Silicon Beach: Recession-Friendly Twitter for Miami

Social media that makes life easier is a thing of beauty. Miami on the Cheap (@miamicheap) is just such a thing, making it a snap to find the best deals this side of the swamp.

Teresa Mears is the publisher, author, and editor of a small South Florida blog empire for the cent-savvy, which is part of a national network of "cities on the cheap" blogs.

This consummate frugalista also uses Facebook and Twitter to get the message out about enjoying life without spending a fortune. On any given day, there's information about stuff that's free or coupons and discounts that make wallets happy.

Mears writes about doing Miami on a budget, but her Twitter account is pure gold. Strapped-for-cash folks can get wind of deals 140 characters at a time and easily pass them along to Twitter followers. Maybe they're not sharing the wealth, but they're certainly sharing the savings.

A freelance writer, Mears recently downsized from a newspaper job and understands the importance of taking advantage of what's free and cheap. Mears has lived in Florida for more than three decades and knows firsthand there are a lot of worthwhile, inexpensive activities here that are hard to find. The blogs, Facebook, and Twitter have become one-stop shops for followers.

Mears also covers Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties. A more general blog helps visitors to Florida.

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