I Have A Budget…..Now What? {3 Simple Ways to Maintain It}

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This is the sixth post in the Creative Savings’ Beginners Guide to Budgeting Series. To read all posts in order, start with Why You Need a Budget, then continue reading the rest of the series on this page.

Have a budget, but aren't sure where to go next? Follow these 3 simple maintenance tips to reach all of your savings goals!

Congrats on making it this far in our budgeting series!

This is some tough stuff we’ve worked through the past few weeks {I’ve been reworking my budget right alongside you}, and I’m proud of you for sticking with it. It’s such a relief knowing we’re on the right track, isn’t it?

But budgeting doesn’t just end with a budget sheet, or a detailed money management system. Nope, we have to continually maintain it, which might be the hardest part yet. Don’t give up though – you can totally keep that budget mojo going, and boost your finances to be as successful as possible.

These 3 simple steps will help!

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Creamy Chicken Bundles

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Canned crescent roll dough and pre-cooked meat are all you need to make these creamy chicken bundles on a busy weeknight!

This oh-so-amazing chicken recipe is one of our absolute family favorites.

It not only comes together super fast, {especially if you have cooked chicken already on hand}, it’s full of creamy goodness with a flaky, buttery crust that can only be attributed to the one and only Pillsbury. {Or at least the generic alternative when it’s not on sale, of course!}

I know prepackaged dough doesn’t necessarily make this recipe the cheapest, but dinner prep is certainly much less of a hassle, and way more manageable. I don’t always have time to make dough during our already busy schedules, and honestly, if I had to, we’d probably be eating frozen bagels and cereal again for dinner. Not ideal, but the truth nevertheless!

So embrace the shortcuts and watch your family devour these soft pillows of creamy flavor. You can make them regular-sized, or cut them in half for mini appetizers or little hands. Everyone I’ve made these for have absolutely adored them!

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Is Your Bank Taking Advantage of You?

Is your bank taking advantage of you? Here are 5 smart ways to protect your money, and yourself!

  How well do you really know your bank? Today at Living Well Spending Less, I'm sharing 5 ways you need to protect yourself...and your money! Here's an excerpt:   Believe it or not, your bank does not always have your best interests at heart. They are in business to make money, and to make money off your money. From interest rates to extravagant fees, not only are you beholden to … [Read More...]

The Only Tool You Need to Organize Practically Anything

Don't waste money on expensive organizing supplies. You can organize practically anything with a simple basket from the dollar or craft store!

  Today, I have the honor of guest posting at Organizing Junkie about the simplest organizing tool ever. It's time to say goodbye to all those expensive supplies! Here's an excerpt: Searching for organizing ideas on Pinterest makes me seriously giddy. But while I absolutely love browsing through all those beautiful pictures, inspirational DIY, and creative ideas, there always a small … [Read More...]

Create Your Own Money Management System

This personalized money management system focuses on real time tracking to keep you accountable, without the need for cash.

This is the fifth post in the Creative Savings’ Beginners Guide to Budgeting Series. To read all posts in order, start with Why You Need a Budget, then continue reading the rest of the series on this page. Now that you've created your very own budget, it's time to focus on putting that budget into practice with a money management system {MMS}. If that sounds technical and complicated, it's … [Read More...]

7 Steps to a Budget Friendly Easter Basket

Easter doesn't have to be an expensive Holiday, especially with these 7 must-follow steps to creating your own budget-friendly basket!

 This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here. Easter baskets are a lot like stocking stuffers. Not totally necessary, but a really fun way to celebrate the Holiday no matter how old you are. In fact, at 26, I still wished I received an Easter basket every year! But however exciting digging into an Easter basket can be, they can easily tempt you to go over … [Read More...]