Beth Engelman

chicago area

Beth Engelman is a mom on a mission! Her passion? Helping families find fun and simple ways to spend quality time together without breaking the bank. She shares her family fun tips, tricks, recipes and crafts on her popular “Mommy on a Shoestring” blog and in her column that’s published by the Sun-Times News Group and appears in over 30 newspapers around the Chicago area. Beth is regular contributor to both “You and Me this Morning” on WCIU-TV in Chicago and as WGN’s Midday News and you can hear her share her family fun ideas each month on Radio Disney’s public affairs show, “Let’s Chat.” Beth’s ideas and articles have appeared in a number of national magazines and websites including “Redbook Magazine,” “Disney’s Family Fun,” Café Mom, and CNN. She has written / designed several children’s books and games for LeapFrog Toys, Piggy Toes Press, Nickelodeon and Disney Publishing. Her first book, “Finding Fairyland,” has sold over 100,000 copies internationally and her latest collaboration, the “Let’s Learn Workbook Series” is a collection of 10 skill-based activity books for Disney Publishing. Beth is a former Kindergarten teacher and holds a M.Ed. in Education. She currently lives in Chicago with her 8-year-old son. For more information about Beth visit

  • Work
    • Mommy on a Shoestring, Sun Times Media Group
  • Education
    • Masters in Education