I was fortunately enough to get a review copy of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget. The author, Crystal Paine, is the creator of Money Saving Mom. Even if you are a follower of Crystal’s website, this book is definitely a good read and worth buying. I think if anyone is in debt or has a tight budget The Money Saving Mom’s Budget is a MUST have.
At the beginning of the book, Crystal discusses the hardships that her and her husband, Jesse, went through. They were able to survive on very little money each week while he studied at law school, and she started different business ventures. With her savings, savvy shopping, and their disciplined financial decisions, Jesse and Crystal were able to purchase a house after law school. She now spreads her passion of saving money through her website, Money Saving Mom. This book will teach you how to get a grip on your finances and become more organized and peaceful in your life.
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget gives you more than enough information to get your finances in order. Crystal is a fantastic writer, and you will stay intrigued through out the entire book. (Any of you fans already know how well she writes and draws you in, this book definitely meets my standards). Remember, getting your finances in order takes work! You have to WANT to get in a better financial situation. Realize there might be blood, sweat, and tears to get there. With that being said, this book has a very positive tone and will keep you reading. It might be hard to let go of dining out 10 times a month, but those little things do add up and Crystal is able to give you tons of ideas on how to maximize your budget.
Crystal is very good at bringing a balance to the book. Not only do you need to know things you should do to get your budget in order, you also need to know how to get your life in order! Believe it or not, your finances can affect the way you live. If your house is a extremely cluttered, it can affect you personally as well! Late paying bills? Well maybe that’s because they are stuck under those piles of papers on your desk. The Money Saving Mom’s Budget goes into detail on how to get back on track in your life and finances.
If you don’t know how to use coupons, she also wrote a chapter on couponing. It was well worth the read, even for those who know how to use coupons. I highly recommend this book to anyone, in debt or no debt because everyone could learn something about their budget and spending behavior. Right now you can pre-order The Money Saving Mom’s Budget, which is set to release in January 2012. I plan to write follow ups on this post as I follow some of her suggestions in this book.