Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Money Saving Mom's Budget (Review)

Crystal Paine offers hope to the financially hopeless in her audio book The Money Saving Mom's Budget.  She "reads" the book herself, but speaks more like an encouraging friend and mentor who has solutions to all your money problems.  You definitely won't be lulled to sleep but will have your interest always peaked to see what she says next.  Crystal covers everything finance-related to help get you on track in obtaining (and keeping) control of your budget, and answers the many objections that may have left you feeling there is no way out of your money mess.

Not just a book of ideas, Crystal takes us step by step to getting into a better financial situation and makes this information applicable to any one in any situation.  Also included are PDF worksheets to use for what you are instructed to do in the audiobook.

I definitely enjoyed listening to this audiobook and will be listening to it again and implementing much of what I've learned for my own family.  I love that she talks not only about budgeting, but addresses common family issues related to money and encourages us to declutter and simplify

If you'd like to buy the book yourself, you can do so here.

About the book:

Crystal Paine, who has helped busy women everywhere take control of their finances, presents her most effective strategies designed for families of all sizes and income levels

With hundreds of inspiring “why didn’t I think of that?” TIPS, plus WORKSHEETS, Paine breaks down your goals into easy, manageable steps so you can:

• Achieve a complete financial makeover

• Set up a realistic budget

• Never pay retail

• Slash your grocery bill

• Organize your time & your home

• Use coupons wisely

• Pay with cash only

• Live simply

• Become debt free

• Choose contentment

• Make every dollar count

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,, 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.

Don't forget Crystal is hosting an iPad2 giveaway and hosting a Live Webcast and Chat event on 4/5. During the webcast she'll give a short talk, pull in her husband for an interview about how the strategy they live by has impacted their family and then chatting live with guests. It will be a fun chance to connect and encourage one another.  You can join in by clicking the button on my sidebar.

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review of it.

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  1. Never pay retail is interesting because that isn't a possibility for most (perhaps in the US) - I assume she is referring to buy wholesale, would this include Costco (as we do have them)?

    It is interesting how people do budget and use their money.

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