Category: The Pennies

The Envelope Budgeting System

Alright royals, it’s time to dive into a discussion about money. I while ago I told you all I wanted to focus on encourage you to live fabulously without spending all your hard earned coins. So far you’ve gotten ideas for inexpensive datesaffordable beauty product suggestions, and a myriad of budget-friendly outfit ideas, but we haven’t explicitly discussed money. Well as of today, that’s changing! There are so many different ways to budget money and in my opinion there is no right way. I think it’s best to learn about a few, maybe even try them, and see what works best for you and your family. Today is going to be all about the envelope budgeting system. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t, but I’m going to cover the what, why, and how of this popular method of budgeting money. (more…)

10 Inexpensive Spring Date Ideas

The weather is trying really hard to break and ever so often we get these gorgeous 60+ degree days. Unfortunately, the days have yet to be consistently warm, so we really have to take advantage of them when we get them. After coming up with 10 inexpensive winter date ideas, I thought it would be fun to come up with some spring date ideas so that when the warm days do come around we aren’t searching for things to do. (more…)

Looking Good 4 Less: Monte Carlo by NYX

Those that know me outside of Royalty in Reality would probably tell you that I’m not a huge makeup buff. In fact, I seldom wear any makeup on a daily basis. While I’d like to think this is because my face is flawless, it’s really because I value sleep more than adding makeup to my morning routine. I’m also confident and comfortable enough to rock a bare face. However, since I started Royalty in Reality, I’ve been trying to step my game up when it comes to getting glamorous. I can definitely appreciate how makeup enhances my beauty and recognize the large role it generally plays in women’s lives. Because of this, I want to start really exploring the world of makeup. (more…)

How to plan 60+ meals with less than $250

The Boy and I are self-proclaimed foodies. One of our favorite things to do together is to try new restaurants and/or recipes. If you’ve been here before you’ve seen pictures of my honey and from what people tell me he’s a big guy. Despite his appearance, he generally doesn’t eat a shockingly absurd amount. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a man so he can put away some food, but he’s not eating us out of house and home. Anyway, even though I love food and like most people prefer the foods that have been deemed “unhealthy”, we try to make conscious decisions about what we put in our bodies and as always I try to avoid breaking the bank when I grocery shop. We have developed a system that keeps our spending down, let’s us consume healthy meals while allowing a little cheating, and gives us enough groceries to last no less than two weeks. After our trip to the grocery store last weekend, The Boy suggested that I share our strategies for how we get 60+ meals for less than $250. (more…)

Giving Away My Wedding Dress

After 6 long years, I have decided to give my wedding dress away. I’m hoping the next girl that wears it will be as beautiful on her day as I was on mine. Okay, let me stop, by now I’m sure most of you are wondering when I got married as I’ve never mentioned a husband and those of you who are close friends are probably gearing up to send me a “WTF” text. Don’t worry, the boy still hasn’t proposed and we didn’t elope behind your back. However, I really did giveaway a wedding dress, but not one that was worn to a wedding! (more…)