Monday, April 02, 2012

Litfuse Blog Tour- Money Saving Mom

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"

My Review:

This book is primarily geared towards mothers and those wanting to control their financial situation  not 14 year olds. However, I found this book to be very beneficial. I was able to glean some very useful information to apply to both my spiritual and future financial life.

One of my favorite tips Crystal shared was to set goals. She focused on setting big and long time goals then breaking them into bite sized, realistic, doable short time goals. Though the goals she was talking about dealt more with finances, they could very well be applied to making spiritual goals. Goals  are not your ongoing never ending to do list. Goals are things you want to accomplish to keep you on track, give you accountability, meaning, and momentum without making you feel guilty of the unaccomplished.

Another great tip that the author shared and that I am currently implementing is how to eliminate your debt "faster". She starts with the whole lump sum of debt, then divides the number by how many months she wants the debt to be paid off. She then further divides that number by 4 for the number of weeks in a month. Yes, I know what you are thinking, "How can an unemployed 14 year old have debt." Actually, I do not. I am using this method towards how much money I still need to earn for my much wanted camera. By using this method I know how much money I need at the end of each week to reach my goal at my desired time. This is another way to break down your major goal to bite sized pieces. One of my favorite things that she said was to think of long time goals and not live for the moment, meaning splurging unnecessarily. This helps to see if you are truly determined to stick to your goal.

Crystal has done a wonderful job in making the strategies easy, fun, and very realistic. If you think she is going to recommend you using cloth toilet paper and  candles instead of light bulbs, you are wrong. She takes you through easy step by step changes. Starting with making goals, to de-cluttering your home, making a time budget, menu planning, and much more. Although I heard this as an audiobook, which I liked because I could listen as I was in the car, cleaning, and moving about, I would recommend it in a print version so you can highlight and look back for future reference. Other than that I would recommend this book to all readers, those drowning in debt, those trying to survive until the next pay check, and even those who do not have any debt. This book shows young people the importance of not getting into debt.

About The Author:

"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."

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 edition
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 4/4/12. 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 learning, sharing and encouragement.
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!

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