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Posted By Crystal Paine On December 22, 2009 @ 10:58 am In | Comments Disabled
Hi there! I’m Crystal Paine, the blessed wife of Jesse and mommy to three precious little children (Kathrynne, Kaitlynn, and Silas). I’m first and foremost a child of God . I’m passionate about glorifying Him and making the most of my days on this earth. All I have and all I am is thanks to my Creator and Redeemer.
I’m also a homeschool graduate, sister to six, and daughter of the best parents ever. I owe so much to them—including being financially-savvy.
My mom was the one who first introduced me to couponing, made me my coupon organization box , and gave me a copy of Miserly Moms . Not only that, but she also put me in charge of the grocery shopping, menu-planning , and cooking for our family of nine for a few years while I was still living at home. Talk about great practice for the future!
When my husband and I first married and were living on a beans-and-rice budget  in order to stay out of debt while he went through law school , I thrived on coming up with creative ways to pinch pennies. I didn’t always enjoy barely making ends meet, but I certainly loved the thrill of getting the best bang for my buck.
One way we saved thousands of dollars during those lean years was to keep our grocery and household products budget to $35 a week . I had fun taking couponing to a whole new level  – I spent at least a few hours each week becoming proficient in “couponese” and playing the “Drug Store Game .”
In 2006, I briefly shared a bit about bargain-shopping on a former blog of mine… and I was quickly inundated with questions on how we managed to live on such a small grocery budget.
The questions kept coming despite writing a blog series, an ebook, and an ecourse on the subject of Supermarket Savings.
As time marched on and the questions, requests, and emails continued to pour in, MoneySavingMom.com was born! It’s been quite the adventure and has far exceeded my wildest imaginations thanks to the many wonderful readers who have spread the word. In less than a year, it quickly became one of the highest-trafficked personal finance blogs on the web. And it just kept on growing!
Thanks in part to the revenue earned from advertising and affiliate sales on MoneySavingMom  — and the fact that we stayed out of debt during law school! — we were able to save up enough to pay 100% down for our first home  near the end of 2009. We’re committed to giving a percentage of all proceeds from MoneySavingMom.com to life-impacting ministries. 
This blog has mushroomed beyond what I can handle on my own while still keeping my family as my first priority; and we’ve been blessed to have some very skilled people join our team:
In addition, I am indebted to my husband, Jesse. He is my biggest cheerleader, best friend, sounding board, and ever willing listening ear. Jesse handles all the financial and legal aspects of running MoneySavingMom.com, as well as overseeing special projects and helping with product development and product launches.
Who knows what the future holds? One thing I do know is that any success is thanks to the Lord, to my parents, to my wonderful husband, and to the loyal readers who constantly push and stretch me to be a better home economist myself.
My three precious children (right to left): Kaitlynn (born in 2007), Silas (born in 2009), and Kathrynne (born in 2005)
When I’m not homeschooling my children , bargain-shopping, or blogging, I enjoy tweaking recipes and baking big batches of things for the freezer , engaging in thought-provoking discussions, drinking a good cup of coffee while reading a good book, or spending a quiet day at home with my family.
One of my favorite things is getting to meet some of you as I share at speaking engagements  at various events around the country. In 2012 I published, 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life —an ebook that has sold many more copies than I could have ever envisioned!—and my newest book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode,  released in early 2014 and is a New York Times bestseller.
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 a child of God: http://moneysavingmom.com/2009/12/a-broken-tea-cup-a-humble-manger-and-the-best-deal-ive-ever-gotten.html
 my coupon organization box: http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/05/how-i-organize-my-coupons.html
 Miserly Moms: http://astore.amazon.com/msmblog-20/detail/0764226126/102-8415236-8956903
 menu-planning: http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/03/menu-planning.html
 living on a beans-and-rice budget: http://moneysavingmom.com/2008/06/less-is-more.html
 stay out of debt while he went through law school: http://moneysavingmom.com/2009/12/our-journey-towards-saving-100-down-for-our-first-home-part-2.html
 keep our grocery and household products budget to $35 a week: http://moneysavingmom.com/category/series/31-days-to-a-better-budget?orderby=date&order=ASC
 taking couponing to a whole new level: http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/04/why-you-should-use-coupons.html
 Drug Store Game: http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/05/31-days-to-a-better-grocery-budget-play-the-drugstore-game.html
 revenue earned from advertising and affiliate sales on MoneySavingMom: http://moneysavingmom.com/disclosure-policy
 pay 100% down for our first home: http://moneysavingmom.com/category/series/saving-100-down-for-a-home?orderby=date&order=ASC
 giving a percentage of all proceeds from MoneySavingMom.com to life-impacting ministries.: http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/05/make-a-difference-be-a-giver.html
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 homeschooling my children: http://moneysavingmom.com/2009/10/the-frugal-homeschool-l-is-for-leaf.html
 baking big batches of things for the freezer: http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/02/how-to-plan-bulk-cooking.html
 speaking engagements: http://moneysavingmom.com/speaking-schedule
 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: http://www.amazon.com/Days-More-Disciplined-Life-ebook/dp/B009UGKEC4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368458399&sr=8-1&keywords=21+days
 Say Goodbye to Survival Mode,: http://moneysavingmom.com/survival-mode
 keep it simple: http://moneysavingmom.com/category/living-simply
 disdain clutter: http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/04/get-rid-of-clutter.html
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