Commerce Guidelines and Mission

Cheapism Commerce Guidelines & Mission

At Cheapism, we're dedicated to improving the lives of our readers by confronting their financial pain points and providing them with practical and innovative solutions. This includes reviewing products and services that we think will make our readers' lives simpler and more economical (as well as sparking just a little bit of joy). 

How We Test & Review Products & Services 

The bulk of the products and services we recommend are tried and tested at home by our team of writers and editors. Readers can count on finding some combination of the following in our reviews:

  • what we liked and didn't like about the product/service
  • pros and cons
  • a synopsis of online reviews 
  • budget and upgrade alternatives
  • a buying guide (when applicable)
  • FAQs

If we haven't physically handled the product or personally experienced a service, we'll always let our readers know. For those reviews, our process involves exhaustive research that includes reading reviews (taking time to weed out fake or paid reviews), and paying close attention to what users say about long-term performance, practical features, and potential flaws. Unlike other review sites, we also aim to recommend products that fall on the inexpensive side of the cost spectrum while still retaining a level of quality that won't result in buyer's remorse or regret.

How We Make Money

We are paid an affiliate commission on some, but not all, of the products and services we recommend on We only recommend trusted retailers with a proven track record for good customer service and reliability. 

Why You Should Trust Cheapism

When Cheapism recommends a service or product, we are doing so without outside influence. Occasionally we do accept products from brands and PR agencies (and will be transparent about doing so in the reviews of those items), but our opinions are our own. We never accept agency or brand products in exchange for a glowing review. 

We are also committed to ensuring that our content reflects the diversity of our readers. We make a point to research brands and products founded by people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, as well as other minority groups whenever possible. Cheapism is also committed to hiring a diverse team of writers and editors. 

Safety & Recalls

All products, including those we have reviewed or featured on, may be subject to recalls. We encourage our readers to heed official announcements from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for the latest information on recalls. We also highly recommend registering purchased products with the manufacturer so that you will receive notice of when a recall is issued.

Meet Our Editorial Team

For more details on our editorial team's experience and expertise, please visit our About Us page

Max Levitte

Max Levitte-Cheapism PublisherMax Levitte is the publisher of Cheapism, which he founded in 2009. Max has spent the last 27 years managing content, traffic, and monetization for internet companies and running large-scale consumer-focused websites. He lives in New York City.

Kris Scott

Kris Scott-Cheapism Executive EditorKris Scott is the executive editor at Cheapism and has previously covered food, design, and lifestyle. Her work has previously appeared in Food & Nutrition, Modern in Denver, and Dallas-based Advocate Magazines. She lives in Colorado with her family and two heelers. 

Danny Jensen

Danny Jensen-Cheapism Managing EditorDanny Jensen is a managing editor at Cheapism who has covered food, travel, and more. His work can be found on Thrillist, Time Out, and Travelzoo. He's also the author of three books, including "Los Angeles Scavenger: The Ultimate Search for Los Angeles's Hidden Treasures."

Pat Shrader

Pat Shrader-Cheapism Assistant Managing Editor & Newsletter EditorPat Shrader is an assistant managing editor and newsletter editor at Cheapism. He has previously worked as an editor, a webmaster, a copy editor, and a reporter. He lives in Indiana and thinks if a car can’t last 20 years, it’s not worth owning.

Erin Kuschner

Erin Kuschner-Cheapism Senior EditorErin Kuschner is a senior editor at Cheapism who has covered travel, food, and lifestyle. She has over a decade of writing and editing experience, and her work has appeared in Time Out, the Los Angeles Times, Eater Austin, the Boston Globe, and other publications. She's based in North Carolina.

Jennifer Magid

Jennifer Magid-Cheapism Staff WriterJennifer Magid is a staff writer at Cheapism covering shopping, deals, and pets. Her background includes writing for companies such as Walmart and Neiman Marcus, as well as numerous other websites and publications. She's based in Connecticut with her family and her beloved standard poodle, Moby.

Lacey Muszynski

Lacey Muszynski-Cheapism Staff Writer 2Lacey Muszynski is a staff writer at Cheapism covering food, travel, and more. She has over 15 years of writing and editing experience, and her restaurant reviews and recipes have previously appeared in Serious Eats, Thrillist, and countless publications in her home state of Wisconsin.

Rachel Schneider

Rachel Schneider-Cheapism Staff WriterRachel Schneider is a staff writer at Cheapism covering recipes, internet culture, and how families (especially bigger families) can live sustainably and frugally. She lives on a farm in Michigan with her husband, four kids, and many, many animals. 

Maxwell Shukuya

Maxwell Shukuya-Cheapism Staff WriterMaxwell Shukuya is a staff writer at Cheapism covering tech, travel, product reviews, and personal finance. Based in California, his work has previously been featured in Capital Public Radio, Submerge Magazine, and City on a Hill Press.

Wilder Shaw

Wilder Shaw-Cheapism Staff WriterWilder Shaw is a staff writer at Cheapism covering food, specializing in taste tests and fast food. He has over a decade of food-writing experience, and his work has appeared in Thrillist, The Washington Post, L.A. Taco, Time Out, and numerous other publications.

Liane Starr

Liane Starr-Cheapism Staff WriterLiane Starr is a staff writer at Cheapism covering food, shopping, and personal finance. Liane was previously editor-in-chief of footwear trade WSAToday and a senior editor at HitFix and Her TV guidebook, "Stream This Next," was published in 2023.

Alina Wang

Alina Wang-Cheapism Staff WriterAlina Wang is a staff writer at Cheapism covering travel and personal finance. Prior to joining the Cheapism team, Alina worked as a U.S.-based correspondent for Vision Times and interned for several media outlets during college. She currently lives in Colorado.

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