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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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Our Family Finance Rescue Story

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I know how it feels! The weight of all your financial worries makes you feel like you can barely tread water for one more second before your head goes under! You find it mind baffling that for some unknown TO YOU reason you can not stick to a budget even if your life depended on it.

I am talking about how we got our family finance in order and paid off $20k in debt and how there is hope for you too! I’m sharing my secrets and giving you a dose of serious motivation to get started with your family finances in 2019! 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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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 →