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Stephanie Benton

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March 2020 Budget Update

Wow it’s amazing how fast 2020 is going by already! I know, I shouldn’t say that. This March 2020 Family Budget Update is covering all the basis of changes we’ve made in the past few months. I plan to do these budget updates quarterly now, to allow room for other great content! 

 

Starting a family budget doesn’t have to be restrictive! Look at it in a way that you are actually telling your money what to do rather than wondering where it went. Then not having enough to pay the bills… Stressful! 

 

 

In this month’s family budget update, I am going to walk you through all the numbers that went in and out of our family’s bank account. 

 

We share all the numbers in hopes of turning on some light bulbs to help you manage your family’s finances and set financial goals based off what you guys value most in life! 

 

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FREE Budgeting Starter Kit

In all of my budget updates, I share with you the exact numbers of our family finances Excel spreadsheet. This system is what we started using several years ago that helped us get out of $20,000 in debt!

 

You can get the same budgeting starter kit for FREE! It includes not only the excel starter kit (you can open it in Google Forms), but there is also a printable version!

 

 

You will be letting your finances down if don’t also go look at my post and video on How to Start a Budget that Won’t Fail! That article is where you will learn how to use the the budgeting starter kit and how to customize it to your family’s specific needs.

 

FREE Financial Planner Kit for Couples

This is the workbook and exact system that hubby and I use to do our long term planning. This is how we turn our dreams into reality! 

 

I know that sounds cheesy but it is 100% true! If you don’t make a plan now to achieve what you really want in life, it won’t happen!

 

March 2020 Family Budget Update

Dah-dah-dah-daaaaah!! Her ya go! All the real numbers from our bank account. I will warn you… if you watch this video you will see tears! It’s real life people!

 

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Easy School Lunch Ideas for Kids

This article on easy school lunch ideas is sponsored by Fetch Rewards. Thank you for using my links to support Pennies Into Pearls at no additional cost to you. 

Tell me I’m not the only one who hates figuring out lunches for the kids! Well, that’s how I used to feel.

It felt like packing school lunches every morning was like asking me in the midst of the morning chaos to also solve a complex physics equation. Too much!

That’s when I knew I needed to create a system to make this daily task a no brainer and help our family have a more peaceful morning. I’m going to teach you all about it!

Easy school lunch ideas for kids with plenty bento box lunch ideas for kids school lunches. Plus tips for lunch ideas for picky eaters. Continue Reading →

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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!

 

How we store a month of groceries Continue Reading →

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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 →