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Brittany Cooper

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Your Frugal Living Questions Answered

The other day on Instagram I requested all our Pearls to ask this frugal living mama anything. You ladies came up with some really fun questions!

Some of the questions are related to family finances and some are random questions related to our everyday life. At first I thought I might leave those ones out, but on second thought left them in.

On some level, every decision we make can boil back down to our core values of frugal living. From the kind of hair products I choose to use to the worries of my husbands job. They all play a role in the decisions we make with our finances.

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Spend Where You Value Most

I have a secret. Well, maybe not so much a secret but something I have not shared with our Pearls because I didn’t think you were ready to hear it yet. Something about my spending habits. 

But I think it’s time…

We have recently added a monthly expense of $160 to our budget for something that is 100% unnecessary. You know, I don’t feel about it one bit!

Before anyone starts tearing me apart in the comments (I know that those people aren’t true Pearls anyways!), hear me out. I’ll tell ya what the expense is in a sec.

First you need to understand that I believe you need to be spending your money where you value most. You work hard for your money! Your budget needs to be set up in a way that allows you to intentionally put your cash towards achieving your goals.

Without this, your money is going to disappear with nothing to show and your dreams left in the dust. Let’s make sure that this does not happen to you!

How do you know if you are spending your money where you’re supposed to? Do you know how to spend money wisely? You’re going to be surprised by the answer to this question! Continue Reading →

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Pearl Life Interview #2 – Norma’s Real Life Budget

Be prepared to be motivated to take control of your family finances! This is your opportunity to see a real life budget from one of our real life Pearls! Our Pearl Norma is putting it all out on the table in order to help inspire and motivate all our other Pearls to keep going!

When you are trying to end living the paycheck to paycheck life, there are going to be some hard decisions to be made. Norma shares how her and her family have worked through this exact thing!

 

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Be prepared to be motivated to take control of your family finances! This is your opportunity to see a real life budget from a real life mom and wife all about their real life family budget. This mom is putting it all her budgeting tips and real life experience on the table in order to help inspire and motivate all our other moms and wives to keep going! Continue Reading →

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30 Day Family Finance Rescue OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!

Do You Have an Inheritance?

Nah. I don’t either…

Some people might “get lucky” or be blessed with an insanely wealthy inheritance. As for the remainder of us average Janes, it is vital that we get this finance thing figured out. Our family’s future literally depends on it!

Tough love alert!

Once you allow yourself to get over the pity party and perform a self-diagnosis of what negative money mentalities are holding you back, that is the moment you direct your family on to the course working towards an insanely exciting future.

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June 2019 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

This summer 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!

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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How to Afford the Life You Think is Unattainable

You have big dreams for your family, but that’s all you believe them to be. Dreams… You keep wondering how to afford your dream life.

You wish for a life without having to worry if you have enough money to pay the bills. You fill stuck with no hope of a brighter future.

What would it be like to live without the weight of your debt on your shoulders? What would your life be like if you could own your own home? What would you be willing to do in order to live out adventures as you travel with your family?

But your stuck thinking, “I won’t ever have a life like that.”

To that I say, WHY NOT?

You have big dreams for your family and today I am going to show you how to turn those dreams into goals and those goals into a goal based budget. You need a financial action plan to get you to your dreams and I am going to show you what needs to be done!

Setting goals is one thing, but how do you actually reach your goals for your family? How can you dream big but still set realistic goals? This is what you need to do in order to set goals, stick with them, and start living an amazing life with your family. Continue Reading →

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May 2019 Family Budget Update

How do you manage a family budget when life gets busy? It feels like you don’t have the time to sit down and write out where you want your money go. Do you know what I’m talking about?

Man O man! It has taken some major dedication for hubby and I to set aside the time for our family budget these past few months.

We have been busy with birthday month (3 out of the five of us have birthdays within weeks of each other) and preparing for doors to open to my online course 30 Day Family Finance Rescue.

And I know you know all about the random crazy that comes with a growing family! The irregular appointments, meetings, and activities that pop up and seem to throw your entire weeks (and subsequently month’s) schedule totally out of whack!

I am here to tell you that if you can relate to anything I just said, then you are too busy to NOT budget. When life gets crazy, it is all the more important to do regular budget dates!

In this month’s family budget update I am going to not only walk you through the exact numbers that have gone in and out of our bank account, but I will also share with you what we have done to balance our family finances while living through several crazy busy weeks!

See a real life family budget with all the numbers shared in one place! See the mistakes and lessons learned from managing a family budget. Lots of tips useful for budgeting for beginners and anyone trying to stop living paycheck to paycheck. Continue Reading →

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3 Steps to Conquer the Bills and Thrive Towards Your Dreams

Do you want to know how to once and for all end living paycheck to paycheck and take control of your family finances without the bondage of a budget?

Sounds pretty awesome, right?

This is exactly what our family has achieved over the last few years and I have put together all the steps to help you do the same thing in my brand new master class! But it is ONLY OPEN for a limited time!

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