Mary Hance

Mary Hance



Mary Hance, Ms. Cheap, writes a frugal consumer column and welcomes your tips on how to save money and time. She loves helping people save money and is always looking for good sales and penny pinching strategies for stretching our hard earned dollars. The Ms. Cheap column, which has been running for more than 17 years, appears Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in the Tennessean and you can e-mail tips to her here.

If you want a little bio, here ’tis: A native of Senatobia, Miss., she learned her thrift from her frugal parents – her bargain savvy mother and her father who was an Episcopal priest and bishop. She grew up in Mississippi and in Memphis. She graduated with honors from the University of the South at Sewanee, with a degree in English. In 1976, she started with the Nashville Banner as a copy clerk and worked her way up to cover the local and state and federal courts, the police beat, Metro government, and worked as an editorial writer, a business writer and assistant business editor. When the Banner closed in 1998, she and her Ms. Cheap column moved to the Tennessean. She and her husband Bill have two grown daughters.

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