But the book isnt about sacrifice. Yeager explains that today we have more money than ever before, but more ways to spend it that dont make us any happier. Add to the equation that Americas consumption practices are unsustainable, and it becomes obvious that its time for a change. Yeager recommends starting small, I like the idea of taking a week out of any year where you and your family dont spend any money, he says. Its called a fiscal fast. Doing it for just one week will help those habits stick.
Yeager also takes his own advice. To promote his book, hes set out on the Tour de Cheapskates: He flies into a regional city, then bikes to his appearances and stays with people whove volunteered a bed along the way and hell donate every penny saved to local libraries. Yeager will make a 500-mile round-trip in Florida, stopping over at Barnes & Nobles (1400 Glades Rd., Boca Raton) Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a signing. Visit www.ultimatecheapskate.com.
Tue., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2008