Michael Saves is a trusted resource for consumers who want to lower their monthly bills.
My name is Michael Timmermann. I began writing about personal finance in 2010 by chronicling my goal to pay off my mortgage by age 30, but my work has shifted to three main spending categories in recent years.
Michael Timmermann, Founder of Michael Saves Media
Prior to working full-time as an independent creator, I served as Director of Content and Senior Writer for Clark.com. My articles consistently accounted for 30% to 40% of Clark.com’s monthly traffic.
This is where I began my experiment testing live TV streaming services and phone plans.
Earlier in my career, I produced TV segments for money expert Clark Howard at CNN’s sister network, HLN.
I’ve been creating content since I graduated from Salisbury University in 2004 at age 19. I have extensive professional experience as a writer, producer and copy editor.
In addition to Clark.com and HLN, I’ve worked for TV stations including WTTG, WJLA and WVIR.
The Michael Saves Difference
My singular focus is to provide reviews and money-saving information that you can actually trust. As part of that commitment, none of my content is sponsored.
What exactly does that mean? When you’re reading a Michael Saves article or watching one of my videos, I have complete creative control.
My editorial policy is simple: I don’t accept money from companies in exchange for saying nice things about them.
My reviews are 100% based on personal experience. I purchase a product or service with my own money, thoroughly test it out and produce content to help you decide if it’s worth it for you.
Having tried out so many tech-related products and services, I also provide comparisons of similar products.
Many websites publish reviews and recommendations without ever testing the product or service. Their content is based on internet research alone.
That’s never the case with my content. I only publish reviews when I have hands-on experience to share.
If there’s a product or service that you would like me to purchase and test, email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll take a closer look.
How I Support My Work
How exactly does Michael Saves make money? There are two primary ways that I support my work: display advertising and affiliate links.
- Display ads: Advertising that you see on my website is controlled by a third party called Ezoic, while YouTube serves ads on my videos. With Ezoic, I have a dedicated manager who controls the frequency of ads. I have no input on the specific ads that you see.
- Affiliate links: In some cases, I receive a small commission when people make a purchase using a link that I provide to a product or service. Not all companies offer affiliate links. I review products and services whether they give me a link or not. I disclose the use of affiliate links on every page of my website and in the description box of YouTube videos.
Not accepting sponsorships or guest posts makes it harder to earn a living as an independent creator, but I believe it’s the most ethical and honest way to do business.
After all, how could you trust my reviews if the company I was reviewing sponsored that content?
One of the greatest perks of working for myself is that I’m able to put the consumer first. I don’t have to review a product or service because of pressure from the sales department.
With Michael Saves, there’s zero risk of interference from management or sales teams. It’s just me.
With every piece of content that I publish, my goal is to help you make the best decision for your wallet. That means objectively laying out the pros and cons of a particular product or service.
I write and produce all of the content for Michael Saves. None of it is AI-generated.
My work doesn’t stop after publishing an initial review. I personally update MichaelSaves.com content when companies make changes to their products and services, such as price increases.
The date shown at the top of my articles is typically updated when I add new content or context to an article.
While I primarily work on my own, several people help me with the fact-checking and updating process. Like me, these freelancer contributors have backgrounds in journalism.
Contact Michael Saves
If you have feedback to share, the best way to contact me is by emailing email@example.com.
In 2023, I opened up my email inbox to Michael Saves readers and viewers who want personal recommendations for streaming services, phone plans and internet providers.
Remember, I don’t accept guest posts or sponsored content. Please don’t email those requests.
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