our group of friends, so it was a relief to know we’re not the only ones out there pinching our pennies and enjoying it in the meantime!
Rating (out of four stars): four stars
Date Finished: 8/30/10