Charlotte on the Cheap

By Maureen O'Boyle - bio | email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – If you are exhausted from trying to find summer activities for the kids that will not break the bank let a local web site do some of the leg work for you. is a valuable resource if you want to find ways to have fun and not spend a fortune.  Jody Mace runs the web site that lists daily deals from free beagles to seventy five cent movies.

"I get the stuff most people think is spam, but it's giving me the information I need," says Mace.  She combs over hundreds of online event calendars and promotional deals and organizes it neatly on one web site.

The web site is a gift to local merchants who are spending less on advertising in this down economy.

"I have cut a lot of the advertising on paper because of the cost and the economy, so I rely on social networking sites and Charlotte on the Cheap to spread the word about deals at my store and events," says store owner Teresa Hernandez.

Hernandez owns Pura Vida Worldly Art on Central Avenue, soon to move to NoDa.

"My goal with the store is to make it really educational, really fun and to create curiosity in people about learning about other people and cultures," says Hernandez.

On any given day you will find all kinds of international cultures on display at Pura Vida Worldy Art.  Hernandez offers many different activities at her store for free, from drum concerts to writing workshops with well known writers. is helping Hernandez spread the word, "I love it, it's really good, it helps me promote my events, and we get lots of customers because of Charlotte on the Cheap. It helps us expand to other markets."

If you are interested in keeping tabs on free events and great deals in the Charlotte area, check out the link below.

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