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Max Levitte
Max Levitte is the founder and CEO of, a product review site for consumers on a budget who want the best value for their money. Called by The New York Times “a Consumer Reports for the cheap," publishes carefully researched buying guides that focus exclusively on low-price products. A veteran journalist, Max has spent over a decade in the consumer-advice universe. Before launching Cheapism, he was general manager at ConsumerSearch until it was acquired by The New York Times Co. He holds an M.A. in media studies from The New School and lives in New York City with his wife and son. Visit him at and follow him on Twitter @Cheapism, on Facebook, and on Pinterest

Entries by Max Levitte

Free Summer Events in Each State

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 3:50 PM

Whether you want to stay cool indoors at an art gallery or head out for live music and fireworks, there are lots of free things to do all over the country this summer. has rounded up some of the best free events in each state for summer 2015.


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4 Best Budget Leaf Blowers for Fall

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 11:11 AM

Many people look forward to the changing colors this time of year, but not many look forward to disposing of all the leaves. Although a rake may be the cheapest tool for the job, the time-consuming and back-straining work drives some homeowners toward a more powerful alternative. Before you buy...

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36 Things You Can Share to Save Money

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 8:53 AM

From Airbnb to RelayRides, "collaborative consumption" is shaking up today's economy. Although the hype has surrounded online networks of strangers sharing rides and residences, consumers can also tap into a close-knit neighborhood, family, or group of friends to help offset the cost of big-ticket items. Thinking creatively about...

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4 Best Multifunction Printers Under $80

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 2:51 PM

All-in-one printers save money and space by combining printing, copying, scanning, and sometimes faxing capabilities into one machine. Compare a price tag of less than $80 to the cost of buying separate devices, or the money you might otherwise spend at a FedEx Office or university copy shop over the...

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5 Overlooked Discounts You Don't Want to Miss

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Who doesn't love a good bargain? But who isn't lazy about collecting on them? Well, many of the discounts on this list are often overlooked but found right in front of you. Others take a bit of digging. If you're in a fog about where and how to uncover savings,...

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7 Things You Should Stop Paying for Now

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:41 PM

With so many demands on your limited budget, the last thing you want to do is spend money where you don't have to. There are many small, hidden costs you can cut out with little hassle or fanfare. Just stop paying and save. To share an infographic about this click...

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10 Products That Are Cheaper at Whole Foods

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 3:56 PM

Nicknamed "Whole Paycheck" by snarky shoppers, Whole Foods Market has earned a reputation for unaffordable prices. Although it's true the health-food giant stocks plenty of high-end goods, many items are actually less expensive than comparable products at a traditional grocery store. Don't believe it? did some shopping cart reconnaissance...

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Kroger vs. Walmart vs. Aldi: Which Is the Cheapest Grocery Store?

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 7:29 AM

If the thought of extreme couponing drives you crazy but grocery prices wipe out your budget, maybe it's time to try a different type of store. A three-way comparison by examined retailers with three different models for selling groceries: Kroger, a traditional grocery store and umbrella brand for chains...

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Portrait of a Walmart With You as the Subject

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 6:22 PM

Wal-Mart and high-priced art aren't often mentioned in the same sentence. But artist Brendan O'Connell turns the discount shopping experience into upmarket culture. His Wal-Mart Series paintings, which have fetched up to about $40,000, feature the colorful displays, iconic blue-vested employees, and bargain-hunting shoppers at the ubiquitous warehouse store.

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