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Brittany Cooper

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Summer Bucket List for Families

It took our family four weeks to pull ideas together for this incredibly fun summer bucket list for families!

We can get totally overwhelmed and lost sometimes when trying to think of affordable ways to fill up our summers with tons of fun! I mean, if we had tons of money available to us, then finding activities to do would be pretty easy. But that isn’t the case for us, we have other financial priorities at the moment. But of course, we still want to have fun! How about you, Pearl?

Part of living your Pearl Life is having fun even when you’re working hard to accomplish goals. It is great to plan for the future, but you can still fully bask in the life you are living today! This summer bucket list for families is going to help you guys do exactly that!

This summer bucket list free printable is going to win you some major mom points this summer! List full of cheap summer activities for kids and families that won’t leave your wallet empty. These summer bucket list ideas are going to help your family make this summer epic! Continue Reading →

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5 Ways to Be Sure Your Budget NEVER Fails!

Failing is good!

I’m so glad we failed when we did! No joke. The fact of life is that we are not going to be perfect at most things. Especially not the first time we give them a go.

Here’s the thing, I am a huge believer that there is something to be gained, a positive, an upside, however you want to word it, there is always something to learn from every experience. No matter what!

You get to choose. Do you want to continue down the Debbie Downer road, or are you going to learn from you mistake and make sure that you do better next time?

Take it up a notch, not only are you going to do better next time, but you are going to rock it out of the park!

 

Are You Failing?

You’re not going to be perfect with your finances. There is always going to be room to grow. SO GROW!

One of my favorite quotes from “Girl Stop Apologizing” by Rachel Hollis is, “Failure means that you’re living. Failure means you’re trying.”

Keep trying! Don’t you give up because it got a little uncomfortable!

The only way for you to truly fail is if you let the struggle paralyze you from moving forward. The only way you will fail is if you don’t keep going!

When budgeting for beginners it can quickly become overwhelming and you find yourself feeling defeated and a budgeting failure. YOU’RE NOT! Here are five budgeting tips that will help you know how to fix your budget and never fail ever again! Continue Reading →

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How to Start Paying Off Debt

Debt is such a burden! Borrowing money from one person to pay another is a horribly stressful way to live your life. Aren’t you sick of it yet? How to start paying off debt can feel like an overwhelming thought.

The constant weight of the worry “what if” that you carry around on a daily basis. Think of the full breath of fresh air you can inhale once you get that off your back!

But where do you begin. What is step one and where do you go from there? That is exactly what we are going to be chatting about today.

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Learning how to payoff debt is simple with these 5 Tips to Payoff Debt QUICK! It doesn’t matter if you are a low income or one income family, this is how to start paying off your debt fast.

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3 Hidden Reasons Why You Aren’t Good at Budgeting… YET

We’ve all been there, Pearl. You set a budget with all the best intentions, then BOOM, budget is blown in an instant. And it happens over and over again. How does someone get started, and actually stick to their budget? Your budget is failing!

It’s definitely not a cake walk, though I wish it were because that would be more enjoyable.

The part that a lot of people miss is that there is a mindset you have to have around money to become successful. You have to change how you think, feel and act around money, to start to see momentum build up behind you, pushing you towards your goals!

Creating a positive money mindset is vital when it comes to staying on budget! The problem is most likely you have some not so obvious hurdles that keep pushing you off track. Resulting in your budget failing over and over again.

Let’s uncover those hurdles so you can start crushing them!  

 

When budgeting for beginners it can quickly become overwhelming and you find yourself feeling defeated and a budgeting failure. YOU’RE NOT! Here are five budgeting tips that will help you know how to fix your budget and never fail ever again! 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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Pearl Life Interview #1 – Missy’s Real Life Budget Strategies

This is going to be fun! I am so happy to introduce you to a brand new series here on Pennies Into Pearls where you get a look into another Pearl’s real life budget strategies and life lessons that they have picked up along the way.

Learning how other families are making it work is always a top way to keep our own motivation. When working through your own financial rescue for your family, I want these Pearl spotlights to offer you encouragement to keep going!

As you watch these real life budget talks, pay attention to strategies and tips that you can try out with your own family finances. Is there something our Pearl has done that you could adjust a bit to customize for your own family budget?

Is there an easier way to learn all the budgeting basics than to take a look into a real life budget from another family? I don’t think so. Seeing how another family is making it work in real life offers so many useful budgeting tips! In this VIDEO you will learn budgeting for beginners tips that will help you start reaching your family’s financial goals! Continue Reading →

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7 Exciting & Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Return

Are you one of our lucky Pearls who is getting a refund from their taxes this year? Lucky! I bet you are so excited! I am excited for you! Do you already have plans on different ways to spend your tax return?

There is so much that you can do with that cash!

Would you mind me offering a few suggestions as to what you should do with that money? To be sure you are intentional with those dolla bills and don’t end up wondering where it all went!

What if you could use that tax return to help your family by actually starting to gain traction on your goals?

Think of all the stress it will lift from your shoulders! Think of the excitement and hope you could provide!

Maybe you’re wondering, what is the best way to spend my tax refund? I’m here to tell you that there are at least seven different ways to spend your tax return responsibly AND still keep it exciting and fun! Continue Reading →