I know that I’ve talked frequently here about my love of moneysavingmom.com. Transitioning to staying at home with Scarlette to care for her medical needs meant we were going to be pretty tight. When I first found Crystal’s website, I sat for hours reading up on all her budgeting advice. Her story is incredibly inspirational and she has so many fantastic tips and tricks for stretching a dollar. Hers is one of the first sites I check every day and the knowledge I’ve taken from it has been invaluable for me.
So when I found out she was releasing a book, I put it on my list for 52 Reads. And then when was asked if I wanted to preview her new book and host a giveaway, I was like YES PLEASE. And then they told me they were going to give away five copies and I was like “And YOU get a book and YOU get a book and YOU get a book!”
Before I get into my review, I want to tell you that this book is a life changer in more ways than one. Crystal is donating all of the proceeds of her book to Compassion International. What that means is that the proceeds of the book are funding a Child Survival Program that “offers life-saving health and medical care for over 80 at-risk expectant moms and young moms and over 80 at-risk babies and young children in the Dominican Republic.” I am so inspired by her willingness to pour hours of work into a book that is sure to be a best seller just to turn all of the profit over to such a wonderful cause.
The book is called The Money Saving Mom’s Budget and is fairly similar in principle to the website, with a few ideas overlapping. Crystal breaks down budgeting into a simplistic, step by step format. She also shares a lot of easy, tangible ideas for cutting your spending and sourcing good deals. There are tips and tricks for everything from managing your time efficiently to saving on splurge items to throwing a great garage sale. If saving money/living debt free is your New Year’s Resolution, this is the book I’d recommend.
The book is available online and in bookstores
and Crystal is giving away five (FIVE!) copies to my readers! I’m hosting this giveaway with rafflecopter so to enter you can just leave a comment or use the twitter/like features. Be sure to click I DID THIS after your entry so that rafflecopter counts it! giveaway is now closed, thanks!
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