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Ask the Expert: How do I start a budget -- and stick with it?

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Do you want to start a budget but you're not sure where to begin? Does your financial situation seem too out of control to conquer? Have no fear, "Money Saving Mom" is here to help you start 2012 off on the right financial foot!

Crystal Paine, the brains behind the super popular blog MoneySavingMom.com and author of The Money Saving Mom's Budget will be here all next week to answer YOUR questions about starting a budget -- and sticking to it! --  couponing, planning your financial future, and more!

Please post your questions for Crystal as replies to this post. Crystal will post her answers here as well. One lucky mom will win a copy of Crystal's book!

In the meantime, get a peek at what's in Crystal's book:

Welcome, Crystal! Thanks for joining us!

Crystal Paine is the creator of the immensely popular website MoneySavingMom.com. She has written for Woman's Day and All You and has been featured in Real Simple, USA Weekend, and on NPR. She is a wife and a mother to three homeschooled children. Crystal Paine is the author of the book The Money Saving Mom’s Budget.

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Posts must be made between Wednesday January 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm EST and Sunday January 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. 

  • This contest will end on Sunday January 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.
  • One winner will be selected randomly.
  • The winner will be posted on this thread and will be notified via CafeMom PM.
  • Multiple replies are allowed and will increase your chances of winning.
  • Prizes are only available to members who live in the US or Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • Prizes must be claimed within 10 days of notice of winning.
  • One winner will each receive a copy of "The Money Saving Mom's Budget."


by on Jan. 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM
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SweetLuci
by Silver Member on Jan. 5, 2012 at 10:59 AM
1 mom liked this

 How would you suggest helping children learn about budgeting?

SweetLuci
by Silver Member on Jan. 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

 What do you think about an allowance for children? Should it be tied to chores or behavior?

SweetLuci
by Silver Member on Jan. 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

 What are your tips for making budgeting easy for busy moms?

leahbeah143
by Member on Jan. 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

 I am paying off credit card debt, so that's where I've been putting most of my "extra" money. Should I also be putting some towards saving?

SweetLuci
by Silver Member on Jan. 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

 What tips do you have for saving for retirement?

SweetLuci
by Silver Member on Jan. 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM

 What tips do you have for saving for children's college?

leahbeah143
by Member on Jan. 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM

 do you reccomend a cash only budget?

SweetLuci
by Silver Member on Jan. 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM

 What tips do you have for saving at the grocery store?

Momforhealth
by on Jan. 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

What is the best kind of life insurance?

SweetLuci
by Silver Member on Jan. 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

 What's a good way to budget for a vacation?

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