Finally, I had a chance to sit down with Crystal Paine’s new book – The Money Saving Mom’s Budget. Crystal is the author my favorite frugal website – Money Saving Mom. I’ve been reading her blog for over half a dozen years now. She is always encouraging, positive and full of frugal ideas that have truly earned her the title of Money Saving Mom!
Crystal starts the book by outlining her 7 rules for success. These rules are as follows.
1. Set big goals and break them down into bite-sized pieces.
2. Streamline your life and cut the clutter.
3. Set up a realistic, workable budget.
4. Take the cash-only challenge.
5. Use coupons.
6. Never pay retail.
7. Choose contentment.
Crystal’s writing style is encouraging and convinces you that you can do anything you set your mind to in this frugal journey. The fact that her husband made it through law school without any debt, while she worked from home, and then they paid cash for a house in three years, makes her a voice to whom we should listen.
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget is full of many of the hints and tips you find on her website, but with more detail. I especially appreciate that Crystal writes from a strong Christian background. If you are looking for helpful suggestions on how to start (or continue) your frugal journey, go read this book!
If you are interested in reading reviews of other frugal living books, you can see all my previous frugal reviews here.