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January 2017 FREE Meal Plan & $150 Monthly Grocery Haul Breakdown

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What does it look like when a family of five eats on only $400 a month? That’s exactly what our family does! A lot of times, we don’t even use the entire months budget!

You might imagine that we eat the same boring meals month after month. Top-ramen, chicken, and grilled cheese are what you might think are our staples.

If that is what you believe it takes to make a $400 monthly grocery budget work, then you are wrong! (Not to be rude! Sorry if that’s how that came across in writing. Xoxo)

This is why I love to share our monthly meal plan and grocery haul with you. To prove that eating delicious food on a super tight budget is 100% doable!

Only $250 monthly grocery budget for a family of five! Here is a look at exactly what this family spent on groceries for an entire month, plus, how they did their meal planning on a budget. AND she shows you how to meal plan on a budget yourself using a FREE Meal Planning on a Budget Toolkit Printables! Continue Reading →

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January 2017 No Spend Month Invitation

I want to invite to you save hundreds of dollars with me next month!

Do you want to know how you are going to do it? Easily, with a no spend month!

The first time our family did a no spend month, I was shocked at how easily we saved over $500! That was on an already super frugal budget.

Imagine how much money could save! I would not be surprised if most of you save over $1,000 by joining our family in a no spend month!

Check out this video to get more details on January 2017 no spend month and exactly why our family is doing it.

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November 2016 One Income Family Budget Update

Figuring out a family budget can be super challenging, especially if you are just getting started.

The hardest part for our family when we were just getting started was learning that we need to continually be adjusting our budget to make it fit with our changing life.

This month our family budget is the perfect example of that. We made a few temporary changes based off of what we currently value the most.

Tell your money where you want it to go with this FREE family budget worksheet printable AND FREE digital excel spreadsheet download. Take a look at the real life finances of a one income family budget to help you fine-tune your own family’s budget! Continue Reading →

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8 Secret Strategies to Saving Big at Target

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There is ALWAYS a way to save at Target. Doesn’t matter what department you are in, you can always save some moo-la!

Doesn’t that just make you completely have a Jerry Maguire type crush on Target… “You complete me!” or “You had me at hello!” That is exactly how I feel every time I walk into this blessed store!

With the holidays here and all the shopping you are going to be doing, it’s even more important to save. THOUGH, all of these tips will help max out your savings at Target ALL YEAR long!

Secret tips exposed on how to take advantage of the NEWEST ways to majorly save on your next trip to Target! You are spending way more than you need if you aren’t using these tips on how to save money at Target! 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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August 2016 Thrift Store Haul

It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does… euphoria takes over! For us frugalistas, it’s when the stars align just right as you walk through the doors of your favorite thrift store and everything you touch seems to be hand picked just for you!

Do you know what I’m talking about? With thrift stores it can be completely hit or miss. For example, just yesterday I wandered into our local Goodwill Store and there was nothing. Not a single thing I was interested in. Oh well, better luck next time. Right?

But! On this particular beautiful Monday morning, things worked out just right!

She found such cute things in her thrift haul! Motivation to do my own thrift haul and find cute clothes for cheap! August 2016 Thrift Store Haul Continue Reading →

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Freezing Fruit for Smoothies

We love smoothies in our house! It doesn’t matter what time of the year, we will always eat them. You might find us huddled around our kitchen table wrapped up in layers of sweatshirts and blankets because we are freezing. It doesn’t matter what the temperature is outside, we will keep drinking this frozen treat!

One of the reasons it is a constant in our home is because I love that my kids will actually be eating something healthy! My kids are uber-picky eaters and feeding them smoothies is one way I can easily get some nutrition into their little bellies.

Here is a recipe for one of our very favorite smoothies!

The hard thing about this is that frozen fruit can be super expensive! Not only is the price hard to handle sometimes but the flavor of store bought frozen fruit is not always wonderful. The solution, start freezing fruit on your own! You will save at least 50%!

How to freeze fruit so you can save more money on your groceries! This method on how to freeze fruit, saves me over 50% on frozen fruit! Perfect solution on how to freeze strawberries for smoothies!
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My First Trip to ALDI #GroceryHaul

This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

This is big news guys! I have heard the rumors of the amazing prices, the fantastic selection, and delicious tastes. But it wasn’t until this morning that I was able to experience this wonderfulness called, ALDI!

It was a few weeks ago that I just about ran my car off the road (don’t worry, no one was harmed due to my excitement!) when I heard an advertisement come on the radio announcing that ALDI was coming to southern California!

Wa – what!?

Easiest way how to save money on your groceries with no coupons needed! The easiest way how to save money on your groceries and drastically cut the bill! Continue Reading →

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When You Suffer from Budget Burnout

There once was a day, a day before I really knew what a budget actually was, where I felt ready to slam-dunk my budget in the trashcan at the end of the month! I was SO over it! Sticking to a budget had become exhausting and I felt like I was living a very limited life. Have you ever felt like that?

Do you want to know the secret to avoiding budget burnout? When I say that I don’t get burnt out anymore, I am not lying! I want to share with you my secret so you can say the same thing!

The secret to avoiding budget burnout isn’t complicated and it’s actually going to make you very happy! The secret is to budget to have fun!

The secret to NEVER suffering from budget burnout ever again! This is how to keep your life fun while still living on a budget. Continue Reading →