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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 17 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.
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Marc Levy has been in journalism for more than two decades, mainly in New England, as a reporter, columnist, copy editor and editor in newspapers and online-only sites. He lives in Cambridge, Mass.
Liane shops consignment websites for bargains, re-heels her favorite old shoes, and collects coupon apps on her phone. Before joining Cheapism, Liane was the editor-in-chief of WSAToday, a business magazine for the footwear industry. She was also a senior editor at HitFix and a senior writer at EW.com.
Pat Shrader has been in journalism since President Reagan was in office. He has worked as an editor, webmaster, copy editor, and reporter in Chicago, Indiana, and Texas. He lives in Chesterton, Indiana. Words he lives by: If a car can’t last 20 years, it’s not worth owning.
Alex Robinson is an editor at Thrillist.com who spends his off hours tuning up his Honda CB350, trying to fix old electronics, camping, and figuring out the highest place he can hang a hammock. Catch him on Instagram @alexanderrobinson.
Allison Task is a career and life coach who has helped hundreds of people transform their lives. By actively pursuing meaningful personal and career goals, Allison’s clients have changed careers, launched companies, retired early, moved their families across the country — and around the world.
Andrew Lisa has been writing professionally since 2001. He was one of the youngest nationally distributed columnists at the largest newspaper syndicate in the country, the Gannett News Service, and later worked as the Money section editor at AMNewYork, the most widely distributed newspaper in Manhattan. He currently works as a full-time freelance writer.
Anna Christakos is a web producer and writer in Austin. Dubbed "The Frugaler" by her husband, Anna thrives on finding inventive ways to save money. Whether it's baking fresh bread, harvesting garden vegetables, or enjoying a home-brewed beer, Anna finds that cutting back on everyday expenses can be both frugal and fun. And while there are plenty of free events in the city to enjoy, Anna mostly just likes kicking it at home with her four furry children.
April Neale is an accredited entertainment writer and television critic and current member of the television critics' association (TCA), Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics' Association (GALECA) and Broadcast Television Journalists' Association (BTJA). Neale is the television critic and lifestyle editor for U.K.based entertainment site Monsters and Critics (English language version). Neale has read her original work on NPR and DeLaune Michel's hosted 'Spoken Interludes', and has written for various industry trades and entertainment websites.
- 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.
Danny has enjoyed DIY projects that save money since long before it was the cool thing to do. Whether he’s growing his own vegetables, pickling them or cooking elaborate dinners from scratch, he’s pretty convinced the food tastes better than spending a fortune on a night out. When he does go out, he has a knack for tracking down the best free events and concerts in town, along with finding delicious, cheap eats at holes-in-the-wall or food trucks. He’s also never met an impulse buy that he couldn’t pass up in favor of bargain hunting for a better deal.
Danny is a L.A.-based freelance writer who covers food, travel, events and lifestyle. His work can also be found on Thrillist, Time Out, TravelZoo, KCET, and elsewhere. He grew up in Boston and received his B.A. in English from Vassar College. He’ll sing you an opera aria if you ask nicely.
Elizabeth Sheer is a writer and researcher with a long history of bringing supportive information to both businesses and individuals. A life long New Yorker, she relocated to the confluence of the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley, an area of small farms that is a mecca for food; an excellent spot for an ex-caterer who has taught cooking to kids, and contributed articles on that topic to the Big Apple Parents’ paper, among others. There she battles rocks and creatures to create a garden that has been certified as a Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. She is studying to be a Master Gardener, and has a Master’s Degree in Information Science from Pratt Institute.
- 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.
Ellen Sirull is senior manager of content at Experian Consumer Services, a division of Experian, the nation's largest credit bureau. In her role, she helps consumers learn about credit, personal finance and identity theft protection. Prior to Experian, she worked in communications, writing, marketing and branding for various companies and agencies. She has an ABJ from University of Georgia and a MBA from Kennesaw State University.
- 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.
Geof Wheelwright is a former Senior Editor at MSN Travel, as well as being a longtime journalist who has contributed to the Financial Times, Newsweek, The Guardian and a host of other newspapers and magazines. But most of all, Geof is a dad who has spent many years finding the best answer to the one question facing all parents on a family trip: "Are we there yet"? The answer is always one word: "Almost."
- 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.
- 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.
Greg Makowski is a founder and Managing Member of CFS Investment Advisory Services, L.L.C. According to Bloomberg magazine and the Financial Times, CFS is one of the top independent wealth managers in the U.S.
- 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.
Harris Nydick is a founding partner and Managing Member of CFS Investment Advisory Services, L.L.C. and is a Registered Investment Advisor. He has been advising institutions, retirement plans, high net worth individuals and families for over 32 years.
Jack is the founder of PaladinRegistry.com, a free website that has educated millions of investors about financial advisors and matched thousands of investors to vetted advisors in their communities. He is also the co-author of 5 Steps for Selecting the Best Financial Advisor.
Brock has held editorial positions with print and broadcast news organizations around the world, including writing and editing roles in New York, Paris, Dubai, and Houston. His reporting and writing has encompassed a wide variety of subjects, including profiles of Federico Fellini, Anthony Bourdain, and Tom Ford, food and wine and other culinary matters, the arts and culture, and personal finance and investing.
Brock has, in addition to his journalism career, worked in the kitchens of restaurants in Brooklyn, Spain, Germany, and Paris, produced an array of special events celebrating the shared meal, and in 2014 founded The Brockhaus, a culinary think tank and moveable dining club, which has welcomed guests to pop-up events in Houston and Dallas and on Nantucket.
Jason Notte is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Esquire. Notte received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1998. Follow him on Twitter @Notteham.
Jean gets excited over a good life hack, especially when it comes to saving money. She’s the type of person who finds actually finds joy out of researching recipes that make use of all her leftover ingredients, and is keen on figuring out the most fun and interesting ways she can get exercise without paying gym membership fees. Since she’s also a frugal traveler, you’ll most likely catch her on vacations at a free museum or buzzy, cheap-eats joint as she soaks in the local culture.
Jean is a print and digital journalist whose work has appeared in VICE, Los Angeles Magazine, LA Weekly, Thrillist, GOOD and The Daily Beast. Previously, she was the Deputy Editor at LAist, and once landed the prestigious role as a judge for a bacon festival cook-off.
Born and raised in southern California, Jeffrey Rindskopf is a freelance writer based in Seattle, focusing on fiction as well as feature articles pertaining to travel, food, film, personal finance, music and local arts.
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.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
Jonathan is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Dash Investments and co-author of the book, 5 Steps for Selecting the Best Financial Advisor
- 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.
- 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.
Kellie Moore is a copy editor and freelance writer in the Midwest. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and she’s worked as a reporter, an editor, and a high school teacher. She loves doing DIY projects and finding clever ways to save money. When she’s not playing with words or hunting for deals, you’ll likely find her reading or baking. Connect with her by visiting kelliebmoore.com.
Lacey Muszynski has three loves in life: Mexican food, bloody marys, and snarky writing. She's a freelance writer and editor in Wisconsin, a very underrated state, especially if you ask a Wisconsinite. She's eaten a ton of burgers for Serious Eats, listicled for Thrillist, edited trade magazines, and has written for many Milwaukee and Madison publications. At any given time, you're most likely to find her at the grocery store deciding what to do with that $1 discount bag of not-quite-moldy-yet lemons. (The answer is limoncello.)
- 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.
- Liane Starr has contributed to outlets including the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, People, Budget Living, and more. She still clips coupons.
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.
Mary Shustack is a New York-based features writer who specializes in subjects including home and design, antiques, the arts - and shopping. One of her favorite money-saving tricks is emptying out her coin purse every night, a painless way to save a surprising amount of extra cash for vacation sundries.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Nicole is a Chicago-based freelance writer who covers travel, arts and culture, food and drink, gadgets and gizmos, and other fun lifestyle stuff. Her work can also be found on Thrillist, Marriott Traveler, BlackboardEats, Gizmodo, and elsewhere. When she's not writing, you can catch her at mostly free or nearly free shows (music, art, comedy, theater) around town, grabbing complimentary books from the public library, or traveling to some far off land to eat, drink, and either climb a mountain or float in an ocean thanks to her cost-cutting efforts. You can also find her on Twitter @nicoleabruce.
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 growth and operations at Socratic, the startup team behind the free, top-ranked homework helper app. She is also mother to her adopted tabby cat, Patticake.
Raechel Conover has been a staff writer for Cheapism since 2010. In that time she has written hundreds of stories and review articles for the website, many of which have also appeared on Yahoo, MSN, TIME, The New York Times and various other websites. She also played a key role in developing the Cheapism blog and served as the blog manager for a number of years.
Now with three young kids she remains a regular contributor to Cheapism.com. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the clearance racks for deals, utilizing local resale websites, and stacking coupons. When she isn’t writing or deal hunting, she can be found taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and children.
Raechel has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications from The Ohio State University. Based in Dublin, Ohio, Raechel also does freelance writing work and social media consulting for local companies.
Saundra Latham regularly exploits her grocery's fuel-points program for free tanks of gas and skips the salon in favor of the $5.99 sales at Great Clips. She has made her home in areas with a low cost of living, such as Dayton, Ohio, and Knoxville, Tenn.
Before joining Cheapism as the site's first staff writer, Saundra freelanced for websites including Business Insider, ConsumerSearch, The Simple Dollar, The Motley Fool, and About.com. She was previously an editor at The Columbus Dispatch, one of Ohio's largest daily newspapers. She holds a master's in communication from Ohio State University and a bachelor's in journalism from American University.
- A veteran financial journalist, Scott Van Voorhis has over two decades of experience as a Boston-based reporter and writer covering a wide range of business sectors, from homes sales and real estate development to the financial services, high tech, and casino gambling sectors.
Sheryl Nance-Nash is a freelance writer based in New York City specializing in travel, personal finance and small business. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, U.S. News, Orbitz.com, Upscale, Money, and many others.
- 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.
- Taylor Van Arsdale is a Los Angeles-based award-winning author, freelance writer and graduate of Loyola Marymount University. When she’s not socking away money to her tax-deferred 401Ks, or moving mutual funds to get the best rate of return—you can find her at her computer drafting articles on money saving ideas, or tech, gardening, fitness and lifestyle tips. Her recently published novel Cocaine To Bain: Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Inside Story of the Hollywood Guitar Center is the winner of two book awards. Follow her on Instagram.com/TaylorVanArsdale or Twitter @TVA_Tailfish
Terri Williams is a freelance writer with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has written extensively on careers, college affordability, personal finance, and financial literacy for several sites, including Yahoo, U.S. News & World Report, Investopedia, USA Today, GoodCall, The Houston Chronicle, Business.com, and The San Francisco Chronicle.
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 consumers' 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 is a regular contributor to Cheapism.com.
Trae is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, retail, and apps. She has appeared on dozens of TV shows, including Rachael Ray, MSNBC, the Harry Show, Inside Edition, CNBC and network affiliates nationwide. Trae is a contributing editor at Woman’s Day magazine and regularly contributes to several online publications, including WomansDay.com, LendingTree.com, MagnifyMoney.com and RD.com.
Wilder Shaw sneaks his own candy into movie theaters, makes his own birthday cards, and laughs out loud at the very idea of valet parking. What a guy.
He's an LA-based writer whose byline you've seen in places like Thrillist, Time Out, Citizine, We Like LA, and numerous others. But let's be honest, you probably recognize him from when he played Trick-or-Treater #2 on an episode of The Nanny. Stalk him on Twitter and Instagram.
What do we do?
- We find the best cheap products out there and tell you what they are.
- We scour the internet for news stories and resources that are informative and fun and help you save money.
How do we do this?
- We identify all the cheap products in each category.
- We research the 'must have' features for products in that category.
- We select the products that have those features.
- We eliminate products with pricey, unneeded features.
- We read reviews about the products' performance.
- We tell you which products are best and where you can buy them.
Why do we do it?
Because we know that many people these days are looking for inexpensive products but want to buy the best available products in the budget price range.
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