I just watched Jeff Yeager's second episode (I didn't see his first one), and I found him to be pretty reasonable. I didn't think the meal looked gross at all (if that boy is not a vegetarian and was not pandering to the cameras, he needs an attitude adjustment). Making household cleaning supplies and toiletries is a fairly common practice. Even the gifts for the children were nice; it was thoughtful of him to bring anything, I thought the wallet was totally useable, and he put money in both the wallet and the purse. (Compare this to the buffet guy or the anniversary party guy. Do you think they'd give even a penny to a friend's child as a gift?)
I guess some of the people featured seem cheap for no reason, and are controlling, embarrassing, and/or alienating to those around them. Jeff seemed to have some decent tips for saving money, being less wasteful, and being more environmentally friendly. The other things he did (haggling and asking to share wifi) are not typical and may be somewhat rude, but they're not completely outside the realm of social acceptability.
(That being said, Jeff did go through his hosts' garbage--though I think that was for the cameras--and his wife was suspiciously absent from the show.)ETA:
Either she is getting some, or she is protecting herself in case she gets assaulted someday (which I know sounds ridiculous but she does have her own way of thinking..)
Or she has endometriosis, or she has hormonal acne, or she has PCOS, or she has PMDD, or she has difficult periods...
Edited by TookiClothespin, Nov 10, 2012 @ 7:23 PM.