The Money Saving Mom’s Budget – A Review and Giveaway

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

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,, 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 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, in USA Weekend and Real Simple magazine and numerous other local newspapers and radio and television stations. has been featured in a number of published books, including: Typepad for Dummies, Point, Click and Save and Organized Simplicity.”
In the spirit of full disclosure, in exchange for writing this review I received a free pre-release copy of the book. The opinions written here are mine and mine alone.


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:

  1. Leave a comment here telling me how you and your family try to save money.
  2. 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.
  3. Post my button on your blog and leave a comment here telling me you did with a link to your blog.
  4. Become a fan of Money Saving Mom’s Facebook page and leave a  separate comment here telling me that you did.
  5. 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 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.



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474 Responses to The Money Saving Mom’s Budget – A Review and Giveaway

  1. sheri says:

    Now friends on FB. The book looks good. We are already saving money eating a plant based diet, would love more tidbits!

    • Gina says:

      I unplug the dvr and computers each night–to save money. I also hang dry all clothes….was able to lower my utility bill this past month by $80! I make weekly menus and use coupons regularly.

  2. Marcie :) says:

    I just liked you on FB. I don’t know what has taken me so long to do that, but I did it tonight.

  3. stephanie says:

    We repurpose and reuse anything we can!! Do all of our shopping at thrift stores or on the clearance racks!!

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  5. Carissa says:

    We save money by buying our kids clothes at nice resale shops.

  6. Tracy says:

    We coupon, make our own laundry detergent, dryer sheets and foaming hand soap. I try to keep a stocked pantry so we eat out less.

  7. Karen says:

    I’m a fb fan of yours and love all the savings and tips you give everyday.

  8. April Jones says:

    I save money by menu planning and using coupons!

  9. April Jones says:

    Already a fan of Money Saving Mom’s fb page!

  10. Tracy says:

    I “like” you on Facebook. :)

  11. Cindy Kluger says:

    I’m a single mom of two so I’m always looking for ways to save. Mostly I do this by heavy coupling, subscribing to multiple deal sites on Facebook and scouring circulars.

  12. Kelley Gillette says:

    I liked you on FB. Also- I was already a fan of MSM on FB. :-) Thanks for running the giveaway!


  13. Kerrie says:

    I just added you to my reader!

  14. Kerrie says:

    We save money by accounting for all spending.

  15. Tawnya says:

    We buy all our meat from a local butcher by the halves (half cow, half pig) $2.98 a pound for all meat, and then we can stroll by that meat counter in the super market all year! Also buy from the farmer’s markets in summer and do a bunch of canning, preserving, and freezing!

  16. Michelle says:

    We try to save money by doing our grocery shopping at cheaper/discounted stores, like Aldi. We also try to eat most meals at home. We also buy our kids clothes (what we need after gifts from christmas/birthdays) at the Fall and Spring clothing consignment sales!

  17. Becky says:

    I liked you on FB!

  18. Amanda says:

    Am a moneysavingmom fb fan

  19. We save money by using coupons, and only buying clothes that are sales so low they’re as cheap as thrift store shopping.

  20. Tawnya says:

    Just became a fan of yours on facebook as well! :)

  21. Becky says:

    I’ve been following Crystal for about a yr now.. Her blog and FB

  22. I liked your page on Facebook.

  23. Becky says:

    I subscribed to you too!!

  24. Becky says:

    We are attempting to do some of Dave Ramsey’s tips that I got from a cd and a book.. Hoping soon to find a class nearby that we can take

  25. Sarah P says:

    I use coupons on almost every purchase I make to save money. I also set a budget for groceries, etc.

  26. Sarah P says:

    I like money saving mom on facebook.

  27. jane pesono says:

    The book looks great! I shop at thrift stores 90% of the time. My son and I usually grow a garden to save on veggies.

  28. Your button is up on my page.

  29. I “like” Money Saving Mom on Facebook.

  30. Shar says:

    We don’t eat out anymore. And our cable is the bare bones basic that you can get. I am thinking of cancelling that too though.

  31. devin arnoto says:

    i just liked u on FB!

  32. Janet Nily says:

    Just became a fan of your facebook page. We do a lot recycling and shop only when a need arises. Know I will enjoy your facebook page. Thanks

  33. Shar says:

    I liked you on facebook!

  34. Shar says:

    I am already a fan of Money Saving Mom on Facebook!

  35. Stacey says:

    Fbook friends with Money Saving Mom!

  36. Sandra Hoffmann says:

    Liked you on FB!!! I like how my son cpoies the words of Bob the Builder

    Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

    :) Thats a great Motto to live by!!!

  37. Linda Bossle says:

    This book sounds great, thank you for doing this.

  38. Shar says:

    I clicked on the orange follow button (hoping it worked) for your blog

  39. Linda Bossle says:

    I friended Money Saving Mom

  40. Nancy Snyder says:

    Love saving money by buying in bulk and then using foodsaver and freezing. Also combine coupons with sales to get quantity to store and share with family. Allows me to share with my children and grandchildren to help with their budgets. Also shop at resale shops and Goodwill where you can get new or like new things for less.

  41. Nancy says:

    I use coupons that I clip out of the paper and use online coupons from my local grocery store. I then go to the store and when I checkout I put in my code and use both set of coupons. I save a ton of money!! And I love it!!!

  42. Junanne says:

    I liked your FB page :)

  43. Carrie says:

    I use coupons and combine them with sales whenever I can. Love Momey Saving Mom!

  44. kum says:

    I became a fan of your page and also follow money saving mom. I have recently became a stay at home mom and am looking for ALL Ways to save money! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  45. Carrie says:

    I “like” you on FB.

  46. Carrie says:

    I am already a fan of Money Saving Mom on FB.

  47. brittany says:

    I save money for my family by using store brands and buying in bulk.

  48. Deb says:

    I became a fan on Fb

  49. Dusti says:

    I am just learning how to save as much money as I can. We made the decision to be a one income family so I can stay at home with my babies. I have always been a careful spender, but I am learning new things everyday about saving and spending wisely.

  50. Duquesa Lamers says:

    we try to save money by making our own cleaning products and using cloth diapers!

  51. Deb says:

    We save money by having a large garden and my husband hunts.

  52. Myndi says:

    would love to learn how to save more and waste less…we try to eat out less, buy during sales, coupon, and be good stewards of what we have.

  53. Dusti says:

    I am a fan of Our Eventual Homestead on Facebook!

  54. Deb says:

    I am a fan on Money Saving Mom Fb page

  55. Kate Blakely says:

    My family saves money by not eating out and being conscious about our leftovers, eating them or using them for other meals. We found we were spending way too much money on food and a lot of it was going to waste. This is not the case anymore

  56. brittany says:

    I follow money saving mom on fb

  57. Nikki says:

    We try to save money by using coupons and eating in!

  58. Nikki says:

    I’m a fan of MSM’s FB page.

  59. Dusti says:

    I am a fan of Money Saving Mom on Facebook!

  60. Katie Carr says:

    2 months ago made the Dugger’a laundry detergent-working just fine for us. I have a 1,2 and 4(just turned last Friday!) year olds- No telling what that will save me for the future! Pretty excited about that!
    We are eating out way less! Haven’t ordered pizza in 3-4 months, making it at home!
    Meal Planning for me is huge! If you can’t do anything else do that- It will help you! I promise. Katie owner of Bee Boppin Bows Find Me On Facebook!

  61. Peever says:

    I save the most money for our family by stockpiling.

  62. Peever says:

    I am now following you on FB!

  63. Peever says:

    I have been a fan of MSM on FB for a while now.

  64. sarah says:

    I would love a copy of this book! I save money by using coupons and meal planning.

  65. Danielle says:

    I save money by never wasting food. I save scraps in the freezer to make casseroles and soups.

  66. Danielle says:

    I like you on Facebook

  67. Krysten says:

    1. We use meat as a topping or mix-in for most meals instead of as the main course. Sales and coupons help with the rest of our groceries.
    2. I liked you on FB.
    3. I liked MoneySavingMom on FB.

  68. Denise says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Please consider me.

  69. Danielle says:

    I like moneysavingmom on facebook

  70. Beth F. says:

    I always use coupons when I shop both for groceries and clothing. I have taught both of my children to head for the sales racks when we shop for clothes. We limit our going out to dinner for one time a month. I just became a facebook fan of your page. I am a fan of Money Saving Mom and subscribed to your blog.

  71. Angela Redd says:

    My family and I try to save money, by using the weekly sales papers as our guides to the meals we cook for the week. We also save money by using Kroger’s online coupons and fuel points.

  72. Angela Redd says:

    I liked your FB page!

  73. Danielle says:

    Suscribed to your blog

  74. Sarah says:

    We’ve learned to use coupons. Now we’re working on menu planning so we can maximize our grocery savings!

  75. Karen says:

    Track our expenses on a spreadsheet throughout the year to budget and live below what we make!

  76. Kari says:

    We try to stay on a budget and use cash only.

  77. Jenn says:

    We’ve tried several different budgeting methods – computer program, plain old notebook and pencil, and next, Financial Peace University.

  78. Sara Morrow says:

    We use coupons at the commissary and that certainly stretches our budget.

  79. Hanna says:

    I can’t wait to read all of her wonderful advice to become house budget wise!!!

  80. Sara Morrow says:

    I am already a fan of Money Saving Mom and FB. =)

  81. Stacey says:

    I liked you on fb

  82. Stacey says:

    I like money saving mom on fb

  83. Amy Pen Dreckman says:

    I buy “old” clothes at thrift shops and re-use them to make new clothes or reusable shopping bags. It saves us a ton in buying kids clothes. For example, an adult sized tank top makes a great dress for a toddler girl with a little sewing.

  84. MamaHen says:

    I have just recently become much more committed to cooking from scratch at home and building my pantry. It has not happened overnight, but things are much easier now.

  85. MamaHen says:

    I signed up to follow you.

  86. Natalie says:

    Sadly my families current plan to save money is to avoid the hospital/ER. In reality, we don’t eat out, and shop with coupons. I also subscribe to several blogs that help me find great free deals.

  87. melissa dudley says:

    i try and save money by following blogs like yours!

  88. Natalie says:

    I am and have been a fan of money saving mom for a couple of years now. Thanks.

  89. Natalie says:

    I like you on facebook.

  90. Susie says:

    We try to save money by purchasing toys in advance when they’re on sale -and storing them for birthdays or toy donations for the next year.

  91. Missey says:

    I just liked you on facebook and have had Money Saving Mom on my friends list for month’s now. I am using tips from frugal websites to make some homemade christmas gifts this year.

  92. Brenda says:

    We are trying to cut out all extras and also trying to eat out of our stockpile instead of going to the grocery store

  93. Sandy Favors says:

    We try to save money by preparing a menu for dinners each week based on the sale flyers. We also try to map out our trips to stores which are about 25 minutes away so that we aren’t making the trip every few days but just one day for all things that will be needed.

  94. Lynette says:

    I use coupons and purchase items when at their lowest price, sometimes enough for several months at a time. We also have a big garden and do a lot of canning and eat the fruits of our labor all winter long!

  95. Christy says:

    We grocery shop with coupons and rarely buy full-price clothing.

  96. Tiffany says:

    I make a whole chicken in the crockpot to use for 3-4 meals instead of just one :)

  97. Tiffany says:

    i’m your fan on facebook :)

  98. Tiffany says:

    Became a fan of money saving mom on FB :)

  99. Sarah says:

    We use to track everything we spend. Knowing where our money is going make it much easier to be thrifty.

  100. Heather Welbig says:

    I Love Money Saving MOM and all the ideas she has given me :) I’m so glad I found her page on Facebook.

  101. Angela Redd says:

    I Put you button on my blog and above is a link to it. :)

  102. Deanna says:

    We cloth diaper and make as much from scratch as we can!

  103. Angela Redd says:

    Already a fan of Money Saving Mom’s FB page!

  104. Sara says:

    We menu plan and eat out very infrequently.

  105. Deanna says:

    Fan of Money Saving Mom on Facebook

  106. doris says:

    We re-use everything!! From food scraps to plasic bags!

  107. Angela Redd says:

    I subscribed to your blog.

  108. Kelly says:

    Most of my childrens’ clothes are hand-me-downs from my older sister.

  109. Tami Carver says:

    No Friends on FB! I need this book! Our family of 6 kiddos, 5 o which are boys, needs to learn how to budget better!

  110. Susie Bakonis says:

    I’m a fan of moneysavingmom on fb.

  111. Susie Bakonis says:

    Our family use coupons and also loyalty reward points for buying gifts or clothes.

  112. Judith says:

    By buying meat when it’s on sale and then “shopping” from our freezer.

  113. cheryl s says:

    We rarely eat out but when we do, its with bogo coupons or kids eat free day, and scheduled for special occasions only. Otherwise, homecooked meals are enormously cheaper.

  114. Susie Bakonis says:

    I liked your pg on fb.

  115. Melissa says:

    Our family tries to save money by limiting errands to one day a week.

  116. Alana Brown says:

    We have started buying the dollar bags of Malt-O-Meal cereal at discount stores. The packaging is inconvenient, but I keep it in a big Tupperware cereal keeper. What a deal!

  117. Michelle Hughes says:

    We use coupons and match them up with the sales to save money. I love it when the checker tells me I saved 90%!

  118. Michelle Hughes says:

    I follow Money Saving Mom and she has wonderful ideas and tips for saving.

  119. Karen says:

    My family saves money by watching for clearance deals and sales. We also coupon, shop come-ons to stock our pantry, and raise an organic garden.

  120. Karen says:

    I like MSM on fb.

  121. Pam says:

    I follow Money Saving Mom on Facebook.

  122. Blaire Ruch says:

    We try to save money by finding deals at garage sales!

  123. Pam says:

    I just “followed” your blog.

  124. Blaire Ruch says:

    Just became a fan of yours on Facebook!

  125. Pam says:

    We save money buy clipping coupons, gardening, and raising chickens for eggs. We also cook mostly from scratch meals at home and eat out very little.

  126. Shari Ripley says:

    I have been following Crystal’s blog since spring and have learned lots of neat little tricks to save money. I don’t try to track down every deal in town but try to make sure I’m well stocked on things when they go really cheap or free. I’ve been able to save a lot of money for my family of 8 just by doing this for our toiletries!

  127. Blaire Ruch says:

    I am already a fan of Money Saving Mom on Facebook. Can that count as an entry, please?! ;)

  128. Blaire Ruch says:

    I would like to subscribe to your blog, but can’t figure out how to do it. Any tips? I’m techno challenged ;)

  129. Amanda says:

    I recently made homemade broth from leftovers from Thanksgiving to save money.

  130. Karyn says:

    We shop at Goodwill for play clothes.

  131. Alana Brown says:

    I became a fan on facebook

  132. chelsea says:

    We shop with coupons and always make our meals at home!

  133. Tiffany says:

    We just started Dave Ramsey, we have tightened up every category of spending there is – cancelling just about everything but the bare essentials and would LOVE this book to help us even more! :)

  134. Ashlee says:

    We save money by living on a budget. :)

  135. Karen says:

    We do a lot of things to try and save money… use coupons, eat at home, grow a garden, and my husband will ride his motorcycle during the summer to save money on gas.

  136. Karen says:

    I’m a fan of Money Saving Mom on fb.

  137. Alana Brown says:

    I am a facebook fan of money saving mom

  138. Alana Brown says:

    I subscribed to your blog :)

  139. Emily Allen says:

    We do many different things to save money including couponing, following money saivng blogs (including Money Saving Mom), and not buying things full price or that we don’t have to have.

  140. Evelyn Mayberry says:

    I am a big fan already.

  141. Kim says:

    We buy our food in bulk from Azure Standard and rarely go to stores or malls for anything. Just make use of hand-me-downs, thrift stores, and what we have around.

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  143. Bobbi Jo says:

    Just liked you on FB looking forward to the new book coming out. Sure hope to win a copy. Thanks

  144. Nicole R says:

    I coupon & have a garden of organic fruits & veggies.

  145. CeAnne says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! It looks like a great resource :)

  146. Nicole R says:

    I’m a fan of Money Saving Mom’s facebook page.

  147. Linden says:

    Some of the ways I save money: put dish washing detergent in a spray bottle so I use less, no longer use paper towels except for dog upchuck and use rags instead, never dry anything but towels (I cannot seem to give up fluffy towels) and cut my husband’s hair (it is full of curls, so very forgiving of bad cutting).

    Thank you for this chance to get the book.

  148. Katharine says:

    I save money by cooking just about everything from scratch. Its healthier too!

  149. Linden says:

    Liked you on Facebook.

  150. Linden says:

    Became a fan of Money Saving Mom on Facebook.

  151. Brynn Moe says:

    Woud love to read this book, her blog is great.

  152. Rachel M. says:

    We try to do as much research as possible to make sure we get the absolute best deal out there. We use resources such as the online data, sales ads, and especially word of mouth.

  153. Dena Castro says:

    I use coupons to stretch our dollar and only shop the clearance racks. Thanks!!

  154. Marybeth says:

    I would like to win THE MONEY SAVING MOM BOOK! I could really use it and learn how to save money these days! :)

  155. Monica says:

    Oh, I love the title of your blog – brilliant. I’m excited to become a member of your site and to friend you on FB. Thanks for the contest.

  156. Kim hatfield says:

    I am making it my new year resolution to start saving money by couponing and being more frugal. Money is always tight with 3 kids and I would love to learn how to make my money strath and actually have savings to show for all of the hard work my husband and I do.

  157. I liked Money Saving Mom on facebook! I’ve been a fan for a while and didn’t realize I hadn’t officially liked the page on FB until now so thank you!

  158. Liz says:

    Liked you and Money Saving Mom on Facebook. Don’t know why I never did it before. We shop with coupons and are always looking for the bargains. We shop for clothes at the Goodwill and second-hand shops. We earn money for Christmas by selling things on Craigslist and eBay and only use that money. Thanks for a great blog.

  159. We save money by using coupons when we can, shopping sales and using beans and other plant-based foods to stretch the meat in our meals.

  160. Leslie Volz says:

    I am already a fan on facebook.

  161. Leslie Volz says:

    we are coupon clippers, and we follow your blog trying to save money. Just starting out trying to save money and cut costs.

  162. Karen says:

    Coupons. Coupons. Coupons. :)

  163. Beth Clark says:

    An avid fan of MSM’s Facebook page!

  164. Kala Fox says:

    I save money by couponing and by bringing my lunch to work. It doesn’t seem like a lot until you start adding it up for a few weeks. No one in the office I work in saved pop cans either, so now they give them to me. I always tell them that they are funding my vacations. :)

    Please put me in for the The Money Saving Mom’s Budget Giveaway. Thanks!

  165. Joy Russ says:

    to save money this year, I increased my hours at work, got rid of our babysitter one day a week, stopped pedicures (and do them at home instead), got rid of cable (major blessing), got rid of XM radio (which I miss very much), refinanced our home, got rid of our landline and got OOMA instead (voice-over-internet home line- same phone #!), paying cash, stopped going to Starbucks and invested in an espresso machine instead (BEST Christmas gift EVER!) working on a budget, packing our lunches, shopping at cheaper places like Aldi, and Big Lots, downgraded our cell phone packages and couponing like crazy (free stuff!). We’re saving thousands of dollars this year by just being more conscientious.

  166. Emilly Hughes says:

    Friends on Facebook Now.

  167. Medinamom5 says:

    Any friend of Money Saving Mom is a friend of mine! I love reading her uplifting, encouraging ideas. Even though I’ve been frugal all my life (coupons, garage sales, recycling), I always find something new. Can’t wait to read her book!

  168. Lori says:

    I cut open all lotion jars, toothpaste jars, etc, to get it all out. There is so much that doesn’t come out the way it should! This makes that stuff last longer. I also read lots of blogs, facebook posts, etc. to get more ideas for saving money. I hope to win the book!

  169. Jennifer Even says:

    We try to save money by couponing and just being more efficient in the items we use on a daily basis (less toothpaste, re-using dryer sheets, putting beans in taco meat to make it last longer, etc.)

  170. Medinamom5 says:

    Any friend of Money Saving Mom is a friend of mine! I love reading her ideas. Even though I’ve been frugal all my life (coupons, garage sales, recycling), I always find something new. Can’t wait to read her book!

  171. Gayle says:

    I “liked” you and Money Saving Mom on Facebook today. I’m looking forward to learning lots from you.

  172. Erica says:

    Other than coupons and sales, we make our own laundry detergent and freeze often used items–meat (I stock up at cheapest price and divide packages), butter, cheese, bread, etc. It saves a lot to get these items at their best price and just go t the freezer for more!

  173. amber says:

    We try to save money by shopping at scratch and dent groceries.

  174. monica says:

    We quit eating out and stick to our budget!
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  175. Erica says:

    I’m also a fan of Money Saving Mom on FB.

  176. Erin says:

    My family and I use coupons, make economical meals rather than going out, and follow an explicit budget in order to save money.

  177. Brenda says:

    Saving money anyway we can helps since I am out of work. We started eating smaller meals and having snacks like popcorn if we are still hungry later in the day.

  178. billie says:

    Most of our clothes come from thrift shops and garage sales – it’s tough to beat 25 cents on like new items! :)

  179. Cindy says:

    I use coupons, shop at second hand stores for clothing and purchase items that are sale. I ensure that my family does have an emergency fund in event of loss and pay myself first by investing.

  180. angie krogman says:

    Hi I try to save money by looking at the weekly flyers and making a meal plan with the foods that are on sale. I try to quadruple recipes when I cook and bake so I can put some down for the freezer. With a family of 12 it is good to have a budget but it is sometimes hard.

  181. Naomi Marks says:

    We buy almost everything used and take advantage of all the holiday mark-down sales!

  182. Liberty Karle says:

    Just liked money saving mom on facebook. Im recently married with a baby on the way. So trying to learn different ways to save money and cut corners. Ive found money saving mom to be so helpful!

  183. Melissa says:

    I’ve always tried to be frugal but I love learning more or seeing ideas presented in a new way so that I keep being inspired.

  184. Laurie Ricker says:

    We save money by sticking to a cash only grocery budget each month, enjoying fun free activities with our kids (like the librabry, park, local free event). We menu plan, drive used cars and use coupons for groceries.

  185. Lisa says:

    We try and cook everthing from scratch, shop thrift stores, coupons, clearances, and garage sales. We hunt and butcher our own meat.

  186. Jill W says:

    We try really hard to use cash only and find things to do as a family that doesn’t break the pocket book.

  187. Andrew Williams says:

    I want to win this! I am single and live by myself, but I love couponing and am trying every way possible to budget and save so the more ideas the better!

  188. Shawn says:

    I just joined your site on Facebook.

  189. amber burton says:

    We clip lots of coupons and only eat out if kids eat free:)

  190. Lindsay Waggoner says:

    I am a fan of money saving mom on Facebook. Have been for awhile now. I also get her emails and they are soooo helpful.

  191. karen b says:

    we use coupons whenever possible, reuse, & shop secondhand. plus anything else we can think of that helps.

  192. Kimberly Thompson says:

    Using coupons and putting together meal plans based on what is on sale at our local grocery store is one of the ways we try to save $$ :)

  193. Lauren says:

    We try to save money by eating at home as much as possible and do cloth diapering!

  194. kelly says:

    We menu plan and use a cash system to save money.

  195. jessie boggetto says:

    liked your page on fb

  196. jessie boggetto says:

    like money saving mom on fb

  197. Susan says:

    We have just bought 11.5 acres with plans for an eventual homestead. We have cleared space for a barn with plans for cattle in the spring. We have planted apple and peach trees, as well as many different types of berries. Our new garden plot is full of clover to add fixed nitrogen for our first spring garden. Next we will dig a well and put up fencing. With 8 children we are looking for any way to save money and live healthier. Would love to read Crystal’s book!

  198. jessie boggetto says:

    we try to save money by looking for deals and using coupons

  199. jessie boggetto says:

    i subscribed to your blog

  200. domestic diva says:

    We save money by buying only what we need.

  201. Kathy S says:

    Cooking from scratch as much as possible, as we feed 7 mouths here. Making broth from bones instead of buying it is one great and easy way to save $, as we love making soup.

  202. marisa says:

    We follow Dave Ramsey :)

  203. Rachel Anna says:

    We try to coupon as much as possible!

  204. Lori says:

    We save by clipping coupons, shopping at thrift stores and finding things to do with the kids that are free to nothing

  205. Sarah says:

    Just liked both Crystal’s and your pages on Facebook!

  206. Michelle Semlick says:

    We are using coupons and getting rid of stuff we do not need anymore. Love this chance to win.

  207. Crystal says:

    I use to have a set dinner plan, this shows me all the stuff I need so I only shop for the items I need for dinner, so now my monthly grocery bill is down to $200.00 a month :)

  208. Leigh Anne says:

    We don’t that’s why we need a copy of your book.

  209. Melissa says:

    Now a fan on facebook. I am the mom of 5 can’t wait to get a copy of her book. Thank you for your offering. Love your blog also. :)

  210. Martha says:

    I have found a place that takes overage from a thrift store and puts it out for free! Now much of my and my daughters’ wardrobes are made up of that. Really has saved on clothing – couldn’t afford it otherwise.

  211. Rosanna Witmer says:

    We are trying to save money by couponing, and deal sites ect.!

  212. Linda Monte says:

    I just liked Money Saving Mom on facebook.
    i use coupons and check blogs every day –
    thank you

  213. Tracie Trump says:

    My fav ways to save money are through coupon and clothing swaps!

  214. Tracie Trump says:

    Like you on FB!

  215. Tracie Trump says:

    Like Money Saving Mom’s on FB!

  216. Tracie Trump says:

    RSS subscriber!

  217. Leigh Anne says:

    Subscribed to your blog. Now time to set us straight before the New Year! You have your work cut out.

  218. Diane L. says:

    When my kids ask for money to buy something, I always remind them to think about whether it is a “need” or a “want”. Sometimes it is okay to get something that is a “want”, but at least it makes them consider if they really want to spend money on it.

  219. Renee says:

    We are making gifts, making meals from scratch, budgeting, not spending any money for extras, and finding creative ways to do without or make do!

  220. Tami Lewis says:

    we save money by cooking from scratch.

  221. Kelly says:

    Just became a fan on facebook. Would love to win a copy of Crystal’s book. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  222. Rachel Sollid says:

    Already a fan of Money Saving Mom on Facebook! Loving her menu planners for each week! Helps a bunch :)

  223. Karen Dobson says:

    I compare prices at the different stores in my area. I buy accordingly. It helps.

  224. Heidi says:

    I try to save money by shopping my flyers and sales. Stocking up when things are a good price and when I remember, meal planning.

  225. Cathy Polachek says:

    i use coupons and I try to make meals in bulk and freeze extra meals.

  226. Cathy Polachek says:

    I am a fan of Our Eventual Homestead

  227. Cathy Polachek says:

    I am a fan of Money saving mom

  228. amanda says:

    I’m always looking for ways to help our family save money. Our biggest money saver is making homemade laundry detergent.

  229. Pamela Halligan says:

    I try to save money by using coupons and only buying sale items.

  230. Pamela Halligan says:

    I am a Facebook fan of Our Eventual Homestead.

  231. Pamela Halligan says:

    I like Money Saving Mom on Facebook.

  232. Katie says:

    I try to save our family money by cooking (mostly) from scratch, using cloth diapers, and buying clothes second hand or just doing without (new clothes, not doing without clothes altogether!)

  233. Andrea Milam says:

    My family tries to save money by using coupons, groupons, home cooking, etc.

  234. tami west says:

    we coupon regularly as well as waiting till Monday to dumpster dive for my leftover newspapers to get my Sunday coupons saving me $2.00 a paper. I get 10-16 copies a week and our local gas station doesn’t mind at all!

  235. Andrea says:

    I am a fan of money saving mom on Facebook

  236. Andrea says:

    we save money by eating at home, clipping coupons, shopping the sales and not wasting ANYTHING!

  237. Denise says:

    I shop at Aldi to save money and try to plan meals ahead.

  238. Jean says:

    Would love to win this book! :o )

  239. Andrea Johnson says:

    I am a fan of yours on facebook!

  240. Elizabeth Meyer says:

    We save money by budgeting, meal planning (using the circulars so I can purchase what’s on sale), shopping at the cheapest grocery store I can find, and got rid of our cable (which I missed terribly at first, but have gotten used to by now).
    Went to a cheaper cell phone plan, pack all of our lunches and snacks, and limit eating out to ice cream for the kids about once every other month!
    We’d love a copy of Crystal’s book!

  241. Jean says:

    I am a “fan” of Money Saving Mom on FB!

  242. Teri says:

    We save money by turning off the heat and piling on the sweaters!

  243. Kristy sangalang says:

    I save money by coupons, meal planning, and shopping for sale items.

  244. Laura Miller says:

    We meal plan and use coupons.

  245. Kelly Sanders says:

    I’m a fan of Money Saving Mom on Facebook

  246. Kelly Sanders says:

    I would love to learn more about a clutter free house from this book

  247. Jocelyn says:

    We shop thrift stores, follow daily deals online, only shop sales, use coupons, cold water, make a couple meals at once and freeze one, and turn the lights out when we leave each room.

  248. Miranda says:

    We eat mostly at home eating things I make.

  249. blaire says:

    we save money by planning meals

  250. Rebecca says:

    We use lots of coupons, menu planning, and many other ways.


  251. Angela D. says:

    One of the ways we save money that is super simple is by drinking water instead of juice, soft drinks, or sports drinks. Just add a bit of fruit like lemon, lime, or raspberries to a pitcher of water if you need it to have a flavor :-)

  252. I use a menu plan and order diapers from amazon to save money. Your review was very well written. Thanks

  253. Rachel says:

    I became a fan on Facebook of Money Saving Mom.
    One way I save money is by combining coupons with sale items.

  254. Jennifer says:

    I try to save money with coupons and menu planning. (The latter is still a huge work in progress!)

  255. Jennifer says:

    I already follow Money Saving Mom on facebook.

  256. Jennifer says:

    I just became a fan of Our Eventual Homestead on facebook.

  257. Christine Apolenis says:

    My family clips coupons and matches those coupons to weekly sales to try to save money. We would love this book! We love Crystal!

  258. Lerin Cunningham says:

    We save money by staying home a lot. We are home-bodies anyway so it’s perfect, we’re less tempted to run around and “do” stuff.

  259. Grace says:

    I “liked” Money saving Mom” on FB. I’ve been using MSM for a few months and have gotten alot out of the newsletter. Thanks!

  260. Leon A. Hadden says:

    Line drying of clothes, turned down water heater temp, use cupons for all shopping. Drive the 55 mph to conserve gas. Plan each trip to town to maximize the most errands in one trip. Control the use of lights by cutting off when leaving a room. (Yes, this does make a difference). Have sealed all windows and doors and put insulated covers beehind all receptacles. Wearing warmer clothing.

  261. Tracy Kelly says:

    I already am a fan on facebook!!! We try to save money every day, and I always like reading the email, blogs etc hoping I might find something we already havent thought of. This is a matter of life for us since I have been unemployed for almost 3 years and still no luck on finding a new job, so it gets harder every day…so any new tips is always a good one!!!

  262. Luda says:

    Just became a fan on Facebook!I would love to win a book!
    Saving on everything, using lots of coupons.

  263. Cj Strong says:

    We save money by playing the drugstore game, using coupons, stockpiling, and rarely eating out.

  264. Karole Hernandez says:

    I have tried to save money by being frugal with the things I buy, as well as I’ve recently switched to doing the NO-Poo thing and I’m really liking the way it leaves my hair.

  265. Cristina Munoz says:

    We are hooked on coupons! Also I do lots of price matching and weekly sales on the newspaper. Even now my kids are very good on saying, ” mommy we don’t have a coupon can’t buy it.” I have to honest say I do cheat sometimes. Specially when the sale is good. We have save lots of money. My husband is suprise how i do that, but I tell him we have to take care of our money. Now I even have started my own pile of supplies in one of my closet.

  266. Kelly says:

    We keep a really tight grocery budget. We shop at different stores depending on sales and coupons, including a bread “outlet.”

  267. Teresa Moffett says:

    I am a FaceBook fan of MoneySavingMom

  268. Teresa Moffett says:

    I clip coupons to save money. I also check store match ups online to get free products and deals.

  269. joana martin says:

    I have a large family i have 7 kids and 2 grandkids who live with me. I shop at thrift stores i recycle cans and plastics for extra money for thrift store finds. I clip coupons we dont eat out we cook all our meals pack lunches for work and school. We unplug everything we use energy efficient products such as light bulbs and etc.. We hand wash all dishes and pans. We try to save every penny and make sure nothing goes to waste. My boys wear handmedowns and so do my grandchildren. Any other ways to help save and be a smarter shopper would be greatly appreciated.

  270. Melinda says:

    I am a fan of Money Saving Mom on facebook.

  271. Trisha says:

    I am already facebook friends, and get money saving mom e-mails and love it all!!!!!

  272. Sarah says:

    I’m a fan on FB! I’m getting married in a few months and have been trying to learn of many new ways to save money as things will be very tight for awhile…we are buying a farm and plan to grow most of our food! I would love to get this book…even if i dont win it =)

  273. amy l says:

    I shop the ‘loss leaders’ at local grocery stores…and stock up on bread at a bread outlet. And, we buy nearly everything on sale!

  274. amy l says:

    I’m a FB fan of MSM!


  275. Melissa B says:

    We grow some of our own food, shop thrift stores and garage sales, use the local library and swap books online. Would love her book for more ideas!

  276. Candice Storm says:

    I “like” money saving mom

  277. ErinK. says:

    I try saving money by: clipping coupons, shopping in advance for gifts, swagbucks, resale shopping, craigslist and ebay.

  278. ErinK. says:

    I am a fb fan!

  279. Melissa B says:

    I like Money Saving Mom on Facebook

  280. ErinK. says:

    I am a Money saving Mom fb fan!

  281. Melissa B says:

    I like your site on Facebook

  282. Rachel Beita says:

    We garden to save money and also is lots of fun and good exercise!!

  283. Rachel Beita says:

    Fan of Money Saving Mom on Facebook.

  284. Megan says:

    We save money by shopping at thrift stores, rarely eating out, and menu planning.

  285. Sarah T says:

    I became a fan on fb of you,

  286. Megan says:

    Like you on facebook.

  287. Sarah T says:

    I am already a friend of msm have enjoyed reading her from GA, Japan, HI, and Me.

  288. Megan says:

    Like Money Saving Mom on facebook.

  289. Kimberly McClung says:

    I just became a fan of your facebook page “Our Eventual Homestead” :)

  290. Hilary Richards says:

    I make homemade bread. I have a nutrimill grinder and buy all our grains in bulk and gind our own flour. Delicious healthy bread, saves us a lot.

  291. Sarah T says:

    We dry our clothes on a line, outside if weathers good, inside if it is not (we have lines under the eaves, use a drying rack and if all else fails hangers on the shower curtain rod. Saves big time money just making this one adjustment. Have all tv’s and instant on items on a strip to shut off the strip when item not in use.

  292. Ruby Showalter says:

    I save money with coupons and shopping at drugstores!

  293. Cathy S. says:

    One thing that comes to mind is that I really try to use older sibs clothing and when I can’t, I shop Goodwill or our thrift shop for clothes, even for myself.

  294. Julie says:

    we eat at home instead of eating out!

  295. Ashley says:

    I’m a new fan of Money Saving Mom on Facebook.

  296. Kelly Krauss says:

    Our family has started saving money by using coupons more regularly and having a set cash budget. I also have an app on my phone that lets me follow how much money I have left to spend out of each “envelope” so that I am not overspending.

  297. Kelly Krauss says:

    Became a fan of OHS on Facebook

  298. I have a larger family and a very limited income. I have no choice but to live with very tight purse strings … one thing we do is only pay cash. I use a debit card for fuel so I don’t have to leave the car, but everything else is cash only.

  299. Kelly Krauss says:

    Became a fan of MSM on Facebook

  300. I follow Money Saving Mom on Facebook.

  301. Kelly Krauss says:

    Subscribed to OEH blog

  302. Elisa says:

    Coupons and planning/preparing/cooking lunch and dinners for my family are two great ways to save.
    Big fan of Money Saving Mom blog!!

  303. K Brown says:

    We save money using lots of coupons.

  304. K Brown says:

    I am a MSM FB fan!

  305. Sophia says:

    I try to help my family save by couponing, bargain shopping (sales, thrift stores, craigslist, etc.) and reminding myself that I may fall off the wagon, but getting back on is the important party!

  306. Merry Jo says:

    We bake from scratch and rarely eat out, along with lots of other things to save money! :)

  307. Merry Jo says:

    I’m a fan of MSM on FB.

  308. Amy says:

    I buy most of my kids’ clothes at a big consignment sale – and when they’re done with them, I resell them.

  309. Laurette says:

    we try to turn out lights if we are not in a room, unplug computers when not in use, hand wash dishes rather than use a dishwasher.

  310. Amy says:

    I ‘like’ MSM on FB.

  311. Kellie says:

    We hardly ever go out to eat, I cook from scratch with real basic foods. I’m learning to coupon and love the moneysavingmom site! It has helped me alot with so much information and ideas. Thank you!

  312. Megan says:

    I too am a money saving mom fan on facebook. I save $$$ by hitting up the deals posted there. Got all 95 of my Christmas cards for free this year:)

  313. pam says:

    we are trying to save money by forgoing eating out and cooking at home

  314. Kathy says:

    Use cash for most things

  315. Jenna says:

    We try to save money by using coupons and only buying items when they are on sale whether it me food, clothes, items for the house, or gifts. We are able to save quite a bit of money each year by just being patient.

  316. Jenna says:

    I am a fan of Money Saving Mom on Facebook. :)

  317. Diane says:

    I’m loving reading thru your page. I have twins and to make Christmas less expensive I have always filled their stockings with healthy snack foods for their Christmas morning then having ”brunch” after opening gifts. They always look forward to seeing what new food I came up with. Also I always encouraged them to make something for each other.

  318. Rebecca Konegen says:

    We’re still refining our couponing. One new thing we do is point out to the kids what we gain by couponing: when we save $4 here, we have it for there later–and we celebrate it. I love how it has become a part of the kids’ conversation: “Do you have a coupon for that, Mom?” or “I’ll wait until that goes on sale.”

  319. Taryn R. Cipra says:

    Take 3 minute luke warm showers. Keep the water heater at 110 degrees. Set our thermostat at 68 during the day and 65 at night.

  320. Katie Carr says:

    became a fan on your facebook!

  321. Kristen says:

    I try to save money but taking our our grocery budget in cash and sticking to it. I also try to watch how many times we eat out.

  322. heather says:

    I cut coupons, compare prices online, use when ordering online. I also use daily deal sites to get services we typically use for less than full price.

  323. heather says:

    i already follow money saving mom on facebook.

  324. Cynthia says:

    Hi! I just became a fan of Money Saving Mom ON FB. :)

  325. Sarah says:

    I cut coupons, use money back sites and do everything I can to save money.
    But I’m still learning new ways all the time by reading MSM everyday.
    Good job!!!

  326. Rose Hicks says:

    I have been helping my family save, save, save by clipping, organizing and regularly using coupons; learning to become a savvy Internet shopper finding sale & free shippings codes as well as shopping through cash-back sites such as and / I also have a small following at work with whom I share all of the tips and tricks that I am learning!

  327. Sarah says:

    I use coupons to help save money.

  328. Sarah says:

    I like MSM on facebook.

  329. Sarah says:

    I became a fan of your blog on facebook.

  330. Sarah says:

    I subscribed to your blog.

  331. Christine says:

    Thanks for the entry, I would love to read this!

  332. jeannie says:

    Our family saves money by shopping with coupons and sales for our food.

  333. Crystal Newell says:

    We try to save money by couponing, making our own laundry detergent and hand soap, purchasing as much of our clothes as possible at second hand stores, We only eat out for someones birthday, I do all of our cooking, and we don’t have cable or anything like that. We try to keep everything we do to the minimum and when we do go out or something with the kids we try to go do something free, like running at the park or a public museum or such. I just would like to get better at our grocery bill. I try so hard and just seem to not do as well as I would like in this area.

  334. Dori Gray says:

    I follow Money Saving Mom daily.

  335. Sarah Wright says:

    I try to save money by freezing bread that’s on sale.

  336. Robin in New Jersey says:

    We use everything up. Nothing gets wasted. From rinsing out detergent containers to get “one more load”, to cutting off the end of the toothpaste tube to get “three more uses.” I even put a little hot water in spaghetti sauce jars shake and dump into the pan to get every last drop of sauce out of the jar! There are so many more…

  337. Celina says:

    I save money by using coupons and buying marked down meat. I also shop Goodwill and other thrift stores for clothing. In the spring and summer I shop yard sales.

  338. Hazel S says:

    I coupon and shop sales as well as menu plan. I think once you start seeing how much you can save by just couponing it makes you want to be frugal in all areas!!

  339. Andrea N says:

    I liked Money Saving Mom on Facebook.

  340. Andrea N says:

    We save money by going to the grocery store only once or twice a month. It is over 30 miles away, so it helps us to save on gas. Plus, I have to have meal plans ready and I only buy the things on my list. We eat a lot of homemade soup because it is very inexpensive to make.

  341. Faith says:

    I am a fan of your page on facebook and I also use coupons each week to shop at the grocery store.

  342. Rebecca Z says:

    I am very new to the couponing and trying to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can so that I can help my family save a little money each month. I would love the opportunity to read this book as I think it would help me in my goal of becoming a deal finding momma, rather than always paying full price.

    Thank you!

  343. Renee says:

    Thanks for the entry. I try to watch for sales and deals and use the cash back on my Disney card (that is paid off each month) to save and pay for a family trip to Disney. I would like to use coupons more and learn how to save more going forward.


  344. Courtney B says:

    I liked you on Facebook!

  345. angela morse says:

    we save money by sticking to a written budget

  346. Stephanie says:

    We coupon and budget!

  347. Ashley Godoy says:

    We save money by planning our work and then working our plan! That means plan the menu, and work the menu! Plan our budget and work the budget, no justifying extras! :)

  348. Suzi E says:

    I am a Facebook fan. I use baking soda in the wash to counteract hard water.

  349. eunice b says:

    We line dry out clothes, unplug appliances when not in use, combine trips to town, don’t have TV, use coupons, and walk in the neighborhood instead of pay for a gym membership. :-)

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

  350. eunice b says:

    fan of MSM on fb

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

  351. Jennifer says:

    There are many ways we save money- using the library for books and DVD’s, cooking at home, buying only what we need, using coupons, buying seasonal, buying ahead if there’s a great deal, CVS EB deals for shampoo, body wash and soap…. The easiest way to save money is to simplify: decide what you need, and stop buying everything else!

  352. Jennifer says:

    Liked you on FB! I am “The Learning Tree” I have a home based preschool :)

  353. Jennifer says:

    Like Money Saving Mom too! :)

  354. Kassie Siple says:

    We save money by couponing and now we are following Dave Ramseys plan and becoming debt free! Already half way there!!!

  355. Kassie Siple says:

    Already a fan of MSM!! Love her!

  356. Lisa Rhinehart says:

    We have 5 kids and I have been a stay at home mom for 13 years. We do alot of budgeting, shopping at cheaper grocery store, grow our own food, drive VERY used cars, hand-me-downs are very appreciated and extra money that we earn is put into the savings account so we don’t get caught off guard by emergencies. We are very blessed to be able to do this and for so long. We love to learn about new ideas people have so this book would be great!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  357. Christine says:

    We try to eat whole foods as much as possible and buy only what we truly are out of and need, not what we are going to run out of soon.

  358. cheryl says:

    We try to save money lots of ways: coupons, shutting off lights, turning down thermostats, paying more that our mortgage payment, etc

  359. T Zimm says:

    I read blogs, clip coupons, read everything I can about saving!

  360. Maureen E says:

    We try to keep track with what is on sale and match coupons with it. Then, stock up on items when they are great prices.

  361. Maureen E says:

    Now a fan on facebook!

  362. Maureen E says:

    fan of Money Saving Mom

  363. Maureen E says:

    Subscribe to my blog

  364. Jenny Roselius says:

    I liked you on FB.

  365. Heather says:

    Liked your page, and the Money Saving Mom on Facebook!

  366. Courtney Holiday says:

    I try to use coupons every time I shop for groceries.

  367. Savannah says:

    We try to save money on Christmas presents by shopping online and only buying things when they’re on big sale (50% off or more). It helps a lot!

  368. Savannah says:

    I became a fan of your blog on facebook!

  369. Lydia Lyn says:

    I am always so thrilled to find a fellow budgeter! I will be adding your button to my blog. Our family saves money by making as many things as we can ourselves. This includes laundry detergent, homemade fabreeze, shampoo, etc. I am on a quest to learn more and more ways to save money so I can reach my goal of staying home for my husband and children.

  370. Sarah Luk says:

    My family and I save money by using coupons, following Money Saving Mom (love you Crystal!), and prioritizing. One major way we save money while feeling fulfilled is by focusing on experiences, not things!

  371. LJ says:

    I use coupons when items are on sale and buy enough to last until the next sale.

  372. Sarah Luk says:

    I have been a long time “liker” of MoneySavingMom

  373. Sarah Luk says:

    I “like” your page now as well!

  374. Amy says:

    I use coupons and do the drugstore deals to help our family save money!

  375. Amy says:

    I’m already a FB fan of MSM!

  376. Kristin says:

    Here are my favorite money saving tips to help me win Crystal’s new book!
    Hmmm… my favorite money saving tips…
    1. Coupons! duh!
    2. I plan a weekly menu which makes my grocery list and I stick to it.
    3. Many people say pets are really expensive but I feel a responsibilty to help animals. Everyone has their “thing” I suppose. I adopted both my dogs from shelters (pure bred, fixed, and only a year old!) for $50! I get their medical care/shots/microchipping done at local shelters or low cost days at the vet. And it feels good that 2 more dogs have homes. Look on for more information on different shelters.
    4. I try and make money/gift cards online by taking surveys from, using as my search engine, participating in recyclebank, and occasionally selling stuff on ebay or It’s not a ton of money, but it adds up.
    5. When possible, I buy used or generic.
    6. I sign up for free samples from
    7. I’m attempting to become a DIYer. I taught myself to crochet on youtube and have gone on from there. I’m thinking about joining habitat for humanity in my area. That way I can learn new skills and help the community.
    8. Turn off the lights/ lower the theromstat (spelling?)/ air dry the clothes
    9. I love working out so I have a lower cost gym membership. Try your local YMCA or park district.
    10. I shop at menards. When we got our home our funds were short and list of home- related needs was long. Every week they have a few things that are “free” after rebate in their sales ad. I would go buy that item and send in the rebate, then the next week buy that new item with the rebate. It really started adding up! You can use the rebates for anything in the store, and it even covers tax! We’ve gotten free rakes, hoses, lightbulbs, shampoo, box cutters, paint, caulk, etc!

  377. Cara Zanker says:

    We are now facebook friends. The book looks great! :)

  378. Cara Zanker says:

    We save by not eating out anymore, and cancelled cable.

  379. Cara Zanker says:

    I liked Money Saving Mom on facebook! :)

  380. June Trull says:

    I do coupons to save money on groceries, and also make my own laundry detergent and homemade dishwasher detergent. I also usually hang dry our laundry to save on the electric bill. We reuse and repurpose things every time possible.

  381. Karen says:

    Would love to win this! We save money buy clipping coupons, stocking up when prices are low!

  382. Maria says:

    We save money by using coupons on our groceries.

  383. Maureen Gasik says:

    I really follow the coupon clipping ideas of many of the online people. I appreciate all the work they do to find the great ideas. Looking forward to cleaning out an entire shelving unit to start really storing all the great buys.

  384. Krystal says:

    I’m only 21 years old and I am starting to show my family and friends that saving is the new spending! I’ve started couponing with help from and I shop thrift stores and only buy clothes at consignment stores. My overall goal is to be able to pay CASH for a house within the next 5 years. :D

    I would love to win a copy of Crystals’ book!

  385. Jenna says:

    We eat at home, don’t vacation, and are trying to pay off all loans.

  386. My family saves money by couponing and sticking to our budget!

  387. I have subscribed to your blog!

  388. I am a fan of Money Saving Mom’s facebook page!

  389. Jenni says:

    I coupon to save money, only spend what I have to, and would love a copy of her book….I really need more ideas!

  390. And now I’m a fan of your facebook page also! :)

  391. Angela Kumar says:

    I am trying to stay in tact with my budget and hope to get more ideas

  392. Denise Janiczek says:

    I became a fan of yours on Facebook and became a subscriber of your blog as well. I am already subscriber to Money Saving Mom and look at it as many times a day as I am able to. I am a disabled mother of four children, who now because I can not work, must totally watch everything that I spend. Thru all of the websites, especially Money Saving Mom, I have been able to do a little bit better in providing for my children. We no longer use the dishwasher,lights are turned out, when not in the rooms,heat is turned down low,and the cable package is decreased. We buy clothes on the sale racks as well. I am looking forward to looking thru your site to learn more. I would love to be able to win Money Saving Mom’s new book to learn more about saving money and learn how to coupon better.

  393. Dena says:

    I menu plan & use coupons

  394. Kristy Edwards says:

    I have started unplugging things around the house that we do not use. Our family sits down together to make a weekly sometimes even monthly menu. During that time we talk about ways we can cut things around the house to save more money.

  395. candice says:

    Our family tries to save money monthly by couponing and budgeting but I would an opportunity to read her advice!

  396. Michelle B says:

    We spend less on vacations by using sites like Groupon and Living social to find better deals, and by joining hotel loyalty programs.

  397. Holly Moran says:

    I would LOVE to win this!! We try to save money buy using cash. That one simple switch has made ALL the difference in how much we spend/save.

  398. Gerri says:

    I’m a fan of MSM on FB!

  399. I enjoy everyones tips for saving money!!! The situation may not be the same but sometimes the best ideas come from “piggy backing” someone elses…

  400. Michelle B says:

    I am a fan on FB.

  401. Kayrene says:

    I learned how to cut my 2 sons hair in order to save money. I mean who wants to pay $13 for a kids haircut. I am working on letting my husband cut his too!

  402. To try to save money, I shop at consignment stores, consignment things myself, my husband hunts deer and turkey to stock the freezer, and he even grinds the meat and packages it himself. I would love to have a free copy of this book to find more ways to save.

  403. Michelle R says:

    I menu plan, shop from my pantry and do the drugstore game.

  404. Sara says:

    I cook more from scratch.

  405. Christina Maney says:

    We only buy things when we absolutely need them, and generally request them on Freecycle first or check Craigslist; we coupon; we don’t have cable or a home phone

  406. Christina Maney says:

    I’m a FB fan of MSM

  407. Janet says:

    Coupons and clearance shopping! Yahoo!

  408. Janet says:

    I just liked you on FB!

  409. Viola says:

    I am a fan of you and Money Saving Mom on Facebook. One way I save money is to subscribe to various deal blogs via RSS feeds

  410. Janet says:

    All ready a fan of Money Saving Mom on FB.

  411. christine casarez says:

    as a single parent with single income household, we are very thrifty! i plan meals based on a meat that can be made into more than one meal. we use coupons and deals as we can find them and stock up on things that are on sale. i think we can do even better so i would love to learn how to budget smartly!

  412. christine casarez says:

    i “liked” your fan page!

  413. christine casarez says:

    i already “like” money saving mom’s fanpage

  414. Anita Brown says:

    We don’t eat out unless we use a coupon and we order water instead of drinks. Some my husband and I share a meal or get a doggy bag for next day’s lunch

  415. Anita Brown says:

    I like money saving mom on facebook

  416. Melanie kurz says:

    I help out at my daughters gym so they go for free. We use cash for purchases.

  417. Theresa says:

    Coupons are how we save money!

  418. Theresa says:

    Like youon fb

  419. Theresa says:

    Like Money Saving Mom on FB

  420. lisa anderson says:

    I make my own salad dressing and use coupons. :)

  421. Bev says:

    Cooking/baking from scratch…

  422. Becky says:

    We try to stick to a budget. I try to keep “emergency” foods like frozen pizza and homemade burritos on hand to keep us from picking up fast food. The only time we had an unplanned fast food trip in the past six months was when my husband was at a meeting and the company didn’t cater like they normally do. He walked outside of the corporate park to find a Burger King rather than pay $14 for a BLT.

  423. Becky says:

    I Like MSM on facebook.

  424. Elaine Sweeney says:

    I ‘like’ Our EventualHomestead on Facebook.

  425. Jessica says:

    Checking sale ads and stocking up. :-)

  426. Teala says:

    I’m already a fan on FB! I do a lot to help my family save money, I write up a menu based on our local store’s sales and use coupons as well. We stock up on snacks mainly because that’s what eat the most (trying to break that habit though). If we do eat out I use a coupon for that. When it’s warm enough I hang dry our clothes. Let’s see what else…oh I buy all my cleaning super concentrated (add my own water at home) so I’m not paying for advertising and water. I limit water use for showers and baths. I’ve completely cut cable out of bills and we use Hulu and bestbuy cinema thing, redbox sometimes instead.

  427. Shelly Goguen says:

    We save money by clipping coupons, always finishing leftover food and trying to find creative ways to reuse many items that no longer “appear” to be useful.

  428. Shelly Goguen says:

    I like your page on facebook.

  429. MaryLynn P says:

    I just became a fan on your facebook page. I like your blog too.

  430. Samantha Hopwood says:

    As a mom of two children under the age of 3, I am learning more and more where to save money. I love the Money Saving Mom website and blogs like this one as I’m learning every day from you all! I have really started using coupons more wisely, making a dinner menu the week before, and whenever my kids outgrow clothes (which is a lot with a growing baby boy) I go to places like “Once Upon A Child” and sell my clothes to use the money towards other gently used items for my children. It has saved me a TON of money! I would love a copy of the new book as I’m finding myself feeling more hungry to learn how to save more money for my growing family!!

  431. Carolyn Catledge says:

    I just Like you on face book. I would love to try this book. Haven’t seen it before. Carolyn

  432. sasha says:

    We try to save money by couponing and buying things we really don’t need…..

  433. Ashley L. says:

    We save by couponing, paying cash each week for groceries, menu planning, and planning fun kid trips close to home!

  434. DANI says:


  435. Cathy says:

    I am a fan on Money Saving Mom’s facebook page!

  436. Jenny B says:

    One way we save money is by combining coupons with store sales. We also shop at Aldi’s.

  437. kelsey says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! We save money by using cash for things like groceries and hair care. It keeps us on track until we get paid!

  438. Jessica says:

    My family and I save money by combining store sales with coupons and following the sales cycles of items to get them at their lowest prices. We also take advantage of Swagbucks points to get Amazon gift cards for free and use those to stretch our budget. We also like to buy used when possible and re-use items that we already have for other purposes. I also love to shop clearance sales and use discount coupons in retail stores if possible.

  439. Jessica says:

    I just “liked” your page on Facebook.

  440. Jessica says:

    I am a fan of MoneySavingMom on Facebook.

  441. Jessica says:

    I subscribed to your blog.

  442. Sondra McArthur says:

    My husband and I try and save money by making a meal plan for the month and sticking to it. None of that eating out every night for us :)

  443. Sondra McArthur says:

    I became a fan of your page on facebook.

  444. Sondra McArthur says:

    I became a fan of Money Saving Mom on Facebook.

  445. Linnea says:

    Would love to win!! One way we save money is by buying certain items in bulk – wheat, brown rice, honey, etc. It’s cheaper that way and definitely better for you than what you buy at the grocery store!

  446. Jane Schueler says:

    I found your site and now friended you on FB. Looking forward to a continuation of reading more of what you share with us, thank-you. Jane

  447. Cheryl Alford says:

    already fan on FB

  448. Marissa T says:

    We stick to a written budget to stay on track and save money.

  449. Marissa T says:

    I am now a FB fan!

  450. Marissa T says:

    I am a FB fan of Money Saving Mom. :)

  451. Holly says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book. We use cloth napkins and as few paper towels as possible!

  452. Holly says:

    friended you on FB!

  453. Holly says:

    Fan of Money Saving Mom on FB, I thought I already had done that, but hadn’t, thanks for the reminder!

  454. Sondra Taylor says:

    Ways I save money:
    Swap clothes with friends who kids need or do not need them.
    Buy at the thrift store.
    Use the coupon app on my phone, saves time so I do not have to clip.
    Find “treasures” at garages sales and thrift stores to sell on eBay or Craigslist.
    Barter with others.
    When making a meal make several to freeze for later.

  455. Stephanie in SC says:

    Wow! What a great giveaway. Would love to win this, to help my family and others as well.

  456. Stephanie in SC says:

    I have liked MSM on facebook!

  457. Stephanie in SC says:

    I have liked your blog on FB :-)

  458. Stephanie in SC says:

    subbed to your blog :-)

    Now off to look around here for a bit.

  459. Melinda says:

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  460. Jessica in OK says:

    We try to save money by clipping coupons and usually by also combining them with sales to get the items for free or almost free. We also cook at home instead of eating out the vast majority of the time. This includes cooking meals and desserts. We have movie night at home instead of going to the movies (and that is usually when we get a free promo code to rent a movie unless we watch one that is already in our collection). We are always looking for more ways to save money, including re-adjusting our budget. I’d love to have a copy of Money Saving Mom’s Budget…I’m sure she has some great ideas!

  461. Jessica in OK says:

    I am now a fan of your facebook page.

  462. Jessica in OK says:

    I’m also a fan of Money Saving Mom too.

  463. Kristen says:

    I drink water from a Brita instead of buying bottled water or fancy drinks!

  464. Sherry Shirts says:

    I am a friend of money saving mom on facebook. I try my hardest not to rely on grocery stores etc. for our way of life from making homemade detergent to cannning and blanching from my own gardening. Now, thanks to you I have learned how to match coupons with sales and save even more! Thank you couponng mom, I tell everyone about your site!

  465. Zanthea D. says:

    Just became and FB fan!

  466. Debe H says:

    I love all these comments…so helpful. I do try to plan a menu and build my gro list from it. I price match and try to coupon also. I have a long way to go and MSM’s book would really help me!

  467. Aleah Buck says:

    We save money by couponing and shopping sales!

  468. Aleah Buck says:

    I’m a fan of MSM on facebook

  469. Aleah Buck says:

    I subscribe on Google Reader

  470. Janie Moroz says:

    I “liked” you on Facebook – would like to be entered to win the budget book; thanx.

  471. Janie Moroz says:

    “Liked” Money Saving Mom on Facebook; please enter me in drawing for budget book; thanx.