Hi! I’m Kalyn Brooke, and I’m on a mission to help you create a lifestyle you love, on whatever budget you have.

I’m a full-time writer and blogger living in sunny Southwest, FL, with my news-photographer husband, Joseph, and one super adorable bunny named Twix.


I’m ambitious, driven, and hard-working, and I crave anything that keeps me busy. Book hoarding is my weakness – I’m almost always in the middle of three, and a freezer stocked full of ice cream an essential luxury – PB please!

And when I do get the rare chance to “relax”, I like to explore the outdoors with my husband…minus the snakes and gators.

About CreativeSavingsBlog.com

If this is your first time on Creative Savings, get ready to start a frugal journey that is actually FUNThis isn’t a stuffy financial how-to site, and you won’t see coupons and deals 10 times a day.

Instead, Creative Savings gives you a fresh perspective on frugal living, and the kick-in-the-pants you need to start a budget from scratch. Because budget, doesn’t equal boring. Not even close. It’s actually quite motivating and freeing.

By sticking to a budget, we’ve managed to pay off our five-year car loan in two, buy a duplex for rental income, and take a vacation every year since we’ve been married.

We aren’t a high-earning family either. I think you might laugh if you knew how much we actually make per year!

So what’s the secret? It’s simple, really.

You can afford ANYTHING you prioritize.

That sentence alone should be enough to revolutionize your thinking. It certainly changed my life. I went from loathing my financial situation, to actually doing something about it.

Creative Savings Collage

I decided I wasn’t going to be defined by the limits of my budget. I wanted to take my money, my finances, and my future, into my own hands, so I could look back with satisfaction and say, I did that…and it made a difference!

Creative Savings is all about showing you how to make that change too. However, I don’t ever want you to feel overwhelmed. I firmly believe that baby steps are the key to creating a new and improved lifestyle.

Here are some posts to help get you on the right track:

I encourage you to browse around this blog and find the method that works for you. Choose money saving strategies that integrate seamlessly into your routine, without trying to accomplish everything at once.

Just a few changes can lead to great results, and you might be surprised at how much FUN you can have living on a small income!

Do you have a frugal living tip to share? A budget related question? Maybe you just want to say a quick hello?  Use this contact form, or send an email to kalynbrooke {at} gmail {dot} com. My inbox is always open.

If you like what you see, make sure you get on THE LIST {below} so you don’t miss any of my money saving tips, projects, recipes, and income-earning ideas!

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  1. Tamara Farr says

    Hi Kalyn,
    I just stumbled upon your site via Facebook – and I already love you! I’m sure your website will be one of my favorites as I am a new stay-at-home-mom who is stepping out of the workforce. I look forward to reading all you share! :)

    • says

      Wow – that IS a big change – good for you though. :) I hope you find some useful ideas here, and thank you for your kind words!

  2. says

    Hey there, found your site from a Pinterest email and love the printable income tracker. Are you by chance going to FinCon this year?

    • says

      I’ve thought about FinCon, but won’t be able to make it this year – I’ll be at 2 other conferences though {SheSpeaks and possibly Allume}. There’s always so many I want to attend!

  3. Lynne Redfield says

    Hi Kalyn,
    How are you and Joseph? Do you remember me? I stumbled upon your blog through pinterest. I lost my husband unexpectedly in January and my finances have changed so I’m now trying to work out a budget for myself. I am anxious to read all of your blog. I’m glad you are both doing well. I didn’t realize you were living in Florida now. So glad to see you on here!

    • says

      Hi there! Of course I remember you. :) Joseph and I are both doing really well. I did hear about your husband, and I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine what you are going through, especially now that you have to rethink through your finances. I’m so glad you found me and keep in touch. <3

  4. says

    Hi Kalyn!

    I am enjoying reading your blog. We have a lot of the same ideas. I love frugal living!
    My husband and I also reside in SW FL. We live in Cape Coral.

    • says

      How fun! My husband and I just put in an offer on a house in the Cape. So pretty there!

      A friend and I are working on a FL blogger meetup in Punta Gorda and would love to invite you if you’re interested. :)

      • says

        Congrats on the offer! I currently work in the real estate business – housing (and building) is back in the booming stage. Cape Coral is a great place to live :-) I was born here, and things have certainly changed!

        I saw the e-mail about the blogger event – wish I could make it! Thanks for the invite.

  5. Sylvia says

    Hi Kalyn!!
    I’m so curious what do you think about baby shower party ideas! what would you do??

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