Awesome Bloggers: Crystal Paine

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I don’t know how I found Crystal but I started following her back when she had her “mommy blog.” One of the things I loved about the blog were her posts on how she feed her family for about $40 a week; therefore, when she created Money Saving Mom, which was all about saving money, I naturally started following her there, too.

Money Saving Mom

By reading Money Saving Mom, I learned how to “work the system” using coupons and Extra Care Bucks at CVS. I’ve discovered deals that I would never have known about, and I know for a fact that I have saved a lot of money through this site.

Money Saving Mom has evolved over the years and has gotten better and better. Besides sharing about deals and saving money, Crystal inspires and teaches her readers in such a wonderful way. In fact, one of the best things I’ve learned through MSM is how to be more intentional in how I spend my money, and live my life with purpose. I love her tag line, “Intentional Finance. Intentional Family. Intentional Business.” It is so easy for me to go through life putting out fires and reacting to life but Crystal reminds us that it is possible, and so much more preferable, to live with purpose.

One way she does this is through her books. I read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and not only was it encouraging, it was practical. It offered some really good ideas and strategies that helped me go from crazy to calm (most of the time!).

Another way she helps us (me) to be more intentional is through her courses. If you read my post about productive mornings, you know that I am a huge fan of her Make Over Your Mornings 14 day online course. This course has transformed my morning routine and I can’t wait for Saturdays when I get weekly Make Over Your Mornings weekly newsletter.

But honestly, forget about the books and courses, just check out Crystal’s blog. You will find tons and tons of awesome free content from someone who speaks from the heart. Her authentic, giving spirit shines on every page and you will love the deals, guest posts, links to lots of freebies, and all the tips to help you in all aspects of your life. Crystal definitely fits the bill as an awesome blogger and I bet you’ll think so too. 🙂


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Book Review: Profit First

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From Book Description

“In Profit First, the follow-up to the cult classic The Toilet paper Entrepreneur and the game-changing The Pumpkin Plan, author and entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz details the cash management system that will ensure any business – of any size, in any industry, no matter how much debt it carries or how many years it has been operating – will become permanently profitable. Starting today!”

My Comments

Profit First is hands down one of the best money management books I have ever read. Many money experts use the expression, “pay yourself first” when it comes to handling personal finances. Michaelowicz takes that up a notch and applies it to business money management, although you can – and should – apply these principles to your personal finances.

First he starts by explaining why the “generally accepted accounting principles” don’t work, and he flips the accounting formula “Sales – Expenses = Profits” upside down. After this he explains the profit first system and then helps the reader lay out a plan, step by step, to put this plan into action. Michaelowicz also has a chapter on destroying debt and another chapter for advanced techniques. I also love the “action steps” at the end of each chapter. I have been slowly working through the book and it has already made a huge difference!

I highly recommend Profit First and give it five (5) stars.