Teresa Mears Editor
I started working when I was 13, teaching piano lessons to children younger than I for 50 cents a lesson. My father made me save three-quarters of my earnings in an old coffee can until I had earned enough to open a bank account. I paid my way through Western Kentucky University, graduating with a degree in journalism.
My frugal background paid off when I left my newspaper job and started my own business, Florida on the Cheap, a group of six websites offering discounts, deals and news on free events in South Florida. I also write for MSN Money's Smart Spending and write a weekly On the Cheap column for The Miami Herald.
For 30 years, I worked as a newspaper journalist, at papers ranging in size from the weekly Portland (Tenn.) Leader to The Los Angeles Times. My last newspaper job was at The Miami Herald, where I edited the sections about home improvement, consumer real estate, family living and religion. I have also worked as an editor of national, international and local news at The Herald, The L.A. Times and The St. Petersburg Times. As a freelance writer, I contributed regularly to The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Latin Trade, World City Business and other publications.
Posts by Teresa Mears
Jun 10, 2010 - Car insurance companies are creating iPhone apps for reporting accidents and more. How well do they work?
May 25, 2010 - Putting all your health records in one electronic place sounds like a great idea. But how do you control who can see the information?
May 20, 2010 - All kinds of holes, from sinkholes to doughnut holes, can have financial repercussions. Which disasters does your insurance cover?