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Brittany Cooper

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September Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

This grocery shopping 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. 

It’s always a bit of a time commitment to do a whole month of grocery shopping on at budget at once, but I am SO glad I do it. This month was actually a little bit easier now that my two older kids are back in school. 

It’s still a little tiring however. 

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

This VIDEO will show you what it looks like to go grocery shopping on a budget. This mom takes you grocery shopping with her and shows you every item they buy and how much each item costs. You will see this real life family grocery budget. Sponsored by Fetch Rewards. Continue Reading →

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What We Eat in a Summer Day

I can’t believe the Summer is almost over! We’ve been having such a blast this year enjoying the weather, getting outside and spending quality time together! I am also happy to be sharing what we eat in a day over the Summer months with you.

With the kids being home everyday right now, you would think we would be blowing our grocery budget like crazy! But, we aren’t! We’ve been able to stay within our $500 a month budget for our family of 5!

Today, I want to take you along as I share what we eat throughout the whole day! You’ll be surprised at how simple and budget friendly our meals are! This allows us to spend our money more intentionally on things we value more (than the drive thru)!

We are sharing with you exactly what our family eats in a day on a budget. What we eat in a day will surprise you since our family food budget is only $500 for the entire month for our family of five!
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5 Tips for Back to School Shopping on a Budget 2019

This back to school shopping on a budget post is sponsored by Ibotta. Thank you for supporting Pennies Into Pearls by using my links at no additional cost to you. 

Do you have a list of school supplies sitting on your counter staring you straight in the face? Holy cow! All those little purchases can add up crazy fast! Which is why I am your girl to show you how to do back to school shopping on a budget.

Use these back to school shopping on a budget tips and you can send the kids to class feeling confident that they are fully stocked up with school supplies and ready for a new year of learning! Back to school on a budget doesn’t mean going without, these tips will show you how to save money on back to school so you can buy what your kids need. Continue Reading →

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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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6 Tricks to Save Money on Vacation BEFORE You Go

Have you ever been on vacation with your family and realized you went WAY over budget? Did you notice it was probably on a lot of little things adding up, that you hadn’t planned for? The thing is, you CAN save money on vacation before you even leave!

We have done this so many times I’ve lost count. I know the feeling well. Your trip was supposed to be relaxing and fun, but you came home feeling stressed because the finances are still following you.

Today I am sharing my best tips and reminders about the SURPRISING ways that you can save money and stress before you leave for your vacation! 

Do you tend to overspend on your vacations? I have 6 Money Saving Hacks for Your Next Vacation that are sure to be useful for you. These tricks have helped our family save hundreds of dollars.
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Living Debt Free in a High Cost of Living Area

We live in one of the most expensive cities in the United States. Home prices continue to increase faster than most other major cities, but the high expenses don’t stop there. Utilities, transportation, food, healthcare, and taxes all on average are higher in this beautiful city. This post contains 5 ways to live debt free in a high cost of living city. 

Despite those odds stacked against our wallet, there are a lot of opportunities to save money and grow our side incomes while living in a high cost of living area. 

 

When living in a city with a high cost of living, it’s especially a huge help to know ways to save money. These 5 tips to save money when living in a high cost of living area will help you stretch your money. Continue Reading →

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What to do When You Are Behind on Bills

How can you start taking control of your finances if you are behind on bills? Where do you start? 

If this is you, I’m betting that you are feeling completely hopeless and don’t realize what an amazing future you can actually have for your family!

The process of getting on top of your bills is actually not that complicated at all. Today I am going to show you step by step what you need to do to take control and get on top of your bills.

Doing this is going to open your eyes to your potential for reaching some seriously amazing goals for your family!

This is what to do when you are behind on bills and how to never let it happen again. Here are 8 steps to take when you are behind on bills to help you get things under control quickly. 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 →