Jeff Yeager spent 24 years working as a CEO and senior executive with national nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC before launching his career as an author, freelance writer, media personality, and public speaker in 2004.
During his career in the nonprofit sector and as a freelance writer, media credits for Jeffrey Yeager include the following: New York Times, USA Today, AARP The Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Miami Herald, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Detroit News & Free Press, Houston Chronicle, Reader’s Digest, Budget Living, Quick & Simple, Writer’s Digest, Bottom Line Personal, NBC Today Show, CNN, FOX News, PBS, ABC Evening News, and FOX Business.
Award winning short stories by Yeager currently appear in the following books: 2008 Writer’s Market (F+W Publications, 2007); Amazing Cat Tales (Linden Hill Publishing, 2006); 2010 Writer’s Market (F+W Publications, 2009); Chicken Soup for the Soul (2009). Yeager is also a Contributing Editor for Writer’s Digest magazine and a member of the Panel of Experts for Bottom Line Personal.
Specializing in an offbeat blend of original humor and practical advice for living a better life by spending and consuming less, Yeager was dubbed “The Ultimate Cheapskate” by Matt Lauer on the NBC TODAY Show, where he has appeared as a guest correspondent. He also hosted a series of segments, $aving Green by Living Green, on G-Word, an environmental news show on Discovery television’s PLANET GREEN network, and is a recurring cast member of TLC’s popular new series Extreme Cheapskates. He has also appeared on CNN, ABC News, CNBC, FOX News, PBS, and dozens of local TV stations around the country. Yeager is a popular guest on the nationwide talk radio circuit as well, having been interviewed on more than 500 radio stations including shows broadcast on National Public Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the Oprah & Friends network.
Yeager’s first book, The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less, was published by Random House / Broadway Books in January 2008. Road Map is currently in its sixteenth printing and was the #1 Personal Finance book on Amazon.com. His second book, The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily below Their Means, was released in the summer 2010 and is already in its seventh printing, having received critical acclaim from the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, National Public Radio, the American Library Association, and many other media outlets. In 2012, Yeager released two popular new books, both also from Random House imprints: How to Retire the Cheapskate Way and Don’t Throw That Away! 1,001 Reuses for 100 Things You Throw Away Every Day, an e-book original.
Yeager serves as the official “Savings Expert” of AARP and its 40+ million members, writing articles for the organization’s publications, contributing a weekly blog to its website (www.AARP.org), speaking and providing programs at its member events, serving as a media spokesperson on related topics, and hosting the bi-annual AARP Online Savings Challenge. In 2013, Yeager launched a weekly web show on YouTube in partnership with AARP, “The Cheap Life with Jeff Yeager” (www.YouTube.com/CheapLifeChannel).
Yeager’s work is also featured on his award-winning website UltimateCheapskate.com, and Yeager writes feature blogs on the following websites: AARP.org, TheDailyGreen.com, YahooGreen.com, and WiseBread.com.
During his career in the nonprofit sector, Yeager served as the CEO of the American Canoe Association, the oldest recreation-based waterway conservation in the U.S. (founded in 1880) and a National Governing Body of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Previously he served as director of the American Youth Hostels, the U.S. affiliate of the International Youth Hostel Federation. He also served as the director of fundraising for the Partnership for Public Service, a think-tank based in Washington.
In 2004, at the age of 46, Yeager realized something startling. Because of the experience he gained as the self-proclaimed “Titan of Tightwads” in the nonprofit sector and the positive impact those same management techniques had on his personal finances, Yeager realized that he had reduced his dependency on money to the point where he could retire. Or rather, as he likes to say, become “selfishly employed,” free to pursue whatever interests he chooses, without inordinate worry over a paycheck.
Since leaving the work-a-day world, Yeager has done just that. As an active volunteer, Yeager serves on the boards of four nonprofit organizations involved in education and the environment. But most of all, Yeager has used his newfound financial freedom to pursue his passion for writing and multi-media journalism.
Jeff currently lives just outside of Washington, DC, with Denise, his wife of 30 years. He grew up in rural Ohio, and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Bowling Green State University. He was a Rhodes Scholar nominee and was voted funniest student in his fourth grade class.