Review & Giveaway: Money $aving Mom’s Budget

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Money $aving Mom's Budget bookcoverSome of you have probably heard of the Money Saving Mom blog ( and may have been following Crystal Paine there for some time. If you have, you will understand the hype that has been surrounding her book The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year.

Right off the bat, Crystal hit a home run with me! I received the book and started by flipping through it. At the back I saw a note that said all of the author’s proceeds from this book will go directly to Compassion International. I love that organization, and I was glad to see this author loves it too. Her generosity drew me into the book, even though it wasn’t next on my reading list.

Crystal helps the reader work their way through the entire budgeting process bit by bit. The table of contents even lays things out by Month 1, Month 2, etc.  Getting a handle on your finances is distributed over an entire year.

My favorite parts were the first few chapters. Paine makes it clear that financial stewardship can best be done when you have a handle on everything from clutter to time management. She gives solid advice on how to do these things and provides examples of forms that are extremely easy to use.

Crystal teaches how to manage all aspects of a budget. However, she focuses a great deal on how to save money. I found her main emphasis was coupon shopping. She has great ideas on how to do this, and if you follow her advice you may well save (and MAKE) as much money as she does!

I’m not personally a fan of couponing (mostly because my location makes it difficult) so I found it helpful that she included many other ways to save money as well. I was so excited about all her tips I felt almost giddy! I went out the day after reading it and bought $170 worth of groceries but only paid $7.22. Okay, some of that was because of points we’ve been collecting for a while, but still! Trust me, she’ll make saving money sound like fun!

To enter the drawing for a chance to win a copy of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine, simply do the following for a total of 3 entries per person. Comment once per entry, meaning if you do all three you will make three comments. Giveaway period is from Monday, February 20, 2012 until Friday, February 25, 2012. One winner will be chosen using And the Winner Is by random selection. Winner will be notified on Saturday, February 26, 2012 and will have three business days to respond. Failure to respond within three business will result in another winner being selected by And the Winner Is. Book will be shipped directly to winner from author.

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Carla Anne Coroy

* Carla received a copy of The Money $aving Mom’s Budget for review purposes. She was not paid or compensated in exchange for her review. Her opinion is her own.

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About Carla Anne Coroy

Carla Anne Coroy is a gifted storyteller and teacher with a contagious enthusiasm for life. Even the mucky parts. Her humorous and down-to-earth style quickly engages her audiences as she ignites God's hope in everyday situations. She speaks and conducts seminars on a variety of topics including parenting, marriage, organization, and biblical finances. Watch for her upcoming book for married moms who solo parent or check out her blog. Carla Anne is blessed to be homeschooling her kids. She and her husband of 15 years live in a quiet, rural neighborhood of Manitoba disturbed primarily by their four children, yappy poodle, and operatic budgie.

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  1. Budgeting tip – create a budget, be willing to re-examine it each month – and discover the freedom that comes with living within your means! I remember enjoying shopping for the first time in a long time when we finally had a specific budget. I didn’t buy much (we were on a tight budget) but there was no guilt in what I bought b/c I knew where it fit in our finances!

  2. Cris Cummings says:

    love living the frugal life, my best tip would be buy 2nd hand never pay full price….

  3. Budgeting tip: Make a “meal plan” before going grocery shopping so you’ll be less likely to buy extra items because you know what you want to eat and what you need to make it so you won’t make an extra trip to the store.

  4. budget tip: try not to throw away leftovers, and invest in a freezer. buy in bulk and freeze extras when you can.

  5. Budget tip… Make your own febreeze!! 1 cup fabric softener, 1 cup white vinegar and 2 cups water!!

  6. I shop as much BOGO (buy one, get one free) sales as possible. That helps me stock up on things for later.

  7. Buy what is needed.
    Ask yourself do I need this? Save those wants for birthdays and Christmas.