Living On The Cheap is owned and operated by a group of like-minded frugalistas and consumer advocates, with decades of experience in journalism or marketing. Our goal is to help readers find a myriad of ways to not merely survive tough economic times, but to enjoy themselves and not feel deprived. These are our contributors, staff and experts.
Publisher Teresa Mears is a website publisher, writer, blogger and editor who was raised to be frugal. In her 30-plus years as a journalist, she has written for papers ranging in size from the weekly Portland (Tenn.) Leader to The Los Angeles Times. She was an editor for the Miami Herald for more than 17 years, overseeing coverage of home, real estate, family and other subjects. She has also been a contributor to The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News and other publications. Teresa owns and operates South Florida On The Cheap, Florida On The Cheap and Orlando On The Cheap.
Executive Editor Laura Daily has risen to the ranks of Jedi Warrior in the fight against the evil empire of high prices. A confirmed coupon clipper, Laura is always on the lookout for ways to save or stretch that hard-earned dollar and prides herself on digging deep to unearth a great deal. She is a consumer strategist reporting for a variety of national publications including AARP The Magazine (for whom she is a Contributing Editor), AAA World, Miami Herald, Denver Post, and Westways and is a correspondent for OnTravel Radio. Laura owns and operates Mile High On The Cheap which covers the Denver/Boulder (Colorado) area.
Gigi Lehman, the editor of LivingOnTheCheap.com, has been an editor and writer for more than 30 years with special emphasis in food journalism; health and education topics; and business and finance. She has worked for major metropolitan newspapers in Florida and Texas as well as for lifestyle magazines and specialty business publications. Before joining Living on the Cheap, she worked in communications for a large banking and insurance company, which helped give her a deep knowledge of consumer issues surrounding the financial services industry. She and her husband believe in spending carefully so they can donate generously and travel widely.
Carolyn DiPaolo credits her Depression-tested grandparents with teaching her the joy of saving. She started her career at a newspaper in her thrifty hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Eager to experience city life, she moved to South Florida, where she was a reporter and editor at The Miami Herald and for many years a senior news editor at The Palm Beach Post. Carolyn is the cities editor, responsible for helping local On the Cheap sites reach more readers
Managing Editor Carolyn Erickson is a freelance writer with expertise in business-to-consumer writing and editorial. During her career, she’s helped companies like Time Warner Internet, Ethan Allen, Gold’s Gym, Stanley Steemer, Empire Vision Centers and others reach local customers with their marketing messages. Her writing has received awards from the Kansas Professional Communicators and the National Federation of Press Women. Most recently, Carolyn has parlayed her experience in digital media as the owner of Wichita on the Cheap into helping small businesses and non-profit organizations establish an Internet and social media presence – on the cheap, of course.
Jody Mace is a freelance writer who has written for publications like O Magazine, Washington Post, and Parents. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two teenaged kids. Her colleagues are dogs named Harlow and Shaggy. She publishes Charlotte on the Cheap and takes the “cheap” seriously. For fun she plays mandolin and browses at her local Goodwill Store, where she is “Foursquare Mayor,” as long as that Russell G. doesn’t steal it from her again. You can see her celebration of thrift store finds at Thrift Wrecks.
Carole Cancler is a Seattle, Washington native and granddaughter of immigrant farmers. Her corporate career crisscrossed the food and technology industries. Carole transferred her management skills to entrepreneurial ventures as a food product manufacturer, website developer, and business development consultant. Author of The Home Preserving Bible, Carole also writes food preservation articles for Mother Earth News. Raised in the fifties and sixties by Midwestern parents, Carole was imbued with a strong work ethic and prudent values (second hand clothes, home-cooked meals, and after school jobs). She transfers these pragmatic, though sentient ideals to the pages of the frugal website she operates at Greater Seattle on the Cheap.
Val McCauley was drawn to writing about Living on the Cheap after moving to Columbus from her small hometown after college. She realized that there were a ton of events and activities going on around the city, but there wasn’t a website that made it easy to find out about these things. Her love of travel and desire to get out of debt after college cemented the need to live on less while still having fun. Over the last several years, she has paid off all of her debt and still has fun. In her free time, she loves to workout, play sports, and cook gluten-free meals. Val is the publisher of Columbus on the Cheap.
Linda DuVal has lived in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region since 1969. She has been writing about the area for most of that time and is the co-author of the new “Insider’s Guide to Colorado Springs,” from Globe Pequot Press. She was a working journalist with The Gazette – the city’s daily newspaper – for 32 years, covering everything from city council to fashion trends, books and authors to travel and food. She has been a freelance writer since 2004, contributing regularly to newspapers, magazines and online sites. Linda owns and operates Pikes Peak On The Cheap.
LOTC National Deals Editor Bryan K. Chavez carries his purple coupon binder with pride everywhere he goes because he knows it’s as “good as gold.” His deal-seeking skills are so sharp that he regularly saves upwards of 75% on his grocery receipts. One of his passions is helping others save money. He’s also an expert on saving at the movies, concerts and other cultural events. When he’s not clipping coupons or sniffing out the next great promotion, his professional background is in public relations & marketing for non-profit organizations. Bryan is an editor at Mile High On The Cheap.
Laura Perry is a native Floridian who has lived in Orlando since 2006. She has annual passes to all of the major theme parks…and she’s done it on the cheap. From creative family adventures to inexpensive date nights with her husband – Laura’s calendar is always full. Laura spent six years as the marketing and media manager at Nickelodeon Suites Resort (yes, she’s been SLIMED!). Nowadays, she’s focusing on family, living on less, and using her marketing expertise to help a variety of businesses thrive. She’s even appeared as a marketing expert on the Travel Channel’s hit show, “Hotel Impossible.” Laura is editor of Orlando on the Cheap.
Patti Roth, our pets editor, offers tips and advice on how to best take care of your furry friends without breaking the bank. A veteran newspaper and magazine writer, she has written for The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Travel and Life, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and Earth911.com. She is an editor at South Florida on the Cheap, which covers Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.