Jen Laskey gave up her office job in 2005 to pursue a career that would enable her to exploit her many interests and get paid for it. Now, she pairs her technical skills, creativity, and insatiable curiosity with writing gigs that focus on food, wine, travel, technology, lifestyle, beauty, and health. When she’s not writing for clients, she’s writing her own stuff and juggling several other creative projects. Although being frugal does not always come naturally to Jen, going solo has forced her to navigate her own frugal frontier in an ongoing effort to create a life worth living. Jen received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University and she holds a BA in literature, creative writing, visual arts, and carnival (yep, carnival) from Bennington College. Click here to read Jen’s posts.
Kimberly McCaffery is a suburban mom with a full-time day job (digital product manager), and a full-time night/weekend job (mother, writer, homeowner). Frugality comes naturally to Kim and circumstances brought on by the Great Recession have allowed her frugal talents to blossom. Kim earned an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and is the author of scratching for something a chapbook of prose poems and fables.
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Leora Schachter loves the challenge of getting something for almost nothing in her hometown of NYC, and with her renewed frugality (thank you, recession), it also involves environmental – as well as monetary – concerns. The economic crisis first hit Leora when her office job became a casualty of the 2008 layoffs. After a brief stint of severance-induced leisure and an inspirational trip to Paris, she began working as a Business Development Consultant. She’s currently consulting for Etsy, an online portal for handmade goods. Before the recession, Leora was VP of Strategy and Development at IAC Advertising Solutions where she led the advertising product management and development for client sites, such as Evite, Citysearch, Ticketmaster, and Match. Prior to IAC, she was General Manager at Waterfront Media, an online health publisher, and she has also managed partner marketing programs and Web site launches for American Express, Audible, and others. Leora is a true New Yorker who claims to enjoy culinary arts, but what she really means is that she loves to eat. A few of her fave frugal NYC eateries are Eisenberg’s, Num Pang, and La Caridad.
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Joelle Hann is yoga journalist and yoga teacher by nights and weekends, and a full-time development editor by day. She has an MFA in poetry from New York University and is the author of the Yoga Nation blog and Twitter feed. Her work has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, TimeOut New York, McSweeney’s, and Poets & Writers, and she has attended artists residencies such as Yaddo and MacDowell. Living frugally comes naturally to her, but she’s learned to live extravagantly when necessary. For example, she is learning to sing. She loves to travel Brazil. Visit her web site to read her poetry, journalism and yoga blog. Click here to read Joelle’s posts.
Laura King is a freelance writer and editor.
Carolyn Lengel dropped out of graduate school upon realizing that her love of grammar wouldn’t win her an academic job. She now edits English composition textbooks. A huge fan of Indian films, she has written about Bollywood for various online publications and co-curated the “Bollywood 101: Greatest Hits of Hindi Cinema” series at the Ossining Public Library. For the past four years, she has been combining her passions for grammar and Bollywood by trying to learn Hindi, with mixed success. Carolyn has always been frugal, whether by choice or by necessity, and is delighted to be part of a movement at last. She lives with her family in Garrison, New York.