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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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--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.
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book!!! I refer back to it for budgeting advice and the information is so easy to understand :)Published 2 months ago by Kimberly Thompson
This will help you with your budget and give you the common sense you need to budget and save!!!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book I had purchased with 2 other's "The Money Saving Mom's Budget" & "Choose Gratitude". Read morePublished 9 months ago by Angela D
My daugher told me about this book. She has used its suggestions extensively and found it very helpful. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nila Novotny MD
I love this book. I'm just a single gal, not a mom, but this book has great ideas for sticking to a budget and lowering what you spend on groceries and household items. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Heidi Versaw
Change my financial life. I have no children but this book is practical for every one. I'm on my way to bring debt free.Published 14 months ago by BossyBugz