About three weeks ago, I received an email from Crystal Paine, the blogger behind MoneySavingMom.com. The subject title said, “My Book is En route to You”. I had to read it about three times before I opened it because I couldn’t believe it! I had filled out the form on her site, volunteering to do a review of her book. I knew there would be thousands who wanted to read it. And I was one of about 300 chosen! Woo Hoo! I was beyond excited!
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You see, last January, one of my New Year’s Goals (we don’t call them resolutions), was to start being more frugal. I had read a post on our Twin Club blog about using coupons and saving money. One site they referenced was MoneySavingMom. I read some posts, and I was hooked! Ever since then, I probably visit her site about three times a day to see the deals, read her menu plans, freezer cooking sessions, and to find inspiration and encouragement.
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year is her first book. At first, even though I was excited and honored to receive a review copy, I was sort of skeptical. I mean, I had been a follower of hers for awhile, and I felt like I had read everything she had to say and then some. I was afraid it would be a repeat of what I had read and started to implement. I was so wrong!
She doesn’t jump right into couponing and she doesn’t promise to have the fix all solution to your budget issues. What she does do is help you set goals, stressing the importance of taking control of your finances in small steps. She encourages her readers to be stewards of time and money by taking control of both . Crystal has been there-she’s been poor, lived in a very small apartment, and has been watching her finances since she was young. I can’t tell you how much I wish I had discovered her book, her site, or others like it 12 years ago. That was when we were first married, my husband was in the seminary, and we had no children. I know those are the “golden years” for some couples….freedom, your money can to go whatever you want, and life is “easy”. But had I seen her blog or her book those 12 years ago, and started watching our money a little more closely, a lot of financial stress could be eliminated.
No matter what stage of life you are in, it’s never too late to make a new start and wise choices. The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year is encouraging, practical, and will hopefully make frugality a habit and lifestyle for you.