This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to winner Kathy L!
Money Saving Mom was one of the very first frugal blogs I started reading. Many of my former favorites have come and gone, but I still read Crystal’s blog regularly. When I was given the opportunity to review an advance copy of her new book, The Money Saving Mom’s Budget, I jumped at the chance!
Like her blog, Crystal’s book is an easy, engaging read. It’s aimed at those who are just starting out on their money-saving journeys, but I still found a lot of her advice very helpful—even as someone who’s already made frugality a way of life.
Take goal-setting, for example. I love to make goals…but I often don’t write them down anymore. And when I don’t write them down, I either forget them or neglect to make them a priority. Well, Crystal has something to say about that:
If you often feel like you are spinning your wheels and getting nowhere financially, this one step [writing down your goals] will change everything about how you view your money. Writing down your goals focuses your energy and allows you to start moving forward toward a specific target….Post your goals in a conspicuous location and review them often.
Last month my husband and I had a detailed discussion about our current financial goals, and afterward, I wrote them down on a sheet of paper with plenty of room for noting our progress. I placed it in the front pocket of my homemaking binder (another idea of Crystal’s!), which means that I see it each and every day. It’s definitely improved my motivation!
The The Money Saving Mom’s Budget also has detailed chapters regarding paring down clutter, using coupons, lowering your grocery bill without using coupons, managing your time, and creating a budget. The appendix features several very handy worksheets to help you set goals, manage your time, and make a budget. I love that she has two different sets of instructions and worksheets for budgets: The Bare-Bones Budget (for beginners), and The Full-Fledged Budget (for those who are ready for more complicated money-tracking).
The last chapter of the book is about choosing contentment. It features my all-time favorite post of Crystal’s, Less is More: Lessons From Our Little Basement Apartment, and a few words on why choosing contentment is a must no matter your financial position. I only wish that chapter had been longer!
If you would like to win a copy of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget, please leave a comment on this post before noon on Monday, December 19th. I will choose a winner later that day and the book will be mailed to you upon release in January.
I received a free advance copy of this book, but all opinions are my own.