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Brittany Cooper

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6 Cash Categories to Start Your Cash Envelope System

A cash envelope budget is a simple system of designating a part of your family’s spending as cash only. When getting started it can be confusing to figure out which cash envelope system categories to set. 

In today’s post I am going to walk you through the 6 categories you need to get started and show you how to figure out how much cash goes into each one. Everything customized to your family’s finances and unique goals. 

 

When figuring out how to start a cash envelope system you need these 6 cash envelope categories to get started. These will help you figure out how to use the cash envelope system and get started right away. Continue Reading →

Family Meal Planning – July 2020 Family Meal Plan

Are you trying to figure out how to start family meal planning? I get it, it can be super tricky! 

Lot’s of opinions on what should be on the table which not only makes things complicated, but can also make your grocery bill quickly add up by the HUNDREDS!

No seriously! If you don’t do your family meal planning carefully you could easily add on a couple hundred dollars every month!

The good news is that you can still feed your family flavorful recipes, that are crowd pleasing, and still keep your grocery budget super low! 

Our family of five only spends about $400 a month on food! We used to spend over $1,000 when it was just hubby and I!

In this month’s family meal plan I am giving you all the yummy meals I’m feeding my picky eaters on a small budget!

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Monthly Grocery Shopping – June 2020

When our family goes grocery shopping for an entire month we only spend $340 on food for our family of five. Do you want to know how to go grocery shopping on a budget! Come grocery shopping with me and I’ll show you every single item we buy and how much it all costs. 

I have a unique system that I use in order to help save our family hundreds of dollars EVERY MONTH on our groceries. 

 

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When our family goes grocery shopping for an entire month we only spend $340 on food for our family of five. Do you want to know how to go grocery shopping on a budget! Come grocery shopping with me and I’ll show you every single item we buy and how much it all costs. Continue Reading →

June 2020 Monthly Meal Plan – 20 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Are you a meal planning nerd like I am?

Okay maybe I really appreciate it a little too much…

But I mean, meal planning is one small habit, uniquely the way I do it, that has helped our family cut our food spending from $1,000 when it was just hubby and I,​​​​​ down to only $400 a month for our family of 5! 

​​That’s $600 SAVED each month, which equals $7,200 a year saved!!!


You might be thinking, “Hold on! Are you serious?”

Yup! You read it right and I am 100% serious! I’ve tracked down the numbers and you know what they say, “The numbers don’t lie!”​​​​

That’s why I LOVE sharing my monthly meal plans with you and I have June’s meal plan ready…​​

20 Fast & Easy dinner recipes for summer. These dinner ideas on a budget will not only save you money but they are also for family friendly dinner recipes.

20 Fast & Easy dinner recipes for summer. These dinner ideas on a budget will not only save you money but they are also for family friendly dinner recipes.

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May 2020 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

How’s it going Pearl? Are you and your family doing okay during this crazy time?

Our family is doing pretty good! It’s a huge bummer the weather is warming up here in San Diego and all our normal go-to spring activities aren’t really available right now. 

BUT we are looking for the good and finding other things to have fun. Like starting our garden! It’s been super fun! What have you been up to?

Anyways… ready for this month’s meal plan? I’m SUPER EXCITED because I worked hard to find some super healthy meals that not only fit into the Whole 30 plan hubby and I are doing this month (sometimes a few minor adjustments might be needed), but I think our kids are going to love! For the most part…

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Keeping Yourself Organized: 3 Habits to Create

Creating small habits to keep yourself organized is crucial. When we form these habits it will ultimately take the struggle out of doing chores, such as organizing.

It will take some initial discipline and repetition in the beginning, but once you have this ingrained in your everyday life, it will require little to no effort to maintain. Not to mention, once you have this down, your kids will seeing this and mirror this lifestyle.

By improving your everyday routine, you will be teaching your family life long skills they will need to be successful. Today I’m sharing with you 3 habits you should focus on when trying to keep yourself, your home, and family organized.

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April 2020 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul

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Spring is always a crazy time of year for our family. It’s the end of the school year, and we are gearing up to summer break (my favorite time of year)! 

 

This month, I am committed to sharing with you how my family deals with all of these  “unforeseen” events and plans for them as much as possible. 

 

This monthly grocery haul on a budget of $380 is really helping our family of five feel like we are eating healthy, while still sticking with a budget that is realistic while living in an expensive city. Take a look at our Costco grocery haul on a budget and learn tips to save money on groceries.
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My Laundry Routine for a Family of 5

Today I am sharing with you our one day laundry routine. This is great for big families like ours to save a bunch of time and hassle on a regular basis. By dedicating one day, I can free up other days of the week to focus on other tasks. I really enjoy batching my work.

 

Curious how we get it done? Keep reading. If you try this yourself I would LOVE to hear about your experience. 

This is our one day laundry routine for big families. I like to tackle it all on one day, here is how.
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