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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
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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 Hunt, founder of Debt-Proof Living and award-winning author of 7 Money Rules for Life
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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.
The second half of the book talks about coupons and coupons and coupons. And price book. You should have a pricebook so you don't get something that only looks like a good deal when in fact, it's overpriced. However, the coupons. Just google anything with coupons and you will get the likes of coupon queen, coupon mama, couponing everyday.... It's all the same - list of coupons, deals, and schemes that might save you some money but most certainly give you a headache. Honestly, I don't see a reason to have to read about it in the book.
However, back to the first half of the book, the author had some really excellent tips and worksheets (I love worksheets :-) regarding planning your life, from meal planning to setting up a budget, to planning your time in the day. I got ADD and organization is a big challenge for me so those worksheets and advice were worth the price of the book. And really - when you don't know what you will cook that night, you make another chicken with veggies or call for pizza. Having a meal plan that uses the same ingredient in several dishes is really the biggest money and time saver for me