Meet Jessica…

October 10, 2011 1 Comment | Disclosure

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!

The most frugal thing Jessica has ever done… Started couponing! It has become a frugal lifestyle actually. I find coupons for groceries, oil changes, clothing, hair cuts, toys, restaurants, you name it!

Jessica’s frugal fashion tips…

1. A sale + a coupon = a fab deal! I almost always shop a sale and/or use a store coupon. I also use store credit cards to get the extra discount and then pay it off right there in the store.  Second hands stores like Plato’s Closet and Other Mothers are great! You may spend a little more time looking but you can save a ton!

2. Buy versatile items. This makes it easier to change things up without spending or buying a ton!

3. “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!” I can’t say that I am entirely true to this saying, but I like it!

Jessica has a favorite place to shop online… Amazon! I love that I can purchase items (especially books)  from home, and they magically show up at my front door. It saves me a trip to the nice, quiet, peaceful book store with my noisy, wiggly little people. Genius!

Frugality is a process… Even before I started using coupons, I always looked for the best deal. I became super frugal after I’d been married about a year and we had a baby. I quickly learned how expensive life can be! I started shopping second hand stores and online. We even bought a trimmer set so my husband could cut his own hair! I read books (Dave Ramsey is great!) about spending/saving your money wisely. I reevaluated our spending habits and prioritized wants and needs. I decided what I was willing to spend money on and what I wasn’t. No matter what your situation, it’s amazing what you can do financially if you put your mind to it!

Jessica found couponing… Work became scarce for my husband about 4 years ago. I debated getting a job too but couldn’t bring myself to not be home with my daughter. I decided to give couponing a try. I checked out some blogs here and there but mostly tried to teach myself until I came across THIS awesome blogness! These wonderful ladies and their site taught me everything I needed to know! I am so thankful!

Every family size can coupon… My husband, myself, two little people and a 3 dogs is who I shop for.  Wanna know how much Jessica spends on groceries each month… On average we probably spend about  $200-300 a month on groceries, toiletries and dog food. This could be lower, but I’m kind of a health nut and tend to spend more on items that do not contain things like high fructose corn syrup.

Jessica is not always frugal… I have to have  Silver and Hydraulic Jeans! I love the way they fit! They are so comfy too. I also love high quality protein powder! Sadly, I rarely have a coupon to purchase either of these :(

Jessica loves to stockpile… Yummy smelling body wash! Both men’s and women’s. I like that the smell lingers longer than regular bar soap…strange, I know, but I tend to gravitate towards it in the store with a fab coupon. It’s also the item I have the most of in my stockpile!

Jessica realized she was addicted to couponing… Back when I first started couponing  and learned that you could get items for FREE! For FREE!! You could actually use a coupon, pay nothing but tax and the store would be reimbursed!  I thought that was THE COOLEST thing ever! One of my very first freebie items was the Johnson’s Bath Buddies bar soaps. I also haven’t paid for toothpaste in like, three years…

Do you think Jessica would still coupon if she had 1 million dollars…  Absolutely! That’s probably how I got the million dollars :)

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.

Email Jessica at jessica {at} fabulesslyfrugal {dot} com

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