Hi. I’m Leah Ingram, and I’m a writer, author and money-saving expert. I am the author of 15 books on topics ranging from frugal living to paying for college to saving money on a wedding.

In addition, over the years, I have partnered with national brands to bring my unique, smart-spending advice to national audiences. Some of those partners have been Chase Ultimate Rewards, Walmart and Family Dollar stores, among other. In that role, I’ve appeared on TV, radio, online and in print, including on “Good Morning America” and CNBC.

Mission of the Real Sophisticated Consumer blog

My mission is to help you become a real sophisticated consumer and get the most bang for your buck. I understand that you’re busy. I am, too. So, as you’re looking for smart shopping info, I’m here to help you get the most value for your time and money.

That’s my mission in writing the Real Sophisticated Consumer blog. FYI, we may have met in the past when this blog started in 2008. At that time it was called Suddenly Frugal.

Ingram Media Group

The Ingram Media Group is a Limited Liability Corporation formed in Maine in 2024. It oversees all of the websites and blogs that writer Leah Ingram operates. They are:

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Other places I’m sharing my expertise

This is hardly my only online endeavor. For instance, I’m a regular contributor to Food Drink Life, where I cover lifestyle topics.

Dealspotr recently shared my advice on saving money at CVS.

Plus, Redfin quoted me as an expert for managing and designing vacation rentals. Check out the article we were featured in: Tips on Designing & Decorating Your Vacation Rental | Redfin

And because I’m not busy enough {sarcasm}, I write a bunch of other blogs, too.

Bagels and Lasagna

Our first foray into food blogging, Bagels and Lasagna is a journey through recipes from our respective Jewish and Italian grandparents.

Southern Maine on the Cheap

Southern Maine on the Cheap is part of the Living on the Cheap network.

It offers advice on how to enjoy Southern Maine on a budget.

Selling and Buying a Home

Selling and Buying a Home is a real estate and home decor blog for home owners.

Your Home Dog

I’m an admitted crazy dog lady. So, I write about all things canine on the Your Home Dog blog.

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Me with my dogs Sadie (licking me) and Oscar.

Aging at Your Best

Who says that you have to slow down after 50? Aging at Your Best is Leah Ingram’s blog about aging gracefully and enthusiastically.

Books by Leah Ingram

I’m the author of 15 books.

My latest is The Complete Guide to Paying For College, a guide for middle-class families on how to afford college. Recently, we put our two daughters through college. Both are now in graduate school.

In addition, I’m the author of Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier for Less. It compiles my unique money-saving advice, including how a family can save $25,000 a year. It is, by far, my best-selling book.

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You can also listen to Suddenly Frugal as an audiobook, especially if you have an Audible subscription.

My second title in the Suddenly Frugal series is Toss, Keep, Sell!: The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Cleaning Out the Clutter and Cashing In.

Finally, I’ve written many books about weddings, gifts and etiquette.

If you’re interested in pitching me, please check out my portfolio on Muck Rack.

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