CHEAPISM: Cheap-i-sm, Spelled Pronunciation [chē-piz-uh-m]-noun.
An economic system in which individuals (consumers) acquire goods and/or services at a relatively low cost or price (inexpensively or comparatively inexpensively).
Those who advocate and support cheapism are "cheapists". As a result of practicing cheapism regularly, cheapists manage to save money and live within their means, or to utilize their finances for other purposes.
Origin: 2009; cheap + ism
Max always tries to buy gas in New Jersey because it's cheaper than in Manhattan. He shops for fruit and vegetables at Fairway instead of the pricey supermarket. He registers domain names with GoDaddy because it costs 200 percent less than the competition. He gave up his land line for a cheaper VOIP line. And sometimes he even bids on second hand items at eBay when it's relevant.
Max has spent the last 15 years managing content, traffic and monetization for internet companies and running large-scale consumer-focused websites. Prior to launching Cheapism.com, he served as the VP of marketing and monetization for Viewpoints Network and before that as general manager for ConsumerSearch.com, until it was acquired by The New York Times Company. Before his internet career, he worked as a journalist, which is why he loves content so much. Max holds an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School in New York City and a B.A. in World History from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He lives in New York City. You can reach him at max at cheapism.com.
Felix moved to Brooklyn where he could afford a larger, more light-filled apartment than any he might have found Manhattan. He tries to purchase everything on his credit cards, making sure to pay off the balance every month. The mileage he earns by charging all his purchases helps offset his travel expenses -- and Felix travels a lot.
Felix has worked in technology for the past 15 years, having cut his teeth at The New York Times Digital. He subsequently moved through several dot-coms into his own consulting practice. Felix has been developing custom website back ends for longer than he cares to remember. He has a degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Kara takes worn-out heels to the shoe repair rather than buying new pairs. She moved her checking account to avoid ATM fees. She works out at the Y instead of a pricey gym. While living in notoriously expensive New York City, she managed to save enough money to backpack around the world.
Before joining Cheapism, Kara was a senior copy editor and web editor at Advertising Age. She has also edited for ESPN The Magazine and the website of New York magazine. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. You can reach her at kara at cheapism.com.
Maralyn rides the bus instead of taking cabs because public transit is cheaper and more efficient. She goes to salad bars for lunch and sets a daily limit of $4.50. She scours the local papers for free concerts and performances. She has clothes in her closet that are at least 20 years old (and sometimes even wears them). A cheapskate? No. A Cheapist? All the way.
Maralyn is a veteran reporter, writer, researcher, and editor. From her early years at Crain's Chicago Business and the Detroit bureau of Business Week, then on to a long-term stint at Cornell University's ILR School and now at Cheapism.com, Maralyn has been -- and remains -- committed to getting the story straight. That means a devotion to balance, to thorough investigation, and to making sense of diverse ideas and facts. Maralyn earned a Master's in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell, a Master's in Journalism at University of California-Berkeley, and a B.A. at Tufts. She resides in New York City. You can reach her at maralyn at cheapism.com.
- Michael Davidson blogs about personal development and health at Feel Happiness and political philosophy at Government Denies Knowledge. He studied math and economics at Rutgers University, and his current favorite way to save money is by using bitcoin.
- Max Levitte is the Founder and CEO of Cheapism.com. Prior to launching Cheapism, he served as the VP of marketing and monetization for Viewpoints Network and before that as general manager for ConsumerSearch.com, until it was acquired by The New York Times Company. Before his internet career, he worked as a journalist, which is why he loves content so much. Max holds an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School in New York City. He and his family live in NYC.
- Jerry Kronenberg writes about personal finance for Cheapism.com and other media, with a special emphasis on real estate and autos. A veteran business journalist, he has held senior editorships at CNN Financial News, United Press International, and the Boston Herald. A former Fidelity Investments vice president, he also serves as an editor at TheStreet.com's RealMoney and RealMoneyPro services, which cater to Wall Street professionals.
- Charyn Pfeuffer is a writer, editor, and strategist specializing in food, travel, and lifestyle topics. Her work has appeared in more than 100 media outlets including AOL, Coastal Living, Delta Sky, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Marie Claire, National Geographic Traveler, Sunset, TravelandLeisure.com, TravelChannel.com, WIRED, and Yahoo. In addition, she's authored, co-authored, and ghostwritten more than a dozen books. In her spare time, she's an avid volunteer, animal rescue advocate, and certified Marine Naturalist. She lives in Seattle, the land of super cheap, often twice-daily, happy hours.
- Tahirah Blanding is a blogger and freelance writer currently pursuing her graduate degree in professional communication. She spends her spare time browsing thrift shops in the local area. Tahirah enjoys a good deal, coupon cutting, and short stories.
- Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.
- Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.
Louis DeNicola is a freelance personal finance writer who specializes in credit, debt, and practical money-saving tips. He loves stacking savings opportunities to get amazing deals, traveling for free using credit card rewards, and teaching others how to do the same. Connect with Louis by visiting louisdenicola.com.
- Tess Rose Lampert is New York City based writer, beverage educator, and lover of savings. With a background in academic philosophy and nearly a decade in the alcoholic beverage industry, she strives to enhance people's everyday experiences with food and beverage through dynamic and interactive writings, educational seminars and events. Always on the lookout for creative ways to save, she has become a regular contributor to Cheapism.com.
- Olivia Lin is a born and raised New Yorker who learned about bargaining and shopping with a keen eye from her very wise mother. Olivia runs Operations at Touch Lab, New York's premier Android development shop, and owns a kitten named Patticake.
- Liane Starr has contributed to outlets including the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, People, Budget Living, and more. She still clips coupons.
- Hana is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. She has been a sustainable farmer, an international nonprofit professional, and a teacher, and she has called home China, Thailand, Israel, Chicago, and Michigan. With her experience working in resource-poor areas, she knows how to make a dollar go far. She writes about travel, health and wellness, farming and food systems, and international development (to name a few), and her work appears all over the web.
- Emily Lugg is a freelance writer and writing tutor in the Writing Center at Ohio Wesleyan University. Always looking for the best investment for her family at the cheapest price, Emily uses research and consumer reviews as her sharpest tools for the savviest shopping.
- Jennifer Magid has worked as a writer and editor in publishing and marketing for almost two decades. She has written for outlets ranging from InStyle magazine to Psychology Today and for a number of grocery and personal care brands. Jennifer is frugal by proxy: She is married to a certified cheapskate, which has been good for her wallet but bad for her shoe and handbag collections. These days, she never, ever buys her fashions full price. Jennifer holds a Master’s in Journalism from New York University. She lives in Connecticut with her family and an admittedly expensive-to-maintain standard poodle -- the one anomaly in her cheap lifestyle. Find out more about Jennifer at www.jennifermagid.com .
- Gina Martinez is a freelance writer who teaches college-level composition and literature courses and has an M.A. in English. She lives on the cheap in New York City with her majestic lapdog.
- Teal Pelish is Cheapism's in-house web producer. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
- Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.
- Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.
- Monica Beyer is the author of two books and has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared at SheKnows, Babble, Mental Floss, Good Magazine, and Good Housekeeping. As a mom of four kids, she's mastered stretching her dollars until they squeak.
- Elizabeth King is a Chicago-based freelance writer. She covers culture, news, politics, money, and travel. Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from DePaul University in 2011.
- Erin Ward is a contributing writer for Cheapism.com. Passionate about holistic well-being, she covers health and wellness, travel, and lifestyle topics. She has contributed to online publications such as Yoga City, The Culture-ist, Careerealism, and Drive the District. She currently heads content production at Spring Moves and teaches vinyasa yoga around New York City.
- Kara Reinhardt is managing editor of Cheapism.com. She has contributed to outlets including NBC News' Today Money, MSN Money, and The Huffington Post. She began her career as an editor at Advertising Age and ESPN The Magazine and holds degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She has honed her money-saving skills in New York and Vancouver, two of the most expensive cities in North America.
- Maralyn is a veteran reporter, writer, researcher, and editor. From her early years at Crain's Chicago Business and the Detroit bureau of Business Week, then on to a long-term stint at Cornell University's ILR School and now at Cheapism.com, Maralyn has been -- and remains -- committed to getting the story straight. That means a devotion to balance, to thorough investigation, and to making sense of diverse ideas and facts. Maralyn earned a Master's in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell, a Master's in Journalism at University of California-Berkeley, and a B.A. at Tufts. Maralyn resides in New York City.
- Jennifer Abel is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in a variety of print and online media, ranging from Playboy and the Guardian to local alt-weeklies and regional magazines. Jennifer has lived all over the East Coast, always in regions with a good selection of thrift stores, flea markets, and other secondhand emporiums. She earned a master's degree in English with honors, but her proudest collegiate achievement was probably when an admiring classmate said, "Jennifer can stretch a dollar until Washington screams."
- Bored out of her mind at her parents' Chicagoland home, Alyssa moved to New York to pursue a journalism career. She's proud to call herself a "Queens girl" and loves to tell Manhattanites she lives in a huge apartment that costs less than the shoebox where they're residing.
- Kate Levin cares about the environment but the real reason she uses cloth diapers for her girls is because it's cheaper. She and her husband cut their grocery bill by becoming weekday vegetarians. Kate loves hunting for deals -- even more so when she gets to share them on Cheapism. She lives in Atlanta.
- Jeremy Bender is currently an editorial intern at Business Insider. Previously he has written for BuzzFeed and a host of blogs. He is constantly frugal, and finds every way possible to pinch the few pennies he has.
- Josue is a freelance writer and illustrator. He has created editorial illustrations for Bushwick Daily and has a storefront on Society6. His first play was performed in May and he is currently working on multiple writing projects, including a short film. You can view his portfolio on Cargo Collective and contact him via email at jled647 at gmail.com.
- Lee Stevens is a video producer and writer. She has created videos for the American Museum of Natural History and the video blog CreatureCast, in addition to Cheapism. From coupon shopping for necessary items to packing lunch every day instead of buying it, every chance to save money in the expensive city is a fun challenge to her.
- Sarah McMinn is a freelance writer based out of New York City. A graduate of The Juilliard School with a B.F.A. in Acting, her post-college life among the overly romanticized starving artist class has taught her the value of thrift. Her favorite part of a newspaper is the coupon inserts.
- Mike Dolen is the President of CreditCardForum.com, which is a website for discussing and analyzing credit card deals.
- A parenting expert with a Ph.D. from Harvard University, Christine Gross-Loh raised her own children in Japan for five years. Christine's new book, Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us, will be published on May 2 by Avery/Penguin.
- Mia Taylor is an award-winning journalist who has more than two decades of experience. She has contributed to TheStreet, Westways Magazine, Trip 101, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and KPBS (the San Diego affiliate of National Public Radio). Mia began her career in Boston as a general assignment reporter for The Patriot Ledger. She also worked as a metro reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and holds a graduate degree in journalism from San Diego State University's School of Journalism and Media Studies. In 2011, Mia was part of a team of KPBS reporters who received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism for their investigation into California county government.
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