All About Fabulessly Frugal

Team Fabulessly Frugal 2013 small

Cathy – Fabulessly Frugal Co-Founder

Cathy’s expertise on Fabulesslyfrugal.com… I started this blog on October 8, 2008 so my family and friends from church could follow what I was doing.  I had been couponing for barely a month, so I was learning as I wrote.  Shortly after, Monica started emailing me some deals she was doing, and in November I added her as an author to the blog.  We didn’t know each other very well at that time, and no idea what we were getting ourselves into!  She and I used to write nearly all of the content and handle all the emails and comments.  In March of 2009 we started teaching classes together, and in April of 2010, after tweaking and refining the class to perfection, we filmed it to offer to readers everywhere in DVD format (use coupon code CATHY to save 50% by the way!).

Every family size can coupon… I have 7 children.  Yes.  That is right.  7 children and they all belong to me and my hubs.  :D  Wanna know how much Cathy spends on groceries each month… In my pre-coupon days, I could easily spend $1000.00/mo on groceries.  When I coupon actively, I can get by on $100/week.  That includes diapers (I have 2 of them in diapers).  I’m not a full time couponer though.  My family and this blog keeps me quite busy, and there are times you’ll find me paying (gasp) full price for cereal if I’ve missed too many cereal sales!  But you know what I’ve decided.  It’s OK!  You do what works for YOU!  I don’t feel like I need to keep up with everyone else and their big stockpiles.  Every little bit I save is still better than not saving anything at all!

  • Click toLearn More about Cathy 
  • Contact Cathy at cathy {at} fabulesslyfrugal {dot} com

Monica – Fabulessly Frugal Co-Founder

Monica’s expertise on Fabulesslyfrugal.com… As one of the founders of Fabulessly Frugal I have been writing fab blog posts for a long time.  One of my favorite series teaches the new couponer how to coupon. Check out Coupon Tip Tuesday.  Although Freezer Meal Cooking has been a collaborative effort, it is a series that I brought to fabulessly frugal after years of doing it myself. Albertsons is my favorite store to coupon and my store of expertise.  I love to bring our readers giveways. I also give our couponers a sneak peek at the coupons that are coming in the Sunday paper.

How Monica learned about couponing… My first encounter with the concept of couponing as we know it today was back in 2007. My Uncle Tracy was telling me about how he shopped CVS for deals and got stuff for free all the time, in fact even got paid to shop. He told me he had a drawer full of razors that he got for free. I could not believe it. Razors are $10 each? How did he do it? He tried to explain the concept of stacking coupons and sales. It seemed easy enough, but where do you find coupons? He directed me to coupons.com. When I got home and tried to match up coupons and deals at Walgreens I was unsuccessful. I did not know about newspaper coupons and I did not have a coupon blog to help me figure things out. I quickly gave up and figured couponing just did not work in my area. One year later…

  • Click to Learn More about Monica 
  • Contact Monica at monica {at} fabulesslyfrugal {dot} com

Becky – Manager

Becky’s expertise on Fabulesslyfrugal.com… I post about TargetWalgreens, Amazon, and other online deals!

Becky has not always been frugal…  Before joining the Fabulesslyfrugal.com team she worked outside the home, mainly in an administrative roll.  Now that she’s the manager of Fabulesslyfrugal.com she loves to share the great deals she finds, and loves to check them out herself.  Since giving birth to her second child in June, saving has become even more important.  Coupons, Online Deals, and saving on her day to day expenses help keep her at home, with her kids (Bug and Bee).  Her favorite thing about Fabulesslyfrugal.com is being able to save money while working from home!

  • Click to Learn More About Becky  
  • Email Becky at becky {at} fabulesslyfrugal {dot} com

Kearna – Expert Blogger & Project Administrator

Kearna’s expertise on Fabulesslyfrugal.com… I do coupon match-ups for Fred Meyer. I also manage our coupon insert lists for more than 20 nation wide areas.

This is what Kearna HAS TO have that is not frugal… I will spend money on electronics and appliances that are not the least expensive choice, but better quality. I used to buy cheap vacuums until I found myself buying them every year because they kept breaking.

  • Click to Learn More About Kearna
  • Contact Kearna at kearna {at} fabulesslyfrugal {dot} com

Melanie – Online Shopping Expert

Melanie’s expertise on Fabulesslyfrugal.com… I am an expert at shopping online. So, I keep any eye on daily deals and any other online deals and coupons that are FAB. I also write the coupon match-ups for Smith’s and try to keep the catalina lists updated.

Melanie’s frugal fashion tips… I like to shop online when possible. I can still use coupons/coupon codes on sales that are in the stores, but I can get some additional cash back from Ebates, and usually find a way to get free shipping too. Just make sure you are familiar with the return policy. My fashion tip: Don’t buy it unless it fits well and is flattering, no matter how cheap it is. You can find quality/long-lasting and flattering clothing at FAB prices.

  • Click Learn More About Melanie 
  • Email Melanie at melanie {at} fabulesslyfrugal {dot} com

Heather – Store Expert

heatherHeather’s expertise on Fabulesslyfrugal.com… I post the Rite Aid Coupon, Albertsons, and Walmart match-ups and my weekly shopping trips to show others how I break up transactions and roll +Up rewards, Plus I love shopping online at Amazon, and sharing my sweet finds!

Heather’s Biggest Expense?… Heather is a stay at home mom of 8 kids ages 8 to 20.  With 4 Teenagers and many more coming up, I am always looking for deals on make-up, shampoo and other personal care items!  I love to find Fab deals on fun things my kids love. I’m slowly winning my husband over to the couponing world and I love it when I get something he loves for free!  I’ve always felt that clothes look better and food taste better when you know you got a really good deal!

  • Email Heather at heather {at} fabulesslyfrugal {dot} com

Jessica – Store Expert

Jessica’s expertise on Fabulesslyfrugal.com… The one and only, Walmart. To be a Walmart “expert” is a tricky task considering each Walmart likes to do things differently, however, I try my very best to stay informed and pass what I learn on to you! I write the Walmart weekly match-ups, Deals under$1 lists, and other great deals!

Couponing changed Jessica’s life… Couponing has changed my life in many ways. Most importantly, with the money I save being frugal and couponing, I am able to be a stay at home mom to my two kids, one of which has disabilities. I will always be greatful for this. I know my husband appreciates it too! He works very hard which makes me happy that I can help contribute financially. I feel very blessed to have plenty for my family and still be able to help others like family, friends or those in need.  I am also able to do/buy things I would probably not otherwise be able to afford. I hope that I can teach my kids frugalness and wise spending habits so they too will be sucessful with their families.

Dawn – Store Expert

Dawn’s expertise on Fabulesslyfrugal.com… I am the store expert for Safeway and Kmart. I also do the Kmart double trips.  A lot of people don’t like to shop at Kmart, but it is honestly one of my favorite stores to coupon at because of all the promos, catalinas, and double deals they have.  Safeway is a fun store too, as they constantly have new in store coupons and clearance deals.

Couponing changed Dawn’s life… It gives me a chance to make mundane tasks, like grocery shopping and menu planning fun. I like the challenge of figuring out scenarios and savings. I also love to be the first to try new products and share exciting deals with my friends and even strangers. And of course, we have some food storage and I save money.

Craft, DIY, and Recipe Contributors

Renée -

Renee West For the last 40 years, Renee has had a passion for cooking.  She especially loves international cooking cuisine and has taught gourmet cooking classes to college coeds.  She hopes to share some trade secrets and divine dishes along with tips and tricks to assist you in hosting your family and friends.  She has learned about being fabulessly frugal while raising 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters.  They have all married extraordinary people.  She’s thrilled to have 14 grandsons and 6 granddaughters who are all beyond all of her hopes and dreams.  She and her husband and will celebrate 40 years together this coming July.  Yes, around her place, life is a party!  Renée also blogs at singingwithbirds.com.  See all of Renée’s delicious recipes here.

 

 

 

Marji -

Marji is a wife, mom to 4 (crazy) kids, and lover of all things crafty.   She is always on the lookout for fun (inexpensive) crafts to make and give as gifts, or brighten up her home.  Check out all the frugal crafts and DIY projects Marji has shared.

by
12 Comments Filed Under:

Comments

  1. I am just starting to build my stock pile, what
    Did any of you start buying first to start your?
    Any suggestions? Or tips? Or things I need
    To know or do to make it a successful one?
    Thanks in advance for your help!

  2. Thank you!

  3. Hi I was just wondering is Rite aid the same as Frys. I live in Phoenix AZ.

  4. I was looking at your newspaper subscription options and it referenced a question about holding a coupon class…Do you all do these here in the northern area of San Diego, CA? Also, how come you don’t have a newspaper deal for the LA Times?

  5. I’m looking for a Phoenix specific blog as well as a national blog as I help run a blog specifically for military wives all over the country looking for great deals. Is this blog Phoenix specific?

  6. raemeisha says:

    I was wondering when another couponing class will be help in Tacoma/Puyallup Washington? Also, How do I connect with other coupon users in my area?

  7. Hi! I live in the Portland area. Will your match ups be accepted at my local walmart? How far will they accept ads from? Thanks!

    • Hi Lizzie! The price matches we post are usually for Albertsons IM and you are in the Albertsons NW area. It’s so funny but the sales are totally different. The good news for you is that your deals are often better! I recommend looking at our Albertsons NW Match Ups and using those to Ad Match at Walmart. Starting tomorrow, 3-19-14 there are great deals at Albertsons NW on Nabisco Crackers and bananas that would be good to price match. :-) If there is another national store that you would like to see price match ideas let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Leave a Comment
Want to see your picture by your comment? Get your custom avatar by registering for free at Gravatar.

*