(Here is the press release that went out today, May 15th, to announce the new website/network, Living on the Cheap, with which I am affiliated.)
Announcing Living on the Cheap
New website helps consumers find the real deals
Philadelphia, PA — Times are hard. Prices for food, gas and fun keep rising, yet our incomes can’t keep up. A new website, Living on the Cheap, says you don’t have to count squares of toilet paper or sacrifice cappuccinos to make ends meet.
Run by 22 veteran consumer journalists, Living on the Cheap is packed with practical advice on everything from using coupons to buy healthy food to saving money on car repairs. Its savvy reporting helps you navigate the many restaurant and retail loyalty programs as well as decide whether a bargain cruise is really a bargain.
Leah Ingram–founder of Suddenly Frugal, a blog about living more on less, and the Philly on the Cheap blog, which focuses on deals and discounts in the Philadelphia area–is one of the consumer journalists in the Living on the Cheap network.
“Our readers love hearing about creative ways to save money,” says Ingram, who is also the author of 14 books include Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier for Less and Toss, Keep, Sell!: The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Cleaning Out the Clutter and Cashing In. “Some of our most popular posts include those that point towards freebies, such as Suddenly Frugal’s Freebie Friday posts.” In fact, MSN Money picked up Ingram’s recent piece on Mother’s Day Freebies, and featured it on the site’s front page.
Living on the Cheap is brought to you by the people who bring you On the Cheap sites in 29 cities, good to know if you’re ever traveling to Colorado Springs, Chicago or Charleston, South Carolina–some of the cities in the On the Cheap network.
In addition to city-specific savings, such as those that Philly on the Cheap highlights, Living on the Cheap focuses on ways you can stretch your dollar in your every day life. Here are five tips culled from recent Living on the Cheap stories:
- The most valuable card in your wallet is your library card. Libraries offer workshops, entertainment, and story hours, and even help finding a job, all for free. Many libraries also distribute free passes to local museums and attractions.
- Sign up for email alerts from your favorite restaurants and stores or “like” them on Facebook. You’ll get advance notice of sales as well as coupons, freebies and special offers.
- Track down the clearance section at your grocery store. You’ll find slightly damaged and discontinued items at a significant discount. Use coupons with these for extra savings.
- Check out websites like gofobo.com for free passes to movie previews. Join cinema loyalty programs to earn free tickets. Some theaters host weekly half-price days. This summer, many theaters will offer free or $1 kids’ movies.
- Like sports but hate ticket prices? Sign up for emails from ticket sellers. Many send out deals and two-for-one offers. Check local newspapers and websites for package deals (such as tickets, food and drinks). Try college sports for great action at bargain prices.
Living on the Cheap is written by savvy frugalistas who know a deal when they see one. Its writers contribute to Marketplace Money, MSN Money, The Miami Herald, AARP The Magazine, New York Magazine, Consumer Reports Money Adviser, Good Housekeeping, O Magazine, The Boston Globe, Bankrate.com and many more media outlets, including television and radio. Ingram has appeared on national and local television, including “Good Morning America,” “The CBS Evening News,” “The 10! Show,” “Action News,” “Good Day New York,” and “Good Day Philadelphia.”
“These days, we’re bombarded with money-saving tips and ‘deals’ that aren’t really deals at all,” Ingram adds. “The Living on the Cheap mission is to bring readers the tips that actually save them time and money.”