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Friday, January 6, 2012

The Money Saving Mom's Budget {Book Review & Giveaway}


I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review a pre-release copy of Crystal Paine's (aka Money Saving Mom's) new book, The Money Saving Mom's Budget: Slash You Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Steamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year which will be released on January 10th, 2012. 

As a stay-at-home mom of a single income family it is crucial that I find ways to extend our family's resources. Crystal's website, MoneySavingMom.com, has been a valuable money saving tool for our family so I was hopeful that her first book would give me even more ideas on how to stretch our limited income

I'm happy to say, I was not disappointed. The Money Saving Mom's Budget is broken down into nine chapters that help you set goals, organize your home, give yourself a raise, get rid of your credit cards, learn to use coupons, lower your grocery bill, "splurge" creatively, and cultivate contentment.

From following her website, I know Crystal is an avid couponer. I her book, Crystal states:

"I believe everyone should use coupons. There. I said it. Wait. I take my statement back. If you are one of the .0002 people in America who has never touched food unless it was grown in your own yard, you make toothpaste out of tree bark, and use cloth toilet paper, then I'll exempt you. But the rest of you? You're nonexempt." (p. 86, The Money Saving Mom's Budget)

While our family definitely doesn't grow all of our own food (oh, I wish), and I have no clue if you can actually make toothpaste out of tree bark (may tea tree?), we do try to replace at least a portion of our toilet paper with cloth wipes (no number 2, thank you very much), but I still find ways to use some coupons. 

Granted, most likely I will never be able to save the amount of money that many families can with coupons so while about 20% of the Crystal's book deals with couponing and "the drugstore game" I was thrilled to find that there were still lots of other tips for lowering our monthly expenses that we could actually use. 

I loved the chapter entitled, 25 Ways to Lower your Grocery Bill Without Using Coupons. Some of the tips in this chapter include shopping every other week, using a Crock-Pot, and buying in bulk.

I also loved the out of the box ideas for bringing in extra money.

I think every family could benefit from Crystal's money saving story and advice. As we begin a new year, I know many of us are setting financial goals for 2012. Preorder your copy of The Money Saving Mom's Budget to help get you on the road to financial success.

Giveaway
Crystal generously offered to send us a final copy of The Money Saving Mom's Budget once it releases on January 10th, 2012. Since we already have the pre-release version and we know how many of our readers will want to get their hands on this book, we've decided to give our published copy away to one of our readers.

Just follow the directions in the rafflecopter form below - it's quick & easy to enter.

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56 Comments:

Anonymous Tali said...

This sounds like a great book!!

January 6, 2012 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I'm not a huge couponer either, though I do use them on occasion. I think I do use some of her other ideas so I'd love to read the whole book!

January 6, 2012 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Would love to win a copy!

runner330@yahoo.com

January 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I love Crystal's blog. I would love to hear what her book has to say.

January 6, 2012 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Would love to win a copy. I'm a huge fan of Money Saving Mom.

January 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I'd love to have a copy to help me start spending less and saving more!

January 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

sounds like something I need!

January 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger cupcake mama said...

I want to win because I desperately need the tips!
mmjohnson555@gmail.com
GFC: Mechele Johnson

January 7, 2012 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I looking forward to reading the book - thanks for sharing!

January 7, 2012 at 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I love reading Crystal's blog, and I can't wait to read her book for more money saving tips.

amanda.corley@ymail.com

January 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Erica C said...

I'd love to read this book. As a single mom that's self-employed we can use all the help we can get. I've been hesitant to start couponing because I'm scare of how much time it might take.

January 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Who doesn't want to learn ways to save money these days? I am always looking for new ideas on that front!

January 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger pmj said...

I'm a single parent with three children and I look for ways to save money-this would be very helpful.

pjames330 at aol dot com

January 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Tracy said...

Saving more money would be great! Hope I win!

January 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to win this.

January 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Maile said...

I would love to win a copy.

January 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger lynaeve said...

great giveaway!

January 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

I'd love to win the Money Saving Mom's Budget!

goldfuss1 [at] frontier [dot] com

January 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Kendal said...

I want to win because I love her tips and our family is just getting started with this whole "budgeting" thing and need a lot of improvement!

kendalnicole@gmail.com

January 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I love her blog so I'm sure the book is excellent!

January 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger thekroesches said...

I love reading Crystal's blog and would appreciate having a copy of her book.

January 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

I can't wait to read this book!

January 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Answeredprayr said...

Excited about this book...can't wait to read it

January 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. I love MSM. Thanks~

kernaomi at yahoo dot com

January 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger This Girl's Bliss... said...

I hope I snag this!!

January 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

would love to win
karen b
bkbowman91@centurylink.net

January 10, 2012 at 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to have this so that we can learn to live on less. fsmith2240@yahoo.com

January 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer R said...

Would love to win a copy of this book.

January 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Blake and Arielle said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

January 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Melissa B said...

I don't budget, but should. Her books looks like it will address many of my goals for 2012.
melissamberry@hotmail.com

January 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Randall and Rachel Beita said...

I need more practical tips and ideas.

January 10, 2012 at 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Leah Blomberg said...

LOVE her blog (and yours) and with a growing family, I would like to learn more! Please pick me :D

January 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

What a great giveaway! I love Crystal's blog so I'd love to read more indepth of her writing in this book.

January 10, 2012 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Urban Wife said...

I would love to learn how to be more effective at saving money.

January 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to win this book.shlmor7(at)aol(dot)com

January 10, 2012 at 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book, but if I don't, I am very fortunate to have found over 25 new blogs to read and be involved with.. A real win win situation. I love it!

January 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This book sounds fantastic - I would love to win!

crystaljmadden@aol.com

January 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for chance to win a great book

January 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I would love to win to bring my saving up to a new level.

January 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger Homequeen said...

I need help in making ends meet!!

January 11, 2012 at 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to win this.
Kathleen P.
delta_bayou@yahoo.com

January 11, 2012 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Cassie said...

I would love to win to learn new tips and to have the encouragement when you feel like going throwing in the towel and splurging!

January 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win Crystal's book. I follow her blog and on facebook but can never get enough. I'd love to read her book and not only learn from her but feel encouraged along the way.

dnblex@insightbb.com

January 11, 2012 at 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for hosting this drawing. I love your site!
kristieanderson@myway.com

January 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Would like some guidance in paying down debt

January 11, 2012 at 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Jessica Tillett said...

I would love to win a copy of this book because I am always looking for ways to save money more effectively. Thank you for the opportunity! :)

jltillett81@yahoo.com

January 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Shaky Mommy said...

I would love to have a copy of this book because we really need to cut our monthly budget and I need to find out some way to help support our family while I stay home with the kids.

January 11, 2012 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Country Girl in the City said...

I would love to win!

January 11, 2012 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Deal Bunny said...

i love crystal's blog and i think her book will be just as wonderful! (dealbunny20@gmail.com)

January 12, 2012 at 1:18 AM  
Blogger monicaandrew said...

i would like a copy because i have been following her blog and think her book is awesome! :-)
monicaandrew25@hotmail.com

January 12, 2012 at 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Would love to win!

SL zeph318_1 at hotmail

January 13, 2012 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

I'm already a huge couponer, but it sounds like a great book. I'd love to read it.

January 13, 2012 at 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

I'd like to win a copy

January 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Brittany said...

I would love to win- we're expecting our first and will be living on one income, it'd help so much. Thanks for the giveaway!

January 15, 2012 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger BRANDY CASTILLO said...

we are a family of 6 and need all the money saving tips we can get
castleacademy@ymail.com

January 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This past year has been extremely tough on my family. Both my husband and I are out of work and trying desperately to find new jobs. We have done everything we can think of to reduce, reuse and rebudget and this would provide a few more things we could do to help our family out.

Best regards,

Suzy Schroyer

January 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM  

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