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Our Summertime Routine 2019

Summertime can get a little tiny bit crazy around our house, but you guys have really been requesting this video so I wanted to take you along for the crazy ride. Today I am sharing with you our Summer Routine. 

I am going to give you a little sneak peek into how the blocks of our day work during the Summer months so you can organize your Summer and minimize the chaos. 

What are the biggest struggles you have with Summer routines for your kids? Do you find it easier or more difficult to plan your days when the kids are in school or out of school? 

 

In today’s video I am sharing with your our entire family summer routine from morning until night. You will learn tips on how to manage your family routine and schedule to help avoid fighting and how to have a great summer! Continue Reading →

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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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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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Our Family Finance Rescue Story

This family finance post contains affiliate links at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting Pennies Into Pearls by using my links!

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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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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Guys Gift Guide 2018

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I need you to know that a lot of thought has gone into this gift guide. I have been keeping a running list of gift ideas in my phone over the past 365 days!

Last year I was frantically searching the internet 72 hours before Christmas (thank goodness for Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping!!), trying to find something worthwhile and within budget for hubby. Only to end up buying something he courteously acted excited to recieve. But we both knew it was a flop…

I made it my mission to give him a gift this year that had thought behind it and I could be sure it was something he would actually be stocked to get!

You’re not going to find “Ties” or “Socks” on this gift guide for guys!

What’s more is that I LOVE that I got input from our Pearls for these gift ideas! I put it out there on Instagram last week asking for your best gifts ever given to the men in your life. Dads, hubbies, brothers, uncles, or whoever. If it was a win, I wanted to hear about it!

You guys had some brilliant ideas and I’m excited to have included them in this roundup to share with everyone! So thank you so much!

 Let me help you figure out gift ideas for your guy! This gift guide for guys is full of unique and thoughtful gift ideas that the guys in your life aren’t going to have to pretend they like. They will sincerely be stoked once they open it up! Not to mention, these are all very affordable gift ideas with nothing costing over $50! Need some gift ideas for this Christmas? You’re gonna want to watch this! Continue Reading →

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8 Disneyland Tips for Saving Money on Hotels That Will Slash HUNDREDS off Your Family Vacation Budget

There is a lot of costs to consider when planning your family Disneyland vacation. The good news is there is always a way to save on every single part of the trip! Today let’s dive into 8 Disneyland tips for saving money on your hotel!

Figuring out where and how to get the best deal on your hotel can be more complicated than you think. It’s not as simple as pulling up a price comparison website because they don’t take into account all the “small” things that can actually save you major cash!

To make sure you are absolutely saving the most money possible on your Disneyland vacation, follow these 8 easy tips!

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8 Disneyland Tips for Saving Money on Your Hotel

There are always new hotels popping up around Disneyland and the prices are always changing. So instead of telling you exactly where to stay I want to equip you with the Pearl tools necessary to find the best prices on somewhere to stay during your Disneyland vacation!

1. Visit in the off season.

This is probably going to be a major factor into many expenses of your Disneyland vacation but has the highest impact on the cost of you hotel.

To take advantage of the lower hotel prices, shoot to schedule your family vacation sometime between January and Mid March or end of August through September. I know! That’s doesn’t leave many options but it can make a huge difference in the cost of your hotel!

It’s a great idea to always like to look at a Disneyland Crowd Forecaster like IsItPacked.com.

 

2. Make sure breakfast is included

It is really easy to find a hotel that includes breakfast. If you look at the cost of eating out for breakfast, having it included in your stay could save $10-$20 PER PERSON per day! That could save you around $50-$100 per day for a family of five!

There is always the option of packing your own hotel friendly breakfast food like milk, cereal, and fruit. That’s always a pretty cheap option!

 

3. You need a refrigerator and a microwave

Speaking of bringing your own food from home. Make sure that wherever you stay has a fridge or mini fridge! Especially if you are traveling with kids, you will want to keep some essentials on hand that you bring from home or grab at a nearby grocery store.

Buying items like milk, juices, string cheese, fruit, or applesauce pouches before you go into the park can save you over 50%!

 

4. Parking included

Another one of my key Disneyland tips for saving money is to make sure that your hotel stay includes the cost of parking. Sometimes if you book your hotel through a travel agency like Get Away Today you parking will be included but it might not be if you book directly through the hotel.

Hotel parking and even street parking in Anaheim can cost you upwards of $20 a night. If you’re staying an entire week, that’s another $100 that you are saving!

 

5. Free nights stay

Another great way to stack the savings is to find an offer to get a free nights stay. I see this all the time with Get Away Today! There is always several options of hotels that offer a third or fourth nights stay for free!

Planning your family Disneyland vacation on a budget you have to be sure and get the lowest price possible on your hotel! Use these 8 Disneyland tips for saving money on your hotel to make sure you save big on these 8 hidden costs!

6. Book early

The closer you get to your travel dates, the more likely it will be that the cost of each night’s stay will go up. So book your trip as soon as you have the cash!

 

7. Share a house airbnb

Yes, technically it’s not a hotel but it’s a lot easier to say “save money on hotels” rather than “save money on your place of lodging”. So… ya get me!

If you are able to share a vacation rental and split the cost with another family, this has to be one of the best Disneyland tips for saving money! Or if you have a large family and would need to rent two or more hotel rooms, this might be an excellent option as well. We are talking savings in the hundreds!!!

When considering vacation rental there are a few things you need to consider when comparing the price.

  • The cost of breakfast that would have otherwise been included in your hotel stay
  • Cleaning fee (Usually $150-$300)
  • Service Fee (Usually $150-$180)
  • Distance to Disneyland (Disneyland parking is currently $20 per car per day)

 

8. Distance to park to save on shuttle and/or parking

The entire reason you are looking for a place to stay is so you can go enjoy your time at the happiest place on earth! So a another one of my Disneyland tips to save money is to take into consideration for your vacation budget is the cost of parking, shuttle, uber, or however you plan to get there.

The very best option is to find a hotel that is close enough to the park that you can walk. This could save you the cost of parking at the park or taking a shuttle from the hotel.

If a close hotel isn’t a budget friendly option, look into the cost per person of using the hotel shuttle versus ordering an Uber. (I have to give credit to my hubby for this idea!)

If there are just a couple of you in your party then the shuttle is probably the way to go since the cost is usually around $5-$8 per person each day. BUT if you have a party of three or more an Uber might work out to be cheaper since a ride from a hotel within 2 miles of the park will cost you about $8 each way and that cost can cover several people!

If you haven’t used Uber before, you can use my Uber CODE: brittanyc16157ue and you can get your first ride for FREE! (value amounts vary by location)

 

BONUS! Mock Scenario – Hotel Cost Breakdown vs. Vacation Rental Cost Breakdown

To help give you a better visual of what the cost break down of hotel costs versus AirBnB costs, I created this worksheet for you to take a look at.

Make sure to watch the video to get a better explanation of how I got the numbers for the cost comparison.

 

Planning your family Disneyland vacation on a budget you have to be sure and get the lowest price possible on your hotel! Use these 8 Disneyland tips for saving money on your hotel to make sure you save big on these 8 hidden costs!

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7 Steps for Making Christmas on a Budget Amazing Even When Money is Tight

Going into debt for Christmas is not an option for us Pearls! Christmas on a budget is the opposite of a bad thing! It means that you will have strategically told your money what you want it do this Christmas rather than wondering where it went.

CNBC.com reported last January that on average most Americans went into over $1,000 in debt for Christmas alone. It will take those families month’s to pay it off and will end up paying a ridiculous amount in interest. So much for that “black friday sale”!

If only they took 30 minutes to sit down and write out their Christmas budget…

 

Christmas on a budget is a good thing! Take the Debt Free Christmas challenge now and stick with cash this holiday season! Use these 7 tips to make Christmas on a budget the best Christmas your family has had yet! Continue Reading →