Money Saving Mom Audio Book Review
This past month I had the opportunity to listen to Crystal Paine’s audio book, The Money Saving Mom’s Budget. This detailed book, narrated by Crystal herself, has a wealth of information for those beginning to try to cut back expenses and live a more simple life. The book is a wonderful “start up kit” so to speak. Even if you are already experienced in frugal and budget conscious living there could be something for you. Much of what Crystal talks about in her book I have learned over the past few years through books like Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace, Stephanie Nelson’s The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half and blogs such as Crystal’s moneysavingmom.com, Kelly’s faithfulprovisons.com, Jenny’s southernsavers.com, and Amy from frugal-mama.com, but I still found nuggets of new information. There were also things that we as a couple have slipped on in the past year and a half that Crystal discusses in her book, mainly about being serious about cutting unnecessary items in our budget and breaking your goals into pieces. Her explanation and bold encouragement has given me the courage to try to come up with a tighter budget, sit down and have weekly budget meetings with my husband and have more long term financial goals.
The chapters I related to the most were chapter two, on de-cluttering and organizing your home and chapter 9, choosing contentment. Lately my house has been out of control. I have been trying to make it better by clearing out toys to give away or sell, tossing things, re-organize closets, but I have a lot of unfinished de-cluttering projects. Crystal’s plan for de-cluttering and organization is just what I need to finish up all of these projects. Hopefully once I complete these projects the house will stay in order. Hearing about Crystal’s financial situation earlier in marriage and how she dealt with it was an inspiration to me. This year I have been trying to choose contentment no matter what the circumstance. I have also been reading Amy Voskamp’s book, Ten Thousand Gifts, which has helped me find joy and give thanks for even the smallest things.
The option of an audio book is great for moms that are always on the go. You can listen to it in the car while running errands, or like myself, while washing dishes in the evening. I would agree with other reviewers that if you are already reading Crystal’s blog the book may be a bit of a letdown since she covers many of these topics in her blog. Instead of buying it for yourself, suggest or buy it for a friend who has expressed interest in learning more about living frugally or someone you know wanting a plan to get out of debt. Included with the audio book is a PDF of helpful charts, lists, resources, websites, and even a pizza crust recipe. This PDF will be very helpful to me. Crystal gives a plan of action and the encouragement to do so for those not knowing where to start.
About the book:
“What I love about the audio edition of The Money Saving Mom’®s Budget is that I
can listen to it on the go – on my run, in the car, or while I’m folding laundry. AND … I
love that it comes with the downloadable worksheets. I am able to work through those
while listening to Crystal speak. So helpful. Perfect for my busy schedule.” –Anne,
blogger (and reformed budget breaker!)
You can buy the book here.
About the Crystal Paine:
Party and Giveaway:
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 Crystal Paine, audio
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 advice and her husband will be joining her to share how the principles Crystal outlines in her book have dramatically impacted their family life.
She’ll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and
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
Don’t miss a moment of the fun. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 5th!
Want more info about the MSM?
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the audio book to review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.