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Today’s the big day!

Today’s the big day! My book, The Money Saving Mom®’s Budget, is officially released and is available in stores nationwide!

I made this video to share a bit of my heart behind why I wrote this book and what I hope you gain from reading it.

You’ll have to pardon the odd cut-off. I started to share my gratitude for my husband and you all, and I broke down and couldn’t make it through.

So instead, I’ll just have to write that out, since I’m so emotional today that I don’t think I’ll be able to do a video on it! 🙂

You All Mean the World To Me

First off, thank you for how much you’ve touched and blessed me by supporting and believing in this project. As I wrote on my Facebook Page:

I just feel like crying all day today for how blessed I am by you all. You have no idea how much your amazing support of my book means to me. I knew you all were a fantastic group of readers, but your kindness and love poured out upon me today is just almost more than I can bear. *Thank you* from the bottom of my heart. I wish I could hug & thank each of you personally.

Just thank you. You all mean the world to me.

There Would Be No Book Without My Husband

Secondly, and more importantly, I want to thank my husband. Today, I celebrate nine years of being his wife. Next to my salvation, marrying Jesse was the best thing that ever happened to me.

While this book says I’m the author, truthfully, there would be no book without Jesse. From the get-go, he’s believed in this project. He’s shouldered extra burdens to free me up to write. He’s stayed up late with me to go over edits. He’s listened to me when I needed to bounce an idea off of someone. He’s cheered me on when I’ve felt like giving up. He’s prayed with me for wisdom, grace, and strength.

From the dedication page:

This book is dedicated to my wonderful husband, Jesse. Thank you for encouraging me to jump way outside my comfort zone back in 2003 when I had a crazy idea to start my own business. Three businesses, countless failures and nine years later, you’re still my biggest cheerleader. Thank you for believing in me yet again. I love you with all my heart.

Thank you, Jesse, for standing by my side throughout this whole project. I love you–and happy anniversary! 🙂

Have You Purchased Your Copy Yet?

The Money Saving Mom®’s Budget is now on shelves in bookstores nationwide and shipping out from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you have an e-reader, you can order a copy for your Kindle or order a copy for your Nook. If you live outside the U.S., you can order from the Book Depository and get free shipping worldwide.

Psst! Amazon just discounted my book to $8.40 for a limited time!

So what are you waiting for? Go get your copy of The Money Saving Mom®’s Budget!

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  • Jason says:

    Well said, Crystal.

    Great book; I loved reading it! I certainly learned a lot and it will definitely be helpful for any family looking to be more responsible with their money, and looking for ideas on how to find time in their day and money in their budgets.

  • Loved the video! Congratulations, Crystal!

  • Nancy says:

    Congratulations, Crystal! So happy for you! Thanks for your inspiration!

  • Im waiting on my book that is shipping from Amazon today! Congratulations on your book release and also Happy Anniversary! What a blessed day for you!

  • YAY!! I am so excited this book is out! We have been so blessed to have picked up Dave Ramsey’s book two years ago – we were encouraged by your blog!! Our lives were not bad before, our finances were not bad – but they are so much more stable and we have SO much more hope now! I am so thankful that I was already able to read the book to review for you – anyone who is considering it – it is worth EVERY penny – it is an easy & very fun read that you should read and pass along!

  • This is such a great book! Congrats and thank you for everything you do to inspire so many every day!

  • lori says:

    I love your video. Such a blessing to me to see you so enthusiastic and excited about the release of this great book. It truly is life changing. Congrats, we are all cheering for you 🙂

  • JUHYUN says:

    Congratulations, Crystal!
    Keep going!
    Cheer up!!

  • su says:

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

  • misty gorman says:

    congrats to you both! i am anxiously waiting for our mailman. i can’t wait to get started reading:)

  • shelly says:

    Congratulations! Can hardly wait for my pre-ordered copy to arrive! 🙂

  • Crystal, what a thrill. Since beginning reading you blogs forever ago…what a journey. How good God is! Proud of you and so thankful for what He is doing!! xo

    • Crystal says:

      Yes, “what a journey” is right! 🙂 I’ve made lots of mistakes, but God has used it for so much good in my own life in breaking me and molding me in ways I could have never dreamed.

      Thank you for being my friend, Myra!

    • Kelly says:

      I found your blog through Courtney at I ordered your eBook last night for my Nook. I look forward to reading it. While my DH and I are blessed financially, we really need to step up our Retirement savings! I’ve got like nothing put away for that. So thank you for your inspiration. Your story about how you paid cash for your house is amazing May our Great Lord continue to bless you!

  • Tabitha says:

    I am so excited for you Crystal! Thank you for spending so much time to write this book. I’m so excited to dig in and read it and tell everyone about it!

  • Crystal, I am thrilled for you. I’ve been tearfully sharing your updates with my husband and we’ve been thanking God for your example. Back in 2008, you were one of the first frugal blogs I found and I’ve followed you ever since. We’ve gone on our own sold out, debt slaying journey have paid off over $118K and are on course to be debt free {except the mortgage} in 4 months. God has taught us so much AND you’ve had a role in that story. Thanks for inspiring, encouraging and so willingly serving others. You’ll never know this side of heaven how many lives you’ve impacted. 🙂

  • Sarah J says:

    Choked me up reading this 🙂 In a good way! Congratulations on the book!!!!

  • Tara says:

    Congratulations!! I can’t wait to read your book!
    Happy Anniversary! 🙂

  • Chasity says:

    So happy for you!!!! What a wonderful anniversary present….book release. Congrats and Happy Anniversary!!!

  • Ashley says:

    I ordered my copy last night and can’t wait to read it. Thank you for donating the proceeds….you are a light in the world. May God’s blessings continue to be manifest in your life as you live for Him.

  • Christy says:

    I am thrilled for you (and all of those you are helping). Congratulations!

  • Kathleen says:

    Yay! Congrats Crystal! I can’t wait to get my copy. Thank you for being a great teacher. I learned how to shop CVS for so little because of you. I also learned about Dave Ramsey & budgeting. It has made such a huge impact on my life financially and as a person. I look at things differently now. Thank you!

  • Lily says:

    Congratulations. Blessings to you and to the organization which you are supporting with your hard work.

  • Carla says:

    Just ordered mine today from Amazon. CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Stacy says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait for mine to arrive!

  • Paige says:

    When are you going on a book tour? I’m ready to hug your neck Crystal! HA! You’re a sweetheart and I’ve learned so much from your blog. Been reading for 4 years!!!

    Yay for the book release and the many lives changed here and in DR. : )

  • Debbie says:

    You are such an inspiration and you have such a big heart for all of us out here who try to learn from you! I am thrilled for you! Contratulations (to you and Jesse)!! My sister and I are going out to buy the book today! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Ruth says:

    Last night, at the dinner table, we were discussing a difficult extended family situation. I searched my mind for something happy to talk about and brought up the release of your book and all the women and children in the DR that will be helped by its proceeds. Everyone at the table agreed with how special this is in a selfish, me-centered world. God’s blessings and congratulations on your book and anniversary!

  • regina says:

    I’m anxiously awaiting your book. I hope something clicks for me. We really need to be making it financially and not just living week to week.

  • Tenille says:

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration to me and I pray that God contiues to bless you as you bless so many others! I can’t wait to buy your book!

  • Julie says:

    I pre-ordered the book on my Kindle. I can’t wait to find some time this evening sit down and devour a chapter or two. Congratulations on the book!

  • Carrie says:

    I can’t wait to read your book. According to my e-mail, I will receive it Friday. Guess what I’m doing all this weekend…and it won’t be the laundry.

  • Ann says:

    HOw amazingly special!!!!! Happy Anniversary, two God-filled people!

  • RuthS says:

    Can’t wait until Mr. Delivery Man brings your book by today!

    (Next book: A Biblical Womanhood or homeschooling book? 😉 Still miss those other two blogs!

  • Samantha says:

    Can’t wait to read it – congrats again!


  • Stephanie says:

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!!
    I cant wait to read the book. Thank you!

  • Congratulations on becoming a published author! It’s fun! Wishing you lots of sales and many happy reviews!

  • Erin says:

    Congratulations Crystal! I am so happy for you! Although we don’t know each other, I feel like you are a great friend and I’m happy to know such a wonderful, caring and giving person. Happy Anniversary 🙂

  • Sue says:

    I can’t wait until I read your book! I started reading your blog around 4 years ago and I can not even begin to tell you how you have changed my life forever! Thanks so much for everything that you do!

  • Kacie says:

    Hooray! Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. I’m one of the lucky reviewers who got to see the preview copy.

    People, read this book! You’ll learn and be inspired 🙂

  • Happy Anniversary! We both share a wonderful day! Today is my 14th Anniversary! 🙂 And congrats on your book. I enjoyed reading about how you are giving back with the proceeds. The Lord is really using you in a mighty way!

  • Carrie says:

    Congratulations!!!! It is so awesome to see how God is using you through your blog, and now your book, to touch so many lives–including those in the Dominican Republic! So excited for you, and also how cool is it that the book came out on your anniversary!! Have fun celebrating both! 🙂

  • Alice says:

    That’s so funny that we have the same anniversary! (3 years today for me). Congrats, and I look forward to reading your book!

  • Lisa says:

    Crystal, a heartfelt congratulations and happy anniversary!! Thank you and your family for all your hard work and encouragement to all of us. I teared up reading what you wrote, which may just be my pregnancy hormones 😉 Regardless, seeing how much this means to you makes me that much more excited.

  • Deanna says:

    Congratulations on your book and Happy Anniversary! Pre-ordered my book way back when you first announced it. Can’t wait for it to come.

  • Yay! Congratulations, and happy anniversary too! 🙂

    What a gift your book has been and will be to so many, Crystal. I just hope hundreds of thousands of folks around the world read it and start applying the principles you lay out.

    And when are we going to hear about the Compassion project…??

  • Blaire says:

    Happy Anniversary Jesse and Crystal!!! This video was so fun to watch – I was grinning ear to ear, as you expressed your heart. So proud of you for stepping out and doing what God asked you to do, in the way He asked you to do it. And then to read about why the video was cut off short. You are such a special woman to so many! Thanks for giving us hope! 🙂 Can’t wait to get the book!

  • Laney says:

    I just had my book delivered and can’t wait to start reading it!!

  • Martina says:

    Congrats on your Book and your Anniversary!!! I been reading your blog for 2 years, but this year we are going to be more committed to it. Just bought my Copy of your Book at Amazon…. and like a good Reader of your Blog i paid with Swagbucks

  • stacy says:

    just ordered my copy! so excited to read it and learn how to get our finances in order. a must after just having a new little girl, plus our 3 yr old daughter and living in new jersey on one income! congrats to you crystal!! 🙂 and thank you!

  • Sara says:

    We have a 9-year anniversary tomorrow! :):) Congratulations on your anniversary and your book release. You are such a grounding inspiration to our family.

  • Yay Crystal! I just want to do a happy dance. This is wonderful! I love your book and am so thankful you had the opportunity to share your wisdom with the world.


    Thanks for taking us on the journey with you 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    Congratulations all the way around!

  • Kathy says:


    My copy shipped from Amazon yesterday and I can’t wait to receive it!


  • Nicole says:

    So glad I have a kindle so I can order your book and start reading it right away all without leaving the house! I wasn’t going to order it but I started reading some of the glowing reviews on amazon and decided since the proceeds were going to such a worthy cause I should order the book and give it a look. It just may change my life 🙂

  • What an exciting day! Happy Anniversary and Congratulations on your dream of becoming a published writer being a reality! So exciting. I’ve read your blog (and your old blog, Biblical Womanhood) for years. It has been amazing to see you change/grow over the years. May God continue to be glorified and may you continue to plant seeds for Him!

    Thank you for all you do!

    • Crystal says:

      It’s been a long journey–but God has been faithful, even when I’ve faltered and made so many mistakes. I’m rejoicing in how He uses broken vessels for His glory. Without Him, I am nothing.

  • Amara says:

    Many, many congratulations!

    Can I be the first to express that your shirt matches your book! How cute!

  • Mona says:

    Congratulations Crystal and Happy Anniversary. I can’t wait to get my book in the mail! It should be here today! 🙂

    I have a question. Since Amazon discounted your book, does that mean that the proceeds of the book for Compassion are smaller or does the same amount from each book get donated?

    Enjoy your success! I am so happy for you!!

    • Crystal says:

      Thanks so much!

      And as to your question, I’m not completely sure… but from what my publishers have said, Amazon purchased thousands upfront already and then they are deciding what to charge for it.

  • Michelle says:

    Congrats on it all – the book, the anniversary and what you are doing with the proceeds. I think you are very courageous in a doubt-filled world and thank you for your message and perserverance.

  • Kimberly says:

    I am so excited to receive your book! It will be here tomorrow! I’m trying to get all my to-do’s done early because I know once it hits my doorstep, I won’t be able to put it down.

    Congrats and Happy Anniversary!

  • It’s a great book and I just have to say I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Good golly. I nearly cried while watching the video (Hey! I know her!) and then again reading the rest of the post.

    So excited for you!

    Can’t imagine what you’ve been through to get to HERE, but glad you’re here. 😉

  • Liz says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!

    Hopefully my library feels the same way and will consider ordering copies. 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    I found your site through Courtney at I purchsed your book last night for my Nook Tablet! Looking forward to reading it and gleaning tips and tricks. The extreme couponers amaze me. I also enjoyed your story about how you and your husband paid CASH for your house! I’m sure you impressed Mr Dave Ramsey! I see he endorses your book! That’s AMAZING!!

    Congratulations and may our Lord continue to bless you!

  • Amy L says:

    I bought your book on Amazon today! 🙂 I had an order for Amazon that I finally got another Swagbucks award – so I got $25 worth of needed things AND of course your book for FREE!! 🙂 I love you site Crystal and you are truly a great inspiration to many!
    Thank you so much for all you do!! (And a big Happy Anniversary to you both!!)

  • Jenny says:

    Long time reader, first time post-er…. I got teary eyed telling my husband your story last night. Wondering what God can do through me, also a stay at home mom to 3. You are an inspiration, Crystal. So thankful God has used you in the way he has.

    • Crystal says:

      God can do big things you! Stay faithful–even in the little things. And realize that sometimes the seeming “little things” are big things in God’s eyes!

  • Heather says:

    Today, of all days, seems like the best time to tell you this:

    I found your blog three (nearly four!) years ago as a newly married young woman. My husband and I were taking on consumer debt at an alarming rate. I started couponing and we started curbing our spending. We put off having children because of the money we owe in consumer student loans. In the last year or two, though, we’ve really grown up a great deal and set our budget and tried very hard to stick to it. We have 40+ combined years of watching our parents set very bad examples of spending and we have found ourselves heading backward, but for every step back, we feel like we’ve taken two forward.

    However, I wanted you to know that because of this site and what we’ve learned and have been able to put into practice, my husband and I have decided to start the journey of having children. I am thrilled! Thank you for everything, Crystal. You have NO idea what you’ve done for so many of us.

  • Varsha says:

    Congratulations !!! Happy anniversary…I am so happy for you. I came across your blog 2 years ago and I am so blessed to have found your site.
    I am so inspired by you. I have learnt a lot from you.Thanks for all that you do:) Waiting to read your book 🙂

  • Chelsea says:

    I cried when watching your video. I need that hope. We feel so, incredibly stuck! Here’s to hoping we have enough wiggle room come Friday so I can splurge on a copy soon! Congratulations on the published book and nine years of marriage. You inspire me in more ways than you know. God bless!

    • Crystal says:

      Email me, friend. (moneysavingmom @ I’ll send you a copy with my compliments. It would be an honor for all the ways you’ve blessed me.

      Praying for you today. Don’t lose hope!

  • Tanya Smith says:

    UPS just delivered my copy! Can’t wait to get to reading after the kids’ bedtime tonight! 🙂 Congratulations on such a big job well done!

  • Rhonda R. says:

    Congratulations Crystal! I just got the email from saying my copy of your book has shipped!!! I can’t wait to read it. You are inspirational to women of all ages. I wish I would’ve had your blog available to me back when I was much younger. Oh well, the changes I’ve made….better than never!

  • I loved your dedication page. My husband has been the same for me. It was all I could do to stop myself from crying, turn the page, and read the rest of your book! 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      Yup, I’ve yet to be able to read that page without breaking down. So, so blessed to be married to a man who pushed me to step way outside of my comfort zone, dream big dreams, and then cheer me the whole way through!

  • Renee poschen says:

    I got my copy delivered today. I am so excited to read it. I know it will bless a lot of people.

    • Crystal says:

      Oh goodness, if I’d have known you were interested in a copy, I would have given you one. Thank you for everyone you’ve taught me and how you’ve blessed me over the years!

  • Daryl Ann says:

    Praise God for your faithfulness and obedience to Him! He has used you to be a blessing to so many, and I know He will bless you and your family for all that you are doing for Him and His kingdom.

  • Briana says:

    Crystal I can’t tell you how excited I’ve been about this book! You and your family have been such a huge inspiration to my family! One of my favorite ways to stay motivated when I start losing focus is to look through your archives at saving 100% down! Thank you for all that you do! And happy anniversary! =)

  • renee says:

    Over the moon with excitement for you Crystal. Am so very impressed that you are giving all the proceeds away. You are truly a Godly woman!
    Happy Anniversary and God Bless,
    p.s. Are you sure you’re not related to Dave Ramsey!!? You two are certainly cut from the same cloth 🙂

  • Miranda says:

    Crystal, you are amazing. God has worked in you so much and best of all – you give Him all the glory. You stay so humble and I’m just so honored to have found your blog. Thank you for being so selfless and giving all your profits to charity. I think that is why this book launch today has got me all emotional. God has done so many great things through you and know this: you have inspired me and encouraged me. May He continue to work through you because one thing I know, you are setting an incredible example to your readers. God bless <3.

  • beth b says:

    Congratulations, Crystal!

  • katharine says:

    you are such an inspiration to the rest of us!

  • Amber says:

    Heading out to B&N to purchase the book now, using my “fun” money! Kudos to you for donating the money to such a worthy cause! You have inspired me and my husband to save, save, save, and budget, budget, budget. Both in our late 20’s and are so thankful we have been educated in the ways of finances much earlier than our parents were! Thank you!

  • ruth ramos says:

    Congrats, I pray that God keeps on blessing you and your family. Thank you for everything

  • Kelly Palmer says:

    Congratulations on your book Crystal and Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

  • Laura Jane says:

    Congrats!! Can’t wait to read the book. I’ve heard great things about it. I’ve been reading your blog for many years along with Biblical Womanhood and Mom of Littles, and it’s great that you now can impart some of your experience in book form. You’ve inspired so many! I’m no longer in a stage of my life/finances where a lot of actual couponing is the best use of my time, but I love to read you blog for all of the other life motivation you provide. Your recent series on a more disciplined life (and some of your goal setting posts) has been one of the the best, most life changing things I’ve ever read, and I’m sure your book is more of the same!

  • Yay! Congratulations on your book, Crystal!!! I know you put in a lot of time, tears, and energy into this book and I am excited for you. Also excited for the Compassion project and can’t wait to read more about it – makes me tear up just thinking about it!

    Just finished reading your pre-release copy today and I am inspired!! 🙂 We had already been pretty much following Dave Ramsey’s plan and are doing well with our finances but I am inspired to do even BETTER, save more, give more! 🙂 Will share more of my thoughts and things I learned and plan to implement tomorrow on my blog.

    You are an inspiration to us all! And congrats on your anniversary too – we celebrate 9 years this summer. 🙂

  • Dawn says:

    I know you are probably overwhelmed with all of the joy and thanks today, but I wanted to add mine.
    I have been a reader for several years and have learned so much. I had this blog on my favorites and checked it daily along with a handful of others. Well, one day over a year ago, I was in a really dark sad place in my life. Too much to share, but it was life changing unpredictable sadness. Your husband Jesse had written a column and I commented. He then took his time to respond to me personally and offer encouragement.
    It may seem like a small thing but to me it was a catalyst to push through and get through that dark period. I just wanted to share how your blog touched me. Thank you for everything you and Jesse do on behalf of others.

  • Anne-Marie says:

    Congrats from a fan : )

  • Candy says:

    Congrats, Crystal! You are such an inspiration!
    I just got home from work and my copy of the book was here! I’m so excited to start reading! Thank you!

  • Gloria says:

    Please accept my sincere wishes for a happy anniversary and CONGRATULATIONS on your book! Just ordered my copy and can’t wait to read it. I’ve been following your blog for many years and you are a wellspring of encouragement and hope for your readers. Big thanks to you and Jesse for all you do!

  • Deanna says:

    Congratulations, Crystal!

  • Heather C. says:

    Dear Crystal,
    I cried when I watched your video a tonight. We are swimming in debt from surgeries, baby deliveries, marital counseling, and bad decisions. When you said the word “hope” I just broke down. I am vigilantly working through my 12 goals, DIY goals, 24 books, writing down our expenses, and putting my priorities on paper. I am asking God to help my husband and I to be of the same mind. I have been a homeschooling SAHM and would like to be able to stay here at home. Thanks for all that you do. You have been an inspiration to me.

  • Renee poschen says:

    The Lord has used you bless our family more than we could have possibly blessed yours. It was a honor to be able to purchase this book!

  • Mary Beth Patnaude says:

    Congratulations! I look forward to receiving my pre-ordered copy in the mail!

  • Beverly says:

    I feel like I’ve watched you grow through these years although you have always seemed so mature. Congratulations on the book release! It will be a great success! I am also happy to share this day as an anniversary. We are celebrating 20 years and have been blessed with 8 boys ages 19 to 4.

  • Michelle says:

    I just checked and you are the “Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24 in Books” and it hasn’t even been 24 hours yet! Congratulations on both your publication and your anniversary. And you are truly such a blessing to those women and children who are going to be helped by the proceeds of the book.

  • Sarah Boisvert says:

    I just recieved the book in the mail today! Perfect timing,my husband and I are in the process of buying a house(landlord very unexpectedly selling our rental) and we need to save alot!! I have faith in God that everything happens for a reason but its still a scary process.I can’t wait to read your book and get some good ideas.I have read great reviews:)

  • Ilene says:

    Props to you! I will be buying copies for all of my bridal showers, housewarmings and graduation gifts,
    Will you be doing any book promotions or speaking tors out east?
    You upbeat and substantive ideas are inspirational… Would love to have you as a guest speaker for a luncheon we are having to raise money to fund programming for pediatric childhood obesity prevention in the inner-city served by our local hospital. Your wisdom enables thousands of families to live within their means and promotes healthier kids, families and comunities through the panoply of specific gems like freezer cooking.
    Wishing you and your beautiful family only the best,

  • Cherie B says:

    Crystal, you have been an inspiration to me as a single mother!!! Wow, how do you do it all. I can’t do half of what you do each day and am indebted for the information that you share with us each and every day. I purchased the book back in October when it would be released to Amazon as an e-book and was soooo excited to open my Kindle Reader this morning and start reading it. You will forever have a follower in me.

    All the best,


  • Cherie B says:


    I purchased the ebook, will the worksheets be available for download on MSM at some point for personal use?



  • Niki says:

    Thank you so much for all that you do. The fact that you are giving away all of your proceeds truly shows your selflessness and willingness to serve God! I always feel encouraged to be a better steward of ALL my resources after reading your blog. God is using you in such a big way!

  • KimH says:

    Listening to your video, I could feel your emotion.. It was overwhelming.. I almost started crying too..
    Just want to say a big Congratulations & many many blessings to you & your family and all the folks who’ve purchased it as well.. Its a beautiful thang! ♥

  • Congraluations Crystal! I got my copy!

  • Rose says:

    It looks like you are reading all the comments- So I wanted to tell you how excited I am for you. I have been a loyal follower for 3 years now. I talk to you to my husband like you were one of my girl-friends. I hope one day to meet you.
    You have helped me cut down on my spending.
    You have helped me that saving can make a difference.
    You have helped me to look further into making money on the side.
    I appreciate your love for God, and as the strong woman that you are.
    We need more woman like you.
    I am so grateful that I can be apart of this great contribution to this charity.
    What a great way to start the year off.
    Many more blessings to come!!

    • Crystal says:

      Aw, thank you so much for your kind encouragement! I hope I get to meet you, too!

      (And by the way, I try to read every comment left here, though I don’t always get a chance to respond to many of them as I’d like to!)

  • allie says:

    Congrats on the book, Crystal, and even BIGGER congrats to nine years of marriage! A God-centered marriage is something to cherish.

  • Kim says:

    I normally don’t care about such things as what I am about to say, but I am so excited for you and all that God is doing through this book and its sales . . . your book is listed as #16 on the Amazon top 100!!!!! That is amazing.

    Bless you and your family –

  • Julie says:

    So happy for you!! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!!

  • Cathrine says:

    CONGRATS! So many of us haven’t met you, but you’ve touched each of our lives. We all celebrate with you today!!!!

  • MomofTwoPreciousGirls says:

    I was so happy to get the email that my download was available! I’m very excited and I LOVE how excited and passionate you are in this video! Congratulations on your bringing your message to the world in this format and for your ability to use this to give to an organization that you feel so passionate about!

    Thanks for the inspiration as always…can’t wait to curl up with my nook and a notebook!

  • Lisa says:


    Thank you so much for your generosity and your genuine spirit. It is suh a breath of fresh aire in this world. I think it is great you are donating your profits to a ministry your family believes in.

    You and Jesse are really making a huge impact in the blogging world by how you have stayed the same from the begining of your blogging.

    Ps – I still miss your old blog about the littles when you just had the girls.

    Thanks for all you have done for the rest of us bloggers and mommy’s.

    You are an inspiration in many ways.


  • Kristi B. says:

    Thank you for blessing us with your blog and now your book! I cannot wait to get me pre-ordered copy! Your encouragement to seize daily moments in our families and live a counter-cultural life continues to bless my life and the lives of so many others. Congratulations of this accomplishment!

  • Jenny says:

    Congratulations Crystal! You have been such an inspiration to so many of us for so long and now the world will finally find out about you.

    Enjoy this success!

  • Kristine says:

    Oh, Crystal! You’re glowing in this video! You brought ters to my eyes! 😀 I got my book hand delivered this afternoon. The other day I had thought about it, and knew it was coming…but, then I was still caught off guard today when the doorbell rang. Anyhow, I sat right down with it, and started reading…I got through chapter 1 and had to pull myself away…I had much more to be doing this afternoon. 🙂 When my husband got home I started reading it to him…and he is all ready into it too…this is a fabulous read..It’s so practical…and real..It’s just SO real. I immediately told him that I know what’s in this book works, because it’s worked for you and your family. We’re in a great place financially right now, ( no debt, et cetera,) but this book is definitely for our future. This is exactly what we need to get us on board for retirement. We’ve recently become very serious about making a budget and sticking to it. This book couldn’t have come at a better time in our lives. You are such a wonderful woman. I love God, and he put you in so many lives with this book.

    Kristine ♥

  • Anne says:

    Congratulations Crystal! Your hard work and time has definitely paid off. You are an inspiration that something big really can come out of a large dream and a little blog. Can’t wait to see what’s next! 🙂

  • Kim says:

    Congrats on your book! I just got the kindle edition. Am I too late to get a copy of Tsh’s ebook? I’m 38 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child and I need some good reading material as I am nursing!

  • Michelle says:

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!!!!!

  • Stacy says:

    Congratulations, Crystal – what a special day in many ways! You will continue to be such an inspiration through your book. It’s incredible that it is allowing you to do such amazing work in the Dominican Republic! God bless you and your family!!! Stacy

  • Jolie says:

    I have followed your blog for about 4 years now. Today our marriage is much stronger and less stressful due to the lessons you have taught me. We now have 2 kids, and we bought our last vehicle with 100% cash. We did that because you inspired us!

    I just ordered my copy from Amazon, and I can’t wait to be reinspired for our next goal~ I admire your dedication and your “realness.” Thank you for all you have done for our family through your blog~

    Many Blessings~

  • Mandy W. says:

    I am so excited for you! I can’t wait for it to be in at our library. Thanks to you and your enthusiasm for Dave Ramsey, we are working on Baby Step 2 and should be DEBT FREE except for the house by next year. Maybe for next Christmas, I will be able to get my own personal copy of your book 🙂 I hope you are still signing bookplates then… Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment!

    • Crystal says:


      Make sure to ask your library to carry it. If they can’t, email me and I’ll send you a copy with my compliments. 🙂

      • Mandy W. says:

        You are so kind. They ordered 8 copies since it is a network of libraries for the county. However it is just hard to be patient because there are a bunch of people on the waiting list and they still have to process the books before they can be checked out. It just isnt the same though as my own copy that I can highlight and write notes in. I guess though that I am lucky to have a library close!

  • Liz says:

    Your blog(s) have inspired, encouraged, and motivated me since I began reading back in 2006. Your money-saving ideas, and especially your coupon tutorials and deal match-ups, saved our family literally Thousands over these past years, and really kept our heads above water during 3 lean years financially. I want to thank you profusely for all the hope you have given me and our family that we can save, that we can pay down debt, and especially that we can not just survive but thrive, even in lean times, with joy! May God bless you, your family, and your book! I am going to start reading my copy now!!

  • Angela says:

    I am weaping now as I sit at my computer and type this message. I just ordered my book and watched the video. If there is anything in my life I need now it is HOPE!!! I just can’t run this race any more. I try so hard to cut corners and save where I can, but I am overwhelmed by the amount of debt we have. And I just don’t feel like I am making progress. I can’t wait for my book to arrive.

    I am also so impressed with your Christlike attitude towards this whole experience (way of life is more like it). You thank the Lord in all you do, and in this day when everyone seems to be so “me” centered it is refreshing and welcome. You are such an inspiration to me.

    Thank you!

  • Charity says:

    Congratulations Crystal, and Happy Anniversary to you and Jesse!

    Unfortunately our budget is too barebones to be able to order this book right away, but I’ve entered *every* giveaway I’ve seen you post for it, so hopefully I’ll be able to read it soon! 🙂

  • Beth says:

    Your video is so sweet! I ordered your book today from Amazon and I can’t wait to have it in my hands 🙂 It’s wonderful all your profits are going to charity. I also wanted to let you know about a good book I am reading aloud to my children: Tim Tebow: Though My Eyes (young reader’s edition). He puts the Lord above all things and let’s young readers know it’s ok to be unique and just be who you are.

  • Lindsey says:

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to get your book! I’ve been secretly following your blog for years….like since you only had one kid! You’ve been a source of encouragement to me as I got my own home. Many of the organizing, budgeting, and freezer meals I do are taken from your ideas. Thanks for not being afraid to share with us!

  • Julie says:

    Thank you for having the courage to be who you want to be, to be so honest and upfront and encouraging, for having tireless faith. You are a blessing to all of us…truly. You have found your calling and it is unmistakable.

    Best of luck for continued success.

    PS ever since I read your intentions for the proceeds of your book I cry whenever I come to your site. It is so touching.

    PPS. @Charity if you email me I will buy you a copy of the book if you don’t win one. 🙂

  • Jodi Nairz says:

    Crystal, I feel like you have become a friend through this past year that I have been following you. Your blog has helped me in so many ways I can’t list them all. Congratulations on your book and I can’t wait to start reading my copy. I got it in the mail today!

  • Becky says:

    I don’t know what I was waiting for so I’ll buy it today. I have been meaning to preorder the book, especially when you offered the free ebook 21 Days to a More Discipline Life, but I forgot. If only I had the discipline to set a system for me to remember miscellaneous “to do’s” that aren’t part of my daily/weekly routine. Such a vicious cycle.

    I look forward to reading your book. I hope to learn something too, but my main purpose in getting it is to have full confidence in what I recommend to others. Your blog has been such a blessing to me over the years, and while maybe I can’t get others to read a blog regularly, a book pushed in their hands could be just the thing to fix their lives. (those who are looking for the solutions you offer, I’m not trying to force a lifestyle on anyone, promise!)

  • Anshu says:

    Congratulations Crystal! I’m so happy for you.

  • Christel says:

    Blessings now and forever!

  • alice says:

    This is so touching! I love that you’re attributing everything to God and I belive that that’s why He is blessing you so much! You are an inspiration to moms like me! God bless you more and more!

  • Holly says:

    Uploaded it to my Kindle this morning for lunch time reading! Congrats! So excited for you!

  • Laurie says:

    Crystal, thank you SO much for publishing this book. Your tips have truly changed my life. I encourage everyone to get Crystal’s book and watch your financial situation change for the better! I’m just starting my own blog series on changing your finances, and your book will definitely be on the “must have” list of resources. Congratulations, and thank you, so much!!!

  • Katie W. says:

    loved the video! Congrats on your book ! This is so exciting for you and your family! The Lord is doing wonderful things in your lives! 🙂

  • Nicole Z. says:

    Loved your enthusiasm in your video!!! Congratulations on your book. You continue to inspire me daily. :0) God bless you.

  • Nora says:

    Woke up early this morning, so I watched your video. What a blessing. Had to go to the book store yesterday ( one place I love to go to) with my older son who loves to read like me just to get your book. They only had one and I was so glad. Would have been willing to drive around town to find it. Stated reading it last night. Liking it. I’m older and my 7 kids are almost all gone but need help to get things right. I hope it will help me even at my age. Please pray for me… I need it. Have a great day.

  • Corie says:

    Congratulations Crystal! Just hearing you say “You’re not stuck” brought me to tears. I guess I’ve been feeling very ‘stuck’. I can’t wait to read your book because I certainly need some of that hope. Thank you!

  • jessica says:

    I had thought I was going to buy your book, then I decided I would probably pass (no offense). I don’t want to put myself on a pedestal, but I think I am really good at thinking outside of the box with money saving.

    I just want you to know, I am so impressed with you as a person. So many more of us need to realize we have what we want and need. We need to be less selfish and give more to those in need. I love that you are this giving person. You could have taken that money, but didn’t.

    I’ll be buying the book, mainly because I think what you are doing it amazing.

  • Debra says:

    I am so excited too! Congratulations!!! Congratulations to the winners of your book and all the others that have puchased it. Well, I will be receiving mine today from Amazon, very prompt I might say. And what a wonderful post and news about the proceeds of your book yesterday, I am happy to be a part of that 🙂

  • April says:

    Got my book in the mail yesterday!! (Isn’t amazon awesome?!) Have started it, and looking forward to finishing it. Have been following your blog(s) for many years. Thanks for all of your work.

  • Cameron says:

    I got your book last night and my husband sat down and read the first chapter side by side which was followed by a good discussion. So thankful to have a compilation of many of the things God has used your blog to teach us over the past four years!

    Thank you for taking the time to write it down and thanks to your family for sparing you during that time so that you could!

  • Karin says:

    Congratulations on your book & nine year anniversary! I’ve been married to my hubby for 8 years this spring, but we don’t have plan to visit my home country for at least next 2 years because of our financial situation. I’m a SAHM mom to 3 kiddos and always feeling lost. It gets alot better since I started using coupons, but still struggling to become debt free. But I decided to quit whining or crying. I set my goal to debt free and see my parents & relatives. I don’t know how long this would take, but just have a hope to do this! I’m going to rent your book from library(I’ll buy a copy when I have money) and start to do it! Thank you so much and hope your great success!

  • Rachel says:

    Congratulations on your huge accomplishment! I started following you last year, and really enjoy your blog, all though Im not a huge couponer, the rest of your blog has inspired me and helped me with being an at home mom and being joyful about it. I just ordered your book this morning! I am super excited to read it. You seem like a friend I’d like to sit down with and have a cup of coffee with! God has truely blessed your hard work and staying the course. Good for you and your family! Cry all day if you want to with praise! Blessings from one mom to another. Sisters in Christ!

  • Amy says:

    Hi Crystal,

    I enjoy your blog so much! I am so impressed w/ your money saving ability & your generosity. Even though I’ve been using coupons forever (been married 23 years w/ 3 kids ) – I still learn new things from your site. I have purchased a kindle version of your book & look forward to reading it soon! Best of luck to you & your husband. Amy- in N.C.

  • Mandy says:

    Congratulations, Crystal!! I bought the Kindle version of your book last night. 🙂

  • Your book was waiting in my mailbox last night. I am inspired to pay down debt!

  • Kari says:

    Congratulations on the book! I pre-ordered the book, got home last night and was so excited to read it-only to find that only the cover was showing on my kindle, and there were no table of contents or chapters!! I tried to re-download it again today and still nothing! I am so bummed, but still so excited to eventually read this book!!!

    • Crystal says:

      Let me know if you can’t get it to work or can’t get help from customer support. I’m so sorry about the issues!

      • Kari says:

        Still having issues. I have returned it, bought it again, returned it again, and bought it again, still having issues. It will download the cover of the book-just nothing else. No table of contents, no thank yous, nothing. I have contacted customer service and they refunded my money again……but advised me to re download the book again 24-48 hours later… here I am trying to re-download this book and I am still getting nothing but the cover of the book. 🙁 I am so bummed, I was so looking forward to reading this book!

        • Crystal says:

          I am so sorry about the issues! I know one other person who had similar issues.

          Can you email me? moneysavingmom @ with what you’ve been experiencing and I’ll pass it along to Simon & Schuster?

          Also, I’d love to buy you a hard copy–if you’ll read that, since we know that one should at least have all the pages! 🙂

  • Danielle says:

    Congrats Crystal! I had requested my local library to purchase it, and I had a message in my inbox this morning that it’s ready for pick-up. As a bonus, my kids are so excited to get to go to the library today too!

  • Merry Michelle says:

    Just ordered my copy and am spreading the word! Way to go for your dream, girl! You are the ONE blog that I follow regularly. You inspire me to follow my dreams. Thank you.

  • Congratulations Crystal! Very happy for you and looking forward to hearing about the impact this book has had on people not only reading it but those who are blessed through Compassion International! 🙂

  • lori says:

    Your so sincere, Crystal and that is one of the biggest draws, I think, to your site! The fact that you are not doing this for the money (although of course if you were, that is fine too b/c we all gotta eat!) but what you are doing with the proceeds is just an extraodinary act of kindness and selflessness…your an inspiration. I can’t wait to read your book.

  • miranda says:

    UPS delivered my book in the 30minutes I left to take my husband to work. I have been anxiously awaiting it all day!

  • Tiffany says:

    What an exciting day! Loved the video–you knocked it out of the park.

  • Amazon just emailed to tell me they adjusted the price of the book down! Very excited, and I can’t wait to start with the book club! As we work through each of the chapters and challenges, I’m going to blog along with my progress (and pictures where applicable). I’m super excited to revamp my lifestyle. 🙂

  • Elizabeth says:

    What a wonderful accomplishment. Writing a book and getting it published is huge! Congratulations.

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