When my husband and I decided that I was going to be a stay at home mom, we had no idea how we were going to make it financially. We just knew that it was best for our sweet little baby boy. After the birth of my second son and the purchase of our first house, I was desperate to find a way to save money. I remember seeing a "friend" on Facebook "like" a page called Money Saving Mom. The name caught my attention, so I decided to check it out. Boy, was I glad that I did! I was immediately hooked to Crystal Paine's blog, Money Saving Mom. Her blog is much more than another "deal" blog. In fact, her blog is one of the few blogs that I check daily to see what I might be missing. You can imagine my excitement when I found out that I was given the opportunity to review her latest audio book, A Money Saving Mom's Budget.
This was actually my first audio book, and I must say that I loved the convenience of it! I can't remember the last time I was able to read a hard copy of a book. Maybe five years ago before my first child? No really. The audio book was great because I was able to download it to my Ipod. As a busy mother, this was awesome. I was able to cook, clean, do the laundry, and even take a walk while listening to the book. I think I may be addicted to audio books from now on.
Aside from the convenience, the book itself was fantastic! I am not a natural when it comes to saving money. In fact when I was first married, I had several credit cards that I was paying off because I mismanaged my money as a college student. This book would have made a great wedding present for us! I love the way that Crystal presents the information. She does it in a very encouraging, You Can Do It, kind of way. She gives pratical tips to get your finances in order and gives you steps on how to get started. Surprisely, it isn't all about money. One of my favorite chapters was actually about decluttering your life and household! One particular thing that hit me especially hard was about being content. I think this is where I struggle most. I would encourage you to check out her book or her blog. I hope you are encouraged like I was and continue to be!
Check out other reviews at the audio book blog tour!
Disclosure: Although I was given a free copy of the audio book, my thoughts and opinions are my own.
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
A little bit about Crystal: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, MoneySavingMom.com, 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 CNN.com, in USA Weekend, and Real Simple magazine and numerous other local newspapers and radio and television stations.
Buy the book here!
Celebrate with Crystal by entering her iPad2 Giveaway (a GREAT tool to keep track of your budget!) and RSVPing to the Live Webcast Event on 4/5!
One savvy winner will receive:
- A Brand new iPad2
- The Money Saving Mom's Budget by Cyrstal Paine, audio edition
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 4/4/12. Winner will be announced at The Money Saving Mom's Live Webcast Event on 4/5. Crystal will be hosting an evening of chat, laughter and encouragement - bring your friends! She'll share tips and advicde and her husband will be joining her to share how the prinicples Crystal outlines in her book have dramatically impacted their family life. She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and much more!
So grab your copy of The Money Saving Mom®'s Budget and join Crystal and friends on the evening of April 5th for an evening of fun of learning, sharing and encouragement.