Meet Melanie…

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 try to keep the catalina lists updated. I have been sharing a lot of my favorite recipes too!

The most frugal thing Melanie has ever done is… I didn’t want to pay for engagement pictures. So we just had my husband’s roommate take pictures of us at a park for our wedding announcements. He had no photography experience and the camera wasn’t even very nice. I was fine with how they turned out back then, so I guess it worked out. ;)

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. It is possible and worthwhile to find quality/long-lasting and flattering clothing at FAB prices. Long-lasting items can cost less in the long run!

Melanie’s favorite place to shop online… Amazon. I am definitely an Amazon woman because it has such a huge variety of items and competitive pricing too. I always price check on Amazon before I buy something. I like to buy my kids’ clothes on OldNavy.com though. They have such cute clothing and lots of sales.

Melanie is not always frugal… I grew up in a very frugal family. But I can be very frugal about some things and not so frugal about other things. I think I enjoy shopping a little too much now days! But I do always search for the best deal on everything I buy and I always have enough to pay the bills. I tend to splurge on kitchen and dining items. I love having quality cookware, serveware and other kitchen gadgets.

Melanie has not always couponed… After my second child, I had to quit my job. But I have never not worked before. I felt like I had to search for ways to work from home to make money and keep busy. I decided that my “job” could be trying to spend less money by couponing. Then I found this blog…

Every family size can coupon… My family currently consists of myself, my husband, two little boys, and a little girl. Wanna know how much Melanie spends on groceries each month… Unfortunately, we are all very picky about what we eat. My grocery bill could probably be a lot lower otherwise. I usually spend about $300/mo.

This is what Melanie HAS TO have that is not frugal… I can think of a whole slew of things that my husband thinks he has to have! He loves having the latest and greatest electronics. I can be picky about some brands and the quality of items, but I still consider that to be frugal because quality items can last longer or do a better job (and you can still find great deals and coupons on them too). As I mentioned above, I’m willing to spend more to have quality items for my kitchen, especially.

Melanie’s favorite thing to stockpile… I like to stockpile anything that doesn’t expire too quickly. I always have a lot of cereal, snacks (try to keep them mostly healthy), deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, and baby wipes. Even before I started couponing, I liked to have backups of everything that we use regularly. Now I can just do it for a lot less!

Melanie realized she was addicted to couponing when… it pains me to pay full price for anything. Also, when I started getting multiple newspapers delivered to my door on Sundays I felt I must really be committed.

Do you think Melanie would still coupon if she had 1 million dollars… Yeah. I’m sure I would keep it up. I love getting a good deal! However, I know there is a balance between saving money and saving time. So, the extent of the couponing would depend on how much time I have. Would I get more time in the day with that money?

This is how couponing changed Melanie’s life… I don’t look at grocery shopping the same way. Couponing has opened up a whole new little couponing world to me. I have learned a lot. Couponing, and my frugal friends, have inspired me to become more frugal and wise about my spending. And it has led me to this blog, which has been a huge blessing.

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