MoneySavingMom.com is one of the very first frugal living sites that I followed. In fact, I’d say that Crystal of Money Saving Mom was a big force behind me starting Family Friendly Frugality.
Now, I didn’t set out to make my blog like the Money Saving Mom blog (and I’d argue our blogs are actually quite different. Both awesome, but different 😉 ), but it was the knowledge I gained from her site (and a few forums and books) and the enthusiasm I had for my newfound money saving skills that spurred me to share the great news of savings with anyone I could!
Now, she’s taken all that information on her blog and much more and turned it into The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year!
I was lucky enough to get a review copy of this book and pretty much read it cover to cover in just a day or so (disclaimer: I am a VERY fast reader. YMMV on how quickly you get through the book! It’s not a short book, but it is an easy read).
Here are some of my observations:
- The material is presented in a very logical, step by step fashion. She doesn’t ask you to play the drugstore game on page 1 and she doesn’t explain what a budget is in the last chapter. Now, it might seem like that’s a no brainer, but I’ve read plenty of books on personal finance that don’t follow that format.
- Like I said, it’s an easy read. Crystal’s style of writing has always appealed to me. She talks to everybody and isn’t the type to use a $5 word when a $1 word will suffice. When you are teaching readers, this is so important. You don’t want to lose them due to simple semantics when the concept is what’s really important.
- There’s a lot of personality in this book. This isn’t a dry, boring personal finance book that you’ll have to read a few pages at a time before the yawns kick in. Crystal talks about her own personal experiences and also brings up reader testimonials as well.
- Now, I personally didn’t really learn anything new. BUT, you have to understand that I’ve been a long time Money Saving Mom reader. Not only that, the content of the book is totally in my niche. I didn’t expect to go into it to learn anything new. I did expect it to recharge me though, and it definitely did! Crystal is very uplifting and positive and has a great “You can do it!” attitude.
- Finally, there’s something special about reading a book written by someone you “know”. Now, I don’t pretend to know Crystal on a face to face basis, but I do consider her a colleague in this blogging world. I have been a follower for a long time and have even guest posted on Money Saving Mom two times (here and here). I’ve emailed her questions and her responses have always been kind and generous. She’s just a good person, and seeing this happen for her gives me so much joy! I also thought it was cool that when I read her dedication, I actually KNEW some of the people she was thanking! Okay, geek out alert over ;).
Do I think this book is worth reading? I definitely think if someone is trying to get themselves out of debt, or just trying to learning to manage their money better, this book is a must read.
Even if you know what you are doing, I think this book is a great read. You might learn something new, or you might rekindle the initial spark you felt when you first learned how to coupon! (the book discusses MUCH more than coupons though.)
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year is available TODAY (January 10, 2012) from Amazon.com and ships for free with Prime Shipping (or get the Kindle version and read it instantly on your Kindle or your Free Kindle Reading App).
Definitely add it to your wish list and get it on your bookshelf soon! You won’t regret it.
However…Money Saving Mom has graciously allowed me to GIVEAWAY 5 copies of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year to 5 Family Friendly Frugality readers!
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