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About this site: Thrifty Minnesota celebrates the fun side of living in Minnesota.  We focus on fun and often free or inexpensive local events, activities, deals and more.  Our biggest draw each year is our round-up of all the city-wide garage sales throughout the state.  We appreciate all the help from our loyal readers to compile the list – it’s a lot of work!

About Me: My name is Chrysa and I’ve been a thrifty deal/freebie-seeker my whole life. When I was a little kid I remember getting a book with a title similar to “Free Stuff for Kids”. I spent soooo much time writing to various places to request free things be sent to me. (Obviously this was long before the days of the internet.) I was always so excited to get a package in the mail and kept all my loot neatly organized in a metal file box.

I’m not as organized today, but I still love getting a deal and searching for free stuff. The difference is that with the advent of the internet, I can easily share this and so much more with all of YOU!  I was born and raised in Minnesota, but as a young adult spent 15 years in the New York/New Jersey area.  However, like many Minnesotans who have moved elsewhere….I eventually moved back home and dragged my New York born and raised husband with me.  It took a while, but he has become adjusted and I think he now has more of a Minnesota accent than I do!

My Trusty Assistant:  My aforementioned husband, Mario, is the tech support behind the operation, joins me in our fun local (and not-so-local adventures) and also and he helps me with photography, although I took this picture of him…..


Contributing Writers:

Kristi is married with twin girls in middle school. She grew up on a small dairy farm, but now lives in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. She enjoys finding free or thrifty things to do whether they are outings close to home or last minute adventures to far-away places. She can also be found enjoying estate sales, attempting to garden, volunteering in the wetlands or a favorite thrift store, or maybe just enjoying a good play in one of the many theatre venues in the area.

Laura is a former high school English teacher turned avid deal shopper following the birth of her first child. Now she’s a work-from-home mom of five which keeps her plenty busy! She grew up in southern Minnesota and has called the Twin Cities home for over ten years. On the off chance she gets some free time you’ll find her with her nose in a book, spending time with family and friends, or enjoying a hot cup of coffee.


Our “sister” blogs:  Besides Thrifty Minnesota, we have several other blogs including –

Thrifty Jinxy – A fabulous life on a frugal budget

Jinxy Kids –  Fun stuff for kids and their grown-ups

Jinxy Beauty – Beauty and fashion news, deals, reviews & giveaways

Thrifty Recipes – Easy, thrifty and delicious recipes

Contact us at thriftyjinxy @ live.com – Media Kit available on request.

Disclosure:  We may receive advertising income from some blog ads and/or links on our blogs.