Maria Gets Cheap

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Hi Writers,
I met up with one of my favorite WD forumistas this morning at the Joseph-Beth bookstore here in Cincy—the one and only "Ultimate Cheapskate" (aka Jeff Yeager).

Jeff has been pedaling his bike around the country on a book tour to spread his gospel of cheapness. You can read all about Jeff and his amusingly cheap ways on The Ultimate Cheapskate website. You might also catch one of his regular guest appearances on the "Today" show.

Among the ways Jeff is making his booktour extra cheap is by sleeping on the couches of random strangers and he donates the money saved on lodging to local libraries. Not sure I'd recommend this strategy but it seems to be working for him.

Pictured here:
* Jeff handing me the check for our coffee, which I kept, um, forgetting to pay. "You know, you actually have to pay those things when they bring them to you. It's not like a hymnal," Jeff said.

* The Ultimate Cheapskate touring bike (which I think might just be a prop since I saw him load it into the back of his minivan, shhh!) There's a plastic piggy bank strapped to the back that I got to sign.

* Jeff with his ultra-primo display space at Joseph-Beth Bookstore.

As Jeff says, "Stay Cheap!" It's a good way for a writer to live, isn't it now.

Keep Writing,
Maria

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