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A Frugal Girls Review of HelloFresh

This post is sponsored by Hello Fresh. Thank you so much for supporting Pennies Into Pearls by using my links. Xoxo!

Who wants a giant package full of healthy and delicious food delivered right to your front door?

Who doesn’t want to think about what to make for dinner?

Who is ready to have someone do all the hard work for you

Wrap all those things up into one cute white and green box and you have successfully described my experience with my first try of HelloFresh!

Coming from a woman who doesn’t spend more than $5 PER MEAL, this is my opinion if a meal delivery service offers any savings. Here are 3 surprising ways they save you money! Continue Reading →

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September 2017 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul – 19 Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes

When life gets busy, the last thing on your mind is what you’re cooking for dinner! 5pm very rudely sneaks up on us moms! Which is why in this month’s meal plan I have rounded up 19 quick and easy dinner recipes on a budget!

School is back in session! How do you feel about that? I’m the mom that feels completely torn, a mess of emotions!

Happy to be back to a schedule. Happy for a few less hours a day of the kids bugging each other. But man! I do miss those guys when they are away all day!

19 quick and easy dinner recipes helping make back to school season less stressful! A FREE PRINTABLE monthly meal plan full of quick and easy dinner ideas that even your picky eater will love! Plus, every easy dinner recipe in this meal plan on a budget will help you save money! Continue Reading →

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August 2017 Monthly Meal Plan & Grocery Haul – 20 Easy Grilling Recipes

Dang! When it’s cookin’ outside there is no way I want to be cooking inside! Which is why in this month’s recipe roundup I am featuring as many easy grilling recipes as I can that can be cooked outside.

The house we are currently renting (read about our journey to buying our first house here) has no AC, which leaves the inside temp usually hovering around 90 degrees.

Hence, all the grilling recipes I have rounded up for you this month!

Finding cheap dinner recipes that your entire family will love doesn’t have to be a challenge. Here is a FREE PRINTABLE MEAL PLAN full of 20 cheap easy grilling recipes for picky eaters! Plus, each of these easy grilling recipes can be prepped and served in 30 minutes or less! Continue Reading →

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April 2017 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul for under $300

When it comes to meal planning I have only one goal in mind, keep the entire month of eating for our family of five under $400!

THE only objective and I easily make it work every single month.

Take a look for yourself! I’m sharing with you exactly what our family will be eating this month in our monthly meal plan and also giving you the exact penny amount we spent on groceries for the entire month!

Wondering how to save money on groceries? This FREE PRINTABLE meal plan is going to show you how to cut your spending and save the most money possible this month on your groceries. If you stick to this monthly meal plan on a budget you can instantly cut your grocery bill to under $400 this month! Continue Reading →

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March 2017 Monthly Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

How much money do you think meal planning could save your family each month? If you have no idea, use my example of a gauge. 

After our family started meal planning, we were able to lower our food spending by over $300 a month. BUT we were already living pretty frugally! We didn’t eat out that much and we didn’t buy extravagant ingredients to cook at home. Also, we have never drank alcohol or coffee. 

If your family falls into any of those habits, think of how much MORE money you could be savings. Even if you save a minimum of $300 each month, that will save you $3,600 a year! That is huge!

A Healthy Meal Plan that includes FREE PRINTABLES with every recipe you need for an entire month! Not only is this meal plan full of healthy and easy recipes, all these healthy recipes can be made on a $400 monthly grocery budget. Continue Reading →

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5 Tips for Feeding Friends Frugally

Isn’t it such a disappointment when your budget holds you back from doing fun things with your friends and family? Have you ever hesitated inviting your friends or family to stay at your house because there wasn’t any room in your budget to feed the extra mouths?

Well, there really isn’t any reason that this should happen! After you read these five tips for feeding friends frugally you won’t ever pause again when inviting guests over!

This super quick and healthy taco dinner is the perfect recipe to feed a crowd. You don’t want leave out the lite chipotle taco sauce to give your taco recipe the spice it needs to temp all your friends! Continue Reading →