Jan 28 2008

Giveaway #1: Autographed copy of Miserly Moms!

Welcome, readers of Bloggy Giveaways! I hope you win lots of lovely prizes. I’ll be giving away at least three prizes this week. Here’s the first.

Do you wonder how your family can survive—even thrive—on one income? Perhaps you’d like to have more of a frugal mindset.

Be sure to read Miserly Moms: Living on One Income in a Two-Income Economy by Jonni McCoy.

This book demonstrates the frugal mindset at its finest. Guideline 1 states: “Don’t confuse frugality with depriving yourself.” Absolutely.

Throughout the book, you’ll see how to remove those “little wasters of your money,” be encouraged to track food prices so you know if you’re really getting a good deal, you’ll learn how to not be wasteful, and so much more.

You’ll want to read this book all the way through. For future reference, you’ll be grateful for the index at the back.

McCoy’s book is a must-read for everyone who wants to be more frugal.

I’m giving away an autographed copy of Miserly Moms, courtesy of the author herself.

Be sure to visit her web site, www.MiserlyMoms.com here.

Want a chance to win the autographed book? Sure ya do! Here are the guidelines:

  • In the comments section below, write your favorite frugal tip and/or why you want to be more frugal. Comments that just say "enter me, please" or something similar will be deleted. 
  • Be sure there is a way I can get in touch with you if you win. Entering your e-mail address in that spot on the form is a good idea. I won’t share your e-mail address with others—I’ll just use it to notify you if you’ve won.
  • U.S. addresses, only, please.
  • If you’d like a double entry to this contest, write about it on your blog and link back to this specific post. The trackback “ping” will let me know you entered.
  • All entries must be received by midnight Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 (EST). I will randomly select a winner and post about it and notify you on Saturday afternoon.
  • Head over to Bloggy Giveaways for hundreds of other giveaways going on this week (carnival will go live at 9 a.m. EST)!

 Thank you for visiting my site! I hope you’ll come back. I’m a 22-year-old newlywed, and love to find new ways to save money. Living frugally is fun, isn’t it? That’s what my blog is all about—living the frugal lifestyle and loving it.

Here are links to a few posts to help you get to know what my blog is all about.

  • Join in on my year-long challenge to improve our budgets by decreasing our spending and making those dollars go as far as they can go. This week’s Better Budget Challenge #4 is available here.
  • Read about our plan to become homeowners (mortgage-free) by my 30th birthday.
  • If Dave Ramsey was a housekeeper, here’s how I think he’d attack his chores: With gazelle-like intensity. Lol. 

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189 Responses to “Giveaway #1: Autographed copy of Miserly Moms!”

  1. We are a one income family and could definitely use more frugal tips. I love frugal tips that also help the environment. We’ve cut out almost all of our paper product usage for cloth wipes and towels and rags. I’d love to read this book and might try to get a copy even if I don’t win! Thanks!

    And please check out my give a way!

  2. I take competitors ads to the shopping store and see if they will match it or beat it. Usually they’ll match it except buy one get one free. :)

  3. Well with growing kids and only one income we need to save money where we can. We also have many many medical bills from my middle son that need to be paid. We have to keep our credit in good condition and be able to have money to pay these bills off.

  4. I try to be more frugal because I feel my job as a stay at home mom is to stretch my husbands paycheck as far and as practical as possible while still meeting our needs. Thanks!

  5. I would love to learn more about frugality because I beleive God calls us to be wise with our money, no matter what financial situation we are in! Thanks for this great giveaway!

  6. Save that aluminum foil and reuse it, again and again.

  7. With 4 kids and one more on the way with one income … I HAVE TO become more frugal!

  8. Our household income has changed quite a bit within the last 8 months, so I am in need of a book that teaches me how to live more frugal.

  9. I want to be more frugal so that I can provide a better life for my daughter. As a single mom I need to learn how to not spend money.Well at least spend it more efficiently.

  10. This looks great. With 4 kids we need all the help we can.

  11. I want to become more frugal so that I can help our family get out of debt more quickly – which is hard to do with caring for 5 little ones!!

  12. My favorite frugal tip is cooking from scratch! It’s a great way to save money and also eat more healthy foods. :) I like to be frugal because I believe it is part of being wise stewards of what God gives us.

    Great prize! :)

  13. My tip is don’t eat out. Sounds simple but it is a hard one for us to do in this family.

  14. I will say that what I think is the most frugal thing I do is NEVER BUY coffee from coffee shops. Sometimes friends might give me a gc but I don’t spend $$ on it. We also only eat out 1x per week and then try to cash in on kids eat free night.

    Thank you so much for a great contest!

  15. Planning my menus and shopping list around the specials and coupons, only buying things I need and was going to buy anyway, taking a calculator with me to the store to know how much I will be spending, and paying with cash.

  16. Last June my husband had to close his 9 year old company. He has been unemployed since then and our budget is stretched as thin as it has ever been. With the help of the Coupon Mom, we have used coupons like crazy and have been able to purchase groceries some weeks for $15 – 20 for the whole week. Please count me in. Thanks for hosting!

  17. I would love to see what ideas are in that book. I have been a stay at home mom for nine years now so I am already experienced. My number one money saving goal; NEVER buy prepared foods! It costs $30 for dinner for six at McDonalds but $30 at Costco I can buy 4-6 meals of hamburgers (ground beef, buns) and frozen french fries. Planning ahead and having convenience foods at home makes the temptation for eating out disappear!

  18. Definitely stock up on items during good sales or double coupons day! Would like to become more frugal so I can continue to stay at home! Great giveaway! Would love to win!

  19. Great contest. Thanks for letting me enter! jlazztoo at yahoo dot com. My fav frugal tip is to use coupons! specifically http://www.thegrocerygame.com. :-)

  20. My frugal tip is: Put leftover veggies from dinner into a container in the freezer. When you plan on making soup, you already have plenty of veggies to dump in.

    Jennifer (dj3hill98@bellsouth.net)

  21. I would love to win this book because:
    1) I just read a review about it and wanted to check it out at the library.
    2) My hubby would be thrilled with me if I were more frugal.
    3) We are trying desperately to get out of debt and I need all of the tips I can get! :-)
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    (And now I am off to post about this!) :-)

  22. I match coupons with sales and belong to a veggie co-op. Saves me a ton and is kind of fun, too.

  23. My favorite frugal tip is to buy clothes at garage sales/rummage sales. We have got tons of clothes from bag sales ($1 or $2 a grocery bag full of clothes).

  24. i try to eat out less to save $, but i need help on other things!! i’m broke!

  25. Well the reason I want to be more frugal is because I am a sahm of 7 children, my hubby works 2 jobs and I would like to be able to make money go further.

  26. This book sounds very useful. I am on a mission to make our money go further. Last year we paid off our credit cards and this year our income was cut in half. I can use all the help I can get.

  27. I am a homeschool mommy of 5 boys living on a one income provided by my dh. Frugal is a must!

    I make my own detergent and cleaners.

    Thanks for including me in your fun give-a-away.
    http://tonsofsons.wordpress.com/

  28. Ok, the first one that came to mind was re-using my bags {weather zip lock bags or grocery bags}. i put them beside my trash can and then when i have a yucky diaper i put them in the bag b4 throwing them away so it doesnt stink. i guess thats the first one bec i do it the most!! :)

  29. I would like to be more frugal because we are still renting and would love to buy a home. One of my favorite tips is to look on Craigslist when something is needed. Example: I just needed a new tv stand, I looked on the free section of Craigslist and there was a gorgeous free oak stand! I also find puzzles and books at garage sales.

  30. I would love to learn how to save money like you have. I was shocked when I saw your savings at the top left side of your blog! Awesome!

  31. I have a 5 month old and we are moving to a new city and want a cheaper house and to live more frugally so I can be a ft sahm!

  32. I use coupons!!!! I buy on sale!

  33. Always shop for clothing at the end of the season rather than the beginning. You can save tons by paying clearance prices rather than full price. I need to be frugal because we live on one income. Just this past year we went from 2 incomes to one and I definately have to be more creative.

  34. This is a great gift! My best saving tip is to wait twelve hours before I make an “impulse” purchase of anything, even a pack of gum. Getting rid of impulse shopping cut my shopping in half!

  35. Okay, you are my frugal hero!

    You just keep adding more great stuff on here…. THANK YOU!!

    Frugal tip? Not new and groundbreaking but tried and true…LEAVE THE HUSBAND AND KIDS AT HOME, Do not shop when hungry and make a menu for the week (or two) and grocery list then only shop off that list.

  36. I’d love to stop paying so much for some things so we can spend more money improving ourselves, through lessons, classes, etc. It just seems like all our money goes to nit-picky stuff.

  37. I need to learn to be more frugal because we have some credit cards and medica; expenses we need to pay off. Our financial situation has been putting a strain on mine and hubbys relationship. Hubby works over 65 hours a week and I want him to be able to stop working so much so…..I really NEED this book right now and any other help I can get.

  38. My tip saves me both time and money. I try to plan shopping errands for my commute time. Instead of a complete trip on my day off I can drive a block or two extra and shop on my way to work. I get off at midnight so I can stop for gas or groceries on the way home. Places are less crowded so my shopping is faster.

  39. My best tip is to cook a whole chicken to make chicken to use in a recipe. As a bonus, you get super healthy broth that is loaded with vitamins and calcium from the bones. So, that’s less vitamins you need and free broth and a cheaper form of chicken than buying chicken breasts or whatever. (I actually have the whole process explained on my blog, but it’s too long to give details in a comment!)

    I could definitely use the miserly tips b/c my husband to a low paying job to get into a new field and we don’t have much breathing room!

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Hey! I'm Kacie, wife to Shane and mother to Jonathan (7), Vivienne (5) and Amelia (2) . I write about my family's finance: how we save money, improve our spending, and plan for the future.

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