About Northern Cheapskate


Christina BrownMy name is Christina Brown, and I’m the founder of Northern Cheapskate.

My mission is to help you save money in a way that works for you and your family.

Despite the “cheapskate” name of this site, I’m not a true cheapskate.  I don’t steal all the ketchup packets and napkins from fast food restaurants.  I don’t always use coupons.  I don’t join things just for the free food. I don’t  live in a 10×10′ house and ride my bike everywhere.

Instead, I try to look at ways I can be more efficient and save money on the simple things I do every day –  like cooking, laundry, organizing my home, taking care of my garden, finding cheap entertainment, and raising kids – and do the best that I can. It’s what I’ve been doing since I made the decision to turn my financial situation around.

My goal is to make frugality accessible for anyone looking to pay down debt, save money, and live better for less.

You see, frugality isn’t about deprivation.  It’s about learning to make the most of what you’ve got.  It’s about living debt-free. It’s about using that freedom from debt to do good things for others.  It’s about embracing simplicity, being organized, and being conscious of our finite resources. (And having a little fun, doing it all, too!)

The following ideas are the tenets of frugality that have guided me over the years:

  • Spend less than you earn.
  • Pay yourself first.
  • The little things you do to save money can add up to big things.
  • Always shop intentionally.
  • A plan will help you save money.
  • Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
  • Pay it forward when you can.

If you found yourself nodding your head in agreement with those ideas,  please consider signing up for our newsletter.  We’ll keep you updated on the latest posts at Northern Cheapskate and share great money-saving deals and frugal living tips with you each week.

We also invite you to join Northern Cheapskate on Facebook where like-minded frugal folks share their ideas on how to save money and get the things they need for less.

And of course, you can always contact me with your questions, comments or ideas.

Contributing Writers

Christina Christina writes for Northern Cheapskate from the woods of northern Minnesota, where she clip coupons, pinch pennies and herds three boys (a 9-year old and twin 7-year olds) as a stay-at-home mom.  She is also a freelance writer for various community publications.

Guest Blogger SusanGuest Blogger Susan loves work. When she isn’t at her job as a school librarian she is working on her family fruit farm. She occasionally has a little fun but not if it costs too much.


MichelleMichelle is a Michelle is a CPA, wife and mom to four active kids, ages 14, 12, 7 and 4.  She is interested in being frugal, self-reliant, leaving some of the excess of today’s world and working to maintain her sanity through organization, humor and trial & error. She is the author of the blog Counting Willows.

JessicaJessica is a crafty stay-at-home mom of two, who tries to find ways to save money while being green. She is also the author of the blog Save Green Being Green.


Guest Posts
Northern Cheapskate periodically welcomes guest authors who can write compelling, original pieces on saving money. If you are interested in submitting a guest post, please send us an e-mail describing your post and we will consider publishing it.

Favorite/Most Popular Posts

We’ve been blogging here at Northern Cheapskate since November 2007.  For those of you who may be new to Northern Cheapskate, please check out some of our most popular posts to get a feel for the broad range of subjects we cover.

Media and Public Relations

Northern Cheapskate has been featured in the media, including All You magazine, Parents magazine, Time.com, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Public Radio, Sacramento Bee, MSN Smart Spending, KARE 11 TV, Duluth News Tribune, Hibbing Daily Tribune, and Business North.

Northern Cheapskate has a column in the Scenic Range News Forum and is heard every Monday morning on KAXE 91.7 FM – Northern Community Radio.

In addition, Christina Brown is the winner of the 2012 Northern Community Radio Online Leadership Award.

Northern Cheapskate has also worked with numerous companies including SC Johnson, General Mills, Kimberly Clark, H&R Block, Subway, TJ Maxx and Marshalls to create content, host giveaways, and offer product reviews.


Looking to promote your website or product?  Northern Cheapskate currently offers affordable advertising.

One other thing…

We’re not financial advisers around here. We’re simply interested in saving money and living a frugal lifestyle and we happen to think we’re pretty good at it.  While we enjoy sharing our ideas with you, please remember that you are ultimately responsible for making your own, educated decisions when it comes to your personal finances.

Please be sure to read our full disclaimer, disclosure, and privacy policies for more information.

Thanks for stopping by!