Book review: the Money Saving Mom’s Budget

December 20, 2011

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time you know that I am a huge fan of Crystal Paine, a.k.a. the Money Saving Mom. Money Saving Mom is one of my go-to blogs for coupons, recipes, and educational freebies, among other things. Crystal has a new book called The Money Saving Mom’s Budget coming out January 10, and it’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon. All of her proceeds from sales of this book are being donated to Compassion International, which rocks. Plus, right now it’s on sale for $11! (It retails for $14.)

I was excited to receive an advance copy of this book to review. Here are my impressions.

If you’ve been couponing for any length of time, or if you have taken Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace class (or both) then most of the information in this book will not be new to you. Crystal discusses how to set a budget (thus the name of the book), use coupons to reduce spending, manage your time, and other helpful changes you can make to improve the financial health of your family. Even though I’ve been living frugally for years, I still found a few new ideas, and was reminded of many things that I know I should be doing but have neglected.

If you’re new to couponing, budgeting, or really giving any thought at all to your financial health, this this book, along with a copy of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, could change your life. Seriously.

One thing that was new to me: Crystal’s idea that you can’t get your financial house in order until you literally get your house in order. In other words, clean. Now, I hate cleaning, but she makes a convincing argument that living in clutter leads to having a cluttered mind, so to speak. I liked this concept, and while I haven’t completely purged my home of clutter, it has motivated me to do a little better in this area.

My favorite part of the book comes at the end where she offers printable charts and worksheets to help you budget your money and your time. My favorite worksheet is a weekly time budget worksheet that breakes each day down into columns. Crystal is a planner, and she encourages readers to plan our both their time and money so that they can see where it all goes. I am a visual person, and using this worksheet to plan out my week has really helped me manage my time more wisely.

All in all, this book is a great read from a mom who I consider an example to us all. If you’re needing a gift for a mom in your life, consider picking up a copy! (Remember, it’s all for a good cause!)

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are my own.

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