Ms. Cheap

Mary Hance, aka Ms. Cheap, has joined Main Street Media.

Mary Hance, better known to Middle Tennesseans as Ms. Cheap, has joined Main Street Media of Tennessee to write a weekly column for its 13 newspapers.

Hance retired in January after a 45-year career with The Tennessean and the Nashville Banner. For 27 of those years, she shared her dollar-stretching savvy to the delight of readers. In her new column, Hance will highlight Ms. Cheap’s weekly pick, as well as share her money-saving strategies.

“I’m so excited our readers will now get a weekly dose of the iconic Ms. Cheap,” said Dave Gould, owner of Main Street Media of Tennessee. “Mary is a one-of-a-kind local institution, and we’re thrilled she’s joining our team of local journalists.”

Hance says this new partnership is a bona fide bargain.

“I am so happy to be joining Main Street Nashville and its sister newspapers with my Ms. Cheap columns. I love writing about free and affordable things to do, good local sales, fun day trips, good, inexpensive local restaurants and other ways for us to do more with less,” she said.

Hance’s passion for penny-pinching evolved into impactful charitable work. Over the past 12 years, her annual Ms. Cheap Penny Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee has raised more than $1.3 million.

“I also love highlighting ways for us to stretch our dollars to help others in the community,” Hance said. “I’m hoping to continue to connect local people with areas of need in Middle Tennessee by supporting nonprofits like Second Harvest Food Bank and Room in the Inn. I’m also planning to launch a T-shirt drive for the homeless later this spring as my first initiative with my new Main Street partners. So, stay tuned, and as always, ‘Stay cheap!’ ”

Hance says her readers have always shared great cheap tips, and she’s counting on them to continue sharing their wisdom. She can be reached at