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August 2019 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

This August 2019 grocery haul post is sponsored by Fetch Rewards. Thank you for supporting Pennies Into Pearls by using my links at no additional cost to you. 

Whew! I just got back from gathering my grocery haul for an entire month’s worth of groceries and I am pooped! 

Did I mention that I had all three kids with me? I need a nap…

So if it is so exhausting you might be wondering to yourself, “Then why do it?”

This is our real life family grocery haul on a budget. Every single item we bought and how we stuck to a $280 budget for a family of five. Watch this VIDEO showing you exactly what we bought in our Costco and Target grocery haul. Continue Reading →

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July 2019 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

This grocery haul on a budget post is sponsored by Fetch Rewards. Thank you for supporting Pennies Into Pearls by using my links at no additional cost to you. 

Did you know that our family goes grocery shopping for an ENTIRE month’s worth of groceries all in one day? No joke! If it can stay in the fridge freezer or pantry for 30 days, we buy it all in one morning.

I’m sure you have a bunch of questions. What about fresh produce and meat? How do you have enough cash to cover it all? I put together another post that answers all those questions and you can get the details right here.

In today’s post I am going to walk you through how we are sticking to a $400 monthly budget for our family of five and sharing tips on how you can easily save money on your groceries too!

Grocery shopping on a budget doesn’t mean that you only eat beans and rice. Watch this real life Costco grocery haul and Target grocery haul. Continue Reading →

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June 2019 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

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Summer time is when things can go a little haywire with your meal planning. That’s why I am dishing up these delicious grilling and summer inspired recipes that will help you feed a crowd! It’s time to say goodbye to the cozy meals and hello to the light, fresh and grilled fare we enjoy during a picnic or cookout!

This month, I am committed to sharing with you how my family deals with all of these  “unforeseen” events and plans for them as much as possible.

Use this family budget meal plan this June and feed your family for under $520! You will start saving money on groceries as soon as you use this family budget meal plan! Continue Reading →

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Monthly Meal Planning on a Budget – April 2019

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Meal planning is one of two major game changers when it came to our family once and for all sticking with our budget. It is what helped our family go from spending over $1,000 a month on food down to $400!

Follow along in our monthly meal planning and grocery shopping to get tips and ideas to help your family do meal planning on a budget.

Meal planning is the number one way to cut hundreds of dollars from your grocery budget! Use this FREE PRINTABLE meal plan on a budget with clickable recipes and forget about all the hard work. Use these tips for meal planning on a budget and start saving on your grocery budget ASAP! Continue Reading →

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March 2019 Monthly Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

This meal planning on a budget post contains affiliate links at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting Pennies Into Pearls by using my links!March 2019 Meal Plan

March seems to be that time of year where you start to crave some more springy, yes springy, type meals but it’s still a bit cold outside. Talk about confusion for our taste buds!

Well that is the confusion in my brain but I feel very confident that I will set all our confused minds at ease with this months meal plan on a budget!

Not only does it have an array of lighter dishes, I also left some hearty comfort meals in there to keep us warm!


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December 2018 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul – Freezer Cooking for Two Months

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We are deep into holiday territory with Christmas right around the corner!! Planning, cooking, and staying in budget at this time of year can get really tricky! Adding meal planning on top of all the craziness can be overwhelming.

You know I got you Pearl! I have come to your rescue with the meal plan my family and I are following. I have created allowances for events, having family over and more. As long as you plan ahead and anticipate, your meal plan can be smooth sailing into the new year! Check out how I am going to be Freezer Cooking for Two months on my Instagram Stories

This month, I am committed to sharing with you how my family deals with all of these  “unforeseen” events and plans for them as much as possible.

 

In this monthly grocery haul on a budget I’m shopping to feed our family of five for TWO MONTHS! I’m talking freezer meals this month! Crazy schedules and small budgets are in need of some freezer meal ideas.Take a look at our Costco grocery haul on a budget and learn tips to save money on groceries.

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November 2018 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

This post about our family budget meal plan contains affiliate links at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting Pennies Into Pearls by using my links!

November is the start of the holiday season! It’s the time when things can get out of control with your meal plan and food budget if you’re not careful. Family gatherings, treats at the kids school, or parties with friends, it can all add up!

This month, I am committed to sharing with you how my family deals with all of these  “unforeseen” events and plans for them as much as possible.

Use this family budget meal plan this November and feed your family for under $520! You will start to save money on groceries as soon as you use this family budget meal plan! Continue Reading →

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Meal Planning for Beginners – October 2018 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

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Meal planning for beginners might sound complicated and overwhelming at first, but give it a try and use this free meal plan to help make the process a lot easier!

 

Eating healthy on a budget is totally possible! How does $350 to cover your monthly grocery haul sound! This monthly grocery haul is going to show you how to eat healthy on a budget and help your entire family do the same thing! Costco and Target healthy grocery haul 2018.

Last month hubby and I completed our first ever Whole30 and it was awesome! We pretty much just ate meat, eggs, fruits, and lots of veggies for 30 days. The process is to help us figure out what foods our body can use best. Along the process we are also developing a lot healthier lifestyle!

We have learned a lot in the past 50 days but my favorite thing is we are learning how to balance organic eating with a small budget.

This month’s meal plan is another one full of whole nutritious meals that are easy, fast, cheap, and family friendly. Last month was another Whole30 meal plan if you want more healthy meal ideas.

You can read more about the Whole30 lifestyle change here.

Questions About Monthly Meal Planning for Beginners?

Pearl! I got you! Make sure you read this article on how to meal plan for beginners. In there you will find all the tips you need to make sure that you plan to the best of your ability and stay on budget!

 

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I’m also always sharing our daily frugal living tips for back to school survival over on my Instagram stories! It’s super fun over there so don’t forget to follow along!

 

My Favorite App for Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Did you guys know that Ibotta and I share the same birthday month!? It’s like our grocery bond was meant to be before either of us even existed here on this earth!

Because it’s their birthday (and I’m going to pretend like they are celebrating my birthday too…), between October 2-7 they are going to be giving away $1,000 a day to a lucky Ibotta shopper!

To be entered to win, post on Twitter or Instagram why you love Ibotta and how it’s helped your life, using the hashtag #IbottaversaryGiveaway. Visit the Ibotta blog for more details, and in the meantime, keep earning cash back with the free Ibotta app.

 

Helping your family eat healthy is about to get a lot easier! FREE PRINTABLE MEAL PLAN to cover your healthy eating habits for an entire month! It includes 16 healthy dinner ideas, 8 healthy lunch recipes, and 10 healthy breakfast recipes. All these healthy recipes are Whole30 and Paleo compliant!

Remember how our family used to spend over $1,000 a month on food? Remember how when we were spending that insane amount of money each month it was just for hubby and I? As in, “party of two”. Crazy!

Once I finally realized how much money and food we were wasting, I made it my mission to save as much money as possible on our grocery budget. That is when I first fell in love with Ibotta.

My qualifications for cash back apps to save money were as follows:

  • Must be easy & fast to use
  • Must save me money
  • Gift card or cash (Paypal or Venmo) opportunities to redeem cash back

Check. Check. Check!

My very favorite app to us is Ibotta! I have done an entire tutorial on how to use the app to maximize your savings. But in a nutshell this is how I do it, I do my normal grocery shopping first.

Then once I get all my groceries home, I will quickly open the app and search the two stores that I just went shopping at to see if there are any rebates that apply to my groceries. There are usually 3-4 that I can claim. This saves me around $5 each time I use the app.

If that doesn’t sound like much, trust me! The three minutes that it takes me to save $5 is 100% worth it! These small savings add up quick and once you hit $20 you can cash out in PayPal or Venmo, or choose from a bunch of really awesome gift cards! I usually choose Target and treat myself to a well deserved “mom’s only” snack!

If you are new to Ibotta, sign up using this link and you will automatically get $10 after you claim your first rebate! So easy!

This week the rebate I am most excited about has to be $4.00 cash back on a tri-tip steak or roast! I mean, how often do you get to save money on buying meat!? Great opportunity to save! Whenever Ibotta has cash back offers on meat, I claim them ASAP!

All offers were valid as of publish date. Don’t forget to check your app for details as offers change frequently and may not be available in all areas.

 

October 2018 Monthly Meal Planning for Beginners PRINTABLE

Do you want to get my monthly meal plan printables earlier?  If you sign up for my weekly newsletter, you will get them the week before the new month starts! Pretty handy right?

You can download this month’s budget friendly meal plan here.

Eating healthy on a budget is totally possible! How does $350 to cover your monthly grocery haul sound! This monthly grocery haul is going to show you how to eat healthy on a budget and help your entire family do the same thing! Costco and Target healthy grocery haul 2018.

 

October 2018 Grocery Haul

Eating healthy on a budget is totally possible! How does $350 to cover your monthly grocery haul sound! This monthly grocery haul is going to show you how to eat healthy on a budget and help your entire family do the same thing! Costco and Target healthy grocery haul 2018.

Take a peek at what it looks like to buy all non-perishable or freezable groceries for this exact meal plan.

I’d love to hear any questions you have! Leave them down in the comments below!