The Money $aving Mom's Budget! I have been following along with Crystal's blog: Money Saving Mom for months and check it at least once or twice a day! I just love her writing style and fabulous money saving advice! Her blog also focuses on money and time saving recipes, getting your house organized, goal setting and much more! Given the huge success of her blog, I knew her book was going to be great and when I found out that I would get an advanced copy I was ecstatic! I called my sister as soon as I found out - she was just as excited about this book as I was! Anyway, on to my review of this GREAT book...
The Money $aving Mom's Budget, she first focuses on goal setting. This makes sense to me because how do you know what you want to achieve without first sitting down to make a plan? She encourages us to make goals and them break them down into "bite-sized pieces". For instance, if my goal is to pay off a $600 credit card in 6 months, then I can break that amount into monthly and weekly increments. It may sound difficult to come up with $600 extra in 6 months, but if I break it into $100 per month or $25 per week, that seems more attainable. I realize the importance of goal setting, but since reading this book I've been taking it to a whole new level and it's really working for me!
This book is an invaluable resource for learning how to save money at the grocery store - with and without using coupons! I know that many of you cringe at thinking of clipping coupons, but this book has lots of practical tips on how to save without clipping coupons. Crystal Paine also teaches you how to make a budget and stick to it! I of course have a budget, but sometimes we go over on our food budget. With the tips and advice in The Money $aving Mom's Budget, I have a whole new outlook on saving money and have renewed my desire for reaching all of my financial goals, hopes and dreams! This is a MUST READ! I would recommend this book to anyone trying to learn how to budget their money and time more wisely! I truly love this book and will revisit it many many times, for encouragement on my thrifty adventures! I wish I would have had this book when I first got married, or maybe even when I ventured off to college! Pre-order your copy today!
More About Crystal Paine:
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.
You can pre-order The Money $aving Mom's Budget on Amazon for only $11.09! NOTE: This book will be available on January 10, 2012 - perfect timing for your new year's goals for saving money!
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my completely honest opinion above and may differ from yours.