Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Book Review: The Money Saving Mom's Budget
I have to admit, when the book first arrived and I flipped through the chapters, I wondered how much I would really learn. I feel like I'm a pretty savvy shopper. I carry around my well-stocked coupon binder, and I have learned the importance of saving and patience over spending and regretting.
But then I read the first chapter...and I was so inspired!
Yes, this book is packed full of practical money-saving tips, but what I learned most from this book was the importance of dreaming big, setting goals and making a plan to reach them.
So many times I put so much effort into clipping coupons and living frugally that it can feel overwhelming. It does take sacrifice and when I focus on what I am giving up, I forget what I am doing all this for.
I was very encouraged by setting goals for myself (big and small) and finding ways to break them into smaller, more reachable pieces.
This book is obviously about saving money, but she teaches you how to not only budget your finances, but budget your time.
I have been on a journey to simplify my life for some time now, and her chapters on decluttering, finding your priorities and choosing contentment were very inspiring.
I do not know Crystal Paine personally, but she writes in a way that makes you feel like you do. She is open and honest about her struggles and weaknesses and as she shares her story, you feel like you are sitting over coffee with an old friend.
The Money Saving Mom's Budget also features budget sheets and worksheets in the appendix to help you get your plan onto paper. She makes it feel doable, not intimidating.
But my favorite part is that Crystal has generously decided to donate all the proceeds from her book to Compassion International, a charity that is very dear to my heart.