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How We Store a Month of Groceries in a Tiny Kitchen

Have you ever wondered how the heck I store a month of groceries in our home? Well Pearl, I’m letting you in on a few of my secrets in today’s monthly food storage post. 

I want you to know exactly how we store a months worth of groceries in our tiny home so you can be inspired to make room in your own home. Just to clarify to you, a monthly haul includes anything that can last in the fridge, freezer or pantry for 30 days!

These tips will work for anyone, even those with a small kitchen space, because as you can see in the video, we don’t have a PANTRY 😱! Real life, real life, real life, lol!


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September Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

This grocery shopping on a budget post is sponsored by Fetch Rewards. Thank you for supporting Pennies Into Pearls by using my links at no additional cost to you. 

It’s always a bit of a time commitment to do a whole month of grocery shopping on at budget at once, but I am SO glad I do it. This month was actually a little bit easier now that my two older kids are back in school. 

It’s still a little tiring however. 

So if it is so exhausting you might be wondering to yourself, “Then why do it?”

This VIDEO will show you what it looks like to go grocery shopping on a budget. This mom takes you grocery shopping with her and shows you every item they buy and how much each item costs. You will see this real life family grocery budget. Sponsored by Fetch Rewards. Continue Reading →


What We Eat in a Summer Day

I can’t believe the Summer is almost over! We’ve been having such a blast this year enjoying the weather, getting outside and spending quality time together! I am also happy to be sharing what we eat in a day over the Summer months with you.

With the kids being home everyday right now, you would think we would be blowing our grocery budget like crazy! But, we aren’t! We’ve been able to stay within our $500 a month budget for our family of 5!

Today, I want to take you along as I share what we eat throughout the whole day! You’ll be surprised at how simple and budget friendly our meals are! This allows us to spend our money more intentionally on things we value more (than the drive thru)!

We are sharing with you exactly what our family eats in a day on a budget. What we eat in a day will surprise you since our family food budget is only $500 for the entire month for our family of five!
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3 Steps to Conquer the Bills and Thrive Towards Your Dreams

Do you want to know how to once and for all end living paycheck to paycheck and take control of your family finances without the bondage of a budget?

Sounds pretty awesome, right?

This is exactly what our family has achieved over the last few years and I have put together all the steps to help you do the same thing in my brand new master class! But it is ONLY OPEN for a limited time!

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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 →


March 2019 Monthly Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

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March seems to be that time of year where you start to crave some more springy, yes springy, type meals but it’s still a bit cold outside. Talk about confusion for our taste buds!

Well that is the confusion in my brain but I feel very confident that I will set all our confused minds at ease with this months meal plan on a budget!

Not only does it have an array of lighter dishes, I also left some hearty comfort meals in there to keep us warm!

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Healthy Monthly Grocery Haul – September 2018

This Healthy Grocery Haul post is written by me in partnership and sponsored by Ibotta. All opinions are my own.

Call me crazy but I will never be able to go back from doing a monthly grocery haul. Yup, I buy an entire month’s worth of groceries on a budget all at the beginning of the month!

Eating healthy on a budget is totally possible! How does $350 to cover your monthly grocery haul sound! This monthly grocery haul is going to show you how to eat healthy on a budget and help your entire family do the same thing! Costco and Target healthy grocery haul 2018.

I feel like I have got it down to a science! Between my meal planning and monthly grocery shopping, we were able to cut our grocery spending from over $1,000 a month to under $400!

You can read more and learn how you can do the same thing in this article all about our grocery budget.

Use this month’s grocery haul as inspiration to cut your grocery bill. What would you do with an extra $600 this month?


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I’m also always sharing our daily frugal living tips for back to school survival over on my Instagram stories! It’s super fun over there so don’t forget to follow along!


My Favorite App to Save Money on Our Monthly Grocery Haul

There are a lot of extra expenses that we are trying to overcome in this month’s grocery haul! With back to school meals and healthy eating being the main hurdles!

The easiest and fastest way I have found to save money on my shopping is to use my favorite cash back app Ibotta.

If I was giving out trophies for helping make my life easier, Ibotta would get it! They make earning cash rewards so simple!

After I make my monthly meal plan and grocery list, I pull up the app and search the stores where I plan to shop, then look to see if any items from my list have a cash reward available. I also look to see if there are any offers that I could use as a substitute for something currently on my grocery list.

They make it so simple to redeem your cash back offers! Once you make your purchase you can submit your receipt. After it has been confirmed, your cash reward is credited to your account! Bam!

Ibotta is going to make eating healthy so much more affordable this month for our family! I have already found five rebates for fresh and healthy groceries I can claim!

I can’t express how much I love building up cash rewards from doing something that is already a part of my day!

What’s New This Month?

School is back in session for the kids, two of the kids started soccer season, and to top it of hubby and I decided to take on a new diet.

What that means is that our meals this month need to be especially easy and fast but also super healthy!

As for our “diet”, we have started a Whole30. You can read more about that here and if you want to buy the book make sure to shop online using Ibotta for cash back on your purchase!

Pretty much we eat only meat, eggs, a lot of fresh vegetables, and some fresh fruit. That’s it. This is going to take on a whole new grocery shopping strategy!

I need to find a way to make all the extra fresh produce and meat work into our $400 monthly grocery budget…

You’re gonna have to watch the video to find out how I ended up handling this situation!


September 2018 Healthy Grocery Haul

In this month’s grocery haul video I share a ton of tips to help you stack the savings on your grocery shopping.

Remember that all Ibotta offers were valid as of the recording of this video. Don’t forget to check your app for details as offers change frequently and may not be available in all areas.

*All offers discussed in this video were valid at time of recording. Don’t forget to check your app for details as offers change frequently and may not be available in all areas.

Thanks so much for stopping in and I will talk to you very soon!


3 Quick Dollar Store Halloween Costume Ideas for Moms

Costume ideas for mom are always a last minute thought! We forget about ourselves all of the time and Halloween is no exception. For the last 6 years I didn’t think about what I was wearing for Halloween until I was putting the finishing touches on my kids outfits as we were about to walk out the door!

I know I am not the only one in this situation. Which is why I wanted to share three super quick costume ideas for moms and the bonus is if you don’t already have the supplies, you can gather them with a five minute stop at the dollar store!

Costume ideas for moms are always a last minute thought! We forget about ourselves all of the time and Halloween is no exception.Which is why I wanted to share three super quick costume ideas for moms and the bonus is if you don’t already have the supplies, you can gather them with a five minute stop at the dollar store! Continue Reading →