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Good Morning America

This was our first national interview. It was a wonderful experience for the kids – four of them came with us (John – our eldest had to work).

CVideo Iconharlie Gibson conducted the interview, Claire Alpert was our wonderful hostess /producer and Mary Pflum produced the video segment.

Below is the article that appeared on ABC’s website – we’ve edited … Read the rest

ABC’s 20/20 – Flat Broke — Begging and Borrowing in America

Video IconOur segment on this show was first broadcast on January 19, 2007 and then rebroadcast on August 2, 2007.

The story below is from the ABC website and was posted there in August. It did not appear in January.


America’s Cheapest Family Lives Debt Free

The Economides Wrote the Book on Debt-Free Living

Credit card debt in the U.S. is … Read the rest

The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet

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The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet was an American syndicated morning talk show. Produced by Fox, the show first aired on January 22, 2007. It was hosted by Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy, the program consisted of celebrity interviews, audience participation, and segments relating to viewers. The last live show aired on June 12, 2009.

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Montel William – How to Live Like A Millionaire

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This was one of our more unusual media appearances. The producers originally told us that Montel wanted to help viewers save money and that we were appearing with a friend of his who was going to do just that.

The Millionaire Maker

It turned out to be a show about becoming a millionaire . . . not our idea of … Read the rest

The Today Show

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This was the first of 9 appearances we made on the Today Show.

After an article entitled “The Frugals” ran in People Magazine, we were contacted by a producer from the Today show. They wanted to see how America’s Cheapest Family lived and specifically how we shopped for Christmas presents.

Christmas Shopping  with America’s Cheapest Family

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Dr. Phil — Financial Tips and Tricks

When a producer from Dr. Phil called us we were amazed. It was an awesome opportunity to help families around the country to get more for their money and learn how to make frugal living fun.

The Big Surprise

When we found out that the entire show they were putting together was going to center around our book and our … Read the rest

The Talk—Shopping Smarter

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Video IconOur visit to CBS studios and The Talk was one of the nicest we’ve ever had. The entire crew behind the scenes were super helpful, professional and a lot of fun.
Our hosts were Gina and super-producer Lauren Danza. Even the stage manager Matt (who is a Bob Saget look-alike) and the director EK were awesome.

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Today Show Costumes for Halloween

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The Today Show Producers Titled this Segment – Spooky Savings!

We called it a lot of fun to see what kinds of Today Show costumes we could put together for just a few pennies. We took the challenge seriously and applied our thriftiest skills to put together some fun costumes without spending a chestful of gold.

How we Ended up

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Weekend Today Show — Cutting Your Grocery Bill in Half with Lester Holt

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Video IconThis was a fun interview with Weekend Today Show co-host Lester Holt where we discussed how to save money on groceries.

Unlike many hosts, Lester seemed very curious and genuinely interested in our lifestyle. It’s very expensive to live in New York City and we think he was looking to save some money.

Interview Topics We Covered

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Today Show—Holiday Savings Ideas

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We were asked to come back to The Today Show again on December 9, to share how we save money at Christmas time.

How we Save Money on Christmas Gifts and Wrappings

We shared how we use cast off items (like plastic grocery bags, old candles, sponges and pine cones) to make great holiday decoration and gifts.

We shopped at … Read the rest

The Talk—Getting on Budget

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Video IconThis was our second appearance on The Talk. In the first appearance, we shared about saving money on groceries. In this two-segment appearance, Steve & Annette talk about their household budgeting system and how to save money in almost every room of your home.

Topics we Covered in the Interview

We talked about saving money by using a freezer … Read the rest

The Today Show—Getting Back on Budget

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Steve, Annette, Becky and Abbey Economides appeared on NBC’s Today Show to share how their budgeting system has enabled us to accomplish some remarkable financial accomplishments in the past 28 years. They also shared loads of money saving tips for reducing expenses in your entire house.

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Fox & Friends Weekend – 5 easy ways to cut your grocery bill

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A fast-paced interview with Fox & Friends host, Clayton Morris. He runs Steve, Annette, Becky and Abbey Economides through five quick tips that will save you money each week at the grocery store.

  1. Spend less time shopping
  2. Avoid impulse buys
  3. Save 50 percent on lunch meat
  4. Save with seasonal produce
  5. Include your kids in your grocery savings

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FoxNews—Happening Now—Dealing with Rising Costs


Video IconWe had a great time with Fox News hosts Jon Scott and Jenna Lee. We were on Happening Now to share tips from our book, “Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half.”  

Joking About our Lifestyle

While they were intrigued with our lifestyle, they did joke around with us about being too frugal. We guess that’s to be expected from people Read the rest

The Talk – MoneySmart Family System

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Video IconThis was a jam-packed appearance on The Talk. We were interviewed by Julie Chen and Guest Host Mary McCormick (The West Wing). We shared ideas from our book, The MoneySmart Family System, including:

Teaching kids to manage money with Toys, Clothes, Cars and College.

The tips spanned ages 3 to 23 and beyond. 

We put together a list of … Read the rest

MARIE – The Marie Osmond Show on Hallmark

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We had a wonderful time chatting with Marie before our segment. As the mother of eight children she totally understands the value of training children to work, earn and manage money. We shared some of the tools we’ve developed to teach our kids to learn to be financially independent.


How to raise Money Smart Kids Who will Be Financially Independent!

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Windy City Live – MoneySmart Family

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Windy City Live hosts Val Warner and Roe Conn pepper Steve & Annette Economides (America’s Cheapest Family) with questions about their frugal child rearing habits from their latest book, “The MoneySmart Family System.”

Roe the Skeptic

Roe is a total skeptic (with a 24-year-old daughter that he’s somewhat indulged) while Val has hundreds of questions running through her … Read the rest

TV Media Appearances

National & Regional TV Interviews