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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!
IN THE PRESS:
US News & World Report
"Garage Sales Go Glam"
April 8, 2013 (online)
"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
"Before & After"
April 17, 2012
SecondAct.com by Entrepreneur
"9 Things to Always Buy on Sale"
April 9, 2012
"The Top Nine Budget Living Blogs"
November 14, 2011
The Washington Post
"Green Fever Hits Washington Exhibitions"
April 11, 2011
The Boston Globe
January 26, 2011
ABC Nightline News
December 2, 2010
"Top 12 Boston-Area Female CEOs on Twitter"
June 13th, 2010
"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
"Twitter Your Way to Bargains"
July 21st, 2009
New York Post
"25 Real-Life Tips for Big-Time Savings"
March 31st, 2009