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.
I have a secret. Well, maybe not so much a secret but something I have not shared with our Pearls because I didn’t think you were ready to hear it yet. Something about my spending habits.
But I think it’s time…
We have recently added a monthly expense of $160 to our budget for something that is 100% unnecessary. You know, I don’t feel about it one bit!
Before anyone starts tearing me apart in the comments (I know that those people aren’t true Pearls anyways!), hear me out. I’ll tell ya what the expense is in a sec.
First you need to understand that I believe you need to be spending your money where you value most. You work hard for your money! Your budget needs to be set up in a way that allows you to intentionally put your cash towards achieving your goals.
Without this, your money is going to disappear with nothing to show and your dreams left in the dust. Let’s make sure that this does not happen to you!
Be prepared to be motivated to take control of your family finances! This is your opportunity to see a real life budget from one of our real life Pearls! Our Pearl Norma is putting it all out on the table in order to help inspire and motivate all our other Pearls to keep going!
When you are trying to end living the paycheck to paycheck life, there are going to be some hard decisions to be made. Norma shares how her and her family have worked through this exact thing!
When it comes to getting started on a budget that you will actually stick with, there are a few budget basics that need to be established. It’s super simple and you can probably get this done in just a few minutes! I’ll show ya how!
Our family has had to learn the hard way with getting our personal finances on track, but that doesn’t mean you have to!
Learn from our mistakes and our wins and skip the hard part! I am sharing our real numbers today in hopes of painting a clearer picture to help you as you are getting started on a budget.
What you need to do is put yourself in the same shoes and ask yourself the same questions. These budget tips for beginners will help you set the basic groundwork for creating a hugely successful family budget that will not fail!
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!
You know those days where you have been running around from store to store to just get a couple things? You can only find like one thing at each store. So long ensues your scavenger hunt around town to finish checking off your list.
Then… you get home and realize that you still forgot something! Ahhhh!!!!
You might have guessed this is what happened to me today.
Tonight at our church we had a trunk-or-treat activity and of course the kids dress up. Well, to complete their outfits, the kids needed some face paint. That is exactly what I forgot.
Just the thought of running out to the store one more time was torture on its own!
That’s when I thought. “I wonder if I can figure out how to make face paint?”