Weekend Giveaway: Money Saving Mom’s Budget Book

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2012
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UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

Even as a very small child, some of my favorite play-time activities were playing store {I was the cashier} and writing numbers in my “bank book” {see picture below}.

When I was six, my parents helped me open my first savings account and then make small deposits on a regular basis. You can probably imagine how excited I was to balance a REAL bank register after each deposit!

I opened a checking account when I was 18, and was extremely hesitant to spend even one penny more than I absolutely had to!  I used coupons to buy groceries all through college, and worked as many hours as I could to quickly pay off my student loans.

Now that I’m “all grown up” I’m still frugal, I still use coupons, I still don’t spend money if I don’t have to, and I still balance my bank register after every transaction {yes, I do online banking too!}

Basically, I’ve been frugal for as long as I can remember — thanks in large parts to my parents who have always encouraged me and my sisters to save, save, save!

Because of my love for frugal living, I am simply ecstatic about today’s giveaway — The Money Saving Mom’s Budget. It’s a brand new book written by one of my blogging friends, Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com.

Crystal’s book is not only packed FULL of hundreds of tips and tricks to save more, spend less, and pay off debt; it also contains a wealth of information on how to simplify and organize your entire life… which I’m all in favor of :)

Plus the entire book is written from a “normal” person’s perspective on finances; so you won’t have to weed through financial jargon or constantly wonder if you’re understanding it correctly.

As I was reading her book, I kept thinking “I could have written this” because I honestly agree with pretty much everything she says. You can read more about her book here, but then come back and enter to win one of 5 copies!

The Giveaway:

Today, five lucky readers will win a copy of Crystal’s new book, The Money Saving Mom’s Budget

How to Enter:

1. Leave a comment. How are you trying to save more and spend less this year?

2. Like Simple Organized Living and/or Money Saving Mom on Facebook, and then leave a separate comment letting me know you did {or that you do already}.

If you are reading this in your email or feed reader, please visit the actual blog post to enter. Email entries, Facebook comments, and Twitter messages will NOT be counted.


(5) copies of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget as described above.

This giveaway ends at 10:00 pm on Tuesday, 1/17/2012 and is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. I will use And the Winner Is to select the winning comments at random. Winners will be notified by email and noted at the top of this post. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize or I will choose a new winner. Please see my full disclosure policy and contact me with any questions you have. Good luck!

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  1. Tabitha


    This year we are trying to save more by cooking from scratch and eating out less. We are also switching our spending to cash only.

  2. Tabitha


    I “like” Simple Organized Living on Facebook

  3. alice


    Liked MSM on FB.

  4. alice


    liked you on FB

  5. deanna


    We are spending less by communicating more. Being on the same page has changed everything and we aren’t even through the first month!

  6. deanna


    i like money saving mom on facebook

  7. Christie


    I am trying to save money this year by keeping track of expenses and not using the credit card. I would love to win the free book!

  8. Cyndi


    I will save more money this year by menu planning

  9. Cyndi


    I like money saving mom on facebook

  10. Kendra


    I started making my own bows for the girls and selling them!

  11. kathy


    Trying to use what I have on hand, making do, rather than going out to buy something.

  12. Sue D


    I am trying to cook more from my pantry and freezer instead of always buying something for dinner.

  13. Kelly


    meal planning and cooking more regularly with what I have on hand.

  14. Kelly


    Liked you on Facebook :)

  15. Celeste


    I am reducing our car usage to three days a week, and using bus/walk/bike the other days. Turned down the thermostat to 60 degrees at night.

  16. Amanda


    As of four months ago, my family has implemented a cash-only budget, and I use coupons and price matching with the weekly ads to stock the pantry and plan meals. We have a strict eating out budget as well (we used to spend $300+ per month!)

  17. Amanda


    Have liked you and Money Saving Mom on FB

  18. Celeste


    Liked Money Saving Mom on facebook!