When I received an email from Crystal Paine that I was receiving an advance copy of her book, The Money Saving Mom’s Budget, to read and review I was thrilled! I’ve been reading Crystal’s blog, Money Saving Mom, since early 2009. I first stumbled upon her blog while I was on maternity leave with my new daughter and found myself surfing the internet for diaper deals while nursing her. I was immediately hooked! I spent many hours reading, learning and integrating her frugal tips and advice, completely altering our family’s path from spenders to savers. We’ve never looked back!
I will admit I was a bit skeptical when I first heard that Crystal was writing a book. I knew the book would be full of useful information, but would it offer anything new to someone who’s been couponing and budgeting for almost 3 years? I am pleased to admit that my skepticism was for naught. Crystal’s book, while full of useful information for beginners, also offered fresh ideas for even the most veteran of savers.
What I found most useful for myself were her chapters on goal setting, cleaning out the clutter from you home (and life), and organizing and prioritizing your time. Getting your financial life in order takes more than just arming yourself with a budget and some coupons. You have to change your way of thinking, your way of living. Crystal discusses this in depth which is what I love about her book! Anyone can compile a list of tips and tricks on how to save money but Crystal offers sound advice on building a strong financial foundation. Her personal story is inspirational and a testimony to all of us that great rewards come through discipline and perseverance.
Crystal also offers a lot of practical tips and advice on how to save money. She walks the reader through the how-tos of budgeting, couponing and more. This is great for beginners, and I have to admit, as someone who’s been living the frugal lifestyle for almost 3 years, even I learned a few new things! These practical how-to tips include couponing techniques, twenty-five ways to lower your grocery budget without coupons, ways to save money on retail and entertainment items and creating a budget you can stick with. She closes her book with a few tips on having a yard sale (which goes well with her chapter on clearing out clutter) and worksheets to help organize your finances.
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget offers sound financial advice for spenders and savers alike. I cannot recommend this book enough. Crystal helped change our family’s financial future and I’m sure she will inspire you to change yours!
Also, Crystal is donating 100% of her proceeds from the sale of this book to Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry. Founded in 1952, Compassion International helps more than one million children in twenty-six countries. For more information, visit Compassion.com.
About the Author
“Crystal Paine is a wife and homeschooling mom to three young children who has been writing on topics related to frugality for the last five years — and living a frugal, simple and debt-free life since she was born. Her blog, MoneySavingMom.com, averages 80,000 to 100,000 visitors per day and over three million pageviews per month. Crystal was named one of Neilsen’s 2009 Top 50 Power Moms and is widely known in the blogosphere as an money-saving expert. In addition to blogging, Crystal writes a weekly column for AOL’s ParentDish.com. This column is featured on the homepage of AOL each Monday afternoon. Crystal has contributed to articles in Woman’s Day magazine and All You magazine, as well as being mentioned on National Public Radio and CNN.com, in USA Weekend and Real Simple magazine and numerous other local newspapers and radio and television stations. MoneySavingMom.com has been featured in a number of published books, including: Typepad for Dummies, Point, Click and Save and Organized Simplicity.”.
I will be receiving one copy of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget when it is released on January 10, 2012. I am giving that copy away here. There are five ways to enter:
- Leave a comment here telling me how you and your family try to save money.
- Become a fan of our page on Facebook and leave a separate comment here telling me that you did. If you are already a fan just post a comment here saying that you already are.
- Post my button on your blog and leave a comment here telling me you did with a link to your blog.
- Become a fan of Money Saving Mom’s Facebook page and leave a separate comment here telling me that you did.
- Subscribe to my blog and leave a comment here telling me that you did.
The winner will be contacted by email and the book will be mailed as soon as I receive it in January.
Rules: Giveaway ends at midnight (EST) on December 31st. The winner will be chosen the following day via Random.org. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.