Jeff Yeager

A rigorous family budget is optional in Jeff Yeager’s financial plan. So is underwear. In The Cheapskate Next Door (Broadway, $12.99), Yeager eschews conventional economic planning for a detail-oriented approach that includes tips like checking vending machines for forgotten change (allegedly a source of $100 a year) and being buried in a cardboard casket. (This saves up to $1,000, though only once.) Yeager claims his methods can cut spending by $25,000 a year or more. Tonight’s event is worth attending just to see the other misers who show up. Among Yeager’s “Americans living happily below their means” are a woman who saves used Q-tips for detailing her car and a man who cleans his own septic tank. One of Yeager’s own siblings suggests going panties-free during the summer months to save on laundry. (Um, eew?) But lest you be too skeeved out, Yeager does draw the line somewhere—he calls one man “Grinch-like” for bringing dead light bulbs on business trips to swap them for working ones at hotels. REBECCA COHEN

Thu., July 22, 7 p.m., 2010

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