But I don’t. In fact I’m human. And it was a lot easier to manage our money with fewer kids, smaller house payments, and lower grocery and gas expenses than it is now.
Even though I’ve written about budgeting, it’s been hard for me to follow my own advice. Lately, I’ve been floundering a little when it comes to our finances. Yes, we’re still living within our means, but it just feels like we’re treading water and not reaching our goals.
I have often turned to Crystal Paine’s blog Money Saving Mom for coupons and deals. Now I’m turning to her for budgeting advice, too.
Crystal Paine’s new book The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year is full of excellent tips to help you cut expenses and simplify your life. From coupon strategies to saving on entertainment, there are hundreds of money-saving ideas in this book.
The tips are excellent, but they’re not the reason the book is such a good read. What makes The Money Saving Mom’s Budget a good read is the simple, no-frills advice for managing your budget and your home. Her 7 principles for financial success will help you gain control of the clutter in your life, set attainable goals, manage your time, and appreciate what you have.
It is this holistic approach to personal finance that sets The Money Saving Mom’s Budget apart from other personal finance books. Paine makes managing your money seem doable with reminders to start small with a plan. Her own experience (and those of her blog readers) show you that her advice works. She and her husband managed to put her husband through law school with no debt and pay cash for their home using the strategies in her book. And because she is free from the shackles of debt, she is generously giving 100% of the profits from The Money Saving Mom’s Budget to Compassion International.
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget is written with an optimism and accessibility that makes you want to get to work on your finances right away. I’ve already noticed a difference in my attitude toward money (and my bottom line!) since I read this book.
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