Seven ways to create a budget that really works

With skyrocketing prices everywhere you turn these days, it’s more important than ever to take control of your money by making and sticking to a monthly budget. And I’m a big believer that every married couple should have a monthly budget meeting because it’s so important that you both have a say in the household finances.

But as a natural spender, I have to admit that budgeting is not always my favorite thing. The good news is there’s no rule that says the meeting can’t be fun. So here are my tips for having the most fun and productive budget meeting ever. (To all my single friends out there, you can and should still make a monthly budget. Find a trusted friend or family member to hold you accountable and cheer you on, and you’ll be well on your way to crushing your own financial goals.)

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