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, Kelly’s, Jenny’s, and Amy from, 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:

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


“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.” 
blogger (and reformed budget breaker!)

You can buy the book here.

About the 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. 

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
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
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

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?

Click here!



Disclosure: I received a free copy of the audio book to review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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2 Comments on “Money Saving Mom Audio Book Review

  1. It has taken me years to learn how to set up a realistic budget for my family. Just when I got one to work we doubled in size. The hardest things to plan for seem to be annual expenses. I’ve learned to save each month to meet my goal and not touch that money until the bill comes.

  2. I love audio books. I get the old cassette kinds from the library and clip on my ancient Walkman. Best feature… can’t hear my kiddos constant NOISE haha!

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