The Money Saving Mom®’s Budget Review & Giveaway

The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year is being released January 10th. I received an advanced copy so you could tell you about this great 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



I’ve been a reader of Money Saving Mom since Crystal first started the website. Yes, I was a reader of her first website and tagged along when she started Money Saving Mom.

In  The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year,  Crystal has 7 Rules For Financial Success. And she walks you through the steps needed to accomplish everything for each rule. If you follow her rules, which are more like goals and challenges, she will help you gain control of your finances and acheive financial success in a shorter time than you have ever thought possible. No, she doesn’t promise that you will get rich! She will help you and guide you to gain control of your finances and do your best with the finances you do have. The last chapter in the book is entitled “Embrace Today”, where she talks about the last rule, contentment.  It’s hard to feel content when your finances are a mess and you don’t have any idea how to dig yourself out. I know. I’ve been there. Crystal will help you learn to be content.


“A cheerful attitude can go a long way in less than ideal situations; you can either complain about the thorns or you can savor the roses that bloom in their midst.”


Most budget and home finances books I have read have a “Do this because I said it works” tone. Not so with The Money Saving Mom’s Budget. She hasn’t put things in her book because they sound good. She has lived it. She knows through trial and error what works and what doesn’t work. She shares what she has learned in a friendly, informative way. Not an “I know it all” way.

No need to go out and buy the latest and greatest organizational tool to get your finances under control. Money Saving Mom’s Budget is full of great information that you can implement today. Start saving money and get on the road to financial success within minutes of reading this book.

There are several worksheets in the back of the book to help you get started. Goal Setting Worksheets, Budgeting & Time Budgeting worksheets and even a Price Book Worksheet. A Price Book helps you track grocery costs so you can be sure your getting your groceries for the lowest price possible. I haven’t made a price book yet. I need to make one as that is the next step in our saving money on groceries.

Since reading my advanced copy of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget, I have implemented some of her great tips and ideas in my own life. I also plan to add more as I go along.

You can pre-order your copy of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget, and it will ship to you as soon as it is available. Crystal is donating all of her proceeds from The Money Saving Mom’s Budget to Compassion International!


In addition to the advanced copy that I received, I will receive a copy of the book when it is released. And I’m giving away that copy to one of you! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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  1. No I haven’t read her blog. The way everything and I mean everything is going up and the value of our dollar seems to be going down and our houses seem to be worth so much less it is good to try and stretch that dollar as much as possible. Things seem to be way out of control like health insurance and the stock market we need to be wise as we can. Anything I can learn would be wonderful! Rita

  2. Yes I do read her blog and I am hoping for a few new tips that I don’t already do.

  3. Love to be able to put money into savings!
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  4. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book Linda – I’m looking forward to learning new ways to save and reduce debt with this book!

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  5. What? You have been with her since the start? How cool! I can’t believe you got an early copy of the book, it is so exciting! I do really like her and her blog although I only discovered it about 2 or 3 years ago maybe. I know they are Dave Ramsey fans, as are we. We keep plugging our way through those baby steps!
    If I happen to be the lucky winner, I would look to the book for information on stretching the grocery budget (everything here has gone up…10-20%! yikes) and encouragement for just how much more you can GIVE when you tell your money to behave.

    Have a great weekend!
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  6. Yes i do read her blog!!!And im wanting to learn better ways and tips to help out my family in the new year!!!

  7. I read Crystal’s blog all the time! I love it! Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. I read her blog everyday -always interested in ways to save money!

  9. I read her blog all the time! :) I so would love to read this book and hopefully apply alot! :)
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  10. Christine S. says:

    I read her blog all the time. I think I’ll learn new ways to save money!

  11. Susan Smith says:

    I read her blog and hope to learn more tricks to save money

  12. I have not read her blog (YET). THank you

  13. I read her blog, love it! I am hoping to learn some more in depth tips on saving money!

  14. Love MSM one of the first couponing blogs a friend told me about! I can’t wait to read her book.

  15. I read Crystal’s blog everyday and can’t wait to read her new book!


  17. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  18. Heather G. says:

    I’m always looking for new and creative ways to stretch our budget!

  19. I read her blog on a regular basis.

  20. I read all the time. I would love to win this because we need a budget makeover.

  21. susan running says:

    Thanks for the opportunity. I love both sites.

  22. I do read money saving mom daily. I have always been inspired by her frugal living and hope that I can do the same with my family. I am hoping this book will help me learn how to budget better and see areas where I can cut costs.

  23. I read her blog. I think I will learn better how to stretch our budget.

  24. I LOVE LOVE LOVE her blog!!!! It’s one I stalk 😉
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  25. Thamks for the opportunity to win!

  26. I read her blog daily, she is so real.

  27. I read the MSM blog and love her menu ideas and freebie posts! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of her book.

  28. Shannon L. says:

    I love MSM! I love her deal posts, but also love how organized and motivated she is. I would love to try more of her ideas from the book.

  29. I read Crystal’s blog and I think I’ll learn that the book is worth recommending to all my friends!

  30. I read her blog and would love to learn more about using cash only instead of the debit card all the time.

  31. Yes, I follow MSM’s blog and love it! I can’t wait to read her book for more practical budgeting tips.

  32. I’d like to enter!

  33. pick me!

  34. I would love to win!
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  35. I read the Money Saving Mom blog about once a month and I think it is great. I am hoping the book will teach me ways to discipline myself with a budget and some tips and tricks.

  36. Shannon K says:

    I’m a big fan of Crystal’s and would love to get a copy of her book!

  37. I do read MSM’s blog, I follow her via Facebook. I am hoping to learn how to set up a budget…we have never been on one before and I have no idea where to even begin!

  38. Kendal Barriere says:

    Yes, I read her blog and I think that I will be able to create a better budget for our family and learn how to save more money by reading her book! I want to win!

  39. I’ve been reading her blog for awhile so I’m not sure what new thing I’d learn from the book, but I’d love to read it and find out!

  40. I’ve been reading Crystal’s blog for over a year now and really love it.

  41. I love reading Money Saving Mom!

  42. Darcie Flight says:

    Crystal has so many wonderful ideas…great blog

  43. I hope to learn a lot from the goal setting chapter of Crystal’s book. It’s a new thing for me.

  44. I have learned allot from Crystal and would love to read more from her!!

  45. Melissa dudley says:

    Thanks for doing this!!

  46. would love to win

  47. Looks like a great book!

  48. melissa dudley says:

    thanks for doing this!

  49. i really want to read this book! thx!

    • oops .. i just recently started following msm on fb .. i enjoy her posts! we are struggling financially so i am trying to do everything i can to help us out .. hoping to learn some tips from this book!

  50. Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. Melissa Berry says:

    I follow Crystal’s blog and I know her book with help me with budgeting, which I do not currently do in any intentional way, as well as goal setting, which I haven’t done since I resigned from my job to stay home with our kids.

  52. I read her blog all of the time.

  53. I read Crystals blog. Would love to win a copy. tks for a chance

  54. I love Money Saving Mom. I hope to take my saving to the next level.

  55. I read her blog and hope to find more money saving techniques as well as inspiration to continue going when you just don’t feel like it!

  56. Kriste Anderson says:

    Can’t wait to read this book! I’m so excited!

  57. I read Crystal’s blog everyday and follow her on facebook. I am just soaking up her wisdom one step at a time. I really appreciate her dedication to her fans and constantly searching out great deals and ideas for us. To give away all the proceeds from her book is more than amazing!!! What an example she is. Hope to win her book and start reading it immediately.

  58. virginia geist says:

    I read her blog, always looking for help ( since on a fixed income —retired)

  59. virginia geist says:

    read her blog, anything can help !!

  60. Jessica Tillett says:

    I read Money Saving Mom’s blog every day. I think I will learn more money savings tips and tips for other areas of life by reading this book.

  61. Shelly Goguen says:

    Yes I do read Crystal’s blog. I think I’ll learn even better ways to save and will actually learn how to do a budget (gulp…still haven’t done that one yet).

  62. I read MSM every day!

  63. i read her blog and love it! i think this book would provide an additional push in our dave ramsey plan that we’re on

  64. Melissa H. says:

    Yes, I’ve been following MSM for 3+ years – and there is always something from the daily post that I look at/use. It’s amazing the wide range of topics she is able to cove – there is something for everyone.

  65. i do read Crystal’s blog and really hope to benefit from reading her book as i have from following her blog. :-)

  66. I don’t usually read it, but I will check it out now – I just want to learn how to manage monthly bills

  67. I like her blog, and would like to learn even more couponing tips.


  69. stacy norris says:

    I love the info provided on this site. I hope to learn how to better save money

  70. no i havent read her blog but now i want to!

  71. I just stumbled upon her blog and I love it- so much good advice. The book would really help my family out since we’re expecting a baby and will be living on one income. Thanks for the giveaway!

  72. Katrina Page says:

    I do read Crystal’s blog and I love it. I want to learn from her book things that will help me simplify my life.

  73. sara pulliam says:

    I read her blog all the time and I LOVE it!!! I hope to be able to learn how to set a budget and stick to it and actually save some money!

  74. This book is on my to read list for 2012! Would LOVE to win one!
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  75. I read her blog and really enjoy it! I’m sure this book will be a great and useful read!
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  76. I’ve read Crystal’s website for some time now.
    I’d LOVE to read her book! :)

  77. Diana Hatch says:

    I don’t currently read the blog but hope to learn something from the book

  78. Anna Cooper says:

    I just started reading her blog and would like to learn more from the book.

  79. I haven’t, but I will now. I am hoping to learn some new tips to pass on the importance of budgeting to kids

  80. I haven’t yet, so I’d love the book. I need tips on budgeting in general!

  81. I do read her blog and I hope to learn to save more on other things besides groceries.

  82. Karen Gonyea says:

    I haven’t read it yet, but can’t wait to get some insight into menu planning on a budget :)

  83. Meredith Brooks says:

    YES! I read “Money Saving Mom’s” blog daily. I’m new to couponing so i’m sure i’ll learn many new tips from her new book:)
    Thanks for the giveaway chance!
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  84. Yes i read the blog all the time. Id love to win this because our budget just took a hit with a pay cut so i need all the help i can get!

  85. I am new. I would like to learn how to save more money.


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