Hey there! I'm Melissa, and I'm a journalist, start-up junkie, entrepreneur, Swapaholic, and lifestyle magazine editor turned pro blogger. I'm obsessed with eccentricity, Skee-ball, DIY projects, secondhand style, rescue dogs, food & wine, travel, fitness, green living, Made in USA manufacturing, being an active part of the local community, and generally having a great time without needing to be a gazillionaire.

As a budget living & sustainable style expert, I've been featured on ABC Nightline News, CBS, NBC, and FOX news station affiliates around the country and in BusinessWeek, US News & World Report, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The New York Post, The Washington Post, The Denver Post, The LA Times, The Dallas Morning News, MSN Money, Apartment Therapy, Lifehacker and WalletPop, among other fine media outlets. My husband and I recently moved from Somerville — "the Brooklyn of Boston" — to Austin, Texas in search of that elusive Champagne life on a DIY budget. (I also write a DIY column for Boston.com.)

If you're interested in advertising with Shoestring, sending me a book or product to review, or sponsoring events or editorial, drop me a line or head over to my Partners page & let's brainstorm ways to be awesome together!


US News & World Report
"Garage Sales Go Glam"
April 8, 2013 (online)

Good Housekeeping
"How to Host a Clothing Swap"
April 2013 (print issue & online)

"What to Do When You're Single on Valentine's Day"
February 10, 2013

"Featured Chef: Healthy Tuesday #1"
July 31, 2012

"The Rise of the Barter Economy"
April 26, 2012

"Ultimate Workspace Wall"
April 21, 2012

Apartment Therapy
"Before & After"
April 17, 2012

SecondAct.com by Entrepreneur
"9 Things to Always Buy on Sale"
April 9, 2012

Lucky Magazine
"The Top Nine Budget Living Blogs"
November 14, 2011

The Washington Post
"Green Fever Hits Washington Exhibitions"
April 11, 2011

The Boston Globe
"Trade Wins"
January 26, 2011

ABC Nightline News
"Clothing Swaps"

December 2, 2010

STUFF Magazine
"Holiday Survival Guide: Make your merry way through the season with body, mind and wallet intact"

November 29, 2010

"Top 12 Boston-Area Female CEOs on Twitter"

June 13th, 2010

USA Today
"Sign of the times: Going swapping, not shopping"

April 26th, 2010

US News & World Report
"10 Creative Saving Strategies"

April 22nd, 2010

Newspaper Death Watch
"Young Journalist Makes Online Transition"

February 24th, 2010

MSN Money
"Twitter Your Way to Bargains"

July 21st, 2009

Mass High Tech
"Companies talk social media — via Twitter"

July 2nd, 2009

Dallas Morning Herald
"To Barter Successully, Use Contracts, Caution"

May 18th, 2009

New York Post
"25 Real-Life Tips for Big-Time Savings"

March 31st, 2009