Meet Dana…

February 17, 2012 3 Comments | Disclosure

Dana’s expertise on… I started this frugal journey in the spring of 2009 when I was pregnant with our second child and had recently lost my job due to a school closure. I specialize in DIY projects, gardening, and cooking recipes, as well asteaching people how to use coupons effectively through teaching live classes in Oregon. I love sharing my passion of saving money and frugality with those that I meet and find great satisfaction in seeing my friends succeed in their frugal life as well. By combining couponing with DIY projects, gardening, and baking, I enjoy creating a frugal life for our family.

The most frugal thing Dana has ever done is… As a lifelong frugal freak, I would say the most frugal thing I have ever done is trade graphic design work for a week long family vacation at the coast (meals included)! Right up with that is the $67 greenhouse my husband and I recently finished.

Dana’s frugal fashion tips… Considering the fact that I am most often found wearing yoga pants and a fleece jacket, I don’t have a lot to offer in this area. However, when I have to enter a store, I make a bee-line to the clearance rack or spend my money at Goodwill.

Dana’s favorite place to shop online I love Amazon for  sales on diapers, wipes, coffee, cutting boards and whatnot, and find “invite only” web sites fun to shop at around the Christmas season.

Dana has always been frugal… Frugality is in my blood. As a child, I watched my mom can vegetables, sew us clothes, and shop at resale shops. Though at the time, I mostly resented it. Now, that I am doing the same thing, I understand and appreciate my parents more each day.

Every family size can coupon… I would call myself a seasonal couponer, meaning I coupon when I have to, and don’t coupon when I don’t. We are a small family of 4, with 2 kids under 5 years old. This means that we coupon for what we need and not for what we don’t. You won’t find a garage full of food at my house…our stockpile is reasonable and fits the needs of our family. It also ebbs and flows.  I tend to spend a few months building a healthy stockpile and then the rest of the year, we eat from it and spend very little at the grocery store.

This is what Dana HAS TO have that is not frugal… I just made the jump to a smart phone, which wasn’t cheap. However, it was a must-have for my crafting business so I could accept credit and debit cards. Gotta love Square. If it helps, I was able to save about $40 a month on my cell bill by opening a business account and having a credit union account. There are ways to save with your cell phone!  Other than that, fresh fruits and vegetables are a MUST HAVE in our home.

Dana‘s favorite ways to be frugal…I am an avid DIY’er and always have projects going on at my house. Whether it’s building a greenhouse with old windows, or a teepee trellis for pole beans, “doing-it-myself” is the way for me. I also really enjoy gardening, which allows us to eat fresh fruits and vegetables in the summer months. And I love to can as well, and am able to preserve much of what I grow in the summer months for winter’s use. The last favorite of mine is baking from scratch. Homemade breads, graham crackers, granola bars…I love knowing each and every ingredient that goes in my kids’ bodies and knowing I was able to do it for less than what the store is selling the same product for.

Do you think Dana would still live frugally if she had 1 million dollars… I actually think I would. Dave Ramsey’s wife still uses coupons at the grocery store and she’s a millionaire. Living frugally just makes sense to me…and I enjoy it so much.

This is how couponing changed Dana’s life… Couponing has helped me re-discover my frugal ways. It has encouraged me to reevaluate how we spend our money in all areas of our life and has challenged me to think about grocery shopping, cooking, gardening, and recycling in a whole new light. My passion for frugal living has also allowed me to work from home and be with my kids full-
time. Slowly but surely, couponing has started to change how my entire family views frugal living. And of course, being a part of the Fabuless FruGals has been awesome!

Email Dana at dana {at} fabulesslyfrugal {dot} com

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