Review & Giveaway: The Money Saving Mom's Budget, audio edition

I was delighted to be chosen to review The Money Saving Mom's Budget, audio edition. Before I launch into my review, here is some more information about the author, Crystal Paine.

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, MoneySavingMom.com, 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 CNN.com, in USA Weekend, and Real Simple magazine and numerous other local newspapers and radio and television stations. www.moneysavingmom.com

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

"What I love about the audio edition of The Money Saving Mom'®s Budget is that I can listen to it on the go - on my run, in the car, or while I'm folding laundry. AND ... I love that it comes with the downloadable worksheets. I am able to work through those while listening to Crystal speak. So helpful. Perfect for my busy schedule." --Anne, blogger (and reformed budget breaker!)

I read the print version of this book prior to listening to the audio version. I typically don't like audio books; in fact, I can't stand them. I get too distracted doing other things and end up just hearing noise instead of listening to the book. The Money Saving Mom'®s Budget was different. It was easy to listen to, and gave J-bird and I something that we could listen to and discuss together.

I've been following her website for some time now, and I find that Crystal's approach to saving money and stretching resources aligns with my own beliefs. She does what she can but doesn't make it too crazy. Life's already stressful enough. If shopping at 7 different stores for all of the deals and making your own tortillas doesn't work for you, don't do it.

Her book is a great overview of how to set goals, save money, and becoming more content with your life, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is starting out in stretching resources and to anyone who needs a little encouragement to stay on the path to a healthier financial life. You can do it!


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 TODAY, 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!

{Disclosure: I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for my honest review.}

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