Review: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget

**UPDATE: JEN has won the giveaway!!!**


Saving money. In these tough economic times, it’s something we all know we need to do.

What’s more difficult to know is exactly how to go about it.

Do we have to cut up our credit cards and start clipping coupons? Borrowing money at simple and fast personal unsecured loans for bad credit for financial support? Pay cash for everything? Never go out to eat again? The advice out there is wide-ranging and sometimes overwhelming.

Crystal Paine has been writing about money-saving matters for some time. She and her husband managed to get through law school without any student loan debt, bought their first home with cash, and lived on an extremely low budget for some time, prompting her to share about her money strategies–and deluging her with requests for more information, she says that a no credit loan is the only financial help she would ever get . Get some information about debt and tax laws here at Attorneys and lawyers are eager to answer your questions. Her website, MoneySavingMom is now one of the highest-trafficked personal finance blogs on the web, offering a wide variety of helps, from the latest great deals in stores nationwide to budgeting advice. There is different debt solutions to help people.

And today, her first book was released!

I got to read a pre-release copy of  The Money Saving Mom’s Budget after meeting Crystal at Relevant last fall. I can honestly tell you that I think it’s the best, most practical book on home budget management I’ve ever read. With chapter titles like “If you don’t know where you’re going, any train will get you there” and “Coupons are not just for junk food,” this book covers the topic of family finance literally from soup to nuts!

I love the way Crystal shares the way her family has managed to accomplish such incredible things with their money without making you feel stupid for not having done the same. She walks you step by step through getting your own money in order with a twelve-month plan delineated in the book, always encouraging you not to bite off more than you can chew. From the introduction …

“Saving money is going to take time and hard work. If living beneath your means or saving sixty-five percent on your grocery bills were effortless, everyone would be doing it.”

Isn’t that great? I think the best thing is that after reading this book, you’ll realize you can do it, too!

You can read more about Crystal’s venture, and the wonderful thing she’s done for Compassion International with her royalties, at her website, here: Today’s the Big Day!

GREAT NEWS: Crystal’s team has offered me a free copy of this to give away to a reader! If you’d like to enter, please share your own favorite money-saving tip –or let me know you need some–in the comment section below! I’ll draw a winner on Thursday, Jan. 12th at 7pm so hurry and get your entries in! 😉

**Titus 2 ladies–we’ll be talking with Crystal as well as reading this book together in April, so you may want to enter to win a copy–you’re going to want it!**

 And since I’m sure you want your own copy, it’s on sale now at Amazon for only $8.40! Buy a copy here with my affiliate link to benefit Compassion International!


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16 Responses to Review: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget

  1. Renee Parris says:

    I love her blog!!!  Saving money is not only necessary for most families but very Biblical.  There are lots of scriptures on good stewardship.  My motto is the more I save, the more I can give.  Love ya Misty.

  2. Sonlighter says:

    I would love to win a copy! Definitely could use some tips.

  3. Jen says:

    I have many favorites, including coupons and consignment shopping, but I am always eager to learn more.

    • Jen! The computer at chose #3, so you are the winner! If you’ll send me your address at my email (there’s a button up there on the right!) I will have Crystal’s team send it right out to you!!! Congrats!

  4. Combining coupons and sales flyers, and participating in a clothing swap for my children’s new clothing . We also grow some of our own veggies, line dry clothing weather permitting, only buy used, sell last years curriculum to buy this years. These are just a few things.

  5. Jolene says:

    The coolest thing I do is make my own laundry soap.  I save oodles when I can make a 5 gallon bucket of soap for about $1.35!

  6. Stacey says:

    This year our motto is borrowed from the Great Depression: “Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.”

    Like Jolene, I make my own laundry soap, too.  We’re a three/four loads a day family, so the savings really add up!

  7. laureene says:

    buy bulk chex or trail mix and bag it yourself according to the rec. serving, cheaper then buying the pre-pkg. bags, takes a bit of effort but teaching your children to measure and bag it is an added life lesson, plus they’ll get the calories they need w/out overeating from a big bag

  8. Mindy Estes says:

    I would LOVE this book and the tips in it as well as any others. I am now a family of 8!! I just had twins a few months ago. So out budget it VERY tight now with the estra diapers and all. PLease consider me.. :)

  9. Michi Bird says:

    Thrift stores are my favorite places when looking for clothing for my boys.  Especially if they need a nice outfit and I know they will only wear it once or twice.  I also shop at the bread outlet stores and freeze the bread so that it stays fresh:)

  10. Fsmith2240 says:

    I can use all the help I can get.  I am couponing now so that helps and also shop at thrift stores and consignment shops.  But we really need some help in other areas.

  11. Carey Dunlop says:

    We just moved from a low cost of living area in the midwest to a very high cost in FL. Our old budget just won’t cut it anymore so I’m looking for new ways to save some money.

  12. Leigh says:

    I would love to own a copy of this book, but it’s not in my budget this month!! I’d really love to stop living paycheck to paycheck and be able to save some money!!

  13. Thewrightmom7 says:

    This looks like such a great resource for today’s mom struggling to survive in a anti-family economy. Our family would greatly benefit from this book. Thank you for all the moms out there that find time to help each other share knowledge, support and encouragement. I honestly don’t know how you find time to do all that you do! May the Lord continue to bless your efforts.

  14. Using coupons…I have found that having some kind of family game night saves energy…we’re not all in different rooms with our different gadgets on with all the lights on, etc. We read…a lot…the library has saved us to much money. Our library also offers passes to a lot of museums, science centers, etc.

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