Welcome to Fabulessly Frugal! We are so happy to have you here. Let us introduce ourselves and show you some of who is behind things here at Team Fab.
Cathy: Dreamer, Founder & CEO
Hello everyone! I am Cathy, the founder behind Fabulessly Frugal. I am a mother to 8 pretty fantastic children (well, maybe 9 of you count the blog! ) and I’ve been married to “Mr Fab” for 25 years!
I enjoy LEARNING new things. I used to love to read, but don’t have time for that anymore. So instead I listen to Audible while I drive. I take care of myself by waking early and enjoying quiet mornings, buying myself flowers from Trader Joes, and teaching BODYPUMP at the YMCA a couple times a week.
I started this blog in 2008 as a way to document the awesome deals that I was finding at the grocery store. I cringe at paying full price for anything and have gotten pretty good at finding a deal! Over time, Fabulessly Frugal has turned into a resource for women to turn to for finding tips on how to live a healthy, wealthy, wise life full of independence and confidence.
My goal is to help each of you feel financially independent because that is a feeling unlike any other! You can read my own personal story and how my family worked through a job loss and avoided a home foreclosure and bankruptcy in the New York Times Magazine article here. This is why I am passionate about empowering women and helping them see that the little efforts they make each day can truly make a BIG impact over time!
I am a mother and I get how hard it can be! That is why I make sure Fabulessly Frugal is full of “mom proof” recipes, DIYs, tips, and tricks so that you can focus the majority of your attention on your kids and use our tips to help you save money, time, and effort.
I am here to help you become the best you can be. You will often see me and my kids on Facebook Live testing out new products and offering you deals on the ones we love. I’m a pretty chill person that is “real”. After my 8th baby I started a health and life journey that resulted in a 60 pound weight loss. I am also passionate about helping people improve their health.
At the end of the day, I am here for you! I started this blog because I truly love helping others! Feel free to contact me at any time cathy @fabulesslyfrugal (dot) com!
BJ: The Fab Chief Strategy Officer
Hello, I’m BJ. In 2008 I Co-Founded a daily deal business called CitySmart.com. During our launch, I tracked down all coupon bloggers in Boise, where I originally met Cathy. A few years later I became a partner in DiscountQueens.com, which we eventually merged into Fabulessly Frugal in 2015.
My role on the blog is everything growth and user experience related! I’ve been heavily focused on re-building the blog, strategy, and building our app. I manage everything technical & assist Cathy in training and recruiting our team.
In June ’18 we sold our home and moved to Cancun, Mexico for an adventure on the beach. In the true spirit of finding a good deal, we are selling high and will come back to purchase our next home once the housing market has settled down. In my spare time, we rock climb, backpack, travel and spend time with our 3 daughters.
Lauren: Awesome Advertising & Affiliate Manager
I am Lauren Davis. I am so thrilled to be a part of the Fabulessly Frugal team! I have always admired Fabulessly Frugal’s goal to empower and support consumers (specifically women) to take control of their lives and better their situations through education and mindset! To me, being Frugal, is more than being thrifty, it’s looking at your life with purpose and intent and only moving forward with choices that yield the greatest rewards and outcomes. I couldn’t be a bigger supporter of this message!
I am a mother of 2 beautiful children and a wife to one smoking hot husband. We love to go backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, and we naturally look for the path less traveled. I love to bake pie’s (and eat them as well). You better believe that the British Baking Show is one of my favorite shows… because, “No one likes a soggy bottom!”.
Professionally, I have enjoyed my time working in the marketing and advertising industry. I have seen the superpowers that social networking holds. I am a social hacker by nature and love creating virality and organic reach with any campaign I chose to be a part of. I love affiliate marketing because I feel that affiliate sales is the future of shopping! The market is demanding more “direct to consumer” purchasing options and Fabulessly Frugal helps consumers navigate those options easily. I only see great things ahead for this industry and am thrilled to be apart of it.
If you have a product that you want in front of our amazing readers, please reach out to Lauren @fabulesslyfrugal (dot) com.
Stacy: Fab Deal Team Manager
Hi! I am Stacy and I am the Deal Team Manager at Fabulessly Frugal. I guide our Fab Deal Team of deal hunters, junior writers, and senior writers in their efforts to find you the best deals online. I love to save money, I love to teach others how to save money, and finding great deals is my specialty. My goal is to help our readers to save on things they need and on things they want. Why pay full price when you don’t have to?? I never do!
I am frugal by nature, and I was raised to value every penny. My background is in corporate accounting, but I found coupon blogging in 2010, started my own site, and gladly left the corporate world behind. I LOVE what I do and I LOVE the team we have! I am a wife and a mom, and now that I am in my 40s I finally feel like I have a handle on it all (most days lol – other days I can be a total hot mess)! I admit I work too much, but in my free time I like to unwind with some TV or a good book. I am a hockey fan (Go Stanley Cup 2019 Champion Blues!) and you will also find me cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals! I am tenacious, strong, and fiercely loyal. I love spending time with my family and friends. As a family we enjoy camping and the outdoors. You will also find us doing anything fun around our awesome home city, St. Louis “The Lou”, and our beautiful state of Missouri. My goal is to travel more now that our daughter is old enough to really enjoy and remember it!
I love to hear from our readers! Email me at stacy @fabulesslyfrugal (dot) com!
Melanie: Expert Recipe Creator & Photographer
Hello, I am Melanie! I have been part of the Fabulessly Frugal team since 2011. I am a pro at online shopping and I love delicious food. In fact, I have a passion for food and food photography.
For years I’ve been finding and tweaking recipes that meet my high expectations, and I publish these awesome recipes here on the blog!
A traumatic diagnosis for my son rocked my world in 2016, but it also increased my desire to be a light in the darkness and to help others. I am learning to let go of fear and rely on faith. Life isn’t always easy, but it is always a gift!
I enjoy spending my time caring for my three children and husband, researching recipes and making food for others, training our service dog, educating about natural solutions, and enhancing my life through personal development.
Fabulessly Frugal inspires me each day and I love being able to create recipes that will provide each of your families with nutrients and memories! Food is such a huge part of any family so might as well fill yourself with the BEST kinds of foods!
Becca: Avid Deal Hunter
I am very excited to have joined the Fabulessly Frugal Team in 2017. Deal hunting has been a passion of mine for the last 18 years. I know the excitement of getting a great deal and love how Fabulessly Frugal does the work for you.
I hale originally from Boise Idaho. I attended Boise State University and now love to cheer on the Broncos from the town of Brigham City, Utah. (Just like Mayberry from the Andy Griffith show) When we first moved here, with no stores near I went through serious Target withdraws. I soon learned to appreciate the wonderful world of online shopping and find online deals through Fabulessly Frugal.
I am very proud and grateful to be married almost 20 years to my husband. We have three beautiful daughters. I am now officially the shortest in my family and tall people surround me. My family constantly has to tell me to take my “mom-goggles” off because I think my family is wonderful in every way. We love to grow our own food; we have 15 box gardens, 5 fruit trees, and a beehive.
Fitness has been a big part of my life for years. Recently I have loved Daily Burn and Yoga. I wish I chose to read more but find myself laughing at TV shows like The Middle, The Goldbergs, Jimmy Fallon and Great News.
Summer: Avid Deal Hunter
Hello friends! My name is Summer Knudsen, I am 21 years old and living in Sandy Utah with my husband Kevin. We met going to school at BYU- Hawaii where we spent our days surfing, hiking and occasionally studying. 🙂 Being newly married and living in Hawaii we quickly learned that life is expensive so we’re always searching for the best deals! Living simply and budgeting has helped us save money even while living in one of the most expensive states in the US. We get stoked every time we find good deals and cant help but tell friends and family!
I love rock climbing, hiking, biking, and pretty much anything outdoors! My ideal day would be spent hiking in the Swiss Alps on a clear summer day with husband and some friends.
If I could travel anywhere, I would choose New Zealand. There is something about the beautiful mountain/lake scenery there that I would love to experience!
Becky: Avid Deal Hunter
Hello, I am Becky! I have 2 amazing kids and have been married to my hardworking husband for 13 years!
Early on in my first pregnancy I realized leaving my kiddo in daycare to go to work wouldn’t be any fun! It would also take a huge portion of my paycheck. I realized in order to stay home, I’d need to start saving money. My sister-in-law taught me how to coupon and I’ve never looked back! I love hunting down great deals and sharing them with my friends! You should see the list of gifts I hunt down each holiday season for my friends and family!
My son has special needs, which takes up a lot of my time, but when I do have free time, I love being outdoors, volunteering at my children’s school, and running a local American Heritage Girls Troop (which is almost a full-time job itself). I love pouring into these girls’ lives and seeing how the Lord stretches them!
If I could do one thing better it would housekeeping. I’m a terrible housekeeper – I’d so much rather be playing with my kids, reading, or doing anything on the water. One day, when my kids are grown, I’ll have all the time in the world to keep my house clean, but for now, we live in it, and we are too busy making memories to stop making messes!
Nina: Awesome Deal Writer
Hello, I am Nina! I have awesome 4 boys and have been Married to my super supportive husband for 10 years!
After, having my first child I realized how expensive baby items were and that made me want to save somewhere and I figured that was a great place to start, then a year and a half later after baby #2 and having 2 in diapers is when I really took off with saving, and refused to pay full price for anything. Ever since then I always find a deal and save, after seeing how much you can save by not paying full price I now refuse to pay full price for things.
I am the person my friends and family call to help them save if they are looking for something and don’t want to pay full price, that is how I ended up at Fabulessly Frugal. I said I wish I could do this for others and now my wish is a reality and I get to share deals daily and I love it! I also love the team we have here, it is more a family then a team!
In, our spare time, we love to spend time outdoors and traveling. We love to give our kids experiences of seeing and doing new things.
If I could do one thing it would be to have more of a green thumb and have a garden. I have always loved how gardens are so beautiful and not to mention how great the fresh veggies taste from a garden!
Dylan: Brilliant Blog Editor
Hey! My name’s Dylan Houlihan, I live in Vancouver Canada with my girlfriend, and after working my way up doing small side projects for Fabulessly Frugal in 2018, I ended up becoming a full team member. I now work with the FF team managing the editorial calendar, publishing new content, refreshing old content, and more, and I have a blast doing it.
On the side, I run a personal finance blog of my own, so finding deals and other ways to save money is just in my nature.
I pretty much love all things to do with money-management, frugality, and making money, but I also have a passion for health and fitness, and I love food. I’m not a great cook myself, but working with the Fabulessly Frugal team and seeing the amazing recipes that are created here is definitely inspiring me to improve.
In my spare time, you’ll catch me at a movie, reading a book, or clearing my head with a bit of skateboarding.
You can see how much WE love Fabulessly Frugal, now let’s take a look at what others have to say about us!
“Awesome deals and fantastic recipes. Loved the site to help me coupon a few years ago now love the amazon deals. I’ve saved so much money added up over the last few years.” – Veronica from Washington
“This page is awesome it’s helped me so much when o need to come up with ideas for gifts there super helpful and are able to itemize each thing and tell you price so much detail and work goes into it and it shows.” – Shannon from Utah
“I’ve saved on so many things thanks to you! Thanks for keeping an eye on such amazing deals so I can afford to keep my family comfortable year round!” – Tiffany from Utah
“I’m not sure what I’d do without FabuLESSly Frugal!” – Trish from Rhode Island
“Awesome ideas and deals! I love seeing what solutions I can find.” – Kennie from Ohio
Everybody loves Team Fab and I am sure you will do!
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