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Our Family’s Monthly Grocery Budget

What would your monthly grocery budget look like if you spent it all in one day? That is exactly what I do for our family every single month and I want to teach you how to do the same thing! It’s all part of living the Pearl Life!

Why would you want to do that? Well I guess you wouldn’t be interested in learning this life changing mom strategy if you don’t want to save thousands of dollars each year…

Oh you do!? I kinda thought you might be interested to see what our monthly grocery budget strategy looks like. How about I share some real life numbers with ya?

What would your monthly grocery budget look like if you spent it all in one day? Creating a monthly grocery budget strategy SAVES YOU THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS each year because you will be eliminating unplanned trips to the store to pay full price which also eliminates impulse purchases at check out! Continue Reading →

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Getting Started on a Budget – Our Family’s Budget Basics

When it comes to getting started on a budget that you will actually stick with, there are a few budget basics that need to be established. It’s super simple and you can probably get this done in just a few minutes! I’ll show ya how!

Our family has had to learn the hard way with getting our personal finances on track, but that doesn’t mean you have to!

Learn from our mistakes and our wins and skip the hard part! I am sharing our real numbers today in hopes of painting a clearer picture to help you as you are getting started on a budget.

What you need to do is put yourself in the same shoes and ask yourself the same questions. These budget tips for beginners will help you set the basic groundwork for creating a hugely successful family budget that will not fail!

7 essential basic tips of budgeting for beginners. Get a crystal clear example of getting started on a budget by looking at the real life family finances of a middle class family living in one of the most expensive cities in the US. These budgeting tips for beginners will help you start a budget with motivation and the tools necessary to stay on budget. Continue Reading →

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3 Shortcuts to Talking About Money With Your Spouse – The Budget Date

Let me introduce you to a new way of dating your spouse. It is the single most important date your marriage can’t afford to miss! If you can make the commitment in this moment to learning about and following through with the Budget Date, you will no longer have trouble talking about money with your spouse!   

The idea behind a budget date is simple! Set a regular date where you and your hubby talk about your finances. It doesn’t have to be long and it doesn’t need to be intense. But you need routine checkups to make financial course corrections as your lives change.

But first there are two things we need to address before we get to the shortcuts…

3 shortcuts to help you have a meaningful and successful experience in talking about money with your spouse! These money tips will show you how a 10 minute budget date can set some ground rules that will get your money conversation started and help you to talk about money on a regular basis that doesn’t take up all your time! Continue Reading →

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11 Rules to Instantly Increase Your Success When Talking About Money With Your Spouse

Yelling and hurt feelings unfortunately might be a sign that you are in the middle of talking about money with your spouse. If this is your situation, then you are probably feeling hopeless about ever reaching any sort of financial freedom.

One of the top questions I get asked on a daily basis is “how do I get my spouse on board with budgeting?”

These 11 money tips for couples will set the stage to help your money conversation actually be successful and get your spouse on board with budgeting. Following these simple tips will create a rewarding conversation when talking with your spouse about money. Continue Reading →

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How to Get One Month Ahead of Your Bills in Less Than 30 Days

The bills keep on coming! Unless you are an extreme minimalist who lives off your own land and built your own self-sufficient solar energy system, you are pretty much guaranteed every single month to have to pay up.

And even if you are such a minimalist, you are still going to have to pay land taxes.

Though, that type of self-sustaining life does sound a bit nice. Doesn’t it?

My point is, for the majority of us, we have to pay the bills! This mandatory task can become extremely stressful when you are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

How to Get One Month Ahead of Your Bills and Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck Continue Reading →

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Our Debt Free Journey out of $20,000 Debt on One Income

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Debt can be crushing, discouraging, suffocating, distracting, and depressing all in one breath! It doesn’t matter how much debt you are in, it is prison!

I know very well the physical and emotional expense debt can have on a person. Our family had racked up over $20,000 in debt! Oh. Oh no! I’m getting lightheaded just thinking about it!

Oh but wait! Never mind. I’m okay! That’s right… as of October 20, 2016 our family is completely DEBT FREEEEEEEE!!!!!!

This family shares all the details of their journey to paying off $20,000 in debt in just 12 months! Plus 2 BIG mistakes they would change if starting over their debt free journey that can help you SAVE THOUSANDS when paying off debt! Continue Reading →

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Meal Planning on a Budget – FREE Printable Toolkit

When you are really good friends with someone, you want to do nice things for them. Which is why… ta-da! I have put together this meal planning on a budget toolkit for you, my Pearls! 

This is the exact method our family uses for meal planning on a budget that has saved us over $6,000 this last year! That is based off of an already frugal lifestyle. If your family is in the beginning stages of cutting your expenses, I am sure you will be able to save even more money then we have!

Stay on budget and organized with this FREE PRINTABLE Meal Planning on a Budget Toolkit. Easily save over $500 this month by using this step-by-step guide on how to meal plan on a budget. This is the exact system our family of five uses to save thousands of dollars each year, simply through meal planning!
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