Jennifer Magid

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

  • Kitchen Appliances

    Best Cheap Water Filters

    If you're reading this cheap water filters buying guide, you probably prefer your water to be cleaner and taste fresher than what you're currently drinking. Although municipal water providers filter water before sending it on its way, that process doesn't get everything. A water filter system eliminates some of the microbes and other contaminants in the water coming out of your home faucet. It can also stem the flow of money to expensive and environmentally damaging bottled water, which may be no better than tap water. There are many types of home water filters, ranging from cheap water filters from well-known brands such as Brita and Pur, which cost between $15 and $40, to high-end water filters costing $125 and more.

  • Baby

    Cheap Kids' Clothes

    Between rips, growth spurts, and claims that clothes are too "babyish," frugal families are constantly prowling for cheap kids' clothes, especially during the back-to-school shopping season. To help harried parents strike that delicate balance between cost and quality, hit the stores in search of cheap school clothes for children 7 to 10 years old (a sweet spot between toddler clothing and preteen fashion). We surveyed prices at JC Penney, Kohl's, Old Navy, Sears, Target, and Walmart stores in southern Connecticut. Kmart also advertises low prices on kids' clothes but does not have a store in that market, so prices were pulled from the Kmart website.

  • Lawn & Garden

    Cheap Compost Bins

    Composting is a means of conservation -- a way to turn kitchen and yard waste into fertilizer -- so it stands to reason that compost bins should be cheap. Placing waste in free-form piles outdoors is certainly the thriftiest way to make a nutrient-rich enhancement for the garden, but eco-minded consumers often prefer dedicated compost bins: one for indoors to hold food scraps while awaiting transfer outside to a second, larger bin where the composting takes place. The former can be had for as little as $18 and the latter for no more than $50.