Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Book Review: The Money Saving Mom's Budget

Ever since it came out in January, I've been dying to get my hands on a copy of Crystal Paine's book, The Money Saving Mom's Budget. I love Crystal's blog, and have benefited greatly over the past several years from her advice (whether it be in regards to finances, the kitchen, or goal setting- this woman is brilliant!).

Her book did not disappoint!

It is a delicious compilation of the "best of" her blog posts. Her advice is practical and realistic, and reaches you wherever you may be. I was encouraged to get organized, set simple financial goals, and to choose contentment no matter my circumstances. I learned how to host a successful garage sale, a few creative ways to make an extra buck or two, and new ideas for ways to save on my grocery budget (without couponing!).

I was also encouraged to give couponing a serious try. I've made little attempts in the past, but never really committed myself to taking the serious plunge :). I love that Crystal shares ways of getting coupons for free. And I'll let you know how the whole couponing thing goes ;). Trust me!

Hearing about the sacrifices she and her husband made while he was in law school, and the tight, shoe-string budget they survived on, was both challenging and inspiring. My husband and I have by no means ever "roughed it," and I was reminded of all of the things we have but don't really need. Every once in awhile it helps to read something like this- a book that refreshes my perspective, and fills me with new energy and zeal for living frugally and getting out of debt more quickly. Niall and I have come a long way, and I am optimistic about our debt-free financial future ;).

I'm feeling newly motivated to start having monthly financial accountability and update meetings with the husband. I'm excited about cutting back on spending in any way I can!

What one piece of financial advice has helped you the most significantly in your life?

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