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I wanted to love it, I still recommend it for some.
on January 16, 2012
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). I actually enjoyed the acknowledgements most.
Now, why do I recommend this book if I'm not crazy about it. Well, like I said, it has great info in it. Just because it didn't motivate me doesn't mean it won't motivate you. And just because it wasn't new to me...well I'm repeating myself. I think it could be a great resource to have to give to a friend who all of a sudden ends up in a pickle. Also, she list many websites throughout the book that are good resources (however this does date the book). But mostly I recommend this book because all the proceeds go to Compassion International. My one NOTE is that that if you can't afford your electricity bill, don't buy this book, go to MSM's blog and read the articles. I think even Crystal would agree on that one.
That's my opinion. Feel free to disagree. All my love to Crystal Paine.