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The Money Saving Mom's Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year Paperback – January 10, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1451646207 ISBN-10: 1451646208 Edition: Original

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451646208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451646207
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For this mama of six, driving a 14 yr. old vehicle, endeavoring to live frugally and to live generously, this book not only offers fresh inspiration, it offers a practical, creative plan to make your life priorities -- the reality of your life. And her last chapter on contentment? Standing ovation!" 
--Ann Voskamp, author of the New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts

"Crystal Paine does it all as an entrepreneur, wife, and mom—and that means she knows all about finding room in a home budget! From reducing clutter to finding amazing coupon deals outside the grocery aisle, The Money Saving Mom’s Budget will help you make dollars and sense of your life again."
—Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host

“Crystal will save you money, sure, but better yet, she will save you time. Smart home economists know there’s no point driving around all day to save $2 when those hours could be spent working, relaxing, or nurturing your family. The Money Saving Mom’s Budget teaches readers to make wise choices so we can devote time and money to what matters most.” --Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

“Are you looking for more wiggle room in your budget? As a mom of ten, I spent years learning to spend our dollars wisely. If I’d been armed with Crystal Paine’s book a couple of decades ago, I’m quite sure that my learning curve would have included fewer mistakes. The Money Saving Mom’s Budget offers real hope to real families who want to escape the cycle of overspending and debt. With a guide like Crystal by your side, you can do this!”
--Mary Ostyn, author of Family Feasts for $75 a Week 

"This book is a great solution for anyone who’s struggling with the high cost of groceries and is ready to get on a budget!"
--Mary Hunt, founder of Debt-Proof Living and award-winning author of 7 Money Rules for Life

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,, is one of the top personal finance blogs on the web averaging over four million pageviews per month. 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.

More About the Author

Crystal Paine is a child of God, wife, homeschool mom of three, author, and speaker. In 2007, she founded, a site that has since grown to become one of the most popular blogs on the web, currently averaging 1.5 million readers per month. Her mission is to challenge women in any season of life to wisely manage their time and resources and live life on purpose.

Customer Reviews

Finally, I had a chance to sit down with Crystal Paine's new book - The Money Saving Mom's Budget.
In the back of the book she gives worksheets to help get you started on your goals, priorities, budget, and more.
Jake & Bridgette
I have always loved Crystal's writing style on her blog - it is practical, easy to read, and to the point.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

252 of 262 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2012
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I have been reading Crystal's blog for over a year now. Generally I like her advice. I pre-ordered the book in December and I eagerly awaited my copy arriving. My family has a budget but we can't seem to stick to it and I was hoping for tips and tricks I hadn't heard before that would give us some breathing room.

When I got the book I read it in a little over an hour, front to back. I wish I wasn't disappointed, but I was. From the reviews written by lots of other bloggers I thought I'd find some gems but unfortunately there wasn't anything in the book that I hadn't already heard about how to save money. All of the advice given was very basic, and common sense. Which is probably super helpful if you haven't already been down this road before!

Also, and I don't know how to say this without sounding a little bitter- Crystal mentions quite a few times that she has always been thrifty, never owned a credit card, has always had good control of her finances. And that really is WONDERFUL but is not the case for probably 95%+ of her readers, so... I got tired of hearing about it. And it made me think a little about how she's never really been in my shoes financially, which makes it harder to take her advice.

I normally don't write reviews on books I've read and I do feel bad about writing this one, because I truly think Crystal is a wonderful, beyond generous woman. I just wanted to tell people who have been cutting costs for a while that they may not get any new ideas from this book.
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90 of 98 people found the following review helpful By hloyall on January 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was a disappointment. The first section of the book is a rehashing of Dave Ramsey's financial methods. The other `tips' provided can be found the author's blog. The author writes in a conversational style which makes the content very simple to understand but occasionally slips into a pompous lecturing tone. The book contained several typographical errors, chronic misuse of explanation points and dozens of plugs for the author's blog. I am even more disappointed that the first reviews of this book were written by other `frugal bloggers' (receivers of advanced copies) that I feel did not provide honest book reviews. While the book does provide valuable information regarding de-cluttering, budgeting, saving money, etc; it is reads more like a very long self promoting blog post.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Kim Garroutte on January 16, 2012
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As soon as I finished MoneySavingMom's book I knew I'd want to write a review, even though I'm quite nervous about it. Before I start, let me say, I do recommend this book for some, but you'll want to read all of this review to know why and who for.

First let me say I love, love, love all that Crystal Paine puts out in this book. However I was a little disappointed. There is a ton of great information in this book, but it wasn't anything new. It might be to someone who is new to saving money, but it wasn't to me and I don't think it will be to anyone who's been reading money saving blogs for even a year. And if it isn't new information, then what is the point? Is it to put it all in one place? If so we needed a bigger book. Hence my next point.

One thing I love about Crystal is that she writes like a conversationalist, however there was so much jammed in this book that it didn't flow well. I felt the chapters come to an abrupt end and then the next one pops out of nowhere. I find the same thing happens to me when I have a lot to say in a little space. I can't blame Crystal, I'm sure it was a restriction by the publisher, however the book bears her name. Some segways would have been nice.

Lastly, I wasn't motivated. I just read a book called "Eat That Frog" (recommended by Crystal). Most of the stuff in this book was what I already know, but it motivated me. I was hoping for that from MSM's book. It is actually what I expected. I figured I would already know most of the tips and tricks, but come away feeling renewed, but for some reason it didn't happen. Not even the last chapter on contentment, which I was most excited about. I looked back to see how much highlighting I did (yes in my Kindle) and only 3-4 times (I'm a big highlighter, so this is really low).
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Michele Graber Cubell on January 25, 2012
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I was excited to read this book because I read Ms. Paine's blog. I was very happy to be able to check it out of the library, too! However, I was disappointed in the lack of substance to the book and felt it was just mediocre overall. Here's why:

Chapter 1: This was a chapter on goal setting, which I agree with the author is very important when planning one's finances. However, I don't think the approach she gave of coming up with your three most important goals - one short term, one reasonable medium term, and one audacious goal is the best way about going out financial planning. One's financial goals should revolve around the big financial picture. What if someone's short-term goal is to buy a brand new KitchenAid mixer? And one's medium term goal is to buy a car? And one's audacious goal is to go on a trip around the world, paying cash? Are those really good goals to get someone financially stable? No, they might be good goals to reach in the context of one's whole financial plan, but taken by themselves, they don't contribute to one's financial stability. When approaching financial goal setting, one should figure out where they are now financially and where they need/want to be at different stages of their lives. A 25-year old woman may have the above example for her goals, but shouldn't her goals include how she is going to pay for her housing, how she is going to afford healthcare, how long she wants to be working, how much income she wants to earn at different stages of her life, and how much she is going to save for retirement? The goal setting the author describes seemed random.

Chapter 2: This chapter dealt with cleaning out clutter and chaos to improve one's financial picture.
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