I was watching the Today Show the other day, and on comes this guy by the name of Jeff Yeager. Matt Lauer, who was doing the interview, has dubbed Yeager "the ultimate cheapskate." Indeed, that's the name of a new book he has written. Mr. Lauer was very respectful and seemingly quite taken with Mr. Yeager and his sometimes amusing eccentricities when it comes to saving a buck. (One amusing/disgusting example that stuck out was Yeager's advice to take the barf bags from the airplane when you fly, because "they make great sandwich bags.")
I have to admit that I was impressed with the interview and the almost childlike innocence that Mr. Yeager displayed. This was no schtick. The guy actually lives his life in such a way that frugality is a virtue, not an oddity. Maybe I was ready to hear his advice, because I've been doing some thinking lately about the state of the economy, my own included. There's a lot of gloom out there, some of it coming from people who have heretofore been optimistic about America's economic condition.